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OPINION
By ALLAN POWELL | July 15, 2011
U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III handed down a 139-page decision in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District that declared that teaching Intelligent Design in public school science classes was unconstitutional. Since that 2004 decision was made, there have been no federal court cases introduced on that issue. This only means that there have been changes in the strategy of those who are determined to combat the teaching of evolution. Because of the importance of the decision, Judge Jones accepted an invitation to speak to members of Americans United for Separation of Church and State about his reflections on such a controversial case.
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LIFESTYLE
June 24, 2011
Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) was designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR) earlier this year.  By awarding facilities the status of Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned the accreditation in all of the college's voluntary breast-imaging accreditation programs and modules, in addition to the mandatory mammography accreditation program. The breast imaging services at DIS araccredited in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.
NEWS
By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | May 24, 2011
It's a gardening competition worthy of a generous cash prize, but it's not about the money. In this case, it's about enhancing the healing environment for the patients and residents at Western Maryland Hospital Center, said Cindy Holzapfel, a member of the center's Therapeutic Gardens Committee. The seven-member committee came up with the idea to invite nine local garden clubs to design and plant a garden on the center's property, with the gardens to be judged in hopes of winning the $1,000 prize, which was provided by an anonymous donor.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | May 7, 2011
Washington County Public Schools administrators and teachers have been in discussions about designing a pilot evaluation program for teachers and principals that would provide financial incentives of at least $7,000 — hypothetically — to a teacher deemed to be highly effective during the first year of the program, Assistant Superintendent Mike Markoe said. Teachers and principals at five schools could apply to the pilot program, which will be funded largely by a $7.4 million federal grant the school system learned last fall it would receive to create an incentive program for teachers and administrators at schools serving students from low-income families.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | May 7, 2011
Questions still abound about how teachers will be evaluated as part of a voluntary pilot program for five public schools in Hagerstown. Most questions center around how student learning growth will be measured since it likely will account for 50 percent of a teacher's evaluation. The pilot program being developed by Washington County Public Schools officials, with help from the Washington County Teachers Association, is the school system's effort to design its own new evaluation system to comply with the Maryland Education Reform Act of 2010 and President Obama's education reform initiative, Race to the Top. The Education Reform Act of 2010 says data on student progress shall be "a significant component" and "one of multiple measures" used to evaluate certified teachers and principals.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | April 14, 2011
Williamsport's efforts to be a greener town have netted it a "Tree City USA" designation, officials said at a Williamsport Town Council meeting this week. The town received a $15,000 grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust and used the money to plant an additional 175 trees in town, Maryland Department of Natural Resources spokesman Becky Wilson said in a presentation Monday night before council members and Mayor James G. McCleaf II. Pruning tools were also purchased for town employees, and the workers were given some training on how to properly trim trees, McCleaf said.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | April 13, 2011
The latest designs for a pumptrack proposed at Pine Hill Regional Recreation Area in Washington Township, Pa., would not only have a course for smaller bicycles, but it would also be surrounded by an obstacle track for mountain bikes, township officials said Wednesday. Pumptracks require bicyclists to use their upper body to navigate a dirt track with various berms and bumps. An area where the proposed pumptrack would be established at the Mentzer Gap Road park is about 100 feet by 200 feet.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | February 27, 2011
Short, shimmering, beaded and flowing, the dresses on display Sunday at the Historic McFarland House differed greatly, but served one purpose. The prom fashion show was designed to raise money for the Shenandoah Women’s Center’s work with victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. “When women are neglected and abused in our community, they need a place to go,” said Lisa Schweiger, marketing coordinator for Personal Reflections Day Spa. The event raised $1,500, Schweiger said.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | February 21, 2011
The Berkeley County Board of Education voted unanimously Monday to allocate 2.69 acres at the Musselman High School campus in Inwood, W.Va., for construction of a public recreation center. “We are very excited about this project, to say the least,” Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks & Recreation Board Executive Director R. Stephen “Steve” Catlett told school board members in a presentation about what he called the “South Berkeley Recreation Center.” Superintendent Manny P. Arvon assured board members there is plenty of campus parking available for the recreation center, which would be on the south side of the high school.
LIFESTYLE
BY TIFFANY ARNOLD | tiffanya@herald-mail.com | February 17, 2011
On Sunday, Feb. 20, prom dress shoppers will have a chance to meet the man who may have made their dresses. Arkansas-based formal wear designer Tony Bowls will be at Potomac Bridals Prom & Tuxedo in downtown Hagerstown, off Public Square. Bowls said he'll be at the shop offering advice and may sign a dress or two. "If they want my opinion, I'm certainly going to tell them," Bowls said. Bowls is a formal wear designer whose frocks are well known in the pageant world. He dressed 2009 Miss America Katie Stam and frequently provides dresses for Miss America and Miss USA contestants.
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