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By LAURA ERNDE | December 16, 1998
Washington County school officials are crafting a plan to boost sagging eighth-grade test scores. Eighth-graders' marks fell in all six subjects on the Maryland School Performance Assessment program tests for 1997-98, results of which were released last week. [cont. from front page ] "It is alarming and it is concerning for us," Theresa M. Flak, assistant superintendent for instruction, told the Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday. Overall, Washington County students continued to steadily improve on the MSPAP tests, just as they have since the tests were first given in 1993.
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By DAN DEARTH | April 20, 2008
TRI-STATE - Some hospitals in the Tri-State area are feeling the sting of a national nursing shortage. With 680 nurses, Washington County Hospital's vacancy rate is about 7 percent, said Mary Towe, vice president and chief nursing officer at Washington County Hospital. To help offset the shortage, hospital officials plan to hire 30 nurses this spring - many from local colleges and universities. Michael Groves, vice president of patient care services at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va.
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May 14, 2001
Lightfoot sings crowd favorites By LAURA ERNDE laurae@herald-mail.com The last time Chuck Vargason saw Gordon Lightfoot in concert was 1972 in upstate New York. Vargason, 46, of Sharpsburg, came to hear the folk music legend perform again at the Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown on Saturday. Lightfoot's music seems to have stood the test of time. He played to an enthusiastic crowd that nearly filled the historic 1,300-seat theater. "I just like the way he plays," Vargason said.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | October 7, 2011
Forgetfulness is a natural part of aging. But when the occasional memory lapse regresses to getting lost in your home or failing to recognize the name of a loved one, it very well could be the onset of Alzheimer's disease. On Friday, the Alzheimer's Association and about 40 other vendors associated with senior-citizen wellness gathered at Hagerstown Community College's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center as part of the Wisdom Expo. The event was co-sponsored by The Herald-Mail Co. and Washington County CARES - a local group of health care professionals who provide information and support to seniors and their caregivers.
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by Alicia Notarianni | February 10, 2004
alician@herald-mail.com MIHI (Many Individuals Helping Individuals) held its fifth annual Valentine Basket Bingo Extravaganza on Sunday, Feb. 8, at the Hagerstown Elks Lodge No. 378. About 300 people attended the event. Tickets were $20, covering bingo and dinner. Event coordinator Vicky Yates said 25 Longaberger baskets were given as prizes, as well as cash awards and gifts such as Boyd's Bears, Marie Osmond collectible porcelain dolls and NASCAR merchandise. Linn Hendershot, chairman of the board of directors for MIHI, said the event brought in more than $4,000 for the organization.
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by JENNIFER FITCH | September 28, 2006
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - "I get the impression this job is not going to be normal," Carole L. Malin said to laughter Wednesday, a month before she will become Waynesboro's first Main Street manager. Malin, who was referring to peculiar work hours and the many agencies with which she'll integrate, was hired Monday night by the nonprofit Main Street Waynesboro Inc., which has spent several years of planning for the new position. The 12 of 15 Main Street Waynesboro Inc. board members at Monday's meeting unanimously voted to hire Malin out of the five people interviewed, said Ernie Brockmann, chairman of the organization committee.
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By DON AINES | January 29, 1999
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Helping people before they reach a crisis is a goal that Doug Price wants to meet in Franklin County and across Pennsylvania. "Sometimes we try to catch kids as they are falling over the dam when, instead, we need to go upriver," the Franklin County Human Services administrator said Thursday. Price, 46, of Chambersburg, was hired to head the county's human service agencies in October 1995. He recently was elected president of the Pennsylvania Association of County Human Service Administrators.
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By DON WORTHINGTON | August 3, 2000
Health care summit proposed Deciding the topic was too broad and too important to fully consider in a 45-minute session, legislators at the 15th annual Quad-State Legislative Conference proposed Thursday they hold an all-day summit to consider health care issues. continued Pennsylvania Sen. Terry Punt, R-Waynesboro, noted the current health care system is not equipped to handle the number of Baby Boomers who will retire in the next 10 to 20 years. "Their numbers will drown the system," Punt told his colleagues during Tuesday's all-day meeting at the Sheraton-Four Points Hotel in Hagerstown.
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by JAMES M. WOODARD / Copley News Service | June 28, 2005
Half of today's baby boomers plan to buy a new home when they retire, according to a new study by Del Webb Corp., a developer of retirement communities. There are about 76 million baby boomers, and they are the wealthiest generation in U.S. history, the study said. "The grandkids are the secret weapon for today's active adult communities, and those developments are increasingly being built in locations nationwide," said Dave Schreiner, vice president for active adult development for Del Webb.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | March 9, 2000
A couple has a lot to think about before they get married. Judith McLean of Family Life Counseling offers couples the following tips: Communication: Know how to talk to each other. Conflict resolution: Problems will arise. Work them out together. Intimacy: It's more than sexuality. Affection, sharing and closeness must be there first. Finances: Work out a spending plan that is good for the couple and each of the individuals. Even young people should think about having a retirement fund.
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