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By CALEB CALHOUN | | March 30, 2013
A local professor at Hagerstown Community College put together an Easter dinner with his students at the Salvation Army on Friday. Daniel Madron, who teaches sociology at HCC, said that he and his classes have been providing a Thanksgiving meal and an Easter meal for local residents for the last three years. “We just kind of want to create some sort of normalcy for people,” he said. “Even though people might not be religious and celebrate Easter, they still know that Easter's going on and still might have a big Sunday dinner, and for people who can't afford that we want to be able to provide something similar to that.” Madron, 29, also did work for the homeless while he was a professor at Howard Community College and as a student at Eastern University in Philadelphia He said that the students' outreach was different at Howard Community College.
March 21, 2013
Letterkenny Army Depot this week is completing layoffs of 244 contracted employees as announced in January, a depot spokeswoman said. The layoffs occurring this week are not associated with the federal budget cuts known as the sequester, according to depot spokeswoman Lindsay Bryant. Instead, demand decreased for an Army Humvee program, Bryant said. “The workforce was resized to meet the workload,” she said. The depot, which employs up to 4,000 people, is anticipating additional layoffs and furloughs related to the sequester.
By DON AINES | | March 3, 2013
Hagerstown Regional Airport and the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base both have a place in Washington County's history, and officials at each facility want them to play a part in the county's economic future. Along with those facilities, Woodmont Lodge, which has hosted presidents, was identified in the report as a potential for upscale lodging. The 665-acre airport is identified as a “primary opportunity area” in the economic development strategic plan developed for the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission and County Industrial Foundation, or CHIEF.
By ROXANN MILLER | | March 1, 2013
Franklin County's largest employer braced itself for the fallout from the federal budget cuts set to go into effect Friday. Letterkenny Army Depot Commander Col. Victor S. Hagan Sr. made a statement to the depot work force that a work furlough of up to 22 nonconsecutive days would begin the week of April 22 and could continue through September if an agreement is not reached. Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Congress on Feb. 20 that if automatic government spending cuts - called a “sequester” - kick in on March 1, he might have to shorten the workweek for the “vast majority” of the Defense Department's 800,000 civilian workers.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | February 21, 2013
Letterkenny Army Depot stands to be one of the biggest losers if the federal sequestration cuts take place as scheduled in one week. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the depot would absorb spending reductions of more than $449 million. This would mean a massive loss of jobs and a ripple effect on the economy. “We've got real families here that are very nervous and anxious about what's going to happen,” said L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County (Pa.)
By JENNIFER FITCH | | February 18, 2013
Saying that the mass casualties at Sandy Hook Elementary School are “just the beginning,” an authority on violent crimes told police and school officials Monday that they need to act with urgency. “Now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of their country,” said Dave Grossman, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel. The Franklin County (Pa.) District Attorney's office hosted Grossman for a seminar about violence in schools. Held in the Waynesboro Area Senior High School auditorium, the event drew a couple hundred police officers, sheriff's deputies, school board members, principals, superintendents and fire officials.
By ROXANN MILLER | | February 13, 2013
Letterkenny Army Depot's first African-American commander spoke during the Chambersburg base's annual Black History Month observance. Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Robert C. Gaskill Sr. was the guest speaker at Wednesday's event held in the great room at depot headquarters. Gaskill served as depot commander from 1974 to 1975 and was the first African-American to assume command of the base. Current commander Col. Victor S. Hagan is the second African-American to hold the position.
February 4, 2013
One of Volvo Group Hagerstown Site's more than 100 Operational Development teams had an idea that raised $32,000 for The Salvation Army.  On Jan. 25, team members toured The Salvation Army facility to see for themselves how donations have been used and are being allocated to an existing vital project.  The idea is known by the site's 1,400 employees as “vBay.” “It started in late 2011, when we assessed the collection of items and...
By CALEB CALHOUN | | January 23, 2013
This week's frigid weather has pushed REACH Caregivers Shelter to full capacity, and the organization has been letting people sleep on the floor, Executive Director Jodie Ostoich said Wednesday. “At this point we don't have beds to give out to people, but when we see snaps and spells like this we allow for overflow,” Ostoich said. She said there is a plan among the shelters in the county that allows for “overflow” if the temperature reaches 32 degrees or if sleet or freezing rain falls.
January 7, 2013
The Christmas stocking drive at Grace Academy in Hagerstown collected more than 100 stockings for The Salvation Army children. The second-grade class was the first class in the school to fill 12 stockings. The Grace Academy Missions Team was in charge of the project and took the Christmas stockings to The Salvation Army to be given to children in need.
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