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June 4, 1998
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro Adult Learning Center will hold its 13th annual GED graduation at 5 p.m. Saturday at Waynesboro Middle School. L. Michael Ross, president of Franklin County Area Development Corp., will speak on employment opportunities and expectations in the Cumberland Valley. A dinner will follow the ceremony at Savoy Restaurant in Waynesboro for graduates and their guests. For information about the ceremony or about earning a GED, call William H. Witherow at 1-717-762-1191.
NEWS
June 24, 1998
by RIC DUGAN / staff photographer enlargement By BRENDAN KIRBY / Staff Writer It's not every day that a graduate's father and grandchildren are on hand for high school graduation. But when Les and Jean Milburn walked across the stage at South Hagerstown High School Wednesday night, their supporters - including Jean Milburn's father and five of their nine grandchildren, ranging in age from 11 to 18 - cheered them on at the graduation ceremony. --cont from news -- Both dropped out of high school in the 1950s and didn't look back until years later.
NEWS
By BRUCE HAMILTON | January 11, 2000
Washington County has the highest percentage of people passing the General Educational Development (GED) test in the state, according to statistics released by the Maryland State Department of Education. The pass rate at the county's testing center, Hagerstown Community College, was 75.42 percent for the 12-month period that ended June 30, 1999. Frederick County's rate was a close second with 75.25 percent. The state average was 52.5 percent. The Maryland State Department of Education computes pass rates by dividing the number of people who passed by the total tested, minus incompletes.
NEWS
January 18, 2008
Gelwicks-Tosten Lindsay Ranee Gelwicks and James Wellington Tosten announce their engagement. Miss Gelwicks is the daughter of Robert and Sonya Gelwicks of Hagerstown, formerly of Thurmont, Md. She is a 2003 graduate of Catoctin High School. She is the operations manager for her family business, G&G Drywall Services Inc., of Hagerstown. Mr. Tosten is the son of Linda Pierre of Hagerstown. He attended South Hagerstown High School, and obtained his GED in 2001. He is lead drywall technician for G&G Drywall Services Inc. The wedding is planned for today.
NEWS
May 9, 2001
8 Roxbury Institution employees get awards Photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER Staff Photographer Pictured from left are Roxbury Correctional Institution service award recipients: Edward J. Testa, James r. Mahone Jr., Fran Kauffman, Denise Gelsinger, Gary Heerd Jr., Bernadette Raimondi, and Vernell Doyle. Not picture is James Sword IV. The following employees were honored recently as the Roxbury Correctional Institution's Employees of the Year 2001.
NEWS
May 20, 1999
NOTE: The HERALD-MAIL Online publishes the obituaries that run in The Morning Herald edition. To view previous obituaries, please see our archives section. Friday, May 21, 1999 Edition John McCukser GERRARDSTOWN, W.Va. - John McCusker, 83, of Gerrardstown, died Wednesday, May 19, 1999, at the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, Martinsburg, W.Va. Born Dec. 30, 1915, in Fulton County, Pa., he was the son of the late George and Arena Bell McCusker.
NEWS
July 22, 2007
The Barr Construction Institute, the education division of the Cumberland Valley Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors, is accepting applications for apprenticeship/craft training classes. Training is offered in carpentry, electrical, HVAC-R, industrial maintenance, masonry and plumbing. The program is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor, the Maryland and Pennsylvania Apprenticeship & Training Councils and the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is accredited through the National Center of Construction Education and Research, an affiliate of the University of Florida.
NEWS
By TRISH RUDDER | April 28, 2009
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.VA. -- A man was struck and killed by a train last weekend while camping with friends in Morgan County on the CSX Trail. Travis Daniel Lee, 26, of Martinsburg Road in Berkeley Springs, was found dead Sunday morning by friends about 200 feet from the campsite, Morgan County Sheriff Vince Shambaugh said.   His friends told deputies that Lee went up the railroad bank near the train tracks at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday night to use his cell phone, Shambaugh said.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | September 30, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Almost 28 percent of the inmates held at the Washington County Detention Center are serving time on charges related to alcohol or drug use. Some see rehabilitation as the answer. "We need more help in addictions. Stop throwing us in jail when we need a rehab or something," said Elaine Whalen, 49. Whalen, who was awaiting trial on a drug charge, had just received permission to participate in the Jail Substance Abuse Program (JSAP), she said during a Sept.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town | November 8, 1999
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - After witnessing steady or climbing school dropout rates in recent years, officials of Jefferson County schools are pleasantly surprised by a decline in the rate, a school official said Monday. The number of students dropping out of school decreased from 104 to 78 between the 1997-98 school year and the 1998-99 year, Sandy Dougherty, attendance officer for the local school system, said. The school district's dropout rate was 3.4 percent last year, above the state average of 2.9 percent.
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Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock | July 19, 2012
Free GED classes are coming to Hancock in a few weeks, courtesy of Hagerstown Community College.   Classes will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Hancock Presbyterian Church, 17 E. Main St.  The classes will run from Aug. 7 to Oct. 25. The Interfaith Service Coalition has been asked to handle registration. To sign up, call 301-678-6605.   Vacation Bible school A sizable crowd has been in attendance each evening this week for “Take Me To the Water,” this year's vacation Bible school at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church in Hancock.  If you've missed out, there's still time.
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By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | June 14, 2012
Virginia Wilson's life has been about education. In the latest chapter, she and her daughter, Leesa Mercer, started a year-round program at Life House West Church to help people prepare for the General Education Development, or GED, tests. The program is also for English as a Second Language, or ESL, students and to tutor children after school. “I feel that it's important to invest in people, the person,” Wilson said. The nonprofit program, called Community Life Institute, has grown exponentially by word-of-mouth.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | October 13, 2011
Brigitte Bardot, Sean Connery, Frank Sinatra, Steve McQueen, George Harrison, Gene Hackman, James Garner, Eminem, Peter Jennings, Jerry Lewis and Wayne Turner. Wayne Turner? Wayne Turner grew up and still lives in Shannondale in the mountainous area of Jefferson County. He and those above, plus thousands of others, famous and unknown, have earned their GEDs, or General Education Development certificates. Turner dropped out of seventh grade at age 15, barely able to read.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | May 15, 2011
Wearing a black cap and gown, Samantha Ford stood in front of more than 100 people Sunday afternoon at an event she told them she thought she’d never get to celebrate — graduation. “It has been a struggle all my life. I had my first child at the age of 16,” said Ford, 27, of Hagerstown. At that time, she had just come out of ninth grade at an Anne Arundel County, Md., high school, where she had been reading at third- and fourth-grade levels, she said. On Sunday, she was one of 90 students graduating after completing Hagerstown Community College’s External Diploma Program or earning their General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
NEWS
June 7, 2010
Hagerstown Community College held its annual Adult Education Commencement ceremony May 16 in the Athletic, Recreation and Community Center. Following remarks from HCC President Guy Altieri, those in attendance heard from Judith Oleks, vice president of academic affairs and two students, Catrice Davis and Guillermo Perez. Dawn Schoenenberger, director of developmental education and adult literacy services, conducted the presentation of graduates and Altieri, assisted by various members of the HCC Board of Trustees, awarded diplomas.
NEWS
December 7, 2009
JAN. 27, 1922-DEC. 6, 2009 Mary Louise (Blickenstaff) Ridenour, died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009. She was born to Ralph and Hattie Eckstine Blickenstaff. She married Howard Cullers (deceased) and they had two children, James Edward and Betty Jane Cullers Miles. Later, she married David Homer Ridenour (deceased) and they had Peggy Ridenour Hardinge. Mary worked for the Greenwalt's on the Terrace as a young girl, later marrying Howard Cullers and moving to Michigan.
NEWS
June 16, 2009
Laid-off employees must take positive steps To the editor: The front-page headline announcing the pending closure of the Good Humor-Breyers Ice Cream plant was another one-two blow to a county already reeling from closures, layoffs and record high unemployment. Unlike many who lose their jobs, Good Humor employees are getting the news months in advance of when the actual layoffs begin. One thing that continually strikes me when I begin working with someone in career transition is how little time they have spent managing their career.
NEWS
By MARLO BARNHART | June 1, 2009
BOONSBORO -- Lisa Allen said the decision to ride in the annual Great Bicycle Tour of the C&O Canal, sponsored by San Mar Children's Home in July, was easy. The hard part was trying to figure out how to raise at least $450 to qualify for the fundraising venture. A teacher at San Mar, Allen said she and her workout friend, Joan Bowers, quickly decided to ride, but raising money was a challenge. One day, they were sitting in a restaurant thinking of how to raise $450 each for San Mar. "On two napkins, we listed ideas," Allen said.
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By MARLO BARNHART | May 31, 2009
BOONSBORO -- Lisa Allen said the decision to ride in the annual Great Bicycle Tour of the C&O Canal sponsored by the San Mar Children's Home in July was easy. The hard part was trying to figure out how to raise at least $450 to qualify for the fundraising venture. A teacher at San Mar, Allen said she and her workout friend, Joan Bowers, quickly decided to ride, but raising money was a challenge. One day, they were sitting in a restaurant thinking of how to raise $450 each for San Mar. "On two napkins, we listed ideas," Allen said.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | May 17, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Nearly 70 years after dropping out of high school, Carolyn Hill raised her arms in the air and shouted "I did it!" Hill, 85, spent a lifetime waiting for the moment when she could call herself a high school graduate. "I've wanted to do this," said Hill on Sunday . "I feel great ... I feel brighter. I'm just so happy that I'm able to do this. " The Hagerstown resident was one of 88 students to graduate this year from the Adult Education and Literacy Services program -- a grant-funded program through Hagerstown Community College.
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