March 18, 2011
There are no assignments or grades. But for two semesters every year, senior citizens go back to school. It's the Institute for Retired Persons (IRP), a program dedicated to lifelong learning. Some weeks, participants might discuss American history. Other times, they're on field trips, exploring museums or heading to the theater. And the only requirement, said Pat Chickering, interim director, is a natural curiosity. IRP was founded in 1983 by several Chambersburg residents who were looking for ways to stayed involved and informed.
February 10, 1999
A quilt created at Fountain Rock Elementary fetched $1,350 at an auction on Feb. 5, according to Principal Steven Bowers. Kindergarten teacher Lois Schultz coordinated the schoolwide project. Each grade worked on a panel with an environmental theme. Schultz, a seamstress for whom embroidering is a hobby, pieced together the panels. The finished product was sold at the school's annual fund-raiser. The amount was "more than expected," Bowers said. "I think it's wonderful.
May 11, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The West Virginia Democratic Youth Leadership Academy will be held this year on the campus of Fairmont University, Fairmont, W.Va., the week of July 26-30. The academy is for West Virginia high school students who are interested in civic responsibility, politics and government. Attendees can participate in such activities as mock elections, field trips to the capital and workshops with the goal of becoming more involved in their communities when they return home.
April 22, 2011
An Autism Resource Fair will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the Potomac Center, Activity Room, 1370 Marshall St., Hagerstown. There will be vendor displays, demonstrations, door prizes and games for children. Students who have Autism Spectrum Disorder will describe their experiences in the classroom and society. Crafts made by students in the Autism classes will be for sale. Light snacks, water and fruit will be available. Bring coins for children to play the games.
February 13, 2013
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is accepting applications for its 2013 "Birding 101" course for beginning birders. The course will focus on bird species found in the Eastern Panhandle area. The classroom sessions will start Thursday, April 4, and continue April 11, 18 and 25. All of these sessions will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center north of Shepherdstown. The field trips will be at various locations around the Panhandle on Saturdays, April 6, 13, 20 and 27, from roughly 7 a.m. to noon.
June 4, 2007
The Rachuba Group, a family-owned-and-operated real estate development company, celebrated the grand opening of the Hager's Crossing Community Center. A reception and ribbon cutting took place May 24 at the Community Center at the corner of Bartow Drive and Hager's Crossing Drive in the new Hager's Crossing development, just off Interstate 81 and U.S. 40 behind The Centre at Hagerstown. Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II and Lawrence R. Rachuba, chief executive officer of the Rachuba Group, were joined by Julianna Albowicz of Sen. Barbara Mikulski's office; Mike Flicek, executive director of the Hagerstown YMCA; Dale Bannon, executive director of the United Way of Washington County; Bruce Zimmerman, Hagerstown city administrator; and Susan Murray, representing the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce.
February 27, 2004
email@example.com A South Hagerstown High School teacher with a class that plays an adapted version of Monopoly using accounting software to track transactions is being honored by the Maryland Bankers Association. This is the fourth year that Sharon Hogan has been the lead instructor and coordinator of the Washington County Board of Education's Academy of Finance program at South Hagerstown High School. About 20 students are in the academy. The 120-member Maryland Bankers Association has named Hogan its Financial Teacher of the Year.
May 18, 2001
Program teams honor students, special needs students By TARA REILLY firstname.lastname@example.org A group of friends sit together in the Rebel Cafe at South Hagerstown High School, coloring signs for a weekend fund-raiser. Several times a school year, the 20 special needs and honor students can also be found together, sometimes working on projects or pairing up for day trips to museums, zoos and plays. The students say they're learning from each other and enjoy spending time together.
September 1, 2013
PTA buying iPads for Williamsport Elementary Williamsport Elementary PTA is donating $8,000 to buy 20 iPads and two Ipad carts for the school, according to Washington County Public Schools documents. The board of education unanimously approved the donation at its Aug. 6 meeting. The PTA raised money for field trips through its annual fall walkathon, and by selling pizzas and candy, PTA President Michelle Murray said. PTA officials decided to use the money left over after the field trips to buy more technology for the school, Murray said.
May 27, 2008
High school students with an interest in natural resources are encouraged to apply now for the July 20-26 Natural Resources Careers Conference at the Hickory Environmental Center in Garrett County. The Washington County Forestry Board encourages any local high school student with an interest in natural resources to apply. Each county is able to sponsor as many as two students with a scholarship to attend the conference at no cost. Student spaces are limited, and the deadline for applications is near.