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May 6, 2013
Berkeley County Schools' Board of Education approved Ryan L. Ott as the incoming principal of Inwood (W.Va.) Primary School beginning in July. The board voted during Monday's board of education meeting in the Dr. N. Blaine Groves boardroom, according to a news release from Berkeley County Schools. Ott, a nine-year Berkeley County School employee, started his Berkeley County Schools career as a librarian at Winchester Avenue and Burke Street elementary schools. He then became librarian and school coordinator at Mountain Ridge Intermediate School until he was appointed assistant principal at Mill Creek Intermediate in 2010.
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By DAVE MCMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | October 3, 2011
Chris Hawkins was recognized at a Boonsboro Town Council meeting Monday night for her longtime work as librarian at Boonsboro Free Library. Hawkins was previously awarded a plaque for her service that will be kept at the library, Mayor Charles F. “Skip” Kauffman Jr. said. Monday night, Kauffman and council members presented Hawkins - who is Kauffman's sister - with a certificate of appreciation. Kauffman honored Hawkins for more than 30 years of service to the library and her “unparalleled dedication.” Kauffman also said Hawkins, who retired July 1, enriched people's lives through her work.
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By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | October 15, 2012
After graduating from St. John's College in Annapolis in 1996, Carrie Willson-Plymire had no idea what she wanted to do. She loved books, but at that point in life, didn't expect her career path would lead her to become a librarian. Willson-Plymire said the strong liberal arts focus of the college prepared her well for many different career options. She said it was required reading that attracted her to the college.  “I saw the reading list and thought, that's all stuff I want to know,” Willson-Plymire said.
NEWS
September 30, 2002
On Sunday at 2 p.m., St. Maria Goretti High School will posthumously honor Patti Schetrompf, former librarian for 15 years. She will be honored with a dedication of the school's Media Learning Center. Schetrompf died of cancer in September 1996. The dedication will include a ribbon cutting program and tours of the Patti Schetrompf Library and Media Center. Light refreshments will be served to conclude the festivities. The Media Learning Center is adjacent to the school at 1535 Oak Hill Ave. in Hagerstown.
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by TARA REILLY | September 30, 2002
tarar@herald-mail.com Described as the spirit of St. Maria Goretti High School, Patti Schetrompf was remembered Sunday afternoon as a person who listened to students, had a lot of friends and whose faith in God was a model to others. School officials and family members honored Schetrompf, St. Maria Goretti's former librarian, by dedicating the school's library and media center to her. About 80 people attended the event. "This is the kind of day that lights up everybody's face, and that's kind of what she did," Principal Christopher M. Siedor said.
NEWS
By MARLO BARNHART | February 26, 2009
KEEDYSVILLE -- Sarah Hull said she had no idea when she graduated from Shepherd College with a degree in psychology that she would become a librarian. "I wandered into this," Hull said of her 12 years at the Keedysville branch of the Washington County Free Library. The branch currently is closed for renovations. After years of sharing space with Keedysville Town Hall at 20 Taylor Drive, the library is now alone at that location. Last summer, the town hall and offices moved into a former bank building on Main Street that the town bought, said Keedysville Mayor Matt Hull, the husband of the librarian.
NEWS
By BILL KOHLER | December 20, 2007
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A former Baltimore schoolteacher just landed her dream job at the Waynesboro library. Emily Sharp, 29, of Waynesboro, recently was named children's librarian at Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library on East Main Street. Sharp, a former preschool and kindergarten teacher in Baltimore for five years, has been working part time at the library since June 2006, but says she now has an ideal position. "This is my dream job," Sharp said Wednesday. "I've wanted to be a children's librarian since as long as I can remember.
NEWS
January 12, 2006
HANCOCK - The deadline for photos for the "Our Town" contest and exhibition is Feb. 28. Photos must be submitted unframed to the coordinator directly, delivered by hand to Marilyn Pontius, librarian at War Memorial Library in Widmeyer Park, or mailed to The Town of Hancock, c/o Hancock Arts Council Photo Contest, 216 W. High St., Hancock, MD 21750.
NEWS
November 4, 2009
Walt Szczotka, left, assists Larry Zach on Wednesday during an Internet class at Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library in Greencastle, Pa. Szczotka is Internet resource librarian for the Franklin County Library System. The Besore library hosts regular classes on several topics. For a list of happenings in the Franklin County Library System, check out www.fclspa.org.
NEWS
October 8, 2009
In celebration of American Archives Month, the Friends of the Western Maryland Room invite the public to attend "Protect Your Image: Caring for Photographs," presented by Donna M. Wells at Washington County Free Library on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Wells is a photo historian with a special interest and expertise in local African-American history. Her previous positions include: prints and photographs librarian at Howard University's Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, assistant archivist for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, archivist for Gallaudet University and photo librarian at the Library of Congress.
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July 8, 2013
Washington County Free Library will host Storyfest in the Park Sunday, July 21, from noon to 4 p.m. at City Park in Hagerstown. Nationally known storytellers Ann Griffith, Diane Macklin and Jon Spelman will be joined at the Peter Buys band shell by the library's own Mr. Jeff (children's librarian Jeff Ridgeway), the Authentic Community Theater and local storyteller Fanny Crawford. The bookmobile and a Friends of the Library information table will be available. Griffith, storyteller, drama specialist and actress, has shared her interactive storytelling style with schools, libraries, museums and television audiences, and is a veteran guide for the Ghost of Gettysburg Tours.
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OBITUARIES
May 11, 2013
John Edward Briggs, 85, died Thursday, May 9, 2013, at Fahrney-Keedy Village in Boonsboro, Md., under the compassionate care of Hospice of Washington County. Born Dec. 21, 1927, in Binghamton, N.Y., he was the only child of Lillie (Shifter) and William Henry Briggs. Under the GI Bill, he received his bachelor of arts degree in English literature and library science in 1952. In 1954, he earned a master of library science degree. He worked as a proofreader for Vail-Ballou Press.
NEWS
May 6, 2013
Berkeley County Schools' Board of Education approved Ryan L. Ott as the incoming principal of Inwood (W.Va.) Primary School beginning in July. The board voted during Monday's board of education meeting in the Dr. N. Blaine Groves boardroom, according to a news release from Berkeley County Schools. Ott, a nine-year Berkeley County School employee, started his Berkeley County Schools career as a librarian at Winchester Avenue and Burke Street elementary schools. He then became librarian and school coordinator at Mountain Ridge Intermediate School until he was appointed assistant principal at Mill Creek Intermediate in 2010.
OBITUARIES
February 20, 2013
Anna K. "Kit" Winger, 82, died at Select Specialty Hospital in Battle Creek, Mich., on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. She was born in Waynesboro, Pa., on Oct. 13, 1930, to Frank H. and Ruth (Roth) Winger. She graduated from Greencastle High School in Greencastle, Pa., and Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa., and then received a master's degree in library science from Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia, Pa. Her professional career began with the organization of the library at James Buchanan High School, Mercersburg, Pa.; back to Juniata College library as assistant librarian, then cataloging books (even in Russian)
NEWS
By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | October 15, 2012
After graduating from St. John's College in Annapolis in 1996, Carrie Willson-Plymire had no idea what she wanted to do. She loved books, but at that point in life, didn't expect her career path would lead her to become a librarian. Willson-Plymire said the strong liberal arts focus of the college prepared her well for many different career options. She said it was required reading that attracted her to the college.  “I saw the reading list and thought, that's all stuff I want to know,” Willson-Plymire said.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | June 18, 2012
Bill Taylor, who is openly gay, said he hasn't felt any prejudice during his four years as a librarian in Washington County. But after marrying his partner in Washington, D.C., and asking if his spouse could be covered under his health insurance plan, he was told no. “It felt a bit like (being) a second-class citizen,” he said. Starting in July, though, the county will offer Taylor the same benefits employees in opposite-sex marriages get, a change celebrated by Lambda Legal, an organization that advocates for gay and lesbian rights.
OBITUARIES
February 14, 2012
Priscilla Moyer (Wilson) Ashton, 88, of Hagerstown, Md., died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, at Autumn Assisted Living in Hagerstown. Born Sept. 24, 1923, in Plainfield, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Arthur Watson and Elizabeth (Moyer) Wilson. She was the wife of 57 years of the late Thomas James Ashton, who died in August 2009. Priscilla graduated in 1941 from Westport High School in Westport, Conn. She attended Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va., and later graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Priscilla was a librarian and substitute teacher for many years in the Montgomery County, Md., school system.
NEWS
By DAVE MCMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | October 3, 2011
Chris Hawkins was recognized at a Boonsboro Town Council meeting Monday night for her longtime work as librarian at Boonsboro Free Library. Hawkins was previously awarded a plaque for her service that will be kept at the library, Mayor Charles F. “Skip” Kauffman Jr. said. Monday night, Kauffman and council members presented Hawkins - who is Kauffman's sister - with a certificate of appreciation. Kauffman honored Hawkins for more than 30 years of service to the library and her “unparalleled dedication.” Kauffman also said Hawkins, who retired July 1, enriched people's lives through her work.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | July 14, 2010
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- A new librarian and physical education teacher are coming to Waynesboro Area Senior High School through votes by the school board this week. During 2010-11 budget discussions, the school board talked about filling the two positions with long-term substitutes. That required an agreement with the Waynesboro Area Education Association. Superintendent James Robertson said Tuesday the bargaining unit felt the issue was a legal matter in regards to the school code.
NEWS
November 12, 2009
The Washington County Free Library will host a free workshop on proposal writing basics for nonprofit organizations Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. "Proposal Writing Basics" will be led by Harry Sachs, business and government information center librarian, and is an overview of the basic skills needed for writing a proposal, especially for new proposal writers in nonprofit organizations. Janice Rosenberg, senior librarian at the Foundation Center's Washington office, will offer tips on the key components of writing grant proposals, including packaging and follow-up.
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