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By JENNIFER FITCH | | December 20, 2011
The Hagerstown, Waynesboro and Chambersburg YMCAs have formalized an agreement that will allow the 16,510 members among them to use facilities at any of the three Ys. Now, a Y member who lives in one community and works in another can use the fitness center in either location. The changes go into effect Jan. 2. “We've looked at what opportunities we have to serve our members better,” said Alan Smith, executive director of the Waynesboro (Pa.) Area YMCA. Across the nation, the Always Welcome at the Y program allows members to visit any of the 2,700 locations.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | May 15, 2012
Evelyn Shaull, 89, of Boonsboro, competed Tuesday with her ex-boyfriend from more than 60 years ago in the Golden Age Olympics at The American Legion in Boonsboro. “Things between us haven't changed a lot,” she said. “I can't complain.” Shaull represented Reeders Memorial Nursing Home in Boonsboro at the event with her ex-boyfriend, Huffer Leon Young, 90. Reeders competed against seven other nursing homes and assisted-living facilities in the area. However, Shaull said the event was not about winning and losing.
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | August 23, 2007
Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said the opening day of the 2007-08 school year went smoothly. Almost 21,500 students started school Wednesday, and officials say enrollment could increase in the next few weeks. "I think students have returned to some improved facilities," Morgan said. "We did a lot of work over the summer, and we've been doing work over the last year to improve facilities. " Eighty construction projects were completed during the summer months, officials have said, with another 32 projects expected to be completed by the end of September.
December 24, 1998
West End Little League officials will get some help from the City of Hagerstown in upgrading their facilities. City Council members unanimously agreed Tuesday to loan the league $30,000 over 10 years to install field lights at the major league field in Hellane Park. The lights are expected to be in place by opening day in April.
By ASHLEY HARTMAN | January 25, 2008
GREENCASTLE, PA. ? After 13 months of construction, Antrim Way Honda in Greencastle officially celebrated the opening of 36,000 square feet of new facilities Friday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new facilities, which include a cafe, shopping area, showroom, service area, children's play area, retail parts store, office space, delivery center, putting green and walking track, opened Jan. 7, according to Cherie Weaver, marketing director for Antrim Way Honda. "We were very much out of space," Jess Green, customer relations manager at Antrim Way Honda, said as to why the dealership needed the new facilities.
by PEPPER BALLARD | August 20, 2003
The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday approved by a 6-0 vote a final reading of a policy regarding the use of school facilities by nonschool groups. The vote came after the board was approached earlier in the meeting by representatives of Federal Little League, who were upset with the proposed rate changes. Dennis Corapi, a member of the Little League's board of directors, said the language in the policy was vague and Little League officials weren't sure whether they'd have to pay for all four fields they use on North Hagerstown High School's property or just for the school's girls softball field.
by DON AINES | July 12, 2004
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Seniors living in some retirement communities and nursing homes have not had to rely on the Chambersburg Transportation Authority to get to medical appointments or to go shopping, according to those facilities. Menno Haven, Penn Hall, Luther Ridge, The Shook Home and Quincy Village all provide transportation service to residents, according to representatives of the retirement communities. The authority is scheduled to go out of business Friday after the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced last week that it is withdrawing financial support.
December 5, 2000
County consolidates facilities, parks maintenance departments By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer The Washington County Commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved the consolidation of the Facilities and Parks Maintenance Departments, which will take effect Jan. 1. The department will be known as the Building, Grounds and Parks Department. The commissioners will review the merger in October to see how it's working. Tuesday marked the first time the merger was publicly discussed.
By JENNIFER FITCH | September 8, 2009
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- A revised policy for how school facilities can be rented and used will go before the Waynesboro Area School Board in coming weeks for a decision on what should be incorporated. Policy updates coordinate with the completion of construction at Waynesboro Area Senior High School. That construction gave the school a new, two-story auditorium. Board members said Tuesday they want to continue renting facilities on a "first come, first served" basis. "Making one group more favored as a priority, we don't think it's fair," Board President K. Marilyn Smith said.
By DAVE McMILLION | April 29, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- A new 911 center in Jefferson County, W.Va., has been "hardened" to protect it from natural disasters or intruders. A new Jefferson County Sheriff's Department has several levels of security, including cameras and a gated area where deputies will be able to more securely move prisoners into their department headquarters. A newly renovated former Jefferson County jail in Charles Town will help provide needed space for growing county government operations and help tell the story of Jefferson County's history.
September 3, 2013
Galley deserves thanks for his service to DOC To the editor: Assistant Commissioner Jon Galley is retiring after 46 years in corrections. I consider his departure a loss for the division. From 2007 to my retirement in September 2011, I monitored DOC security performance against more than 125 metrics. I also performed more than 70 security audits at all state correctional facilities, examining cause-effect relations between the metrics and deficient security practices.
By DAVE McMILLION | | September 3, 2013
Despite concerns among some members, the Smithsburg Town Council Tuesday night passed a resolution introducing a proposed $4.6 million revenue bond for a nearby mental-health facility to expand. R. Lynn Rushing, chief executive officer of Brook Lane, appeared before council members to talk about the need for a 14-bed addition to the private facility located between Smithsburg and Leitersburg. Rushing said the addition is needed because Brook Lane turned away 1,200 people in the past fiscal year, 700 of whom were children.
By ROXANN MILLER | HM Media | August 21, 2013
The employment outlook across the nation might be dismal, but the president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp. said there are new jobs on the horizon. L. Michael Ross said a Brazilian-based company is bringing a facility to Chambersburg in the next year. “It's a year out, but TORCOMP will build a 21,000-square-foot facility in the Cumberland Valley Business Park,” Ross said. TORCOMP expects to hire 80 people for manufacturing jobs within three years, he said.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | August 15, 2013
The Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioners on Thursday announced their finalists from 10 proposals submitted by private skilled nursing providers looking to buy the county-owned Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Four firms made the short list, including Complete HealthCare Resources Inc., of Dresher, Pa.; Mid-Atlantic Health Care Acquisitions LLC, of Timonium, Md.; Nationwide Health Services LLC, of Brick, N.J.; and Transitions Healthcare LLC, of Sykesville, Md.  All four finalists operate skilled nursing facilities in Pennsylvania, according to a news release.
July 28, 2013
Maryland Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, or MDESGR, a Department of Defense agency, recently announced that Matthew Mudge, second-shift product availability supervisor for Pepsi Co. in Williamsport, was honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of support of Staff Sgt. Daniel Myers, an employee serving in the Maryland Army National Guard. “The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who, like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation's call to serve,” Ron Pitts, Western Maryland Area chairman for MDESGR, said in a news release.
Ellen Rowland | Around North Hagerstown | June 30, 2013
Paramount Brethren In Christ Church on Longmeadow Road will offer its parking lot and restrooms to the patrons who will be participating in the Fourth of July Mile-Long Yard Sale on Thursday.  Donations are appreciated with all proceeds going toward Operation Christmas Child, which sends nine million shoe boxes filled with toys, clothing and personal items to underprivileged children around the world.  The church also will have its food stand...
By RAYCHEL HARVEY-JONES | | June 29, 2013
It is hard to believe that Jennifer Jenkins was a teenage drop-out as you watch her in her daily role as the general manager at PepsiCo in Frederick, Md. She is the only female in PepsiCo's Frederick market to hold this position.  “I was a rebel and always in trouble. I had attended several different facilities to try to amend my behavior,” said Jenkins, who originally is from Hagerstown but now calls Falling Waters, W.Va., home. “My parents were divorced when I was very young and there was constant turmoil in my life.” She was sent to the Alfred D. Noyes Children's Center in Rockville, Md., and other facilities across the Tri-State area.  “Through juvenile services there were also other programs I tried, but I still continued to get into trouble,” she said.  When Jenkins turned 15 years old, there was an opportunity to place her at San Mar Children's Home as part of a group therapy home for one year.  San Mar Children's Home was established in 1883, when it was known as the Washington County Orphan's Home.
June 19, 2013
Scott and Julie Bare of Sharpsburg recently held a party for their daughter, Ellie Bare, in celebration of her 12th birthday. At Ellie's request, all of her friends who attended her party brought gifts to donate to Friends Fur Life Rescue in Berkeley Springs, W.Va. The rescue facility is a nonprofit, no-kill shelter. Thanks to Ellie and her friends, many bags of dog/cat food, treats, beds and toys were collected. Ellie is pictured with the donations and with her dog, Jeb.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | June 13, 2013
A $15.9 million expansion of U.S. Coast Guard operations in the Eastern Panhandle announced Thursday by U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller will add 150 new information technology jobs, according to the senator's office. The expansion of the Coast Guard Operations System Center's activities to a new facility in Jefferson County will soon begin to reduce the center's overall operating costs, the announcement said. “Jefferson County is going to get a long-awaited economic boost, and this expansion will make sure the center can continue providing top-notch support for the Coast Guard,” said Rockefeller, D-W.Va.
By ROXANN MILLER | | June 11, 2013
Norfolk Southern celebrated its new, $97 million rail-truck project Tuesday with a dedication ceremony and a new name for the facility. Norfolk Southern officials cut the ribbon on the new Franklin County Regional Intermodal Facility at 612 Antrim Commons Drive in Greencastle during the ceremony. “This terminal really is one of the landmark economic development projects that has taken place in Franklin County in my (27-year) tenure,” said L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp.
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