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May 24, 2010
Wandy Checo-Gomez of South Hagerstown High School was honored May 16 as a Susana De Moya Foundation award winner at the seventh annual award ceremony and fundraising luncheon titled "Excellence through Academic Achievement" in Baltimore. Checo-Gomez was one of seven students statewide from the Dominican Republic chosen for an award, which is based on academic achievement, community service, essays, letters of recommendation and an interview. The award is not a cash prize, but instead based on a student's educational need: a computer, tuition, tutoring or escrow for college expenses upon graduation.
LIFESTYLE
July 22, 2011
Nineteen students and five adults from Heritage Academy spent their spring break with unreliable electricity and no running water. From March 19 to 26, they visited the village of Los Toros in the Dominican Republic to help minister to area residents through a local church there. The group spent two days painting. One day they painted the inside of the host church, and later in the week they painted the inside and outside of another church in the village. Several of the boys in the group helped mix cement by hand to put floors in two homes that had dirt floors.
NEWS
June 15, 2012
A federal judge Friday sentenced a Dominican Republic citizen to 3 1/2 years in prison for twice fraudulently trying to obtain a U.S. passport through the Hagerstown Post Office,  the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office said.  U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Leavitt Rodriguez, also known as Jose Luis Rosario Colon, 29, on two counts each of passport fraud and aggravated identity the, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. Rodriguez will also spend three years of supervision after getting out of prison, the release said.
OBITUARIES
June 14, 2012
Robert Thomas Sellers, 60, of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., died Monday, June 4, 2012, in the Dominican Republic. The family will receive friends today from 4 to 6 p.m. at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Charles Town, W.Va. The service will be today at 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
NEWS
February 25, 2011
A Frederick man has been charged after police uncovered a scheme in which an individual pretending to be a Dominican Republic ambassador to the U.S. defrauded a New York state senator and the senator’s constituents out of about $11,500, police said Thursday. Francisco Alberto Calcano of the 100 block of Willowdale Drive has been charged with fraud, theft over $10,000 and theft scheme, according to the Frederick Police Department. The scheme was conducted by an individual who called victims on the phone, according to a news release from the Frederick Police Department.
NEWS
April 12, 2006
Hagerstown Suns relief pitcher Waner Mateo was suspended 50 games Tuesday for violation of the minor league drug prevention and treatment program. Mateo was one of four minor league players to receive suspensions Tuesday. Three of those suspensions, including Mateo's, were due to positive tests for a performance enhancing substance. Mateo, 21, a native of San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, was signed with the New York Mets organization as a free agent in 2003. He appeared in one game for the Suns this season, giving up four hits and three runs in two innings, walking two and striking out three.
NEWS
By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | November 22, 2012
When Dan Franklin went to veterinary school in the Philippines, it opened his eyes to the poverty in that country and many other parts of the world. “People in this country have no idea how the majority of the world live. They live hand-to-mouth,” Franklin said. A mission trip to the Dominican Republic eight years ago through his church, Church of Christ in Hagerstown, was the first of many for Franklin. He found most of the trips required construction skills, which were not his specialty.
NEWS
August 26, 2002
Hershberger-Bock Suzanne Christine Bock and Troy Damon Hershberger were married Saturday, July 6, 2002, at Pen Mar County Park. The bride is the daughter of Linda and Christopher Bock of Bowie, Md. The bridegroom is the son of Carolyn and Dale Detrow of Hagerstown and the late L.P. Hershberger Jr. The bride received a bachelor of science degree in natural resources management from University of Maryland at College Park in 2002....
NEWS
by Liz Boch | July 15, 2002
lizb@herald-mail.com After living in a Peruvian convent with hot pink toilet paper but no toilet seats, two Hagerstown residents said they returned appreciating American life. Jay Frantz, 61, and Mary Anne Day, 52, traveled to Lima, Peru, for 19 days in June with Medical Ministry International (MMI), a group that provides medical assistance to South American and Caribbean countries. They lived in a convent in the Rimac section of Lima, the section considered the least wealthy.
NEWS
June 7, 2010
The Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association is hosting a nine-night Caribbean cruise in February 2011. The second annual HCC Alumni and Friends Cruise will take place from Friday, Feb. 18, through Sunday, Feb. 27. Port stops include St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Samana, Dominican Republic; and Labadee, Haiti. The cruise is open to the public and everyone is invited to participate. Rates start at $1,459.75 and vary depending on occupancy type. Participants who book by Sept.
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By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | November 22, 2012
When Dan Franklin went to veterinary school in the Philippines, it opened his eyes to the poverty in that country and many other parts of the world. “People in this country have no idea how the majority of the world live. They live hand-to-mouth,” Franklin said. A mission trip to the Dominican Republic eight years ago through his church, Church of Christ in Hagerstown, was the first of many for Franklin. He found most of the trips required construction skills, which were not his specialty.
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NEWS
June 15, 2012
A federal judge Friday sentenced a Dominican Republic citizen to 3 1/2 years in prison for twice fraudulently trying to obtain a U.S. passport through the Hagerstown Post Office,  the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office said.  U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Leavitt Rodriguez, also known as Jose Luis Rosario Colon, 29, on two counts each of passport fraud and aggravated identity the, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. Rodriguez will also spend three years of supervision after getting out of prison, the release said.
OBITUARIES
June 14, 2012
Robert Thomas Sellers, 60, of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., died Monday, June 4, 2012, in the Dominican Republic. The family will receive friends today from 4 to 6 p.m. at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Charles Town, W.Va. The service will be today at 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
LIFESTYLE
July 22, 2011
Nineteen students and five adults from Heritage Academy spent their spring break with unreliable electricity and no running water. From March 19 to 26, they visited the village of Los Toros in the Dominican Republic to help minister to area residents through a local church there. The group spent two days painting. One day they painted the inside of the host church, and later in the week they painted the inside and outside of another church in the village. Several of the boys in the group helped mix cement by hand to put floors in two homes that had dirt floors.
NEWS
February 25, 2011
A Frederick man has been charged after police uncovered a scheme in which an individual pretending to be a Dominican Republic ambassador to the U.S. defrauded a New York state senator and the senator’s constituents out of about $11,500, police said Thursday. Francisco Alberto Calcano of the 100 block of Willowdale Drive has been charged with fraud, theft over $10,000 and theft scheme, according to the Frederick Police Department. The scheme was conducted by an individual who called victims on the phone, according to a news release from the Frederick Police Department.
NEWS
May 24, 2010
Wandy Checo-Gomez of South Hagerstown High School was honored May 16 as a Susana De Moya Foundation award winner at the seventh annual award ceremony and fundraising luncheon titled "Excellence through Academic Achievement" in Baltimore. Checo-Gomez was one of seven students statewide from the Dominican Republic chosen for an award, which is based on academic achievement, community service, essays, letters of recommendation and an interview. The award is not a cash prize, but instead based on a student's educational need: a computer, tuition, tutoring or escrow for college expenses upon graduation.
NEWS
April 12, 2006
Hagerstown Suns relief pitcher Waner Mateo was suspended 50 games Tuesday for violation of the minor league drug prevention and treatment program. Mateo was one of four minor league players to receive suspensions Tuesday. Three of those suspensions, including Mateo's, were due to positive tests for a performance enhancing substance. Mateo, 21, a native of San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, was signed with the New York Mets organization as a free agent in 2003. He appeared in one game for the Suns this season, giving up four hits and three runs in two innings, walking two and striking out three.
NEWS
August 26, 2002
Hershberger-Bock Suzanne Christine Bock and Troy Damon Hershberger were married Saturday, July 6, 2002, at Pen Mar County Park. The bride is the daughter of Linda and Christopher Bock of Bowie, Md. The bridegroom is the son of Carolyn and Dale Detrow of Hagerstown and the late L.P. Hershberger Jr. The bride received a bachelor of science degree in natural resources management from University of Maryland at College Park in 2002....
NEWS
by Liz Boch | July 15, 2002
lizb@herald-mail.com After living in a Peruvian convent with hot pink toilet paper but no toilet seats, two Hagerstown residents said they returned appreciating American life. Jay Frantz, 61, and Mary Anne Day, 52, traveled to Lima, Peru, for 19 days in June with Medical Ministry International (MMI), a group that provides medical assistance to South American and Caribbean countries. They lived in a convent in the Rimac section of Lima, the section considered the least wealthy.
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