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December 24, 2012
Madeline Virginia Beard, 97 1/2, of Hagerstown, Md., died Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at Ravenwood Nursing Home. Born June 5, 1915, in West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late David and Elizabeth McDonald Whisner. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. She worked until she was 90 years old. After she retired from Ross Garment, she became a volunteer at Western Maryland Hospital, then began to work at Pet Summit Products. She will be sadly missed by her loving family.
By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent | March 27, 2008
WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport junior Kelly Beard was more than prepared for her softball team's season opener Wednesday against North Hagerstown. Beard went 3-for-3 with a home run and pitched a complete game with 12 strikeouts as the Wildcats prevailed, 8-5. "All of my hard work with pitching all winter long paid off," said Beard, who allowed only three earned runs, all in the final inning. "In the beginning, I thought I was in control with my pitching. At the end, I was getting tired a little bit and they were hitting me. But I stayed with it and finished it off. " Last summer, Beard played on the Heartbreakers 16-U Red Team in Frederick.
By JACK HILL III | March 25, 2009
Kelly Beard was down, but not out. The senior pitcher and the Williamsport softball team shook off an early four-run deficit on Wedneseday to scratch out a 5-4 season-opening win over North Hagerstown. "Well, that first inning was a struggle," Beard said. "I wasn't in my groove. Once I was able to get into my groove, I had more confidence. " Beard needed all the confidence and her teammates after allowing North to score four runs in the bottom of the first inning. "I was just glad that we didn't get down on ourselves," Beard said.
by CANDICE BOSELY | April 19, 2006
William "Bill" Beard has overseen and helped to build more than 60 wheelchair ramps for people. He counsels those thinking of starting small businesses and has helped to design playgrounds, including for children with disabilities. Beard, 71, started volunteering after he retired from Frick Co. in Waynesboro, Pa. "When you've had a good life and people have been good to you and you've had a good career and had the opportunity for a good education, you want to help people who perhaps haven't been as fortunate as you," Beard said as his reason for volunteering.
By CHRIS CARTER | April 26, 2008
Apparently, all you have to do is love your bat. Boonsboro senior Eli Beard showed affection to his stick before Friday night's game against Williamsport and the bat returned the favor. Beard homered and ripped a winning three-run double in the top of the seventh to lift Boonsboro to a thrilling 11-8 win under a steady rain at Municipal Stadium. "I licked my bat before the game," said Beard, who finished 3-for-4. "My buddy did it once and it helped him, so I did it to help me get out of a slump.
By DAN KAUFFMAN | March 20, 2009
Kelly Beard was just a sophomore when she pitched the final inning to preserve Williamsport's 7-6 victory over Colonel Richardson in the 2007 Maryland Class 1A state title game. Two years later, Beard is the premier pitcher in Washington County, and the Wildcats may be poised for another title run. "She's been chomping at the bit," Williamsport coach Tom Dzur said. "This is very important to her and the team. She's a workhorse. She's always working on her pitching. " Beard came of age last year, going 10-2 with a 1.10 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 96 innings to earn Herald-Mail Washington County Pitcher of the Year honors.
By DAVE McMILLION | | June 25, 2012
Bill Beard received the Jesse L. Kagle Jr. Service Award Monday night for his service to Washington County during an annual dinner and report to the community from the United Way of Washington County. The award is given to remember the community spirit shown by the late Jesse L. Kagle Jr., who was the United Way's executive director for 24 years. Beard, who was honored during a banquet at Fountain Head Country Club, has made the county more accessible to people with disabilities and is the “go-to ramp guy,” according to biographical information provided to The Herald-Mail.
by KAREN HANNA | November 21, 2005
HAGERSTOWN Like a lot of budding musicians, Paul Beard found inspiration in a constellation of personal idols as a young adult. Since he began making guitars, the stars have become Beard's customers and friends. Tuesday, one of those customers became a two-time Country Music Association Awards Musician of the Year. Jerry Douglas plays with Jimi Hendrix finesse on a variety of guitars, including five bearing the Beard label, Beard said.
by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent | April 27, 2007
SMITHSBURG - Kelly Beard struck out 14 batters without allowing an earned run in seven innings to lead Williamsport to an 8-2 win over Smithsburg on Thursday in an MVAL Antietam softball game. "I had to mix up my pitches to keep them off-balance and I had to throw strikes," Beard said. "Practice pays off. I have got to keep practicing. I was a little stressed in the beginning. But when the team started hitting, I knew I could relax and throw strikes. " Beard let her teammates do a lot of the work to help her to the complete-game victory.
by CANDICE BOSELY | October 26, 2006
Name: Pat Beard Age: 72 Address: Beard and her husband, Rodney, live in Hagerstown. They have three children and six grandchildren. Occupation, or former occupation if retired: Beard retired in 1997 from teaching after working as an educator for 34 years. She taught - at various times over the years - kindergartners through fifth-graders. Her last job before retiring was at Funkstown Elementary School. Where do you volunteer: Discovery Station at Hag-erstown What prompted you to begin volunteering?
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