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OPINION
July 7, 2013
“As Maryland leads the way with taxation without representation for its citizens, the other states will follow. They tax a tax on nature, rain tax. The government is not hearing the cries of the people. No more taxes.” - Warfordsburg, Pa. “Other than at a job, I would like to know if there's anywhere to purchase affordable health care in Washington County. If one takes out President Obama's Medicaid, then one loses their property upon death.” - Funkstown “To the person calling in about their father's headstone: They need to contact the church.
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NEWS
Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville | July 4, 2013
Christ Reformed Church at 117 W. Main St., in Sharpsburg, will host a program of special music and history of Sharpsburg's churches Sunday at 3:30 p.m.  Kathleen Boyer, organist at Christ Reformed, will play on the 1946 M.P. Moller pipe organ and has selected favorite hymns, including “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” and “God of the Ages, Who with Sure Command.”  Joining her will be musicians Richard Gross and Lyndell Clipp performing duets...
NEWS
July 3, 2013
On July 1, Grant Spong became the new pastor of the Potomac Charge of the United Methodist Church, which includes Mount Carmel, St. Paul and Parkhead churches, all in Big Pool, Md. Most recently, Spong was pastor in Berkeley Springs, W.Va. Spong has been a pastor in Germany and Australia. He is married to Jenny Gehr. They have four sons.  Spong has a master's degree in Quaker theology and is studying for a master's in divinity. He teaches from the Bible. In his spare time, he writes books and plays guitar.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | June 30, 2013
Members of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church said they want to make an impact in the community, so they organized a special day in Shafer Park on Sunday. A main part of the event was a Christian music festival, which featured bands playing in a gazebo on the park's grounds. Men In Black, a band that features gospel and country music, took the stage early in the afternoon and the group was followed by Calvarys Redemption, made up of a younger group of musicians offering a more revved-up rock sound.
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Ellen Rowland | Around North Hagerstown | June 30, 2013
Paramount Brethren In Christ Church on Longmeadow Road will offer its parking lot and restrooms to the patrons who will be participating in the Fourth of July Mile-Long Yard Sale on Thursday.  Donations are appreciated with all proceeds going toward Operation Christmas Child, which sends nine million shoe boxes filled with toys, clothing and personal items to underprivileged children around the world.  The church also will have its food stand...
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By KAREN MAWDSLEY | kmawdsley@schurz.com | June 28, 2013
Otterbein United Methodist Church member Gary Wright was aware of the good works another congregation performed with its emergency response trailer and wanted his church to pursue a similar program. Little did he know that within half a year and at less than $100 cost to his church's council, his $12,000 project of assembling a trailer would become a reality. “You make the thing and hope that you never have to use it,” Wright, 61, of Hagerstown, said Monday. The Rev. Stephen Robison, Otterbein's pastor, said Wright “spearheaded a task force to look at the trailer and equipment cost and offering training.” Wright found inspiration in his brother, Cliff Wright, who served as a member of an emergency response team from Mount Nebo United Methodist Church in Boonsboro.
NEWS
Paula Wolber | Around Maugansville | June 21, 2013
Salem Reformed Church will have a festival on Wednesday, starting at 5 p.m. Food available for purchase includes country ham and chicken salad sandwiches; chicken corn, bean and chicken noodle soups; salads; pies and cakes; iced tea and sodas. The church is at 13182 Salem Church Road off Cearfoss Pike. Call the church office at 301-739-9212 for information.   Fire company holding basket bingo The Maugansville Goodwill Fire Co. will have basket bingo on Sunday, June 30 at the fire station at 13730 Maugans Ave. Tickets cost $20 and include six bingo cards and one of each bonus game.
OBITUARIES
June 19, 2013
Thelma M. Gipe Harshman, 94, of 6489 Nunnery Road, Waynesboro, Pa., died Wednesday, June 19, 2013. The family will receive friends Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Antietam Congregation, Old German Baptist Brethren Church, Waynesboro. A family service will be Tuesday at 9 a.m. at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro. The service will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the church.
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Ellen Rowland | Around North Hagerstown | June 16, 2013
Salem Reformed Church will hold its church festival Wednesday, June 26, starting at 5 p.m. The menu includes country ham and chicken salad sandwiches, hot dogs, steamers, chicken corn soup, chicken noodle soup, bean soup, salads, cakes and pies, iced tea and sodas. The community is invited. The church is on Salem Church Road off Cearfoss Pike.   Discuss the economy with a cup of coffee The Investment Perspective Club will begin meeting on the fourth Thursday of each month.
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Jamie Shekels | Around Halfway | June 13, 2013
A community vacation Bible school will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, at 17630 Virginia Ave., beginning Sunday, July 14, from 3 to 5 p.m., and continuing Monday, July 15 through Thursday, July 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. The theme is “SonQuest Rainforest” and will include crafts, Bible study, snacks, games as well as opportunities for children to learn the Bible verse  - “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that...
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