August 21, 2013
Graduation for the students of the August class of Franklin County Career and Technology Center's practical nursing program was held Aug. 8 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Chambersburg. It was the 109th graduating class of the nursing program, which has served the citizens of the area for more than 54 years. Welcoming comments were given by Keith Yohn, administrative director of Career Tech. The graduation address was given by Dr. Paul Orange, who challenged the graduates to make full use of their senses - light, hearing and smell - to better understand a patient.
August 20, 2013
The completion of the W. Randy Smith Recreation Center has been delayed by high moisture levels in the concrete on which the building's gym flooring is to be installed. “It's like we're cursed or something,” Steve Catlett, executive director of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks & Recreation board, told board members Tuesday. The 18,200-square-foot building on the campus of Musselman High School was on track to be turned over by this month, but Catlett reported Tuesday that the flooring work cannot be guaranteed under warranty if the moisture content of the concrete is above 85 percent.
August 18, 2013
Ballet and All That Jazz dancers recently completed another successful dance season. Nine high school seniors performed together for the last time in the dance school's spring recital May 18 at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown. The dancers are Kristen Davis, Emily Fortney, Maggie Manspeaker, Moriah Garling, Ellen McQuaid, Akelah Taylor, Laura Meckley, Caroline Bradford and Emily Newmann. In June, dancers joined instructor Bonnie Slawson, learning contemporary, jazz and hip-hop dances at jazz camp.
August 11, 2013
Stephen Strasburg pitched a four-hitter and struck out 10 in the first complete game of his career, Jayson Werth had his second straight three-hit game and the Washington Nationals completed a three-game sweep with a 6-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday night. Strasburg (6-9) dominated the reeling Phillies for his first win since July 7 against San Diego. The Nationals had lost five straight games started by the right-hander. The Phillies never had a runner in scoring position during their 11th straight road loss.
August 8, 2013
Chuck Thatcher has been a regular contender for the WACO title in recent years. In 2011, he held the first-round lead before faltering to a 75 in the second round. Last year, he put up a 67 in the second round, following an opening-round 74, nearly netting him the title. This time, Thatcher will be out to connect both ends of the 36-hole tournament and come up with a title in the 30th WACO championship at Beaver Creek Country Club Saturday and Sunday. “My goal is 68-68, I think 8-under would win,” Thatcher said.
July 25, 2013
At least 12 groups are considering submitting proposals to buy the Franklin County-owned Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, county officials said Thursday. County officials have distributed packets to a dozen skilled nursing providers seeking information about the possible sale of the nursing home, according to Franklin County Commissioner David Keller. “At least two vendors have been in to tour the facility, and I believe a couple other tours are in the works,” Keller said Thursday.
July 12, 2013
Beginning next week, Valley Road will be closed temporarily at the bridge over Israel Creek in southern Washington County, according to the county publics works division. Effective Monday at 8:30 a.m., the road will be closed to through traffic for the completion of repairs to the bridge over the creek, the Washington County Division of Public Works Engineering and Construction Department said in a news release. The road will reopen by July 28; a detour will be posted to route traffic around the project, the release said.
July 4, 2013
Construction on the final phases of the city's downtown bike loop project is expected to be complete by mid-August, a city official said Wednesday. In mid-June, crews began constructing a 10-foot wide concrete path that starts at the south end of Prospect Street, Engineering Designer II Tim Young said in an email Wednesday. The path continues along the east side of Walnut Street to Park Circle, around a portion of Park Circle, across Virginia Avenue and extends along the north side of Memorial Boulevard to Summit Avenue.
June 9, 2013
Will Manning knew nothing of the Battle of Monterey Pass before he started his Eagle Scout project, but 80 hours of work on an informational sign for the battlefield filled in the blanks. Will, 15, built a wooden sign with informative text and images to help visitors understand what happened during the mountaintop Civil War battle. The 4-by-8-foot sign at Monterey Pass Battlefield Park off Pa. 16 in Blue Ridge Summit describes what happened there on the night of July 4, 1863. Last week, Will joined his father, John, and Washington Township, Pa., officials in commemorating his contribution to the municipal-owned battlefield park.
June 7, 2013
Soroptimist International of Hagerstown completed its gardening day for Holly Place of Hagerstown in May for the residents to enjoy. Holly Place is a senior assisted living facility. Soroptimist International is a nonprofit organization of professional women headquartered in Philadlephia. It offers programs that improve the lives of women and girls through social and economic empowerment. For more information, go to www.soroptimist.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org .