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NEWS
January 4, 2012
The national point-in-time homeless count in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle will take place in Berkeley, Morgan and Jefferson counties from 4 p.m. Jan. 24 to 4 p.m. Jan. 25. The local count is sponsored by the Housing Work Group of the Health and Human Service Collaborative. Data collected are used to secure federal funding to prevent homelessness and to assist those in need, according to a news release from the organization. Volunteers are needed to work a two- or four-hour shift to assist homeless people to complete the survey.
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NEWS
December 23, 2008
Hagerstown Police said they found a deceased man's body on Monday on CSX railroad property near City Park. Sgt. David Long said Monday night that police found an ID with the man that indicated he was 55 years old, but they were trying to verify his identity before releasing his name. Police said in a press release that the man appeared to have been homeless and might have died of exposure. Officers found two camps set up by homeless people about 50 yards from where the man's body was found, Long said.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | September 22, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Washington County Free Library staff members usually can tell which of the people sitting in the main branch in downtown Hagerstown are there to get out of the cold or the rain or the heat. But then, it's not difficult to spot those who are homeless, Washington County Free Library Director Mary Baykan said. "They bring in a lot of their worldly goods, it looks like. They also bring little lunch sacks given to them when they leave the shelter in the morning," Baykan said last winter.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | September 20, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Those who work to feed, house and otherwise help the homeless have ideas about why people find themselves without permanent roofs over their heads. Bruce Shank, executive director of the Hagerstown Rescue Mission, a shelter for men, points to addictions, a lack of a work ethic and mental illness as major causes. Maj. Robert Lyle, commanding officer of The Salvation Army in Hagerstown, mentions drugs, the cost of living, unaffordable housing and domestic violence.
NEWS
September 24, 2009
Editor's note: The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments when voting. A sampling of edited reader comments will run on The Herald-Mail's Opinion page on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. The question posted Monday on The Herald-Mail's Web site was: Are you inclined to volunteer to help homeless people? o "When my small business was doing well, I helped out quite a few homeless people in the past.
NEWS
By MARLO BARNHART | January 31, 2008
At REACH, they call her the "Soup Lady. " Once a month for the six months that the REACH cold weather shelter is open each year, Nancy Wallech cooks up between 16 and 20 quarts of soup for meals served to the homeless people who frequent the shelter now permanently housed at 140 W. Franklin St. She's been at it for nearly 12 years now ... that's a lot of soup. "There was a little item in the bulletin at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church that REACH needed people to help feed the homeless people at the shelter," Nancy said.
NEWS
by SCOTT BUTKI | August 14, 2003
scottb@herald-mail.com Hagerstown's police chief, Councilwoman Penny May Nigh and others spoke at a public hearing Wednesday in support of a proposal to tighten the zoning restrictions for future homeless shelters and to require that they be open around the clock. No one at the Hagerstown Planning Commission public hearing spoke against the proposed zoning text amendments, which would require homeless shelters to be open 24 hours a day with constant supervision. Shelters in the city currently do not have to be open during the day. Under the proposed zoning change, a homeless shelter would have to be at least 1,500 feet from the Washington County Free Library's downtown facility.
NEWS
by SCOTT BUTKI | June 11, 2003
scottb@herald-mail.com Following comments by Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith, Hagerstown City Councilman Lewis C. Metzner on Tuesday suggested the city consider prohibiting the construction of a homeless shelter in downtown Hagerstown. "A homeless shelter in downtown Hagerstown is unacceptable," Metzner said. But Terri Baker, executive director of REACH, said it does not make sense to build a shelter outside of the downtown when the organizations providing services to the homeless are downtown.
NEWS
by ASHLEY GORDON | January 13, 2003
ashleyg@herald-mail.com After Thursday's unseasonable high of 56 degrees, the National Weather Service predicts much colder weather to come. Temperatures in the low 30s are predicted for the weekend, and Monday's high is expected to be in the mid 30s with possible rain or snow, according to the National Weather Service forecast. Protecting yourself from the cold is important because of the risk of hypothermia, according to a Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene press release.
NEWS
By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | March 5, 2013
Two young Paramount Elementary School students have taken books read in class to heart, in a way that is helping others. Drew Lobley's kindergarten teacher Lucy Austin read “The Quiltmaker's Gift” by Jeff Brumbeau to the class. In the book, a generous quiltmaker sews the most beautiful quilts, then gives them to the poor. She helps a selfish king learn that giving is the true secret to happiness. That got Drew, the 6-year-old son of Andrew and Victoria Lobley of Hagerstown, thinking.
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