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By JENNIFER FITCH | | September 12, 2012
A 120-year-old building on West Main Street will be reopened as an assisted-living facility later this year. The owners of Village of Laurel Run in Fayetteville, Pa., are working to buy Waynesboro's former Rose Manor. They anticipate finalizing the sale by mid-October, according to Frank Gerhardt, one of the owners. “It just hit us at the right time where we thought there can be a synergy between the Village of Laurel Run and this building,” Gerhardt said. Gerhardt said changes will be made to the back entrance and remodeling will occur on the first floor before the facility opens.
By DON AINES | | September 7, 2012
A Washington County Circuit Court judge on Friday ordered that photos of patients taken during a police search of a Hagerstown drug and alcohol treatment facility be turned over to the court, citing issues of patient confidentiality. Circuit Judge John H. McDowell ordered that the patient photos and photos of white boards inside Wells House be held by the court and sealed until further order by the court. McDowell's actions came during a hearing on a motion by Wells House attorneys seeking a temporary restraining order against the city and police department for items seized during an Aug. 30 search related to an investigation of an alleged assault.
By DAN DEARTH | | September 5, 2012
A not-for-profit mental health organization with offices across Maryland plans to open a $3.3 million transitional housing facility in Hagerstown to help homeless veterans find employment and a permanent place to live. Mindy Morgan, program manager at Way Station Inc., said the 27-bed facility will open in late spring or early summer at the former Way Station building at 25 E. North Ave. “This facility is not a shelter,” she said of the Way Station Welcome Home Veterans project.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | August 30, 2012
Each Labor Day weekend for at least five decades, Donny Gossert has cooked large quantities of beef as a fundraiser for his community. He will return to the roasters this morning to start 200 pounds of meat for the 78th annual Quincy Ox Roast. By the event's end, more than 2,200 pounds of top ground will have been prepared. A seemingly reasonable assumption could be that Gossert would not have an appetite for the beef after all this time. However, he still enjoys sampling pieces as the food steam cooks.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | August 13, 2012
An assisted living center north of Boonsboro was shut down and its two remaining residents were relocated Friday as Maryland State Police and a state agency investigate an 84-year-old patient's fall, an incident the facility's owner allegedly tried to cover up, according to authorities and Washington County District Court records. Soma Manor House resident Eileen Hope Rindone was seriously injured when she fell about 9 feet through a second-story floor to the first floor of the assisted living center at 7701 Old National Pike, according to court documents.
August 6, 2012
The Washington County Agricultural Education Center Board of Directors held a naming ceremony for the AC&T Arena on July 26, honoring Adna Fulton and his family. The ceremony recognized Fulton for his generous financial contributions to the ag center and his longtime support of Washington County agriculture. With more than 100 attendees, the event took place at the ag center show barn prior to the annual 4-H Market Animal Sale during the recently completed Washington County Ag Expo and Fair.
July 22, 2012
David May was named City Hospital's Quality Service Award winner for April 2012. Each month, the hospital's Service Award Committee selects an employee to receive the award.  May, a member of the facilities staff at the McCormack Center, was nominated by a nurse in the cardiac rehab department for going “above and beyond” to help the cardiac rehab staff reorganize their office. “Dave displays a high level of productivity and high degree of initiative in performing work responsibilities,” Darcy Alt, RN, said on the nomination form.
July 19, 2012
The Peaceable Paws dog training facility in Fairplay has announced that with its most recent Level 1 dog trainer academy graduation on July 14, more than 300 trainers and would-be trainers from around the world have completed the weeklong course. Created and taught by positive-reinforcement trainer and behavior consultant Pat Miller, the academy borrows dogs from the Humane Society of Washington County for a week of intensive training at the 80-acre campus on Spielman Road in Fairplay.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | July 18, 2012
The 1.3 million-square-foot fulfillment center that Macy's Inc. built in Berkeley County for its fast-growing online business “redefines big,” the retail giant's CEO said Wednesday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the company's $150 million investment. “This is so big, this facility, that we actually had to take into consideration the curvature of the Earth when we poured the foundation,” Terry J. Lundgren said, prompting laughter among a large crowd that included Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, several other prominent state and local officials, and company employees.
By TRISH RUDDER | | June 13, 2012
A ground-breaking ceremony Wednesday on the Jefferson/Berkeley County line kicked off construction of the new Hospice of the Panhandle inpatient facility and office complex. Construction on the two separate buildings is to begin next month. Two-thirds of the new facility will be in Jefferson County and the rest in Berkeley County, according to Hospice Chief Executive Officer Margaret Cogswell. The 14-bed, 23,000-square-foot inpatient facility is a one-story building, while the 28,000-square-foot office complex is two stories.
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