April 21, 2013
Voices filled Five Forks Church north of Waynesboro on Sunday during a visit from the 160-member National Christian Choir. Audience members filled the auditorium and spilled into the hallway for the performance featuring contemporary Christian music, hymn arrangements, gospel songs and a cappella moments. “It's more of a worship service rather than a concert where the audience sits detached,” said Kathy Bowman, director of music and ministries for the choir. Started in 1984, The National Christian Choir rehearses weekly in Rockville, Md., during the school year.
March 2, 2013
They've been called “Angels in Harlem.” And it's a pretty appropriate tag. Using their heavenly, note-blending voices, members of the Harlem Gospel Choir lift the spirit, touch the soul and share the joy of their faith. And, hallelujah, they are helping to preserve a form of music that has spoken to audiences beyond sacred places - influencing jazz, blues, soul, country and rock. For more than two decades, the Harlem Gospel Choir has shared its high-energy, hand-clapping, inspirational performances with people all over the world.
February 24, 2013
The Joyful Noise concert series will present “The Shamrock and The Daffodil,” a program of songs, poetry and legends from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Christ Reformed Church in Hagerstown will present the concert Sunday, March 10, at 3 p.m. The program is a celebration of Saint David's Day, which is March 1, and Saint Patrick's Day, which is March 17. It will feature legends of the saints, as well as poetry by William Yeats, Robert Burns and others, as well as music. The choirs of Christ Reformed Church and their soloist and readers will join harpist Sally Lay in traditional songs, such as “Danny Boy,” “Comin' Thro' the Rye” and “Blue Bells of Scotland,” as well as some lesser-known but traditional songs.
February 10, 2013
Sometimes, it all comes down to how you look at things. Every set of circumstances can be viewed from different angles, and there are many different opinions about those circumstances, views and angles. For example, it is said that “the squeaky wheel gets the grease” - which implies he who complains the loudest usually gets his way to shut him up. That's a huge concept in my business. If anyone complains, newspapers either change, investigate or report on something to resolve the injustice.
December 5, 2012
A booming noise heard just after 9 a.m. Wednesday was the explosion of a large shop air compressor at a farm off Paradise Church Road, but no injuries or structural damage occurred, a Washington County Emergency Communications dispatcher said. The explosion was reported by several callers, the first at 9:08 a.m., the dispatcher said. The compressor was on a farm at 14014 Paradise Church Road, she said.
November 19, 2012
Hagerstown Community College's Robinwood Players will perform Michael Frayn's “Noises Off” from Friday, Nov. 30, through Sunday, Dec. 2, at Kepler Theater. “Noises Off” is a “play within a play” and tells the story of an acting group preparing to perform a terrible play called “Nothing's On.” Show times are 8 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. A matinee performance will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Admission costs $10, but HCC students, staff and faculty can attend for free.
October 29, 2012
Honking. For the love of God, Washington County Commissioners, you gotsta amend your anti-noise ordinance to include honking before it's too late. Mark Twain said that comparing a human to a feline elevated the human but “degrades the cat.” I get that same uneasy feeling every time I see a governmental board trying to legislate animals. The humans never come out looking good. And that's what is going to happen here, where the commissioners needed to decide what animal sounds were to fall under the umbrella of a pending noise ordinance.
October 23, 2012
Washington County's newly revised animal control ordinance includes a leash law. The Washington County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the ordinance on Tuesday, more than three months after holding a public hearing. The new ordinance also defines “excessive noise” by an animal. The leash law adds a new layer to the county's requirement that animals can't roam “at large.” The new version of the ordinance says “every Dog must, when off the property of its Owner, be restrained by a leash.” Even before the leash law, though, the county already required animals to be “under the immediate control, charge, or possession of the Owner or other responsible person capable of physically restraining the animal.” Before passing the new version, the county commissioners discussed finer points of the law and whether it could be improved further.
August 1, 2012
“I want to thank the person from Hagerstown who took issue with my George Michael and David Limbaugh comment. I must confess that I read both columns. Paul Staley answered your concerns about George Michael. Concerning Neil Parrott's petitions, we have a representative government. Petitions should be rare.” - Halfway “Hey caller, I didn't call Obama evil or a liar. I just said he was in over his head. And he blames everyone else for his own lack of leadership. I think it's time he starts taking responsibility for his own actions.” - Hancock “I got droned, as far as I'm concerned, I was droned tonight.
November 10, 2011
Washington County is as primed as maybe it's ever been for the Maryland State Cross Country Championships, which will be held Saturday at Hereford High School. Three county runners enter as West region champs and strong title contenders - Williamsport senior Evan Hardy (2A boys), Smithsburg junior Luke Daigneault (1A boys) and Boonsboro junior Sarah Zielinski (1A girls). Hardy, who finished third as a sophomore and second as a junior at states in 1A, has one final shot at the gold, but this time in 2A. “He hates losing,” Williamsport coach Randy Buchman said.