October 11, 2012
On Oct. 2, the Exchange Club hosted speaker Kathryn Henry, past president and board member of Potomac Valley Audubon Society, who gave a presentation on the society and its many programs of environmental education and conservation. She highlighted programs for children, which was of particular interest to the members of the Exchange Club as its core mission is child welfare and the prevention of child abuse. Her slide presentation of resident and migrating birds from this area was educational and informative. The Antietam Exchange Club meets every Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Academy Theater in downtown Hagerstown.
March 22, 2012
The 24th Annual Child Welfare Workshop will be from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at LIFEhouse Church Bethel, 515 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. Registration costs $50 and includes lunch. For more information or to register, call 301-766-2961.
July 8, 2011
Youth M.O.V.E. Washington County is hosting a picnic for young adults ages 16 to 25, who are supported in the child serving systems such as mental health, special education, child welfare and juvenile services. The picnic will be at 3 p.m. Monday, July 11, at Hagerstown City Park. To register, call Kathleen at 240-313-2086 or text 240-818-3537.
October 23, 2009
On Oct. 6, Gov. Martin O'Malley, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Department of Human Resources Secretary Brenda Donald honored the Washington County Department of Social Services for the progress it has made in reforming Maryland's child welfare system. Washington County DSS was one of nine jurisdictions recognized. Two and half years ago, DHR launched "Place Matters" to reform child welfare in Maryland by finding permanent families for foster children. Place Matters, an initiative of Donald, emphasizes the importance of decreasing the number of children in foster care home and group homes.
January 15, 2008
The Mid-Atlantic Exchange Clubs' Foundation for the Prevention of Child Abuse is holding a symposium for the Prevention of Child Abuse on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Sleep Inn and Suites at 18216 Col. Henry Douglas Drive in Hagerstown. On this day, an expert panel will be available to address issues and answer questions about the prevention of child abuse and how it impacts the community and children in Washington County. The expert panel includes Washington County Circuit Judge John McDowell; Gina Cirincion, assistant state's attorney for Washington County; Detective Shane Blakenship with the Hagerstown Police Department; David Engle, Washington County Department of Social Services director; Dr. Steve Kotch, director of Emergency Medicine at Washington County Hospital; Teresa Thorn, program manager of Safe Place; and Jane Abrams, executive director of the Parent Works Program.
February 20, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Promising to be an "all-day, every-day" commissioner, retired federal analyst Carl Barton has become the latest entrant in the race for the Franklin County Board of Commissioners. In his announcement, Barton, a Republican, said he will give up the difference between a commissioner's salary and the annual pay of his last full-time job and donate it to county children and youth programs. Commissioners are paid $63,458 this year, according to county figures, and the difference is approximately $20,000, Barton said.
February 19, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. Promising to be an "all-day, every-day" commissioner, retired federal analyst Carl Barton has become the latest entrant in the race for the Franklin County Board of Commissioners. In his announcement, Barton, a Republican, said he will give up the difference between a commissioner's salary and the annual pay of his last full-time job and donate it to county children and youth programs. Commissioners are paid $63,458 this year, according to county figures, and the difference is approximately $20,000, Barton said.
May 4, 2006
College/AP solution won't meet all needs To the editor: James Haught's April 23 opinion letter, "Hard rules shouldn't cap fast learners" contains several statements that bear comment. There is a lot of truth in the statement that children who learn quickly should not be kept from achieving their full potential because of rules established for the group at large. Liberal application of the "exception for every rule" concept will ensure that to the greatest extent possible every child receives an individual education.
October 10, 2005
Shepherd receives social work grant SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The social work program at Shepherd University has received a $146,105 grant from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR). With this award the Department of Social Work has secured more than $1.1 million in outside support for the mission and goals of the university and the department. The grant, funded through Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, has three primary functions. First, the funding supports five social work students with tuition assistance during their undergraduate education.
September 29, 2005
District Court Judge Ralph France this week set bond at $500,000 for a Hagerstown woman charged with abandoning her newborn baby by placing him underneath a pile of wood. Following the hearing, Gordon Lynn, the attorney for Kelly Erin Ruck, told The Herald-Mail that he would present psychiatric testimony that when his client abandoned her child, she was not criminally responsible. The charges against Ruck include attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, reckless endangerment and contributing to the condition of a child.