September 2, 2013
The Community Foundation of Washington County has announced the addition of Ally Sirbaugh to its staff as the new director of communications. Sirbaugh's responsibilities include developing and implementing a communications plan for the foundation, creating newsletters, annual reports and other print materials, and managing three Web sites as well as other social media sites. Sirbaugh has more than 10 years experience in marketing and communications. She most recently served as the marketing manager for the Frederick (Md.)
July 26, 2013
Totem Pole Playhouse's artistic director has announced that his fifth season will be his last. Ray Ficca issued a statement Thursday night, saying he will step down from the post in September. “With its recent infusion of overwhelming community and financial support, the playhouse is heading towards an exciting new future,” Ficca said in the statement. “It's a promising and important new direction that I believe, to be successful, requires a full-time, year-round artistic director, not a seasonal one. Since I live in Washington, D.C, that's a level of professional support that I'm unable to offer to the theater.” Ficca was named the artistic director in April of 2007, replacing Totem Pole legends Wil Love and Carl Schur.
July 21, 2013
Paul T. Lochstampfor of Waynesboro, Pa., a licensed Pennsylvania funeral director for 25 years, recently was honored for his dedication and professional service by the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, or PFDA. The award was presented by JoAnn Pavlic, president of the PFDA, at a ceremony during the 131st annual PFDA Convention & Expo on June 11 at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg/Hershey in Grantsville, Pa. Lochstampfor is a graduate of the University of Maryland system, statewide mortuary science program at Catonsville, Franklin University, and has taken classes at Eastern University, University of Massachusetts and West Chester State University.
July 12, 2013
Mark Halsey, executive director of the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, is on a planned medical leave recovering from open heart surgery, according to a university official. Halsey, who had the surgery in late June, has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, “which means he has a thickened heart muscle,” Erin Harman, USMH director of advancement and outreach, said in an emailed statement Thursday. “The cardiologist found that the thickened wall of the heart was causing a great deal of pressure in his heart,” Harman said.
July 10, 2013
Matt Semler, who was principal at Winter Street Elementary School in Hagerstown for seven years, was recently named director of elementary education for Washington County Public Schools. He succeeds Steve Wernick, who left the school system this summer to take a job as an elementary school principal in Carroll County, Md. Semler's annual salary increases from $97,695 to $108,693 with the promotion, according to the school system. Semler, who lives in Hagerstown, said he grew up in the city and is a 1994 graduate of St. Maria Goretti High School.
July 10, 2013
For a dozen years, preschoolers in Hancock have been pedaling tricycles to raise money to help children facing life-threatening illnesses. The total raised from 12 Trike-A-Thons for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital surpassed $30,000 when the event was held on May 8, said January Souders, director of the Good Shepherd Preschool. Souders - who has worked at Good Shepherd since 2000 and has been its director since 2005 - is going to Memphis, Tenn., this week for St. Jude's Volunteer Appreciation Day. She has also been asked to speak at a coordinator workshop titled “Moments of Truth,” in which she will share with others how Good Shepherd has grown its event, increasing business and community support, parental involvement and backing from town residents.
June 30, 2013
In the world of theater, a playwright writes the words and an actor speaks them. But it is the director who has to make sure the playwright's vision goes from the writing on paper to being portrayed by walking, talking human beings. And for playwrights today, especially ones who are staging new pieces of work, the partnership between the playwright and director is invaluable. For Contemporary American Theater Festival first-timers playwright...
June 19, 2013
The Chambersburg Area School Board rescinded its offer to appoint a former assistant superintendent into another leadership position at the same salary and benefits. By a 6-3 vote Wednesday night, the school board voted to amend a move on March 13 that in effect removed Cathy Dusman from her job as assistant superintendent and made her director of early childhood education. Voting for the change were Phillip Miracle, Stanley Helman, Kim Amsley-Camp, Fred Rice, Joe Tosten and Norman Blowers.
June 18, 2013
Washington County soon will be hiring someone for a new position within its Division of Emergency Services. The county Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a proposed modification of the currently vacant emergency services coordinator job to create the position of assistant director of emergency medical services operations. The now-approved position change will include a pay raise from the county's Grade 12 level to a Grade 14, which coincides with the increased duties and responsibilities the former position accrued since the county took it over in 2006 from the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, according to emergency services Director Kevin Lewis.
June 12, 2013
Matthew Huber has been named director of admissions at Shepherd University, the school said in a news release. Huber began his new duties June 6. He is responsible for achieving annual and long-range enrollment goals and assisting in the development of admissions marketing and communications strategies, the release said. Huber, who is a member of the enrollment management senior leadership team, reports to the vice president for enrollment management. As director, Huber will develop a comprehensive student recruitment plan for Shepherd.