May 15, 2013
Readers of this column are aware that I have a concern about children in Washington County being prepared to start kindergarten. According to the results of an annual assessment of children entering kindergarten coordinated by the Maryland State Department of Education, ours have historically scored among the lowest in the state. In June 2011, I reported that 22 percent of our county's children started school without the skills considered to be a basic foundation upon which learning can occur.
December 22, 2012
Thomas Blake visited the Great Plains in August with the idea of attending the University of North Dakota. He also had thoughts of attending the school in Grand Forks to continue his athletic career. Blake, who showed skills as a soccer player while at St. Maria Goretti, decided to make the venture in basketball. “When I came here I chose basketball because I felt I had to prove something to myself,” Blake said. “I proved I could play soccer.” Blake, who was a Herald-Mail first-team All-Washington County soccer star, toiled on the basketball court for the Gaels for a couple of years.
September 2, 2012
Cadet Mackenzie Riford, daughter of Maria Rubeling of Hagerstown and Tom Riford of Mercersburg, Pa., completed cadet basic training at the U.S. Military Academy. Riford entered West Point on July 2 and has successfully completed six weeks of cadet basic training. Also referred to as “Beast Barracks,” cadet training is one of the most challenging events a cadet will encounter over the course of their four years at the academy. The initial military training program provides cadets with basic skills to instill discipline, pride, cohesion, confidence and a high sense of duty to prepare them for entry into the corps of cadets.
August 25, 2011
Girls Hockey for Free Day for ages 6 to 16 is from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex, 580 Security Road, Hagerstown. Girls Hockey Day is an opportunity for girls of all ages to try ice hockey. They will be introduced to basic skills in hockey in a positive, fun and safe environment. They will also learn about opportunities in ice hockey in Hagerstown and learn about fair play, sportsmanship and teamwork. For more information or to register, call 301-766-9122 or go to www.hagerstownice.org .
April 27, 2011
Chambersburg Recreation Department is hosting a skateboarding clinic from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, May 16 to May 26. Classes are held at Skate Park at the Municipal Swimming Pool, 261 E. McKinley St., Chambersburg. Participants learn basic skills, improve existing abilities and how to properly use the skate park obstacles. The clinic is for ages 5 and older. Bring skateboard, helmet, and knee and elbow pads. Cost is $35, $25 for Chambersburg residents.
January 29, 2011
It seemed at the time to be hard luck for the Washington County Warthogs. The Special Olympics floor hockey team was scheduled to play one of two required qualifying games before the Maryland state tournament. Then Mother Nature happened along with a nasty snowstorm and the qualifier was canceled. The team needed to play another qualifier at its home rink or it would not be permitted to compete at states. Warthog head coach Jay Seipler began to brainstorm. "I thought, 'We have an ice sports complex here in town.
December 2, 2009
o If you like reading Tim Rowland, you'll love watching him. See what else Tim has to say So, are you as jacked as I am for the 2010 Census? Or for my Hispanic box-checking friends, el Censo del 2010. I love a good Census. I do hope I get the long form this year -- it offers more opportunity to mess with the government's head. Until I saw a recent Facebook post, I had completely forgotten that a new Census will be at our throats in a matter of months. I don't really care about the numbers all that much.
November 13, 2009
Saturday, Nov. 14 HAM radio class MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Opequon Radio Society will hold an introductory HAM radio course for beginners and anyone intersted in HAM radio. Topics include HAM radio technology, using electronics, equipment selection, radio gagetry, operating HAM radio, obtaining your license and call sign, finding other HAMs. 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturdays beginning Nov. 14. Veterans Affairs Medical Center campus. Free. To register, call 304-876-9330 or e-mail kb8yjv@earthlink.
November 12, 2009
The Washington County Free Library will host a free workshop on proposal writing basics for nonprofit organizations Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. "Proposal Writing Basics" will be led by Harry Sachs, business and government information center librarian, and is an overview of the basic skills needed for writing a proposal, especially for new proposal writers in nonprofit organizations. Janice Rosenberg, senior librarian at the Foundation Center's Washington office, will offer tips on the key components of writing grant proposals, including packaging and follow-up.
July 21, 2009
A proposed walking trail program that helps children grasp basic learning skills was unveiled Tuesday afternoon to Hagerstown City Council members. The Born Learning Trails would be built at Staley, Wheaton and Pangborn parks in Hagerstown and the trails would feature 10 stations where children 5 years old and younger can learn basic skills about numbers, colors and shapes, officials with the project said. It is important that children have the opportunity to grasp those skills since some children are not academically prepared to enter kindergarten, said Kelly Redmond, a spokeswoman for the project.