March 3, 2013
Standing on one's head and spitting nickels used to figuratively represent a toilsome undertaking. But it might have been taken literally and breezed through as child's play for the industrious students gathered Saturday at South Hagerstown High School for the Western Maryland Regional DestiNation Imagination Tournament. Students at Northern Middle School, for example, passionately took on the “Twist-O-Rama” challenge of building a structure that could bear weight and withstand off-center torque- and twist-inducing impacts.
November 4, 2012
Monika Wertman has always known she wanted to work in a creative field. In high school, she concentrated on art and wanted to be an architect, until a guidance counselor talked her out of it. “There was no doubt in my mind. I've always done something artistic one way or the other,” Wertman said from her Valleybrook Drive home in Hagerstown. It's been a long journey, though. Wertman got married and raised three children, who now range in age from 16 to 25. Her husband of 27 years, Carl Wertman, was in the U.S. Army, so the family moved often.
October 29, 2012
Smithsburg Library will host free creative writing classes from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Nov. 3, 10 and 17, at the library, 66 W. Water St., Smithsburg. Write something special for loved ones in time for the holidays in this interactive workshop with Chris Copley. To reserve a seat, call 301-824-7722.
September 5, 2012
I love the idea of putting a baseball stadium right up against a newspaper office building that's 80 percent windows. What could happen? And while we're at it, let's put the new police department shooting range right next to the ward for people recovering from nervous breakdowns. I've never understood this town, which is why I stay here. At this juncture, I feel compelled to point out that we have one group of people in City Hall fretting over how we're going to find a use for a big, wide-open void in the middle of the city, one that was left empty by the demolition of the former hospital.
September 2, 2012
Name of business: The Little Pottery House Owner: Paula Bailey Address: 203 S. Princess St., Shepherdstown, W.Va. Opening date: May 2012 Products and services: Paint-your-own pottery studio Target market: All ages How did you get into your business, and what motivated you to start it? In 2009, I graduated from Marshall University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in ceramics. My dream has been to open a little paint-your-own pottery shop since my first pottery class.
August 21, 2012
Hannah Horst's first official day as 2012 Franklin County Fair Queen started off unceremoniously Tuesday. She woke up at 4:30 a.m. after sleeping in her car because it was too cold in the barn. Hannah, 17, then started washing 10 calves with friends from her 4-H club in preparation for the 4-H Dairy Roundup later Tuesday morning. “I was pretty dirty,” Hannah said with a laugh. By 9 a.m., Hannah was handing out ribbons to winners of the dairy roundup. Midway through, she swapped her crown and gown for a rope and boots to show her winter calf, Klause, during the event.
May 13, 2012
Springfield Middle School student Nick Andreaccio showed off his piece of artwork Sunday - a piece of thin metal with his image carved in it. The creation, one of about 1,500 that are being exhibited at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts as part of an annual public schools art display, showed a boy with blue hair, a green face and a purple shirt. Andreaccio said he made the image by pressing a pencil into the soft metal. Then, he made the different colors in the piece by melting different colored crayons and pouring the waxy material in the mold.
April 8, 2012
Name of business: Joyful Arts Studio - Susan Shaffer Art Owner: Susan Shaffer Address: 55 W. Baltimore St., Greencastle, Pa. Opening date: March 9, 2012 Products and services: We offer a variety of art classes for anyone wishing to explore their creativity, something for every level of experience. Target market: I am targeting individuals with a desire to create. It does not matter if they have artistic ability; we can teach them how to create.
March 6, 2012
Editor's note: This is part of an occasional series of profiles of local restaurant chefs. Chris Carp has been executive chef of Capital Camps & Retreat Center, a conference center and summer camp, for three years. Founded as a rustic retreat center for Jewish communities in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Capital Retreat Center caters to Jewish and non-Jewish groups from 10 to 500 or more. One unique aspect of the facility is that the kitchen is strictly kosher, with a religious-based separation of meat and dairy items.
June 9, 2011
Doreen Riss has a great job: She guides preschool children through the process of making art. But she's not so much a teacher as a expedition leader. "We have a hands-on, process-oriented art group," she said. "We get kids involved in discovery, as opposed to a cookie-cutter approach to art. " Riss is part of the teaching team at Creative Learning Center, arts-based day care and preschool, an outgrowth of Hagerstown Children's Theater, 806 Frederick St. in Hagerstown.