June 2, 2013
When Sam Clark participates in the Operation God Bless America benefit motorcycle ride each year, he is personally aware of how the money raised helps the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va. A U.S. Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War, Clark has utilized services from the medical center. He added his 2007 Harley-Davidson Street Bob to the line of nearly 2,000 motorcycles in the 23rd annual Operation God Bless America ride Sunday. “I used the VA hospital they're going to. I'm not only contributing in the ride, but I'm benefiting from it,” said Clark, of Bunker Hill, W.Va.
May 23, 2013
Remember those who served on Memorial Day To the editor: Memorial Day is set aside for us to remember and honor those who gave their lives in service to our country. Thanks to them, we can be with family and enjoy a day of picnics. We should also take time to think about and pray for those who came home safely and those who have served or are currently serving. We could never repay them, but saying thank you is a start. Don't forget those who “sit and wait” - the parents, children, siblings and friends who wait anxiously for their loved ones to come home, and the unfortunate ones who got that awful telegram or knock on their door telling them their loved one was not coming home.
May 14, 2013
“People wonder what's wrong with Washington. Well, it's the people themselves, that re-elect people like this former governor from South Carolina, who cheated and lied to his wife, and also lied to the people, by thinking he was above the law, and using taxpayer funds to fly to South America to meet his lover. Even though he paid the money back, the fact that he thought he could do it means he doesn't belong in Washington, D.C. But we keep sending these kinds of people to represent us, which is what is wrong.” - Hagerstown “We as humans do things from A to Z that God does not like.
May 5, 2013
Janet Louise Kegarise, 73, of Hancock, died Saturday, May 4, 2013, at her home. Born June 16, 1939, in Hancock, she was the daughter of the late Roy Franklin and Goldie A. Ray Younker, and widow of Samuel Carlton Kegarise, who died June 23, 2001. She was a member of the Hancock Assembly of God and was formerly employed by Hancock Hair Stylist. She was a graduate of Award Beauty School. She is survived by one daughter, Goldie Lynn Merica of Warfordsburg, Pa.; one sister, Freda Kerns of Hancock; two brothers, Henry Carl Younker and Ernest Chester Younker, both of Hancock; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Calvin Dennis Younker; one grandson, Ezekial Younker; and one brother, Glenn Ray. Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Hancock Assembly of God, 431 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Hancock.
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 30, 2013
Wanda Rebecca Lucas, 64, of Fox Tower Road in Foxville, Md., passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at her home. Born Dec. 13, 1948, in Frederick, Md., she was the daughter of the late Leslie Leroy and Jessie Arbutus (Myers) Tobery. She was a graduate of Middletown High School. She was employed by the Maryland Unemployment Office. She was a member of Mount Pleasant Church of God in Smithsburg, Md. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Paul E. "Pete" Lucas Sr., whom she married Dec. 16, 1966; one son, Paul E. Lucas Jr. of Foxville; grandchildren, Jennifer Ashley Lucas, Paul E. Lucas III and Rebecca Elizabeth Lucas; brothers, Leslie Tobery, Charles Tobery and Mark Tobery; and several nieces and nephews.
April 11, 2013
Nicholas Shane Bowen, 9, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center. Family will receive friends Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home. A memorial service will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Bethel Assembly of God with the Rev. Arnold Brown officiating.
March 31, 2013
What a glorious time of year; spring arrived 11 days ago (7:05 a.m. March 20); today is Easter; the opening game for Major League Baseball is tonight; and last week a conservative Republican delegate from Washington County, Md., introduced a bill with the word “tax” in its title. Wow, where to start! As most Christians, as well as most believers, regardless of religious persuasion, agree, I'll start with God. I'm no great religious or Christian theologian so the following paragraph is what the Easter season means to me. Quite obviously, you might see it differently and my only wish is that you reflect on the newness that comes with the season and remember the blessing of life.