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By MARLO BARNHART | May 21, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Since the inception of the Maryland Medbank program in 2000, Audrey Miller has watched the numbers of discount prescription drug recipients rise and fall with the economy. She also has witnessed the breakaway of Washington County from the statewide Medbank program two years ago, forming the Medication Assistance Center for Washington County, of which she is director. "We wanted an individual identity," Miller said. "Now, we can look a little deeper for grants.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | April 19, 2009
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Any nonviolent offender who wants to avoid jail would do well to meet Joe Sacchet. Sacchet, 59, was hired a few weeks ago to be the executive director of the Community Corrections Day Reporting Center, a new program being launched in Berkeley and Jefferson counties to save money by keeping nonviolent offenders out of jail. He comes to his new Eastern Panhandle job loaded with experience dealing with prisoners. For 32 years, the Hagerstown native was the warden at each of the three Maryland state prisons in Hagerstown.
NEWS
February 26, 2009
Marian Gale Age: 58 Resides in: Sharpsburg Where do you volunteer and what do you do there?: REACH Cold Weather Shelter in Hagerstown, where she works the front desk as clients come in. She checks IDs, learns if they plan to stay overnight and if they need a packed lunch the next day. What prompted you to begin volunteering?: "I felt so blessed that I wanted to return that blessing to others. " Your biggest reward as a volunteer?: Getting to know the clients, hearing their stories and being a good listener.
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January 23, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Lutheran Home Care & Hospice is seeking individuals interested in becoming hospice volunteers for clients and their families in Franklin and Fulton counties. People with day, evening or weekend availability are needed. Hospice volunteers assist those coping with terminal illnesses in their homes by providing emotional support to clients and families; relief and respite to caregivers and companionship. Bereavement volunteers provide support by making supportive phone calls and visits as needed.
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January 19, 2009
Professional SportsCare & Rehab Owner: Christopher A. Horowicz, DPT, ATC Address: 39 Maddex Drive, Suite 2, Shepherdstown, W.Va. Opening date: Jan. 5 Products and services: Orthopedic physical therapy, including total joint rehab, post-operative care, arthritis management, and treatment of sports injuries, sprains/strains and neuromuscular pain. Market area: Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia, Washington County How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it?
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By JANET HEIM | January 13, 2009
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- John Kenney's job might involve a lot of paperwork, but he's all about the people who are served. That commitment was recognized in August at an annual Adult Protective Services convention in Chicago when Kenney received the Spirit of NAPSA (National Adult Protective Services Association) Award. The award is given to a "frontline APS staff person who has contributed to the growth and development of the APS program in their community, as well as to the field of abuse intervention," according to a NAPSA newsletter.
NEWS
December 5, 2008
A Christmas tree-trimming party on Saturday will benefit the Parent-Child Center of Hagerstown. From 5:45 to 6:30 p.m., guests will arrive at Hager's Crossing Clubhouse, 12608 Sedgwick Way, and park their vehicles. A limousine will escort them to the Bailey residence a block away at 17568 Shale Drive. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted with a violin concert, warm cider and a New Year blessing. Amid carols, appetizers and wine tasting, the tree will be trimmed with ornaments dating over 36 years, culminating with the lighting of wax candles, a champagne toast and the singing of "O Tannenbaum.
NEWS
By MARLO BARNHART | December 4, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- When Hospice of Washington County was being organized as an all-volunteer agency nearly 30 years ago, the first clients usually shared a common diagnosis of cancer. Now, the 162 hospice clients have everything from cancer to dementia, chronic illnesses, lung and heart disease, and organ system failures, according to the agency's medical director, Dr. Frederic Kass. Kass has a practice in internal medicine and oncology. "My role is to act as educator for staff on new patients as well as to review the care patients get through hospice," Kass said.
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By JANET HEIM | October 20, 2008
For Cosmetology Level 1 students at Washington County Technical High School, familiar tools of the trade might be scissors, styling products and a comb. They traded those tools in for something out of the chemistry lab for a recent lesson in infection control and salon ecology. Instructor Marie Bikle had her students take cultures of a variety of surfaces, including the students' work stations in their classroom, door knobs and their shoes. The petri dish germ farms were allowed to grow three to five days, then observed.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | September 15, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - After being turned down for a Washington County Gaming Commission grant, the board overseeing a Hagerstown senior citizens' home is raising money in other ways. Senior Living Alternatives, which runs the nonprofit Holly Place group home on South Potomac Street, raised about $45,000 within the past month, according to Melanie Davis, the home's administrator. Doug Wright Jr., the board's president, said Senior Living Alternatives had to scramble for money after being denied by the Gaming Commission last month.
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