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October 12, 2009
HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. -- Boomtown Hoops, an online hula hoop store based in Hedgesville, is hosting a hula hoop workshop in Hagerstown. The workshop is for beginner to intermediate hoopers and will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the south pavilion at Fairgrounds Park, 351 N. Cleveland Ave. The cost is $35. Participants may bring their own hoops or they may borrow one of Boomtown's. Hoops also will be available for purchase.  For more information, call Melody Robinson at Boomtown Hoops at 540-664-7997.
NEWS
October 13, 2009
A Hula Hoop workshop will be held Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. in the south pavilion at Fairgrounds Park, off Cleveland Avenue in Hagerstown. The event, presented by Boomtown Hoops, is for beginners to intermediate participants. The workshop will include instruction in hoop fitness, hoop techniques and stretching. Bring a hoop if you have one, or borrow one. Hoops will also be available for purchase. To register, call 540-664-7997, e-mail boom townhooptroupe@yahoo.com or go to www.boomtownhoops.
NEWS
by BRIAN SHAPPELL | July 22, 2003
shappell@herald-mail.com Emergency workers rushed a city youngster to the hospital Monday after a van backed over her while she was playing in the back yard of her home. A silver hula hoop was wedged under a Ford Econoline van and a pair of baby blue Princess boots were a few feet away. Hagerstown City Police said a van driven by Roger B. Seal, 24, of Hagerstown, struck 5-year-old Shania Shockey Monday evening in a parking lot/backyard area behind the first block of East Baltimore Street.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | February 5, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Arm curls with bottles of water at the desk chair. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Dusting off that hula hoop in the attic. They are activities that can add up during the day to help establish a healthy heart, said Elisabeth Yeun, a clinical dietitian at Washington County Hospital. Yeun was one of the experts Thursday at Robinwood Medical Center hoping to help women understand the importance of heart health. The Women's Health Forum aimed to dispel the myth that men are more likely to suffer from heart disease, said Pam Peitz, head of cardiac rehabilitation at Washington County Hospital.
NEWS
By MIKKEL WALLECH / For The Herald-Mail | December 15, 2008
HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Sometimes vigorous play is the best way to accomplish some serious fitness work. Case in point: the hula hoop. The hula hoop is making a comeback among fitness-conscious adults. The hula hoop is being used in the Tri-State area as a fun and unique tool to tone bodies and get people active. Melody Robinson and her daughter, Stephanie Connell, 22, of Hedgesville, W.Va., have been selling hula hoops at Boomtown Hoops since 2004. They said hula hooping is catching on again because it offers not only physical benefits, but it is fun to do. "People love it," Connell said.
NEWS
by BRIAN SHAPPELL | October 30, 2003
shappell@herald-mail.com Shania Shockey is coming home to Hagerstown in time for the holidays and her sixth birthday. Shockey's father said the girl continues to recover at a Baltimore rehabilitation center from injuries she sustained when she was run over by a van last summer. Bill Heise said his daughter is scheduled to be released from the Kennedy Krieger Institute and brought back to her 50 E. Baltimore St. home on Nov. 20. She will turn 6 years old on Nov. 27, Thanksgiving Day. "Her birthday plus Thanksgiving, that means a lot," Heise said.
NEWS
by BRIAN SHAPPELL | July 23, 2003
A 5-year-old city girl remained hospitalized Tuesday in a Washington, D.C., hospital after she was run over by a van in her back yard. A Hagerstown Police Department spokeswoman said Tuesday that Shania Shockey of the first block of East Baltimore Street was listed in critical condition at Children's Medical Center. A Children's Medical Center spokeswoman said Tuesday she was not authorized to comment about Shockey's condition. A MedSTAR helicopter flew the youngster to the medical center, according to a MedSTAR fight paramedic.
NEWS
by BRIAN SHAPPELL | August 21, 2003
shappell@herald-mail.com Five-year-old Shania Shockey's condition continues to improve as she embarks on a lengthy rehabilitation program to recover from injuries she suffered when she was run over by a van near her home. Shockey, who was in a coma for about two weeks following the July 21 accident in Hagerstown, was admitted Wednesday to the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore after spending four weeks at Children's Medical Center in Washington D.C. Bill Heise, Shania's father, said hospital personnel transported his daughter to the Baltimore facility, where she will undergo extensive rehabilitation relating to functions such as speech and walking.
NEWS
by BRIAN SHAPPELL | November 19, 2003
shappell@herald-mail.com After being hospitalized for months due to injuries suffered upon being struck by a van last summer, 5-year-old Shania Shockey returned Tuesday to Washington County and her family. A spokeswoman at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore said Shania was released from the facility Tuesday. Shania underwent extensive rehabilitation for severe head injuries she suffered on July 21, the day she was struck by a van behind her home at 50 E. Baltimore St. Bill Heise, Shania's father, said the family will be having a welcome home/birthday party for the girl Sunday.
NEWS
by BRIAN SHAPPELL | August 7, 2003
shappell@herald-mail.com The Heise/Shockey family has reason to be optimistic for the first time in weeks as 5-year-old Shania Shockey, who was run over by a van last month, is breathing on her own again, less than a week after doctors nearly took her off life-support, according to her father Bill Heise. The family was pleased at how responsive the girl was during a visit Wednesday evening, but she has a long way to go to recover from severe injuries, Heise said. Heise said his daughter is in guarded care, with 24-hour nursing supervision, at the Children's Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Shania was in an induced coma until Monday, when doctors determined she could breathe on her own, according to Heise.
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By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | April 29, 2011
It's the latest spin on dance and fitness. It's hooping and, yes, it involves the iconic toy from the 1950s. But it's no longer child's play. Today's grown-up hoops help tone the body and the mind. It's a combination of athleticism and holistic health — and people all over the world are giving it a twirl. In Shepherdstown, 24-year-old Stephanie Connell has been hooping for about three years. She said she was introduced to the activity by her mother, Melody Robinson.
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NEWS
October 13, 2009
A Hula Hoop workshop will be held Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. in the south pavilion at Fairgrounds Park, off Cleveland Avenue in Hagerstown. The event, presented by Boomtown Hoops, is for beginners to intermediate participants. The workshop will include instruction in hoop fitness, hoop techniques and stretching. Bring a hoop if you have one, or borrow one. Hoops will also be available for purchase. To register, call 540-664-7997, e-mail boom townhooptroupe@yahoo.com or go to www.boomtownhoops.
NEWS
October 12, 2009
HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. -- Boomtown Hoops, an online hula hoop store based in Hedgesville, is hosting a hula hoop workshop in Hagerstown. The workshop is for beginner to intermediate hoopers and will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the south pavilion at Fairgrounds Park, 351 N. Cleveland Ave. The cost is $35. Participants may bring their own hoops or they may borrow one of Boomtown's. Hoops also will be available for purchase.  For more information, call Melody Robinson at Boomtown Hoops at 540-664-7997.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | February 5, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Arm curls with bottles of water at the desk chair. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Dusting off that hula hoop in the attic. They are activities that can add up during the day to help establish a healthy heart, said Elisabeth Yeun, a clinical dietitian at Washington County Hospital. Yeun was one of the experts Thursday at Robinwood Medical Center hoping to help women understand the importance of heart health. The Women's Health Forum aimed to dispel the myth that men are more likely to suffer from heart disease, said Pam Peitz, head of cardiac rehabilitation at Washington County Hospital.
NEWS
By MIKKEL WALLECH / For The Herald-Mail | December 15, 2008
HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Sometimes vigorous play is the best way to accomplish some serious fitness work. Case in point: the hula hoop. The hula hoop is making a comeback among fitness-conscious adults. The hula hoop is being used in the Tri-State area as a fun and unique tool to tone bodies and get people active. Melody Robinson and her daughter, Stephanie Connell, 22, of Hedgesville, W.Va., have been selling hula hoops at Boomtown Hoops since 2004. They said hula hooping is catching on again because it offers not only physical benefits, but it is fun to do. "People love it," Connell said.
NEWS
by JOAN KNODE | March 24, 2006
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NEWS
by BRIAN SHAPPELL | November 19, 2003
shappell@herald-mail.com After being hospitalized for months due to injuries suffered upon being struck by a van last summer, 5-year-old Shania Shockey returned Tuesday to Washington County and her family. A spokeswoman at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore said Shania was released from the facility Tuesday. Shania underwent extensive rehabilitation for severe head injuries she suffered on July 21, the day she was struck by a van behind her home at 50 E. Baltimore St. Bill Heise, Shania's father, said the family will be having a welcome home/birthday party for the girl Sunday.
NEWS
by BRIAN SHAPPELL | October 30, 2003
shappell@herald-mail.com Shania Shockey is coming home to Hagerstown in time for the holidays and her sixth birthday. Shockey's father said the girl continues to recover at a Baltimore rehabilitation center from injuries she sustained when she was run over by a van last summer. Bill Heise said his daughter is scheduled to be released from the Kennedy Krieger Institute and brought back to her 50 E. Baltimore St. home on Nov. 20. She will turn 6 years old on Nov. 27, Thanksgiving Day. "Her birthday plus Thanksgiving, that means a lot," Heise said.
NEWS
by BRIAN SHAPPELL | August 21, 2003
shappell@herald-mail.com Five-year-old Shania Shockey's condition continues to improve as she embarks on a lengthy rehabilitation program to recover from injuries she suffered when she was run over by a van near her home. Shockey, who was in a coma for about two weeks following the July 21 accident in Hagerstown, was admitted Wednesday to the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore after spending four weeks at Children's Medical Center in Washington D.C. Bill Heise, Shania's father, said hospital personnel transported his daughter to the Baltimore facility, where she will undergo extensive rehabilitation relating to functions such as speech and walking.
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