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February 12, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012 COLLEGE BASKETBALL The postseason begins for Hagerstown Community College on Tuesday when the men's and women's basketball teams host first round games in the Maryland JuCo Tournament. HCC's women (22-3) are seeded fourth and will host College of Southern Maryland, the 13th seed, in a play-in game at 2 p.m. at the HCC athletic complex. The game provides Hawks coach Marlys Palmer, who will retire after this season, a final postseason appearance on the home floor.
March 3, 2013
Do you sell bowling balls to Bangladesh or dish towels to Delhi? If you export your goods or services around the world and have used a federal government program or assistance to get there, the U.S. Small Business Administration and Visa Inc. want to see your story. The 2013 SBA-Visa Export Video Contest offers participants the chance to win up to $10,000 in prize money. Eligible small-business exporters may submit a video that highlights how the business became a successful exporter, the benefits of exporting and government programs available to help them export.
August 9, 2011
The Drucks, a husband and wife singing duo from Pennsylvania, will perform today from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Washington County Senior Center at Girls Inc., 626 Washington Ave., Hagerstown. The couple travels throughout the country proclaiming the gospel through their ministry of music that began in the late 1970s. It became a full-time mission once they retired in 2002. For more information, go to For more information about the concert, call 301-671-2368.
June 6, 2012
Approximately 200 AMVETS, AMVETS Auxiliary and Sons of AMVETS members are expected to attend the annual AMVETS, Department of Maryland Convention, Friday and Saturday in Hagerstown. The convention will be held at the Hagerstown Hotel and Conference Center on the Dual Highway. The agenda for the AMVETS convention will include business meetings, and speakers on veterans' issues and benefits. The AMVETS will award eight $1,000 scholarships during the convention. On Friday night, the attendees will gather from 7 to 9 p.m. to auction donated items.
November 3, 2012
The Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association is hosting a 10-day Panama Canal cruise in February 2013. The fourth annual HCC Alumni and Friends Cruise will take place from Friday, Feb. 15, through Monday, Feb. 25. Port stops include Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Aruba; Curacao; Cristobal, Panama; Colon, Panama; and Lima, Costa Rica. The cruise is open to the public. Rates start at $2,306.43 per person/double occupancy. A portion of the cruise fee will benefit HCC student scholarships and the HCC Foundation.
August 15, 2012
The Hagerstown Suns and Goodwill Industries of Hagerstown will host Goodwill Night Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Municipal Stadium, 274 E. Memorial Blvd., Hagerstown. The Suns plays the Kannapolis Intimdators at 7:05 p.m. Fans are encouraged to bring items to donate to get a voucher for free tickets to Sunday, Sept. 2, game against the Asheville Tourists. For more information about the Suns, go to .
January 18, 2012
John Wesley United Methodist Church, at 129 N. Potomac St. in Hagerstown, will host a cabin fever picnic Saturday, Jan. 28, from noon to 4 p.m. It will include bingo, beanbag toss, miniature golf, spoon races, a sing-along, door prizes and other activities. The menu includes burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, macaroni salad, baked beans, chips, beverage and a sundae bar. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $4 for those ages 4 to 12. Those younger than 4 will be admitted free. The public is invited.
July 22, 2011
Dancin' Time Studios will host its fall registration for dance classes from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the studio, 927 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. A registration fee will be waived, if first month of classes are paid in full. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 29. For the class schedule go to . For more information, contact Dancin' Time Studios at 301-797-5696 or .
June 10, 2012
St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Funkstown and Christ Lutheran Church in Hagerstown will host a vacation Bible school from June 18 to 22. It will be at Christ Lutheran Church, 216 N. Cleveland Ave. in Hagerstown The theme will be “Babylon: Daniel's Courage in Captivity.” It will be held from 6 to 8:20 p.m., preceded by a light meal at 5:30 p.m. There will be singing, stories, snacks, recreation and crafts. For more information,  call the church office at 301-733-3482 between 9 a.m. and noon. 
June 20, 2012
The Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association will host the U.S. Army Field Band's Concert Band and Soldiers' Chorus as part of its annual Red, White and Blue Summer Concert Series on Sunday, July 1, at 4:30 p.m., at HCC's Alumni Amphitheater. Co-sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the concert is free and open to the public. Concessions will be available for purchase. No outside food is permitted on the amphitheater grounds. For more information, call 240-500-2346, or go to . To learn more about the band and chorus, go to .
Darylene Mowen | Around Smithsburg & Robinwood | September 10, 2013
Christ Reformed United Church of Christ, 22514 Cavetown Church Road, invites the public to a vesper service on Sunday beginning at 4 p.m. behind the parsonage. The service will include hymn-singing, listening to music, enjoying a campfire, making s'mores and toasting  marshmallows. Bring a lawn chair, bring neighbors, friends and relatives. The congregation wants to introduce the public to the church and the warmth of its fellowship. 'Variety' music series slated at Pen Mar Park Pen Mar Park 2013 Summer Music Series presents, “Variety” on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 240-313-2807.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | September 9, 2013
The red Dodge Dart is still in Roy Steele's acrylic painting, but the spectators - in the painting and at the art exhibit - know it's got some speed because of the pillows of white smoke coming out of the muscle car's exhaust pipe as it races down a dragway strip. Steele, 51, of Hagerstown, said he named the large canvas work “The Sleeper” because the Dodge's speed is a surprise. For the painting, Steele picked up the Washington County Arts Council's award Sunday at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown's City Park.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | September 9, 2013
The Presbyterian Church of Waynesboro is hosting its first “Run for God” 5K and one-mile children's fun run Saturday, Oct. 12. The races tie into both an ongoing Bible study and the church's WayFest. The festival features food, children's games and bands. Funds will be raised for Waynesboro Human & Community Services, Pregnancy Ministries Inc., New Hope Shelter, Waynesboro Area YMCA children's programs, and Young Life. Sarah Stains is one of the volunteers organizing the events.
September 6, 2013
 The Chambersburg Ballet Theatre will hold auditions for a new and original musical-theater production of Charles Dickens' “Christmas Carol.”  Open auditions for dancers and dancer/singer/actors will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, with an additional singing audition for those who sing and act from 1 to 2 pm. Registration will begin at 10 a.m.  Open auditions for male and female actors and singers of all ages will be held at the Wood Center in the Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg, on Thursday, Sept.
September 3, 2013
Antietam Tours will operate guided tours and transportation to four of the five wineries on the Antietam Highlands Wine Trail in Western Maryland. Tours will begin Saturday, Sept. 7. There are six tours scheduled for September and October, and groups of at least six may create custom tour packages for other dates.  “This is the best way I can think of to tour our region's wine offerings. Not only will participants experience most of our wonderful wineries, they'll get expert tour guide service from the experienced staff at Antietam Tours. This is an extraordinary journey combining agro-tourism, history and heritage tales, and unmatched Maryland scenic beauty,” said Tom Riford, president and chief executive officer of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Jamie Shekels | Around Halfway | August 29, 2013
Halfway Little League has tickets available for its Coach and Cash Bingo set for Sunday, Sept. 29, at The Improved Order of Red Men Tribe 84 in Williamsport. Doors open at 11 a.m. and bingo begins at 1 p.m.  Prizes will be Coach bags along with a cash prize. Tickets cost $35 per person and include lunch, 20 games of regular bingo, five special games, and the chance to win a door prize.  There also will be raffles, a 50-50, and plenty of tip jars including King Tuts. For tickets, call 301-582-1777 or send an email to
By DAVE McMILLION | | August 28, 2013
The aroma of grilled hamburgers and hot dogs blended with discussions of lower taxes and smaller government as the annual Washington County Republican Club picnic got under way Wednesday evening at the North American Rod and Gun Club. Republican candidates for governor, a House of Delegates seat and the 6th Congressional District mingled with an estimated 200 attendees, club President Ginger Bigelow said. The picnic gives people a chance to meet with candidates, to do some networking and otherwise enjoy an evening in the club grounds off Belvedere Road near Hagerstown that were described as a “great green cathedral.” Del. LeRoy E. Myers, R-Washington/Allegany, is not running for re-election, and two Republican candidates for the seat - Michael McKay of Cumberland and Ray Givens of Hancock - were at the picnic.
August 27, 2013
The Christian Storytelling Cafe will present “Faces Around the Cross” for morning worship on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 10 a.m. at Blair's Valley First Church Of God at 13722 Blair's Valley Road in Clear Spring. On the first Sunday of each month at 2 p.m., the cafe hosts group storytelling at Port City Java at 1551 Potomac Ave. in Hagerstown. On Sunday, Sept. 1, the gathering will feature the cafe's inaugural adult division storytelling contest for previously registered contestants.
August 25, 2013
The Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association will host the U.S. Air Force Concert Band as part of its annual Red, White and Blue Summer Concert Series, on Friday, Sept. 6, at 6:15 p.m. in HCC's Alumni Amphitheater. The band is the largest symphonic wind ensemble in the U.S. Air Force Band. It presents more than 100 concerts annually and performs a variety of music from light classics, popular favorites, and instrumental features, to classical transcriptions and original works.
By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | | August 21, 2013
Ron Davis of Annandale, Va., is a self-proclaimed “Porsche nut.” “I've always been a car nut,” he said. He was living in Germany with his parents in 1954 when he saw his first Porsche - and he was hooked. Davis hopes to share his love and knowledge of Porsches during the newly added German car show Sunday, Aug. 25, as part of the two-day Augustoberfest in downtown Hagerstown. The event is hosted by the Potomac Region of the Porsche Club of America. Davis is the concours chair of the Potomac Region.
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