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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | May 10, 2012
A Washington County Circuit Court judge Thursday sentenced a Hagerstown teenager to 10 years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to first-degree assault in the stabbing of a man with developmental disabilities. Judge John H. McDowell gave Matthew David Smith, 18, of 321 N. Locust St. a 25-year sentence with 15 years suspended. As part of the plea agreement, the other charges against Smith, including attempted first-degree murder, were dismissed, according to court records.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | February 6, 2013
Pat Kurtz said she and others came up with an idea to offer karaoke nights to give developmentally disabled people something to do during the winter months. But Kurtz said it is hard to hold such activities in places such as bars. Therefore, Kurtz and other members of the Tri-State Civitan club are now welcoming dozens of developmentally disabled people for regular karaoke nights at Trinity Lutheran Church on Randolph Avenue. Thanks to help from DJ Bobby Hayes and Trinity Lutheran Church, which decided to provide space for the event, Tri-State Civitan is able to provide developmentally disabled people two hours of karaoke fun in the lower level of the church.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | August 10, 2011
Thirteen-year-old Tim Parvin stood in the background Wednesday at the Easter Seals Camp Amp watching nervously as his fellow campers were hoisted 35 feet in the air. Half a dozen campers worked together pulling the line on the "flying squirrel," to give another camper the ride of a lifetime. However, Tim, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., doesn't like heights. So, it took a pep talk from a few friends before he mustered the courage to try the new adventure. "I didn't want to go up, but I did. I feel happy," he said of his accomplishment.
NEWS
By JANET HEIM | February 12, 2008
Kelly Miller and Cathy Funk provide a lifeline for about 200 individuals and their families. As director and program manager, respectively, for the Individual Family Support Services Department at The Arc of Washington County, they, along with program manager Joel Broadway and their 50 employees - in the main Hagerstown office and satellite office in Cumberland, Md. - assist those with developmental disabilities. Their department is the largest program in the agency, serving the biggest number of individuals, they said.
NEWS
by JULIE E. GREENE | April 25, 2005
julieg@herald-mail.com By the time Joe Kowalski was 18 months old his favorite word was duck. "All the time he would say it. Anytime he saw a duck at the Norfolk, Va., zoo, 'Duck, duck, duck, duck, duck' and it was an adorable thing and then the next thing was he didn't want to or couldn't say it anymore," recalls Joe's mother, Carol Kowalski. Kowalski mentioned Joe's speech to a Virginia doctor during his checkup at age 2, and they agreed to wait six months to see if it improved.
EDUCATION
February 24, 2013
Nathan Tappen was a young man with significant developmental disabilities. His family utilized the support and services of the Arc of Franklin-Fulton Counties throughout his lifetime. While Tappen's life was a brief 22 years, his death left the organization with a renewed sense of purpose to continue serving other citizens with developmental disabilities. In his memory, the Nathan Tappen Memorial Scholarship was developed to award $500 to an individual entering the field of special education.
NEWS
March 26, 2013
A quarter auction fundraiser to help individuals with developmental disabilities will be hosted by Tri-State Civitan Club Sunday, April 7, at Morris Frock Post 42 American Legion on Northern Avenue in Hagerstown. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the bidding will begin at 1:30 p.m. Food will be available for purchase. For tickets, call Carolyn at 301-745-8917.
NEWS
March 20, 2013
Karaoke night for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families/caretakers will be Wednesday March 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, on the corner of Randolph and North Potomac streets in Hagerstown.  Parking and the entrance to the hall are in the rear of church.  The event is free. Snacks and beverages will be provided. DJ Bobby Hayes will provide the music.
NEWS
July 16, 2007
William "Mac" McLean was recently honored by the Maryland Association of Community Service (MACS) as a volunteer honoree at an annual awards luncheon at Harris Crab House in Kent Island, Md. McLean was accompanied to the reception by Arc of Washington County Board of Directors members Jan Ernst, president, and Dot Kalback, secretary, along with Arc Executive Director Phyllis Landry, who nominated McLean for the prestigious award. McLean was presented an award for being the driving force of change, advocacy and progress at Arc of Washington County for the past 55 years.
LIFESTYLE
December 23, 2012
The Tri-State Civitan Club presented its Christmas variety show recently at the Potomac Center on Marshall Street in Hagerstown. The club brings the event to children and adults with developmental disabilities. Students from Marshall Street School, Job Development Center and Star Community were among the crowd. The event is always a favorite show with standing room only. Kevin The Klown always brings amazement from the audience when he balances a ladder in his mouth. Aaron Elbin from Marshall Street School staff was turned into a puppet by magician John Dodge and got many laughs.
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NEWS
August 6, 2013
Kristofor Tolley received one of the many balloon animals made by clown Ron Kurtz when the Tri-State Civitan Club held its annual picnic for the developmentally disabled and their families/caregivers at The Improved Order of Red Men Tribe 84 in Williamsport. DJ Bobby Hayes provided the music for karaoke and dancing. Tattoos and face painting were featured activities, and the Antietam ice cream truck was a welcome treat. The club served 200 meals. The club meets the second Monday of every month at 6 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church on the corner of North Potomac Street and Randolph Avenue in Hagerstown.
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NEWS
March 26, 2013
A quarter auction fundraiser to help individuals with developmental disabilities will be hosted by Tri-State Civitan Club Sunday, April 7, at Morris Frock Post 42 American Legion on Northern Avenue in Hagerstown. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the bidding will begin at 1:30 p.m. Food will be available for purchase. For tickets, call Carolyn at 301-745-8917.
NEWS
March 20, 2013
Karaoke night for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families/caretakers will be Wednesday March 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, on the corner of Randolph and North Potomac streets in Hagerstown.  Parking and the entrance to the hall are in the rear of church.  The event is free. Snacks and beverages will be provided. DJ Bobby Hayes will provide the music.
EDUCATION
February 24, 2013
Nathan Tappen was a young man with significant developmental disabilities. His family utilized the support and services of the Arc of Franklin-Fulton Counties throughout his lifetime. While Tappen's life was a brief 22 years, his death left the organization with a renewed sense of purpose to continue serving other citizens with developmental disabilities. In his memory, the Nathan Tappen Memorial Scholarship was developed to award $500 to an individual entering the field of special education.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | February 6, 2013
Pat Kurtz said she and others came up with an idea to offer karaoke nights to give developmentally disabled people something to do during the winter months. But Kurtz said it is hard to hold such activities in places such as bars. Therefore, Kurtz and other members of the Tri-State Civitan club are now welcoming dozens of developmentally disabled people for regular karaoke nights at Trinity Lutheran Church on Randolph Avenue. Thanks to help from DJ Bobby Hayes and Trinity Lutheran Church, which decided to provide space for the event, Tri-State Civitan is able to provide developmentally disabled people two hours of karaoke fun in the lower level of the church.
LIFESTYLE
December 23, 2012
The Tri-State Civitan Club presented its Christmas variety show recently at the Potomac Center on Marshall Street in Hagerstown. The club brings the event to children and adults with developmental disabilities. Students from Marshall Street School, Job Development Center and Star Community were among the crowd. The event is always a favorite show with standing room only. Kevin The Klown always brings amazement from the audience when he balances a ladder in his mouth. Aaron Elbin from Marshall Street School staff was turned into a puppet by magician John Dodge and got many laughs.
OBITUARIES
December 7, 2012
Gary Francis Breakall, 75, of Hancock, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at his home. Born March 27, 1937, in Hancock, he was the son of the late Oscar Andrew and Jesse Stotler Breakall, and husband of Shirley M. Hawbaker Breakall, whom he married June 20, 1954 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Hancock. Gary was retired from the U.S. Postal Service, serving as postmaster in Hancock; he was a 1955 graduate of Hancock High School; a member of St. Peter Catholic Church; and was a volunteer at Hancock High School.
NEWS
July 5, 2012
Sunrise Rotary recently presented its annual vocational service awards to three groups - Horizon Goodwill Industries, Arc of Washington County and HBP Inc. Horizon Goodwill Industries was recognized for its exemplary service to the community through training, employment and job placement for disadvantaged and disabled individuals.  Arc of Washington County was recognized for its exemplary support and guidance for challenged individuals....
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | May 10, 2012
A Washington County Circuit Court judge Thursday sentenced a Hagerstown teenager to 10 years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to first-degree assault in the stabbing of a man with developmental disabilities. Judge John H. McDowell gave Matthew David Smith, 18, of 321 N. Locust St. a 25-year sentence with 15 years suspended. As part of the plea agreement, the other charges against Smith, including attempted first-degree murder, were dismissed, according to court records.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | August 10, 2011
Thirteen-year-old Tim Parvin stood in the background Wednesday at the Easter Seals Camp Amp watching nervously as his fellow campers were hoisted 35 feet in the air. Half a dozen campers worked together pulling the line on the "flying squirrel," to give another camper the ride of a lifetime. However, Tim, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., doesn't like heights. So, it took a pep talk from a few friends before he mustered the courage to try the new adventure. "I didn't want to go up, but I did. I feel happy," he said of his accomplishment.
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