May 12, 2013
The Washington County branches of Susquehanna Bank and its loan center recently held a two-week pet supply fund drive for the Humane Society of Washington County Inc. The donations filled delivery vehicles to the brim. On April 30, branch managers presented the donations to Mike Lausen, executive director of the humane society.
May 12, 2013
Ayako Shiga, Washington County Teacher of the Year and member of the Boonsboro High School faculty, spoke to the Rotary Club of Long Meadows on April 22. Shiga, who teaches Japanese, is a native of Tokyo. During her speech she explained that as a high school student she competed and qualified for a spot in the Rotary Youth Exchange student program. The Rotary program brought her to the United States and she enjoyed the experience to the degree that she decided to make the U.S. her new home.
May 4, 2013
Mildred Hays never set out to make it to 100 years old. But then, as a mother of 10 children and widowed in her mid-30s, she didn't have much time to think about it. “I was just doing everyday living,” she said. “But I'm thankful to be 100.” Hays hit that milestone April 28, and on Saturday, about 160 family members gathered at Virginia Avenue Church of God to celebrate with her. Many were locals, while others traveled from Montana, Massachusetts, Michigan and Florida.
April 28, 2013
One Mountain Foundation will hold the inaugural Gathering of the Arts at Lake Royer show at Lakeside Hall on the former Fort Ritchie Army base in Cascade. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 8, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show will feature two- and three-dimensional art. The Saturday event will be an opening of the two-day show with a reception for the artists. Saturday's admission costs $20, and will include wine, coffee, tea and light fare.
March 28, 2013
One hundred days after the second-deadliest school shooting in United States history, community members gathered at the Boonsboro Free Library on Thursday to sign a petition advocating universal background checks for firearm sales. Hosted by public advocacy group Organizing for Action, close to 150 petition-signing events occurred throughout the country Thursday, according to Carlotta Joyner, Western Maryland chapter director. “We're part of this nationwide effort to make the public aware and make congress aware that there's some common-sense legislation that we think is needed,” Joyner said, noting approximately 1,900 people have been killed by a gun since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
March 19, 2013
Ray Snouffer, artist, docent and instructor at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and avid collector of 19th century American art, recently spoke at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. His program to the Singer Society, the volunteer association of the museum, was about 19th century American artist Thomas Worthington Whittredge. Whittredge, a contemporary with John Frederick Kensett, Albert Bierstadt and Frederick Church, is...
March 17, 2013
The I-81 Corridor Coalition will hold its spring conference March 24 to 26 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Hagerstown. Approximately 150 people are expected to attend. Founded in 2007, the coalition is a partnership of local, regional and state organizations that are all interested in transportation planning. The coalition includes local governments, metropolitan planning organizations and state transportation departments, as well as private sector and nonprofit organizations.
March 8, 2013
We are in for a treat. The Conservative Political Action Conference has scheduled a three-day (March 14-16) convention in Washington, D.C. They have provided a list of conservative speakers with the name recognition and experience to set a lively agenda. Included are Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Scott Walker, Jeb Bush and Rick Santorum. Sarah Palin was mentioned as a speaker in 2012. As I survey this list of political luminaries, I am struck by the number of losers as well as those who were not invited to stand behind the lectern.
March 5, 2013
In 2009, the Jefferson County Commission approved a Shepherdstown Town Council request for $38,000 toward a $76,000 match needed to apply for a grant to build a half-mile biking/hiking path to Morgan's Grove Park. The grant was denied, but Shepherdstown is trying again. The estimated cost of the project is $539,000. The town's share is a 20 percent matching grant of $107,000. Last week, the Jefferson County Commission voted to give the town $75,000 toward the match, leaving the town's share at $32,000, Town Recorder Lori Robertson said.
February 20, 2013
Local resident Jane Fishack Berlin recently celebrated her 90th birthday at a dinner held in her honor. Family and friends gathered Jan. 20 at the Olive Garden restaurant near Valley Mall to commemorate her day and recognize her years of love and devotion to others. Jane is the proud and loving mother of four children, 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. Over the years, she has provided day care and in-home baby-sitting services in both Waynesboro, Pa., and Hagerstown. Altogether, she has baby-sat for more than 30 years touching the lives of more than 30 children.