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April 22, 2012
Tri-State Fellowship Church, at 13153 Cearfoss Pike, Hagerstown, will hold a Zumbathon charity event Saturday, May 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. The doors open at 1:30 p.m. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $8 for those ages 10  to 17 (children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian). No child care will be available. Prize drawings will be held during midbreak and at the end of the event. Participants must be present to win.  Proceeds benefit the Hagerstown Area Pregnancy Center.
March 21, 2011
A gospel concert will be held Sunday, March 27, at 4 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Hagerstown. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Hagerstown Community College Hawk Booster Club. Concert participants include choirs from local churches, soloists and handbell ringers. Tickets cost $10 each and may be purchased from any HCC Booster Club member, at the event or by calling 301-790-2800, ext. 289.
April 16, 2010
More than 200 quilts will be on view, plus vendors, demonstrations, door prizes and raffle quilts, at a fundraiser to benefit the Hagerstown Community College Lady Hawks scholarship fund. The show will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 17, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 18. at the HCC Athletic, Recreation and Community Center, off Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown. Admission is $5; free for children younger than 12. Call 301-791-7844.
April 29, 2012
Waynesboro Area Senior High School students will spend seven hours on their feet Saturday, May 12, to benefit The Four Diamonds Fund and pediatric cancer patients at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. Waynesboro's Mini-THON is based on Penn State University's annual dance marathon, the largest student-run philanthropy in the nation. Mini-THONs were started in 1993-94 by students wanting to support The Four Diamonds Fund before college and have raised more than $4 million since their inception.
September 19, 2011
The Maryland Agriculture Education Foundation Inc. invites the community to attend an evening of support for agricultural education.   The event will be Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Barn at Springfield Farm, 14 Springfield Lane in Williamsport. The event will feature a Wild in Western Maryland Dinner, offering local beef, pork, lamb, goat, local sweet corn, new red potatoes and fresh-baked apple dumplings. There will be a live and silent auction, and the local bluegrass band Fertile Soil will provide the music for the evening.
June 22, 2012
The fourth annual Jen Kelly Memorial Ride to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness of the Cumberland Valley is 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 29, at Improved Order of Red Men Conococheague Tribe 84, 16128 Lappans Road, Williamsport. Registration is from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Kickstands up at 12:15 p.m. Ride goes to Blondie's in Rouzerville, Pa. A comfort break lasts for 1 hour, before riding back to  Williamsport for lunch, live entertainment and raffles. The afterparty begins at 3 p.m. and is open to everyone.
July 14, 2010
The Hagerstown Suns will hold Habitat for Humanity Night at the ball park Friday. The game starts at 7:05 at Municipal Stadium. Fireworks will be included after the game. Tickets cost $10 each and include the game, a Suns hat and Chipotle voucher worth $11. $3.75 of each ticket goes to Habitat for Humanity of Washington County. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Go to or call 301-791-6266 and mention Habitat.
August 18, 2012
Joseph Hancock Park, just off of Main Street in Hancock, is the setting for the fifth annual Western Maryland Half Marathon and 5K to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Both races take place on the Western Maryland Rail Trail. Runners can sign up by downloading the registration forms at or sign up online at . Walkers are welcome in the 5K. For more information, call 301-791-9009.
November 13, 2012
The annual Holiday Abracadabra will be held Saturday, Nov. 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Apollo Civic Theater in Martinsburg. The event features the magic of Michael T, illusionist Mario Orsini, comedy of Haywire, the magic of David Wayne, face painting and balloons by Susie the Clown and Joe Santoro's Wonderment Puppet Dance. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $4 students in advance or $8 and $5 at the door. To order tickets, call 304-279-2858 or 304-260-9382. Proceeds benefit the Apollo.
By DAVE McMILLION | | September 2, 2013
The sounds of gospel music filled the air at Doub's Woods Park Sunday afternoon during a fundraiser for the Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery Inc. in Hagerstown. About seven groups performed and money was raised for the school through donations, said Ron Lytle, chief executive officer of the school on West Franklin Street. The school offers free art classes to youths and serves 300 to 500 youths a year, Lytle said. He said previously that he believes it is important to expose youths to art education because it helps them in other subjects.
August 30, 2013
Valley Storage will hold a benefit car wash and vendor show Saturday with proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the storage facility at 201 All Star Court in Hagerstown It is locally owned by Todd and Tina Snook. The community-based event will include a free car wash (donations appreciated), food, raffles and lots of local vendors and businesses. The public is invited. It is a pet-friendly event.
Lisa Prejean | August 15, 2013
Now that the carefree days of summer are waning, students will soon be faced with routines, schedules and rules. Most students thrive on routines and deal with schedules, but when it comes to rules, well, they would just as well make up their own. I was reminded of this recently when I was revising a handbook and a family member suggested getting student input. That's actually not a bad idea, and it is what I have been doing in a roundabout way for the last 10 years or so. I have seen rules implemented, rules revised and rules abolished.
August 10, 2013
The Lexington Legends got a little wild on Saturday. But it allowed the Hagerstown Suns to party. Lexington threw three wild pitches - and added a passed ball - leading directly to three Hagerstown runs in the Suns' 8-3 victory that broke a three-game losing streak. The Suns made the most out of 10 hits, including nine singles.  Hagerstown (67-49, 29-20) remained 3 1/2 games behind West Virginia in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division second-half race. The Suns took a 1-0 lead in the first against Lexington starter Greg Billo.
By C.J. LOVELACE | | August 3, 2013
Nothing says summertime in Maryland like crabs and beer. Toss in a little karaoke, and it turns into the formula for an annual Hagerstown-Washington Chamber of Commerce fundraiser that drew more than 200 people to the Hager Hall Conference and Event Center on Saturday night. Chamber President Brien J. Poffenberger said most of the tickets for the Krab and Karaoke event were presold, and the night's proceeds will be split between this year's two partnering nonprofits, the Community Free Clinic of Washington County and Children In Need.
By ROXANN MILLER | | August 1, 2013
Since the Rev. John Bayer was old enough to remember, he was by his dad's side in a body shop. “I just enjoyed working around cars, and being with my father,” said Bayer, pastor of Grace Brethren Church in Chambersburg. On Saturday, Bayer's church will host its first Benefit Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show, which will serve in memory of his father and mother, John and Kathy Bayer. Car show registration is from 9 a.m. to noon. The show begins at noon and runs to 3 p.m.  Admission costs $15 for car owners.
July 25, 2013
The Maryland Food Bank-Western Branch and the Washington County Commission on Aging Inc. in early July launched the Mobile Information and Assistance Program to reach seniors throughout Washington County. The program provides a one-stop shop at various community sites, where seniors can find out if they are eligible for assistance programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, Renters and Homeowners Tax Credit Assistance, the Maryland Senior Prescription Drug Program and services to help pay for Medicare premiums.
July 24, 2013
The Cumberland Valley Century is a bicycle tour of Washington County. The ride will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will start and end at San Mar Children's Home in Boonsboro. Cue sheets, snacks and lunch will be provided for 25-, 63-, and 103-mile marked routes. Helmets are required, and minors must be registered by a parent or guardian. Proceeds benefit San Mar Children's Home. Registration for the event costs $30-35 before Aug. 3, and $40 day of the event.
Paula Green Shupp | Around Williamsport | July 23, 2013
Troop 17 car show to benefit Boy Scouts The Boy Scout Troop 17 Car Show is Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Byron Memorial Park. Registration costs $15. Dash plaques and trophies will be awarded. There will be vendors and door prizes. Food will be provided for purchase by the Williamsport High School Blue Band. Entertainment will be provided by a deejay. The car show will benefit Williamsport's Boy Scout Troop 17, one of the oldest continuously chartered troop in Maryland.
By MARIE GILBERT | | July 14, 2013
Penny Fraker misses her friend. She misses talking to her every day on the telephone. She misses her loving attitude and graciousness. She misses the woman who made her a better person. Jennifer Kelly died in April of 2008, after a four-year battle with breast cancer. During those years, she willed herself to become a warrior. Instead, she became a statistic, leaving behind her husband, Mike, and two children, as well as hundreds of people whose lives she had touched.
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