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January 13, 2012
Potomac Charge , will host the senior church choir of Ebenezer AME Church in Hagerstown. The choir will present The Dream Endures, a tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at 4 p.m. Sunday at Parkhead United Methodist Church fellowship building, U.S. 40 west of Hagerstown. Dinner will follow at 5 p.m.
NEWS
November 5, 2005
St. John's Episcopal Church, 101 S. Prospect St., a choral evensong for the Feast of All Saints, will be held this Sunday at 5 p.m. The event, which also marks the 60th anniversary of the Cumberland Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, will be presented by the church choir and conducted by Mark King. Laurel Ridge Christian Church, Big Cove Tannery, Pa., By Faith will be in concert this Sunday at 10 a.m.
OPINION
January 22, 2012
Music has always meant so much to me To the editor: I will try to find the words to tell you what music means to me and how important it is in my life. I'm one of 13 children and all of us loved to sing. We grew up singing in our home with the piano (which four of my siblings played) and organ, even without musical background. We all sang in our church choir, in school plays and operettas, and one of my siblings directed a church choir for 35 years. Music has always been so much a part of our lives.
NEWS
BY KATE COLEMAN | May 23, 2002
katec@herald-mail.com Nancy Newkirk, an elementary school teacher, says she has loved to sing since she was a child. She sings in her church choir, at weddings, and for about five years, with the St. Patrick's Chorale. "It's one of the best experiences that I've ever been involved in," she says. "It's really cool. " St. Patrick's Chorale, a chorus of about 50 voices, will perform a concert, "Celebrating the Dreams of America," Saturday, May 25, 7 p.m. at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater.
NEWS
BY KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | April 10, 2002
kimy@herald-mail.com When LeAnne Stoneberger takes the field at Oriole Park at Camden Yards tonight to sing the national anthem, she may have to struggle to keep her emotions in check, she said. Stoneberger, of Fairplay, said she's patriotic, and it would be easy to let the moving song take over, threatening her perfect pitch. "They (audience) might not be able to tell but I will," she said. Stoneberger, 28, sent the Orioles an audition tape last year and was chosen to sing at tonight's home game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, she said.
OBITUARIES
February 4, 2013
Aaron John Hoopengardner, 37, of Hancock, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, Md. Born April 10, 1975, in Cumberland, Md., he was the son of Alton B. Hoopengardner of Warfordsburg, Pa., and the late Alleene M. Frost Hoopengardner. He was a 1993 graduate of Southern Fulton High School, Warfordsburg, Pa., and Frostburg State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1998. He was a self-employed computer consultant and operator of Hilltop Farms.
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BY MARLO BARNHART | April 30, 2002
marlob@herald-mail.com Mike Smith may not have realized it Monday night, but he may represent the uncertain future of barbershop harmony. He was enthusiastic and talented, but the only newcomer to attend the visitors night for barbershop singers Monday night at Haven Lutheran Church. The scarcity of new members worries some of the veterans who have long been raising their voices in song, some for more than a half century. Smith, of Fayetteville, Pa., said he plans to join the ranks.
OBITUARIES
April 23, 2012
Mrs. Betty Jane Myers Heckman, 87, formerly of Greencastle, Pa., and more recently a resident of HCR Manor Care, Chambersburg, Pa., died Saturday afternoon, April 21, 2012, at the facility.  She was the wife of the late Richard McKnight Heckman, who preceded her in death Nov. 8, 2003. Born Oct. 9, 1924, in Greencastle, she was a daughter of the late Harvey Ralphard and Clara Belle Cosey Myers.   She graduated from Greencastle High School in 1942. Mrs. Heckman was a member of Broadfording Bible Brethren Church, Hagerstown, where she sang with the church choir.
OBITUARIES
March 13, 2013
Mrs. Rebecca L. Leatherman, 91, of Wolfsville, Md., entered peacefully into eternal life on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown. Born May 30, 1921, near Middletown, Md., Rebecca was the daughter of the late George Edgar and Edna Irene Palmer Shank. Upon the passing of her parents, Rebecca resided in Hagerstown with her Uncle Leon and Aunt Eva Brandenburg Palmer and also Mr. and Mrs. William H. Brandenburg near Wolfsville. She was the wife of the late Carroll Charles Leatherman, who passed in May 1991.
OBITUARIES
April 7, 2011
AUG. 19, 1925-APRIL 6, 2011 Betty Hoffman Jamison, 85, formerly of Downsville Pike, Hagerstown, Md., died Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at Williamsport Retirement Center, Williamsport, Md. Born Aug. 19, 1925, in Williamsport, she was the daughter of the late County Commissioner Joseph McKinley and Anna Catherine Poffenberger Hoffman. She was a 1943 graduate of Williamsport High School. She was employed as a secretary at Cushwa Brick Plant from 1943 to 1947, until her marriage to the late Myron L. Bloom Jr., who died in 1960.
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OBITUARIES
June 9, 2013
Kathryn Mason Fearnow, 93, previously of 12 N. Clifton Drive, Williamsport, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2013, at her current residence of Twin Oaks Assisted Living. Born May 7, 1920, in Inwood, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Albert J. Mason and Mary Light Mason, owner and operator of Mason's Garage and Transfer Co. of Inwood. Kathryn was a graduate of Bunker Hill High School Class of 1938, and a graduate of the West Virginia College of Beauty Culture in 1939, where she was a past president of the Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority.
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OBITUARIES
March 13, 2013
Mrs. Rebecca L. Leatherman, 91, of Wolfsville, Md., entered peacefully into eternal life on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown. Born May 30, 1921, near Middletown, Md., Rebecca was the daughter of the late George Edgar and Edna Irene Palmer Shank. Upon the passing of her parents, Rebecca resided in Hagerstown with her Uncle Leon and Aunt Eva Brandenburg Palmer and also Mr. and Mrs. William H. Brandenburg near Wolfsville. She was the wife of the late Carroll Charles Leatherman, who passed in May 1991.
OBITUARIES
February 4, 2013
Aaron John Hoopengardner, 37, of Hancock, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, Md. Born April 10, 1975, in Cumberland, Md., he was the son of Alton B. Hoopengardner of Warfordsburg, Pa., and the late Alleene M. Frost Hoopengardner. He was a 1993 graduate of Southern Fulton High School, Warfordsburg, Pa., and Frostburg State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1998. He was a self-employed computer consultant and operator of Hilltop Farms.
OBITUARIES
April 23, 2012
Mrs. Betty Jane Myers Heckman, 87, formerly of Greencastle, Pa., and more recently a resident of HCR Manor Care, Chambersburg, Pa., died Saturday afternoon, April 21, 2012, at the facility.  She was the wife of the late Richard McKnight Heckman, who preceded her in death Nov. 8, 2003. Born Oct. 9, 1924, in Greencastle, she was a daughter of the late Harvey Ralphard and Clara Belle Cosey Myers.   She graduated from Greencastle High School in 1942. Mrs. Heckman was a member of Broadfording Bible Brethren Church, Hagerstown, where she sang with the church choir.
OPINION
January 22, 2012
Music has always meant so much to me To the editor: I will try to find the words to tell you what music means to me and how important it is in my life. I'm one of 13 children and all of us loved to sing. We grew up singing in our home with the piano (which four of my siblings played) and organ, even without musical background. We all sang in our church choir, in school plays and operettas, and one of my siblings directed a church choir for 35 years. Music has always been so much a part of our lives.
NEWS
January 13, 2012
Potomac Charge , will host the senior church choir of Ebenezer AME Church in Hagerstown. The choir will present The Dream Endures, a tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at 4 p.m. Sunday at Parkhead United Methodist Church fellowship building, U.S. 40 west of Hagerstown. Dinner will follow at 5 p.m.
NEWS
Lisa Prejean | October 23, 2011
When a high school student recently entered my classroom softly singing “Joy to the World,” her pleasant countenance made me smile. There's something about fall that turns our hearts toward the home, the hearth and the holidays. Yes, it is only October, but holiday performances are right around the corner, and our high school choir is working on Christmas music. Weeks of preparation are needed so that everyone knows the words, the notes, the timing. Likewise, our church choir has been working on Christmas music for a few weeks now, too. Cantatas require a lot of practice, so we're doing what we can to prepare.
OBITUARIES
April 7, 2011
AUG. 19, 1925-APRIL 6, 2011 Betty Hoffman Jamison, 85, formerly of Downsville Pike, Hagerstown, Md., died Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at Williamsport Retirement Center, Williamsport, Md. Born Aug. 19, 1925, in Williamsport, she was the daughter of the late County Commissioner Joseph McKinley and Anna Catherine Poffenberger Hoffman. She was a 1943 graduate of Williamsport High School. She was employed as a secretary at Cushwa Brick Plant from 1943 to 1947, until her marriage to the late Myron L. Bloom Jr., who died in 1960.
LIFESTYLE
By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | December 12, 2010
Bundled in their winter coats and shivering from the December cold, members of Hagerstown Choral Arts streamed into Trinity Lutheran Church on a recent evening for rehearsal. Their weekend performance of Handel's "Messiah" was just days away and on this night it was about fine tuning. Clutching their scores, the singers did what comes naturally. First one voice, and then another, and soon the room was swelling with song so rich and strong it almost spilled outdoors. While the local choral group's performance will not approach the extremes that some productions have reached over the centuries, member Jack Myers is confident their rendition will leave a lasting impression on audiences.
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