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July 17, 2009
The Board of Trustees of Washington County Museum of Fine Arts said farewell to seven members and bid a welcome to five new members and two members serving a second term at its June 24 meeting. The retiring members joined the board in 2003. They are the Rev. H. Clayton Moyer of Waynesboro, Pa., Dr. John G. Newby of Williamsport, Dr. William G. Plavcan of Hagerstown and Roberta "Bunny" Waltersdorf. Retiring advisory board members include Francis E. Gift, Renee Kramer and John M. Waltersdorf.
NEWS
By TAMELA BAKER | May 12, 2007
Three trustees of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts have tendered their resignations, but said Friday their decisions weren't related to the departure of museum Director Joseph Ruzicka. The board of trustees declined last month to renew Ruzicka's contract. His last day at the museum was April 18. Trustees Lois Easton, Leslie Hendrickson and M. Kenneth Long have resigned from the board since then. Long, a Circuit Court judge, said he resigned because of scheduling conflicts.
NEWS
July 14, 2009
In May, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown held its annual benefactors reception. The event was to thank museum donors who contributed to the museum during the past year. The theme of this year's event was "Children's Art Education" and focused on the museum's school for the arts, offering classes year-round for adults and those ages 2 and older. To get the art students involved, the museum offered a contest. The winning artwork, selected by the museum's board of trustees, became the artwork on the invitation to the event.
NEWS
July 19, 2000
Museum reports deficit By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is running a $57,000 annual operating deficit, which has forced the museum's board of trustees to dip into the museum's endowment to pay the bills. continued Museum representatives met Tuesday with Hagerstown's Mayor and City Council and the Washington County Commissioners to inform them of the museum's financial troubles and ask for more help in future years.
NEWS
March 13, 1998
By STEVEN T. DENNIS Staff Writer In the 1950s, a secret Air Force project to build a fleet of thousands of jet-powered decoy missiles was developed by Fairchild Aircraft in Hagerstown. Radar reflectors inside the missile, nicknamed "Goose," gave the missile the same radar signature as a B-52 Stratofortress bomber. Engineers envisioned building thousands of the missiles to confuse enemy radar systems and protect the vulnerable B-52, but only about 20 were built and tested at Cape Canaveral, Fla., before the program was canceled.
NEWS
March 19, 1998
By RICHARD F. BELISLE Staff Writer, Waynesboro GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A museum for residents of Greencastle and surrounding Antrim Township could become a reality by the time Old Home Week rolls around this summer, according to two of the museum's board members. Bonnie Shockey and Robert "Red" Pensinger said this week that the $200,000 gift the museum board received earlier this year ensures that a building will be bought to house the museum and its collections. Shockey, 51, said the board has been looking at buildings and made a tentative offer on one. She said she hopes the deal can be closed by the end of April.
NEWS
September 13, 1999
By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer Don't look for any deep message in the stained-glass work artist Rob Martin created for the dome of the Washington County Fine Arts Museum rotunda. "It's strictly decorative. It's not representative of anything," he said. He said his goal was to brighten the museum's foyer by allowing more light to flow through the skylight. Using nine pieces of glass, Martin, 52, first created a black grid and then filled in the spaces with multi-colored opalescent and solid-colored glass.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE and TERRY TALBERTs | August 14, 1998
CSX Real Property's rejection of an offer by the city and Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum officials may have doomed the roundhouse to demolition, Hagerstown Mayor Robert Bruchey said at a news conference Thursday morning. Asked about odds for further negotiations, Bruchey said, "I'm not a betting man, but I wouldn't bet it will happen. " "There are three losers here," Bruchey said. "The roundhouse museum board of directors, the City of Hagerstown and CSX. " "Given the opportunity to work with CSX without their adamant all-or-nothing proposal, we could have worked something out," Bruchey said.
NEWS
BY SCOTT BUTKI | May 11, 2002
scottb@herald-mail.com A Hagerstown native whose passion and business are rug restoration is using her skills to repair the edges of a wool rug from Northwest Persia in the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. Angela Risser, 32, of San Francisco, is donating her time on the project. Risser grew up in Hagerstown and graduated from St. James High School in 1987. She has been doing rug restoration for about six years, she said. She learned the craft by working as an apprentice to a California resident who has been restoring rugs for more than 25 years, she said.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@heraldmail.com | February 26, 2011
Dressed in blue robes, Morgan State University's choir stepped onto risers on the stage of the Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown as the crowd waited in anticipation. Under the direction of Eric Conway, students kicked off the two-hour Black History Month salute and Doleman Black Heritage Museum fundraiser with "Lift Every Voice and Sing. " With flawless pitch, 50 of the choir's 120 members combined their voices in a harmonious rendition of the familiar song as the crowd erupted in applause.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@heraldmail.com | February 26, 2011
Dressed in blue robes, Morgan State University's choir stepped onto risers on the stage of the Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown as the crowd waited in anticipation. Under the direction of Eric Conway, students kicked off the two-hour Black History Month salute and Doleman Black Heritage Museum fundraiser with "Lift Every Voice and Sing. " With flawless pitch, 50 of the choir's 120 members combined their voices in a harmonious rendition of the familiar song as the crowd erupted in applause.
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By HEATHER KEELS | December 20, 2009
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- A $2.5 million courtyard enclosure project planned for the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will create a 3,000-square-foot, glass-roofed space for exhibits, events and tour group gatherings, museum officials revealed last week. The project will enclose the interior courtyard of the museum, which is in Hagerstown's City Park. Museum Director Rebecca Massie Lane and museum board Chairman Thomas C. Newcomer shared their plans for the project with the Washington County Commissioners Tuesday as they asked the county for a no-interest loan to help get the project started.
NEWS
July 17, 2009
The Board of Trustees of Washington County Museum of Fine Arts said farewell to seven members and bid a welcome to five new members and two members serving a second term at its June 24 meeting. The retiring members joined the board in 2003. They are the Rev. H. Clayton Moyer of Waynesboro, Pa., Dr. John G. Newby of Williamsport, Dr. William G. Plavcan of Hagerstown and Roberta "Bunny" Waltersdorf. Retiring advisory board members include Francis E. Gift, Renee Kramer and John M. Waltersdorf.
NEWS
July 14, 2009
In May, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown held its annual benefactors reception. The event was to thank museum donors who contributed to the museum during the past year. The theme of this year's event was "Children's Art Education" and focused on the museum's school for the arts, offering classes year-round for adults and those ages 2 and older. To get the art students involved, the museum offered a contest. The winning artwork, selected by the museum's board of trustees, became the artwork on the invitation to the event.
NEWS
By TAMELA BAKER | May 12, 2007
Three trustees of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts have tendered their resignations, but said Friday their decisions weren't related to the departure of museum Director Joseph Ruzicka. The board of trustees declined last month to renew Ruzicka's contract. His last day at the museum was April 18. Trustees Lois Easton, Leslie Hendrickson and M. Kenneth Long have resigned from the board since then. Long, a Circuit Court judge, said he resigned because of scheduling conflicts.
NEWS
by SCOTT BUTKI | July 19, 2004
scottb@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - While there are many in Washington County who like the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, the new director is going to try to make the institution a place that is loved and treasured, the museum's president, Spence Perry, said Sunday. One of the reasons the board chose Joseph T. Ruzicka to become the museum's director is that he understood that goal and has plans on how to make that happen, including having projects at the museum for seniors and young professionals, Perry said.
NEWS
BY SCOTT BUTKI | May 11, 2002
scottb@herald-mail.com A Hagerstown native whose passion and business are rug restoration is using her skills to repair the edges of a wool rug from Northwest Persia in the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. Angela Risser, 32, of San Francisco, is donating her time on the project. Risser grew up in Hagerstown and graduated from St. James High School in 1987. She has been doing rug restoration for about six years, she said. She learned the craft by working as an apprentice to a California resident who has been restoring rugs for more than 25 years, she said.
NEWS
BY SARAH MULLIN | April 29, 2002
martinsburg@herald-mail.com Plans are being made to expand a Berkeley County farm museum devoted to preserving local agricultural history and educating younger generations about the toil of their ancestors. "These are things from the past," Glenn Welsh said as he looked at old thrashers, bailers, wagons, buggies, axes and other items that speak of a time long gone. Welsh is a farmer and a charter advisory board member for the L. Norman Dillon Farm Museum, off W.Va. 9 on Ridge Road in Hedgesville, W.Va.
NEWS
July 19, 2000
Museum reports deficit By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is running a $57,000 annual operating deficit, which has forced the museum's board of trustees to dip into the museum's endowment to pay the bills. continued Museum representatives met Tuesday with Hagerstown's Mayor and City Council and the Washington County Commissioners to inform them of the museum's financial troubles and ask for more help in future years.
NEWS
September 13, 1999
By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer Don't look for any deep message in the stained-glass work artist Rob Martin created for the dome of the Washington County Fine Arts Museum rotunda. "It's strictly decorative. It's not representative of anything," he said. He said his goal was to brighten the museum's foyer by allowing more light to flow through the skylight. Using nine pieces of glass, Martin, 52, first created a black grid and then filled in the spaces with multi-colored opalescent and solid-colored glass.
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