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September 1, 1998
The Washington County Board of Education approved a mission statement, vision statement and list of core values on Tuesday. The mission statement says, "Washington County schools will provide every student with the highest quality education to prepare them for higher education, for entry into the workforce, and for responsible citizenship. " The board envisions a school system where every child has opportunity, schools are progressive and student-centered and communities share responsibility for education.
NEWS
July 4, 2008
Western Maryland Hospital Center on Pennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown needs volunteers to work in its canteen, visit with patients and assist patients at meal times. The hospital has been in operation since 1957. It is a long-term care hospital for patients with a wide variety of chronic health-care issues. Its mission statement is to give Marylanders a second chance for quality of life through rehabilitation and health-care services in a healing environment. Anyone interested in volunteering should call 301-745-4650.
NEWS
March 11, 2007
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Waste Management of Greencastle recently rewarded employees who were accident and injury free in 2006. Employees were treated to a catered meal and presented with hats and jackets for their safety efforts. The Waste Management Safety Program, entitled M2Z (Mission to Zero), has as its mission statement "Safety is Our Cornerstone for Success. " Employees who were accident and injury free during 2006 were: Dan Barnhart, Keith Bartlett, Jarred Bender, Paul Besecker, Allan Bookwalter, Billy Brindle, Jeff Byers, Tim Carey, Lonnie Divelbliss, Roger Donaldson, Gary Gennaro, Mike Gilroy, Ed Goodhart, Rick Harvey, Wayne Herold, Shawn Hinkel, Laurie Hocker and Dan Houghton.
NEWS
By BRUCE HAMILTON | April 21, 1999
A citizen committee that was put on hold by the Washington County Board of Education this year may be reactivated by summer, Vice President Paul Bailey said Wednesday. The School Board created the Budget Advisory Committee to "involve the public in the development of its annual budget," according to the panel's mission statement. In a January work session, committee members asked the School Board for guidance. They said the board did not communicate with them and they were frustrated by the lack of feedback.
NEWS
by SCOTT BUTKI | July 31, 2002
The Hagerstown City Council informally decided Tuesday to make having a more productive relationship with the Washington County Commissioners one of its objectives for the next year. The council's relationship with the commissioners is better than it was 10 years ago but, despite that, very little cooperative work has been accomplished during the last year, Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said during Tuesday's council meeting. The council needs to find a way to resolve its differences with the county instead of just saying the other governmental body is in error, he said.
NEWS
by MARLO BARNHART | September 26, 2005
HAGERSTOWN marlob@herald-mail.com As executive director of the Aarsand Family Foundation, Torben Aarsand says people often don't understand how foundations work. "We don't just give money away, we have to raise it, too," he said. An Oct. 23 concert at The Maryland Theatre featuring the music of David Phelps, a contemporary Christian artist, has been arranged to help the foundation fulfill its money-raising needs. "But even more, I want to introduce Phelps to this community," Aarsand said of the gospel artist.
OPINION
October 22, 2011
Bible and other religions don't mix To the editor: Ed Poling's article in the Oct. 16 edition was written to address concerns another writer had in the opinion section Oct. 1. I do remember enough of that article that I agreed with the writer's concerns. Poling quoted the Interfaith Coalition's mission statement as “to bring together people from all faith traditions in order to promote peace, respect and compassion among all God's people ... and affirm our common ground in the Eternal.” Really?
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | April 11, 2012
A secular humanist, an agnostic and an atheist walk into a church. That wasn't the setup for a joke Wednesday night in Hagerstown, but for an evening of impassioned discussion hosted by the Interfaith Coalition of Washington County to encourage dialogue among people with different beliefs and ideas. About 50 people attended the group's “Dialogue with Non-Theists,” held at Hagerstown Church of the Brethren. Ed Branthaver, a member of Hagerstown Freethinkers, moderated a panel discussion by secular humanist Eldon Winston, agnostic Zsun-nee Matema and atheist Brian Fields, about how their philosophies shape their beliefs about morality, the soul and what happens after death.
NEWS
By ALLAN POWELL | April 30, 2010
There was at one time a television series, "City Confidential," which reported highly publicized crimes in various U.S. cities. One such segment happened in Lynchburg, Va., and told the sordid tale of two young people who murdered their parents to collect insurance money. The case was made interesting by the fact that Lynchburg is the headquarters of the late leader of the Moral Majority, the Rev. Jerry Falwell. In the background throughout were short clips of a much more famous city just 60 miles away: Charlottesville, Va., the home of Thomas Jefferson.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | May 4, 2005
tarar@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - Local tourism chief Thomas B. Riford said he is glad when a new hotel opens in Washington County because it translates to more spending and more jobs. "It helps bring more people in, and they spend more money, which means more jobs," said Riford, president and CEO of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). In 2004, the county's hotel/motel tax generated $1.3 million, up from $1.1 million in 2003, he said.
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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | April 11, 2012
A secular humanist, an agnostic and an atheist walk into a church. That wasn't the setup for a joke Wednesday night in Hagerstown, but for an evening of impassioned discussion hosted by the Interfaith Coalition of Washington County to encourage dialogue among people with different beliefs and ideas. About 50 people attended the group's “Dialogue with Non-Theists,” held at Hagerstown Church of the Brethren. Ed Branthaver, a member of Hagerstown Freethinkers, moderated a panel discussion by secular humanist Eldon Winston, agnostic Zsun-nee Matema and atheist Brian Fields, about how their philosophies shape their beliefs about morality, the soul and what happens after death.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | March 10, 2012
More than 1,000 children and their families came through the Safe Place Child Advocacy Center to receive treatment for abuse last year. Safe Place Executive Director Mooch Mutchler said the high abuse rate was one of the reasons the organization held its 6th Annual Family Evening of Comedy Saturday night at The Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown. He said he hoped the event, which cost $20 per ticket, would raise close to $7,500. "It helps with all kinds of operating expenses," Mutchler said.
OPINION
October 22, 2011
Bible and other religions don't mix To the editor: Ed Poling's article in the Oct. 16 edition was written to address concerns another writer had in the opinion section Oct. 1. I do remember enough of that article that I agreed with the writer's concerns. Poling quoted the Interfaith Coalition's mission statement as “to bring together people from all faith traditions in order to promote peace, respect and compassion among all God's people ... and affirm our common ground in the Eternal.” Really?
NEWS
By ALLAN POWELL | April 30, 2010
There was at one time a television series, "City Confidential," which reported highly publicized crimes in various U.S. cities. One such segment happened in Lynchburg, Va., and told the sordid tale of two young people who murdered their parents to collect insurance money. The case was made interesting by the fact that Lynchburg is the headquarters of the late leader of the Moral Majority, the Rev. Jerry Falwell. In the background throughout were short clips of a much more famous city just 60 miles away: Charlottesville, Va., the home of Thomas Jefferson.
NEWS
July 4, 2008
Western Maryland Hospital Center on Pennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown needs volunteers to work in its canteen, visit with patients and assist patients at meal times. The hospital has been in operation since 1957. It is a long-term care hospital for patients with a wide variety of chronic health-care issues. Its mission statement is to give Marylanders a second chance for quality of life through rehabilitation and health-care services in a healing environment. Anyone interested in volunteering should call 301-745-4650.
NEWS
March 11, 2007
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Waste Management of Greencastle recently rewarded employees who were accident and injury free in 2006. Employees were treated to a catered meal and presented with hats and jackets for their safety efforts. The Waste Management Safety Program, entitled M2Z (Mission to Zero), has as its mission statement "Safety is Our Cornerstone for Success. " Employees who were accident and injury free during 2006 were: Dan Barnhart, Keith Bartlett, Jarred Bender, Paul Besecker, Allan Bookwalter, Billy Brindle, Jeff Byers, Tim Carey, Lonnie Divelbliss, Roger Donaldson, Gary Gennaro, Mike Gilroy, Ed Goodhart, Rick Harvey, Wayne Herold, Shawn Hinkel, Laurie Hocker and Dan Houghton.
NEWS
by JANET HEIM | September 19, 2006
It was a short piece on National Public Radio that Charles Brown of Hagerstown just couldn't get out of his mind. While driving in his car in July 2005, he heard an interview with Jean Ann Lynch as she described a nonprofit organization she founded called Baby Basics Inc. Lynch started Baby Basics Inc. in the early 1990s in Ridgewood, N.J. She had become aware of how difficult it was for the working poor in her community to pay for some...
NEWS
by MARLO BARNHART | September 26, 2005
HAGERSTOWN marlob@herald-mail.com As executive director of the Aarsand Family Foundation, Torben Aarsand says people often don't understand how foundations work. "We don't just give money away, we have to raise it, too," he said. An Oct. 23 concert at The Maryland Theatre featuring the music of David Phelps, a contemporary Christian artist, has been arranged to help the foundation fulfill its money-raising needs. "But even more, I want to introduce Phelps to this community," Aarsand said of the gospel artist.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | May 4, 2005
tarar@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - Local tourism chief Thomas B. Riford said he is glad when a new hotel opens in Washington County because it translates to more spending and more jobs. "It helps bring more people in, and they spend more money, which means more jobs," said Riford, president and CEO of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). In 2004, the county's hotel/motel tax generated $1.3 million, up from $1.1 million in 2003, he said.
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