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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | 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.
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LIFESTYLE
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.
LIFESTYLE
February 20, 2013
National Girls and Women in Sports Day this year was on Feb. 6 with this year's theme being “Girls in Sports…An Investment in the Future.” Girls Inc. of Washington County got to be part of the of the national observance in Washington, D.C., by sending Sydny Boney, a member of Girls Inc. and eighth-grader at Smithsburg Middle to represent Girls Inc. on Capitol Hill. She joined Olympic gold medalists such as Dominique Dawes, Sarah Hughes, Nancy Hogshead-Makar and champion athletes such as Grete Eliassen, Lillian Greene-Chamberlain and Esther Lofgren.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | February 14, 2013
Tears rolled down Maria Edmonds face as she read her original poem titled “After,” written as an outlet to her experiences as a victim of domestic abuse. The emotion on Edmonds' face, in her voice as she read - even in her breaths between words as she collected herself - was palpable. “I started writing out of desperation to heal,” said Edmonds, president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) Club at Hagerstown Community College. “And I just felt like writing poetry was an appropriate vehicle to express emotions that I really have a hard time containing sometimes.” As a way to raise awareness about the topic, a group of about 30 people - including men and women of all ages - gathered inside HCC's student center Thursday night to celebrate V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women.
OPINION
February 9, 2013
Some consultant reports deserve to sit on a shelf. But the strategic economic-development report presented to Washington County recently by Urbanomics Inc. is not one of them. Traditional consultant reports all too often break little ground beyond telling the agency that is paying for the report what it wants to hear. A good example is the recent Ripken report, which looked at the downtown stadium issue through rose-colored glasses. The Urbanomics report, by contrast, addressed some of our most glaring unpleasantries head-on.
NEWS
February 6, 2013
The year 2012 was a significant milestone for the Miss Washington County/Miss Western Maryland pageant. It had been 66 years since the pageant originated in 1947, and the new Miss Washington County 2012 was the 50th person to be selected to wear the Miss Hagerstown or Miss Washington County crown.  The name was changed in 1979 from Miss Hagerstown to Miss Washington County. Mary Teal Mulligan of Williamsport was selected as the new Miss Washington County 2012. She is a graduate of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, where her concentration was in the dance program.  She is in her second year at Hagerstown Community College.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | Kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | January 8, 2013
Delegates and senators hustled in and out of their offices near the Maryland State House. Maintenance workers scurried around. Television news crews set up their cameras. Prepping was in full swing Tuesday for the Maryland General Assembly 90-day session, which begins at noon Wednesday. “We live in our own world. And then you come here and find out what other legislators are thinking about,” said Andrew Serafini, R-Washington, and the chairman of the county's delegation at the assembly.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | December 25, 2012
Ed and Peggy Townsend of Manchester, Mich., spent Christmas Tuesday serving holiday dinners to a lot of folks they didn't know. Another couple, Chris Elmer, a math professor at Shepherd University, and Cathy Malast, who live in Shepherdstown, came to Asbury United Methodist Church at 110 W. Church St. because they “wanted to be with some people on Christmas.” Bill Ball, a lay minister, was there to volunteer at what was the church's third...
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | December 9, 2012
With his four webbed feet paddling constantly, Squirt treads water in the aquarium tank with his face poking above the water, occasionally diving to the bottom of the tank that sits in a lobby alcove at Conococheague Elementary School. Slightly older than 4 months, Squirt is a diamondback turtle the school's fifth-graders are taking care of this school year as part of the National Aquarium's Terrapins in the Classroom Program. When Squirt arrived at the school west of Hagerstown, the terrapin weighed about 6 grams and his shell was the size of a half dollar, fifth-grade teacher June Cross said.
NEWS
Staci Clipp | Around South Hagerstown | December 3, 2012
The South Hagerstown High School Class of 1961 will meet for lunch at noon  Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Beaver Creek Country Club. All classmates, spouses and friends are invited. If schools are closed due to inclement  weather, the lunch will be canceled. Live nativity set for Saturday Emmanuel United Methodist Church, at 802 Summit Ave., will hold a live nativity on the church lawn Saturday with presentations at 7 and 8 p.m. There will be costumed characters, music and narration as the Christmas story is told.
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