July 7, 2007
The Community Foundation of Washington County MD Inc. will be sponsoring a nationwide reading program called The Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Studies have shown that literary reading is rapidly declining among American adults, especially the younger age groups. Studies also show that literary readers are more likely to perform volunteer and charity work than are nonliterary readers. Through a competitive application process, the NEA has chosen 117 communities across the country to participate in the Big Read, which gives these communities the opportunity to promote, read, and discuss a single literary classic.
December 24, 2008
MARCH 24, 1928-DEC. 22, 2008 CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Norma Nye Anna Stambaugh Beachley, 80, of 260 Woodvale Drive, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at Penn Hall Nursing Center. Born March 24, 1928, in York, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Norman Stambaugh and Ruth Nye Stambaugh Summers. She was a vocalist and entertainer, starring in community theater productions such as "Guys and Dolls," "Bye Bye Birdie" and "My Fair Lady. " From the late 1950s to the 1970s, she appeared in revues and sang with local bands, as well as modeled and appeared in commercials.
February 12, 2007
HAGERSTOWN The Hagerstown City Council will hold a special session this afternoon to discuss selling the Tusing Warehouse. Deborah A. Everhart, city director of economic development, said the council will vote to introduce an ordinance to sell the building. The council won't vote to adopt the ordinance until later this month, she said. Everhart said the ordinance likely will be adopted during the council's Feb. 27 meeting, but the ordinance wouldn't become effective until March 30. Once that happens, settlement on the property at 58 E. Washington St. can occur, she said.
May 7, 2009
OCT. 20, 1926-MAY 3, 2009 Winifred "Jean" (Hoke) Nye, 82, of The Terrace in Hagerstown, Md., died Sunday, May 3, 2009, at Quincy United Methodist Home in Quincy, Pa. Born Oct. 20, 1926, in Shickshinny, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Jesse and Viola (Ponton) Hoke. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert P. Nye, on Feb. 4, 2001, and two brothers, Jesse Justin "Bussie" Hoke and John Calvin Hoke. She was a member of the Chambersburg High School class of 1945.
May 18, 2011
New Voice Play Festival, Summer Youth Old Opera House, 240 N. George St., Charles Town, W.Va., will host auditions for two upcoming productions. Auditions for the New Voice Play Festival will be at 7 p.m. Monday, May 23, and Tuesday, May 24. The festival productions are original one-act plays submitted from playwrights from across the country. The top four plays are staged during the festival. New to this year's event, the plays are not ranked but will be voted on by the audience to determine the winning play.
June 3, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- The Women's Giving Circle has announced grants to two organizations with different approaches to the same problem - teen pregnancy and the social ills that often accompany it. In its fourth year, the circle handed out $5,000 Tuesday in a brief ceremony at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. A total of $20,000 has been awarded since 2004. · The Washington County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition was awarded $3,400 to support the teen advisory group in the development of the "Teens Have Choices" game that explains and explores options available to sexually active teens.
August 8, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- After a week of memorizing iambic lines and learning songs in three-quarter time, the children from Children's Stage Adventures summer camp in Chambersburg took time to dream Saturday. With nearly 200 family and friends in attendance, the 34 campers showcased their new skills in an adaptation of a William Shakespeare comedy titled "Shakespeare's Midsummer Dream. " The play was a mix of old English folk songs and simplified Shakespeare, narrated by the Bard, Children's Stage Adventures co-founder Rob Gray said.
June 4, 2008
The Women's Giving Circle has announced grants to two organizations with different approaches to the same problem - teen pregnancy and the social ills that often accompany it. In its fourth year, the circle handed out $5,000 Tuesday in a brief ceremony at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. A total of $20,000 has been awarded since 2004. · The Washington County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition was awarded $3,400 to support the teen advisory group in the development of the "Teens Have Choices" game that explains and explores options available to sexually active teens.
January 2, 2012
And the performing arts would be where now? To the editor: David Hanlin wrote a column outlining possible improvements in downtown Hagerstown in a recent issue of The Herald-Mail. Among possible improvements, he cited the proposed moving of the Board of Education to a downtown site, “if located near the Arts & Entertainment District.” I ask, what “Arts & Entertainment District?” A day or two earlier Carolyn Perrygo of Leitersburg wrote a letter hoping for a “miracle” to save the longtime Washington Country Playhouse - which has announced it will close after its April production.
January 25, 2012
Editor's note: This is another in a series of Eastern Panhandle candidate previews that The Herald-Mail will be running over the next several months. The announcements also will be posted on our website, www.herald-mail.com, through the West Virginia primary on May 8. To submit announcements, email them and a color photo (preferably a jpeg) to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions? Call 301-791-7281. Jefferson County Prosecutor Ralph Lorenzetti has announced his candidacy for a second four-year term.