August 5, 2013
Spies are sneaking into my carefully arranged garden beds. Herbs are lurking in my perennials. Fruits have infiltrated my herb bed. Tomatoes and squash are harboring sunflowers and catmint. And you know what? I like it. I have discovered the joys of edible landscaping, mixing in plants you can eat with those that you can't. It's smart, lovely and sensible. Why not tuck in beautiful edibles among your posies? More gardeners are growing their own food because it's healthier and kinder to the environment.
June 6, 2013
Kathy Mason has been named director of the University of Charleston's Martinsburg campus. Mason will begin her duties immediately, the university said in a news release Tuesday. “We are very happy to have Kathy Mason on board as we build our presence in Martinsburg,” University of Charleston Regional President Jerry Forster said in the release. “She brings to UC-Martinsburg a vast knowledge of the region's business climate, which will be invaluable in helping us recruit quality students to our on-site and online academic programs,” he said.
April 22, 2013
Spring has sprung even if it isn't as warm or as moist as we often think of spring. However, as weather goes in the spring here in the Great Valley, if you don't like today's weather, stick around, because tomorrow's will be different. Spring on the farm is full of new beginnings. Calves, lambs and kids are born and chicks hatch. The renewing of the land begins, as well as the wheat, rye, barley and pastures green up. Spring also comes with lots of activity and smells. There is the smell of freshly turned soil, and of course, the smell of manure.
February 20, 2013
The Continuing Education Division at Hagerstown Community College will offer a course called “Low Maintenance Landscaping,” on Thursdays, Feb. 28, and March 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the HCC Valley Mall Center. Participants will learn how to create a low-maintenance, vigorous home landscape with steps to save time, pesticides, and money. Emphasis will be on appropriate plant selection and plant maintenance. The course is taught by Deborah Smith Fiola, president and senior consultant at Landscape IPM Enterprises, LLC. She has a bachelor's degree in horticulture/ornamentals and a master's degree in entomology/landscape integrated pest management from the University of Maryland.
January 14, 2013
The Singer Society, the volunteer association of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, held its monthly meeting Jan. 10 in the museum's Bowman Gallery. Showing examples of his work, the guest speaker was Philip Koch, a modernist-influenced American landscape artist. Based in Baltimore, and a professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore, Koch travels to New England and upstate New York to paint in the same locations that inspired Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer and the Hudson River School artists he admires.
September 14, 2012
There are no bulldozers turning the earth on old and historic fields, no acreage falling victim to the relentless march of development. Instead, Antietam National Battlefield is a dignified memorial to all who fought there - peaceful and picturesque. Shallow water murmurs below Burnside Bridge and overhanging trees shade narrow winding lanes that edge acres of cornfields. If you listen closely, you might think you hear heroic ghosts whisper of a great and terrible battle that was fought here 150 years ago - the site of the bloodiest day in the nation's wartime history.
June 20, 2012
The Continuing Education and Community Services Division at Hagerstown Community College will offer “Low Maintenance Landscaping” Thursdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m., beginning July 5 and ending July 12 at HCC's Valley Mall Center. Participants will learn about plants native to the local area, as well as how to choose the most pest-resistant plans. Time-saving landscape maintenance and design tips will also be discussed. Cost is $51. For more information, or to register, call 240-500-2236, or go to www.hagerstowncc.edu/coned/register .
April 1, 2012
Editor's note: The If You Go box has been updated on Wednesday, April 4 Dreams really do come true. The Texas Tenors are living proof. Marcus Collins, JC Fisher and John Hagen will take The Maryland Theatre stage with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra Saturday, April 7. Their story is a modern-day fairy tale. The handsome protagonists - all classically trained vocalists - are friends whose paths had crossed but who never had thought about putting their voices together, Collins said in a recent phone interview.
March 14, 2012
It's not Woodstock, but the Athletic, Recreation and Community Center at Hagerstown Community College will have one thing in common with the 1960s music festival this weekend - flower power. Buds, blooms, fronds and fern will be everywhere as part of the annual Flower & Garden Show, hosted by HCC's Alumni Association. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 17, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 18. In addition to vendors, the show will feature floral and landscaping gurus who will be on hand to share their knowledge through a variety of seminars.