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March 9, 2008
SABILLASVILLE, Md - Hope Alive Inc. has announced its 2008 Board of Directors. They include Dr. Kenneth Olsen, president; Dr. Kathy Brooks; Mark Frizzera; Dr. Frank Eichorn; Penny Millison; Rich Manfredo, treasurer; Joanne Gardner; Kelly Schultz, secretary and interim vice president; Holly Jung; Deb Tomlinson; Jan MacFarlane; and Katie Penick. Founded in 2002, Hope Alive Inc. is a nonprofit Christian ministry called to embrace homeless women and their children with the life-changing love of God. In partnership with the community, Hope Alive offers a transitional group home and comprehensive support services to empower women and children with Christian values, dignity and the skills they need to live self-sustaining lives filled with hope and a future.
August 1, 2005
The Washington County Commissioners on April 26 appointed two people to the County Board of Social Services: James I. Blanks owned and operated Antietam Equipment Corp. in Hagers- town from 1981 to 1997. He is president of the North American Rod & Gun Club Board of Directors. He has served on the Washington County Partnership for Children & Families Board of Directors since 1999 and is the current chairman. He served on The Parent Child Center Board of Directors from 1990 to 1996 and was president of the board from 1994 to 1996.
January 20, 2013
The West Virginia University Hospitals-East board of directors recently recognized two outgoing board directors for their years of service to the health system. Rick Pill, immediate past board chairman, and Walter Washington, vice chairman and a charter member of the WVUH-East board since 2005, were presented plaques at a dinner held in their honor.
July 28, 2005
FREDERICK, Md. - The City of Frederick and the Weinberg Center Board of Directors Inc. will host a joint press conference Friday at 9 a.m. at the Weinberg Center. The event will cover highlights of the recently completed Fiscal 2005 season, including the unveiling of the center's financials.
June 30, 2004
Here's how the PenMar Development Corporation's board of directors voted Tuesday on whether to authorize the sale of the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base. For: John Hershey, Elizabeth Morgan, George Griffin, Peggy Bushey, Mike Zampelli, Steve Hull, Bill Mahr, Phil Ulzheimer. Against: Ron Sulchek Abstained: William J. Wivell
May 23, 2011
The Board of Directors of the Washington County Arts Council announces that the 2012 Community Arts Development grant guidelines and application now available at   or by calling Mary Anne Burke at 301-791-3132. Awards are made possible through the Maryland State Arts Council's Community Arts Development.
October 10, 2009
Tower Bank recently contributed $1,500 to the Fulton County Library. The donation will allow for the purchase of three computer kiosks, which will give Fulton County residents faster and easier access to a wide array of resources and information. Pictured are, from left, Rick Strait, Tower Bank branch sales manager; Donna Sain, treasurer of the Fulton County Library's board of directors; Jamie Brambley, director of the Fulton County Library; and Connie Burgan, Tower Bank market manager.
October 19, 2008
McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - The Board of Directors of the Fulton County Medical Center has announced the formation of the FCMC Foundation. The foundation has been established to support health and wellness in the community. The idea of a foundation began several years ago. FCMC decided to wait until the construction of the new facility was complete. The formal process for forming the foundation began in February 2008 and was finalized in August when the FCMC Board of Directors were recommended and appointed.
February 7, 2013
Agency collecting furniture in need of donations To the editor: Christian Social Services has been operating a program to provide usable furniture to people in our county who have been “burned out” or find themselves in desperate situations where they have little or no furniture. People make appointments for our volunteers to pick up the furniture. We store the items in a storage facility and, when the need arises, the person makes a request and we make arrangements for delivery.
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.
By DON AINES | | 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.
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.
By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | | 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...
By ROXANN MILLER | | 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.
By C.J. LOVELACE | | 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.
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