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By DAN DEARTH | May 24, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - Hagerstown Community Affairs Director Karen Giffin on Friday said she has withdrawn her resignation and will continue to work for the city. Giffin said several city officials approached her with a counteroffer that would reduce her hours and increase her pay. Giffin had taken a job as special events and communications manager at Washington County Hospital and was to begin June 16. "I was honored and overwhelmed by the action that was taken by the mayor, the council and the city administrator," said Giffin, who has been employed by the city for 16 years.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | April 25, 2013
Hagerstown residents are invited to give input on two local government channels as part of the city's process of reviewing the Antietam Cable television franchise. The franchise is reviewed periodically and the current review process allows city residents to give input on local government channels 25 and 99. A public meeting to explain the review process was held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall. The City of Hagerstown uses channel 25 to televise Hagerstown City Council meetings, a bulletin board and other programming, said Karen M. Giffin, the city's community affairs manager.
NEWS
November 9, 2000
City asking benefactors to provide trees for park The City of Hagerstown is turning to the public to help buy trees for Fairgrounds Park. For $200, individuals or companies can buy a tree for the Fairgrounds. Those paying for a tree will be listed on a plaque at a pavilion planned for the center of the Fairgrounds playing fields, said City Public Information Manager Karen Giffin. Giffin said contributors will be able to choose from among a variety of trees for the Fairgrounds.
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BY DAN KULIN /Staff Writer | April 4, 2002
The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday supported spending $2,500 to hold a swing dance event in downtown. Councilman N. Linn Hendershot, who is credited with proposing the event, asked the council for its support. "The idea was to come up with something that draws people downtown," he said. The event will be held at the Masonic Temple on the first block of South Potomac Street, possibly on April 28, he said. The event could be held at a later date if more time is needed to advertise it, city Public Information Manager Karen Giffin said.
NEWS
August 8, 2000
Back to School Expo canceled The City of Hagerstown won't hold its annual Back to School Expo this year because of falling attendance, said Public Information Manager Karen Giffin. In its eight years, the expo had given Washington County children an opportunity to learn more about the first day of school. Nonprofit agencies and schools had set up booths in downtown Hagerstown in early August. Dropping attendance was a sign that both organizers and attendees were burned out by the promotion, Giffin said.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 11, 2004
andrews@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - It's illegal for Maryland residents to keep wildlife as pets - but a raccoon named Onix is different, said his owner, Carrie "C.J. " Giffin. She's fighting to save him from being euthanized. Giffin, who lives with her husband, Carlos, south of Keedysville, found Onix on a Dargan road more than 13 years ago and has nurtured him since. Not long ago, Giffin said, a neighbor's dog opened the latch of Onix's pen. He got out and wandered off the property.
NEWS
August 26, 2011
While Augustoberfest event organizers are continually monitoring the path of Hurricane Irene, this weekend's 16th Annual Augustoberfest is currently scheduled to run as planned, the City of Hagerstown announced in a news release Friday morning.   “We are constantly checking the latest weather reports,” city Communications Affairs Manager Karen Giffin said in the release. “While we will continue to monitor those reports, we are confident that the Augustoberfest celebration can go on as planned in City Center.”   According to Giffin, the main tent and additional tents in the city's central parking lot are being secured to withstand the possibility of strong wind gusts.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 12, 2004
andrews@herald-mail.com A Hagerstown lawyer has offered, at no charge, to help a Washington County woman get a court order to keep her pet raccoon from being euthanized. Hagerstown defense attorney Jerome Joyce said he was moved when he read about the plight of Carrie "C.J. " Giffin and her raccoon, Onix. Joyce said that as a lawyer who defends people from government prosecution, he wants to help. But there's a deeper reason, too. "As a child, I always wanted a pet raccoon," he said.
NEWS
January 27, 1997
By ELLEN LYON Staff Writer The third Maryland Theatre board member to resign this month stepped down Friday, citing concerns about the role of the still-to-be-hired director and possible violations of the theater's loan agreement with some local banks. City of Hagerstown Downtown Coordinator Karen Giffin said she had a philosophical difference with others on the board about what kind of a director should be hired to run the historic downtown theater. "I really felt we needed an executive director," said Giffin, a board member since July.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 13, 2004
andrews@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - Carrie "C.J. " Giffin has given up on reuniting with Onix, her pet raccoon. On Thursday, seven days after the Humane Society of Washington County confiscated the raccoon, Giffin decided that continuing to fight was futile. "We've come to the dead end," she said, holding back tears during a telephone interview. However, the humane society will continue looking for a suitable home for the raccoon, Executive Director Paul Miller said.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | April 25, 2013
Hagerstown residents are invited to give input on two local government channels as part of the city's process of reviewing the Antietam Cable television franchise. The franchise is reviewed periodically and the current review process allows city residents to give input on local government channels 25 and 99. A public meeting to explain the review process was held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall. The City of Hagerstown uses channel 25 to televise Hagerstown City Council meetings, a bulletin board and other programming, said Karen M. Giffin, the city's community affairs manager.
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OBITUARIES
February 4, 2013
Wallace Junior Giffin, 68, of Fairplay, Md., passed away Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 at Meritus Medical Center, Hagerstown, Md. Born Dec. 1, 1944, in Sharpsburg, Md., he was the son of the late Wallace Nelson Giffin and Ethel Virginia Churchey Semler. He was employed by Steamfitters & Plumbers Local 486 Baltimore, Md., until retiring in 1994. He was employed with T.A. Gorman, where he was a superintendent in Baltimore. Prior to the union employment he worked for Fridinger Ritchie in Hagerstown.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | December 1, 2012
As Irene Giffin was crossing Leitersburg Pike's northbound lanes in her motorized wheelchair in a crosswalk, vehicles coming out of a shopping center would pass in front of or behind her, the Hagerstown resident said. “At one time, it was so close to me I could touch the car and it scared the living bejeebers out of me,” said Giffin, who uses a red flag that flies 3 feet to 4 feet above her wheelchair when she is in traffic situations. Giffin said she thought at first she made a mistake or the traffic signals' synchronization was mixed up. But each time the electronic pedestrian sign gave her the go ahead to cross, the traffic signal turned green for traffic leaving both Long Meadow Shopping Center and Stone House Square.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | November 25, 2012
Throughout the past 17 years of the Western Maryland Blues Fest in Hagerstown, various challenges have threatened the success of scheduled performances and events, especially when inclement weather disrupts the forecast for the four-day event. The second day of this past year's festival, Friday, June 1, was one of the most difficult in memory, Blues Fest founder Carl Disque told the Hagerstown City Council last week. A strong storm with heavy rains and wind swept through the region that afternoon and early evening, causing delays as spectators ran for cover and bands rushed to cover up equipment.
OBITUARIES
June 17, 2012
Thomas Theodore Giffin, 68, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Thursday, June 14, 2012, at Julia Manor Nursing Home in Hagerstown. Born Oct. 20, 1943, in Keedysville, Md., he was the son of the late Charles Edward Giffin and the late Alice Ruth Giffin Stull. He served in the U.S. Army during Korea. He previously was employed by the Frick Co. in Waynesboro, Pa. He is survived by two daughters, Teresa E. Lewis of Greencastle, Pa., and Angela M. Younker of Hagerstown; two stepsons, Ronald L. Fishel and Lloyd H. Fishel, both of Hagerstown; a stepbrother, James Dornberger of Frederick, Md.; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
NEWS
August 26, 2011
While Augustoberfest event organizers are continually monitoring the path of Hurricane Irene, this weekend's 16th Annual Augustoberfest is currently scheduled to run as planned, the City of Hagerstown announced in a news release Friday morning.   “We are constantly checking the latest weather reports,” city Communications Affairs Manager Karen Giffin said in the release. “While we will continue to monitor those reports, we are confident that the Augustoberfest celebration can go on as planned in City Center.”   According to Giffin, the main tent and additional tents in the city's central parking lot are being secured to withstand the possibility of strong wind gusts.
NEWS
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | July 4, 2011
Fifteen thousand, nine hundred and ninety-six. That’s how many fireworks shells were set to explode Monday over Hagerstown from Fairgrounds Park. “People always ask why don’t we make it an even 16,000,” city Community Affairs Manager Karen Giffin said. “We don’t because people remember 15,996.” The city of Hagerstown held its 10th annual Fireworks at Fairgrounds Park Monday. Giffin estimated that 20,000 people would descend on the park by 9:30 p.m., when the fireworks show was set to begin.
NEWS
June 7, 2010
DEC. 5, 1958-JUNE 6, 2010 HAGERSTOWN - Gloria "Sue" Giffin Hurd, 51, of W. Irvin Ave., Hagerstown, passed away Sunday, June 6, 2010, at her home with her family by her side. Born Dec. 5, 1958, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of Catherine V. (Smith) Giffin of Dargan and the late Elsworth R. Giffin. She was a graduate of Boonsboro High School, class of 1976. In addition to her mother, she is survived by daughters, Heather R. Stull and fianc, Jason Tydings, of Hagerstown and Rachel N. Hurd of Martinsburg; brothers, Dale Giffin of Hagerstown, Todd Giffin of Dargan and Mike Giffin of Sharpsburg; grandchildren, Steven, Joshua, Drake and Dylan; and several nieces.
NEWS
April 9, 2010
MARCH 2, 1958-APRIL 6, 2010 HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Timothy W. Giffin, 52, of Hedgesville, W.Va., died Tuesday, April 6, 2010. Born March 2, 1958, in Hagerstown, Md., he was the son of the late Roland W. and Eileen L. (Ingram) Giffin. Tim was a federal employee, working on the C&O Canal for the U.S. National Park Service. He was a 1976 graduate of Boonsboro High School and also graduated from Hagerstown Business College. Tim was a member of Samples Manor Church of God near Dargan and attended Welty Church of the Brethren in Smithsburg.
NEWS
April 5, 2010
FEB. 12, 1942-APRIL 2, 2010 BALTIMORE - Ralph Everett Giffin, 68, died Friday, April 2, 2010, in Baltimore, Md. Ralph was born in Hagerstown, Md., to the late William E. Giffin and Gloria Giffin. He was preceded in death by his brother, Lewis Giffin. Ralph is survived by his wife, Judith Hartman Giffin of Frederick, Md.; their four sons, Ethan E. Giffin of Baltimore, William Chakwin and his wife, Stacey, of Wilmington, Del., Christopher Chakwin and his wife, Jenn, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Timothy Chakwin and his wife, Melanie, of Chattanooga, Tenn.
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