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By JENNIFER FITCH | | July 9, 2013
Hagerstown Suns baseball players will try their hands at an adaptive form of the sport Friday evening with blind individuals. “Beep baseball” uses an oversized ball that makes noise for blind and visually impaired people. The game involves only first and third bases, which vibrate. The minor league Suns are scheduled to play beep baseball with blind and sighted children and adults before their regular game Friday as part of the “Knock Blindness Out of the Park” fundraiser.
By KAUSTUV BASU | | June 29, 2013
The Community Free Clinic of Washington County was the beneficiary of Saturday's Faire Off the Square, a monthly market held in downtown Hagerstown. Faire Off the Square was created by the Downtown Alliance last year, and proceeds from the event benefit a local nonprofit organization every month. Robin Roberson, executive director of the Community Free Clinic, said the money raised from Saturday's event will be used for patient care. “We provide patients with primary care and specialty care.
June 26, 2013
A fundraiser to benefit the Doleman Black Heritage Museum will be held Saturday, July  13, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Applause Caterers, 58 E. Washington St. in Hagerstown. Doors open at 2 p.m. The second annual Chocolate Garden Tea will include a tea party with an assortment of chocolate desserts, a showing of the latest mobile museum exhibits, a raffle of two Longaberger baskets filled with goodies, and performances by local musician Duane Carey and vocalist Kirky Mason and guests. Tickets cost $25 per person or $250 for a table of 10. If interested in becoming a table sponsor, to make a donation, or to buy tickets, call Alesia Parson-McBean at 301-797-5019, or send an email to .
June 19, 2013
Upon completion of the two-year waiting period, Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics,  Hagerstown branch, announced it is able to accept Veterans Affairs educational benefits. Veterans of the U.S. armed forces who are eligible for education benefits can now take advantage of the only FAA-approved airframe and powerplant maintenance school in the state of Maryland ( PIA is recognized as a “2013 Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs with a veteran enrollment of 19 percent.
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | | June 15, 2013
Joe Hartt spent 13 years of his life flying missionaries and supplies in and out of the jungles of Zaire as a bush pilot. On Saturday, Hartt, 58, of State Line, Pa., stayed in touch with his interest in aircraft on the decidedly tamer landscape of a field off Old Forge Road in Hagerstown. The Pegasus Radio Control Airplane Club hosted a show there to benefit the John R. Marsh Cancer Center. Hartt said that, ironically, he first became familiar with radio control - or RC - aircraft while in Zaire, which is now the Democratic Republic of Congo.
By DANIEL KAUFFMAN | | June 13, 2013
Hammond Urner's task as the first-year head coach of North Hagerstown's varsity boys lacrosse team was far from easy. Urner took over a squad that went 4-9 in 2012 and lost half its starters to graduation. Midway through this season, the Hubs were 3-5. Then it all came together as Urner hoped. North reeled off six straight wins - including two playoff victories in one postseason for the first time ever - and finished 9-6, the best record in program history. The Hubs' .600 winning percentage tied St. Maria Goretti (12-8)
By JENNIFER FITCH | | June 9, 2013
The compass, measuring chain and hand-drawn map displayed by Bob Angle and Wayne Twigg during a Gettysburg (Pa.) Festival Fringe Event on Sunday bore little resemblance to the tools the men use in their daily work as surveyors. In fact, when volunteer surveyors with the Mason & Dixon Line Preservation Partnership set out in recent years to locate stones placed by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon in the 1760s, they used GPS technology to document what they found. Still, the more primitive tools used for five years in the 18th century established the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania that put an end to land skirmishes.
May 31, 2013
Children's Village of Washington County will Children's Village annual5K run/walk event tobenefit life-safety programhost its second annual 5K Run and Kids 1 Mile Fun Run on Saturday, June 22, at its campus at 1546 Mount Aetna Road in Hagerstown. All participants must be registered. The 5K run/walk begins at 8:30 a.m. The free children's event begins at about 9:15 a.m., and the free tot trot immediately follows.  Registration costs $20 for adults ($25 after June 15) and $15 for students.  Participants and their families are invited to tour the facility on race day. All proceeds benefit the free life-safety education program that Children's Village annually provides to more than 2,000 second-grade students from public, private and home schools.
By ROXANN MILLER | | May 25, 2013
Just about everybody at a car show has a story to tell. Some are more poignant than others. For years, Wayne and Susan Heinbaugh of St. Thomas, Pa., were fixtures in the car-show circuit. They would polish up their purple and white 1979 and 1973 Corvettes until they sparkled, said the Heinbaughs' son, Steve Heinbaugh. But that stopped two years ago. On Aug. 14, 2011, Wayne lost his battle with pancreatic cancer and Susan just couldn't continue showing their cars without him. So the cars stayed in the garage until the Antrim Brethren in Christ Church Cruz-in Car Show on Saturday.
May 23, 2013
The Hagerstown City Council has given preliminary approval to amending the city's police and fire employees' retirement plan to make it available to same-sex couples connected to the two departments. City staff formulated the amendment to make the retirement plan compatible with the state law allowing same-sex marriage, city Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said before Tuesday's city council meeting. An ordinance was drafted for the amendment and council members approved the proposed law when it was introduced Tuesday night.
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