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By BRAD SELL and MELISSA REABOLD | July 28, 2013
Editor's note: This is an update on the Strategic Community Impact Plan coordinated by the Community Foundation and United Way of Washington County.  The Impact Council determined that SCIP Focus Groups would reconvene to evaluate the status of the work in progress to achieve the goals published in November 2012 and to provide an update to the community. As of this update, all focus groups have met one or more times. Each has determined the relevance of the stated goals and reviewed the current information available for each subject.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | July 28, 2013
Louis M. “Mac” Barlup Jr., Waynesboro's former mayor and high school principal, died Saturday at the age of 86. Barlup worked for 39 years in education, first in Washington Township, then in the Waynesboro Area School District after the district consolidated. His first teaching job was in 1951 as a fourth-grade teacher of 42 students in the former Wayne Heights Elementary School, according to his obituary. In 1953, he was made teacher-principal of the new Washington Township Junior High School, and following consolidation, he was appointed principal of East Junior High School in the former Waynesboro High School building.
July 24, 2013
The seven members of the Washington County Board of Education are elected to four-year terms. School Board business meetings are usually held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the Central Office auditorium at 820 Commonwealth Ave. in Hagerstown. The public is invited to the meetings that are tentatively scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month and 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month. Meetings typically last two to three hours. The meetings are televised on Antietam Cable Channel 99 and can be viewed online as live streaming video when meetings are scheduled.
July 21, 2013
Area health professionals were honored for their contributions to the region's wellness at the Western Maryland Area Health Education Center's annual awards dinner June 11 at Cumberland Country Club. The nurses, nurse practitioners, dietitians and social workers were honored for their outstanding leadership, service and commitment to patients, clients and the community. The center provides services in Washington County, including facilitating medical student rotations with practitioners in the county, offering interdisciplinary and continuing education in geriatrics and gerontology at Washington County facilities, and providing a summer health careers program in conjunction with the Board of Education.
By DAVE McMILLION | | July 16, 2013
Only a handful of people showed up at a public meeting Tuesday evening at Salem Avenue Elementary school to hear the latest details about the possible design of a  proposed new “West City” elementary school in Hagerstown. Aaron K. House, project architect for Bushey, Feight, Morin Architects Inc., showed possible designs for a secured vestibule, gymnasium and cafeteria, an instructional resource area and classroom space for the school to be located in the Hager's Crossing development in the city's West End. Possible design plans call for the school's bus and car loops to be separate to create a safe vehicle environment, House said.
By KAUSTUV BASU | | July 16, 2013
Deadly gases, a lack of oxygen and temperatures well above 100 degrees are some of the factors that could make silo entrapments such as the one that occurred Tuesday on Lehmans Mill Road extremely hazardous, according to experts. Jeff Semler, an Extension educator specializing in agriculture and natural resources for the University of Maryland Extension in Washington County, said one of the chief hazards in silo accidents is the risk of gas - in particular, carbon dioxide. “You can get unconscious very fast due to the lack of oxygen,” Semler said.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | July 16, 2013
Two nurses will be added for this school year to the health-services program Meritus Medical Center Inc. provides to Washington County Public Schools, a Meritus Health official said Tuesday. The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously approved a one-year contract for Meritus Medical Center Inc. to continue to provide student health services beginning next month. The cost of the program is not to exceed $2,793,785, according to a copy of the agreement. Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said there is every indication the program will come in under budget while providing more services during the coming school year.
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 7, 2013
The Lake/Lytton Scholarships, awarded by the Retired Educational Personnel Association, were given to six Washington County students, all aspiring to become teachers. The scholarships were $1,000 for each student and were presented by Leon Brumback, scholarship chairman, at the association's annual spring luncheon. Students and the colleges they are attending:   Brian Weyant , Frostburg State University   Jennifer Moore , Towson University  Kayla Grout, Towson University   Elizabeth Coburn , Salisbury University  Sally Johnston , Hood College  Emily Taylor , Liberty University
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