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by KAREN HANNA | December 7, 2005
Certificates and pins went to about a dozen individuals responsible for what Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan dubbed a "landmark event" - the development of a public-private partnership to build a stadium at North Hagerstown High School. "It's a monumental effort on the part of many individuals, and we are just grateful to all of those individuals," Morgan said. Morgan said she hopes the efforts of the stadium committee inspire others to embrace their own projects.
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By ERIN JULIUS | September 26, 2006
HAGERSTOWN North Hagerstown High School's stadium will not be complete by the Oct. 6 Homecoming football game, the originial date a private committee had hoped to meet, according to school principal Valerie Novak. Officials would have liked the stadium to be complete even earlier, by a Sept. 27 football game, but rain slowed the construction progress, said John Williamson, a member of the committee raising money for the stadium. The Hubs should be able to play this season's last home game on the new field Nov. 3. Recent rainfall delayed laying down artificial turf and setting up bleachers, Novak said.
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by ERIN JULIUS | September 27, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - North Hagerstown High School's stadium will not be complete by the Oct. 6 Homecoming football game, the originial date a private committee had hoped to meet, according to school principal Valerie Novak. Officials would have liked the stadium to be complete even earlier, by a Sept. 27 football game, but rain slowed the construction progress, said John Williamson, a member of the committee raising money for the stadium. The Hubs should be able to play this season's last home game on the new field Nov. 3. Recent rainfall delayed laying down artificial turf and setting up bleachers, Novak said.
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by KAREN HANNA | October 19, 2005
HAGERSTOWN karenh@herald-mail.com Callas Contractors Inc. will oversee the construction of North Hagerstown High School's stadium, which will be named for the company's late chairman. The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday approved contracts with the Hagerstown construction firm for $175,000 for construction management for the proposed Mike Callas Stadium. An agreement with the firm for general conditions costs will cost $245,450 more, Board of Education President Paul Bailey said after the meeting.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | May 28, 2004
scottb@herald-mail.com Businessman Michael Callas and former Hagerstown Community College coach Jim Brown will serve as honorary co-chairmen of a $2.3 million capital campaign for a proposed stadium at North Hagerstown High School, Principal Robert "Bo" Myers said Thursday. The North High Boosters Club plans to raise the money for the stadium in the private sector by, among other things, selling naming rights for the stadium. The boosters club is undertaking the task because it realizes the Washington County Board of Education does not have the money to pay for construction of a stadium, John Williamson, chairman of the North High Boosters Club's Stadium Executive Committee, said Thursday.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | July 10, 2005
tarar@herald-mail.com A tapping foot here, a bobbing head there and polite applause after each song indicated the kind of evening concertgoers were looking for - a relaxing evening at City Park. "I live one block away," Hagerstown resident Joyce Martin said. "The fact that it was close, I felt I had to take advantage of it. And it is a beautiful night to sit and listen to music. " A couple hundred other people had the same idea. Many spectators sat in lawn chairs and on benches in front of the band shell at Hagerstown's City Park for the kickoff of Music by the Lake.
NEWS
by SCOTT BUTKI | May 19, 2004
scottb@herald-mail.com For a $1 million donation, you can have a stadium proposed for North Hagerstown High School named after you under a fund-raising strategy explained to the Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday. The North High Boosters Club believes that selling naming rights for the stadium and its components can help raise the $2.3 million estimated cost of the facility, said John Williamson, chairman of the North High Boosters Club's Stadium Executive Committee.
NEWS
by PEPPER BALLARD | September 30, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - North Hagerstown High School varsity football captain Bob Bechtel's feet whisked as he walked the plush synthetic turf of his new home field Friday. As construction crews tapped out finishing touches on Mike Callas Stadium at North High, the senior defensive lineman crouched into a three-point stance, his splayed fingers disappearing in the blades of the bright green turf. "It's nice to have something soft there," Bechtel said with a smile. "Our practice field is as hard as a rock.
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by KAREN HANNA | November 11, 2005
HAGERSTOWN karenh@herald-mail.com When North Hagerstown High School football players board buses tonight, they will embark on a road trip for a home game for the last time. Next year, School Stadium will belong entirely to the team's crosstown rival - South Hagerstown High School - and speakers at a rally Thursday could not be happier. Plans for the construction of North High's Mike Callas Stadium drew closer to reality with a ceremonial groundbreaking in the parking lot near the site of the future facility.
NEWS
by BOB MAGINNIS | December 29, 2004
John Williamson didn't attend North Hagerstown High School. He's not even a Hagerstown native. So why is he chairing the campaign to build a $2.3 million stadium at the school? There are many reasons, but the one that hit home with me was Williamson's experience in seeing what his three children learned about life and teamwork by playing soccer for North High. "In talking to my kids, particularly to Brian, he told me he learned that you may not like the person you're on a team with, but you have to work together to succeed," Williamson said.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | September 30, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - North Hagerstown High School varsity football captain Bob Bechtel's feet whisked as he walked the plush synthetic turf of his new home field Friday. As construction crews tapped out finishing touches on Mike Callas Stadium at North High, the senior defensive lineman crouched into a three-point stance, his splayed fingers disappearing in the blades of the bright green turf. "It's nice to have something soft there," Bechtel said with a smile. "Our practice field is as hard as a rock.
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by ERIN JULIUS | September 27, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - North Hagerstown High School's stadium will not be complete by the Oct. 6 Homecoming football game, the originial date a private committee had hoped to meet, according to school principal Valerie Novak. Officials would have liked the stadium to be complete even earlier, by a Sept. 27 football game, but rain slowed the construction progress, said John Williamson, a member of the committee raising money for the stadium. The Hubs should be able to play this season's last home game on the new field Nov. 3. Recent rainfall delayed laying down artificial turf and setting up bleachers, Novak said.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | September 26, 2006
HAGERSTOWN North Hagerstown High School's stadium will not be complete by the Oct. 6 Homecoming football game, the originial date a private committee had hoped to meet, according to school principal Valerie Novak. Officials would have liked the stadium to be complete even earlier, by a Sept. 27 football game, but rain slowed the construction progress, said John Williamson, a member of the committee raising money for the stadium. The Hubs should be able to play this season's last home game on the new field Nov. 3. Recent rainfall delayed laying down artificial turf and setting up bleachers, Novak said.
NEWS
by KAREN HANNA | December 7, 2005
Certificates and pins went to about a dozen individuals responsible for what Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan dubbed a "landmark event" - the development of a public-private partnership to build a stadium at North Hagerstown High School. "It's a monumental effort on the part of many individuals, and we are just grateful to all of those individuals," Morgan said. Morgan said she hopes the efforts of the stadium committee inspire others to embrace their own projects.
NEWS
by KAREN HANNA | November 11, 2005
HAGERSTOWN karenh@herald-mail.com When North Hagerstown High School football players board buses tonight, they will embark on a road trip for a home game for the last time. Next year, School Stadium will belong entirely to the team's crosstown rival - South Hagerstown High School - and speakers at a rally Thursday could not be happier. Plans for the construction of North High's Mike Callas Stadium drew closer to reality with a ceremonial groundbreaking in the parking lot near the site of the future facility.
NEWS
by KAREN HANNA | October 19, 2005
HAGERSTOWN karenh@herald-mail.com Callas Contractors Inc. will oversee the construction of North Hagerstown High School's stadium, which will be named for the company's late chairman. The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday approved contracts with the Hagerstown construction firm for $175,000 for construction management for the proposed Mike Callas Stadium. An agreement with the firm for general conditions costs will cost $245,450 more, Board of Education President Paul Bailey said after the meeting.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | July 10, 2005
tarar@herald-mail.com A tapping foot here, a bobbing head there and polite applause after each song indicated the kind of evening concertgoers were looking for - a relaxing evening at City Park. "I live one block away," Hagerstown resident Joyce Martin said. "The fact that it was close, I felt I had to take advantage of it. And it is a beautiful night to sit and listen to music. " A couple hundred other people had the same idea. Many spectators sat in lawn chairs and on benches in front of the band shell at Hagerstown's City Park for the kickoff of Music by the Lake.
NEWS
by BOB MAGINNIS | December 29, 2004
John Williamson didn't attend North Hagerstown High School. He's not even a Hagerstown native. So why is he chairing the campaign to build a $2.3 million stadium at the school? There are many reasons, but the one that hit home with me was Williamson's experience in seeing what his three children learned about life and teamwork by playing soccer for North High. "In talking to my kids, particularly to Brian, he told me he learned that you may not like the person you're on a team with, but you have to work together to succeed," Williamson said.
NEWS
by SCOTT BUTKI | May 28, 2004
scottb@herald-mail.com Businessman Michael Callas and former Hagerstown Community College coach Jim Brown will serve as honorary co-chairmen of a $2.3 million capital campaign for a proposed stadium at North Hagerstown High School, Principal Robert "Bo" Myers said Thursday. The North High Boosters Club plans to raise the money for the stadium in the private sector by, among other things, selling naming rights for the stadium. The boosters club is undertaking the task because it realizes the Washington County Board of Education does not have the money to pay for construction of a stadium, John Williamson, chairman of the North High Boosters Club's Stadium Executive Committee, said Thursday.
NEWS
by SCOTT BUTKI | May 19, 2004
scottb@herald-mail.com For a $1 million donation, you can have a stadium proposed for North Hagerstown High School named after you under a fund-raising strategy explained to the Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday. The North High Boosters Club believes that selling naming rights for the stadium and its components can help raise the $2.3 million estimated cost of the facility, said John Williamson, chairman of the North High Boosters Club's Stadium Executive Committee.
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