April 14, 2013
With Catherine “Katie” Stevens' 99th birthday behind her, the calendar is closing in on her centennial birthday. March 13 marked the last birthday Stevens's age could be counted in double digits. She said she received many floral arrangements, more than 50 cards and was still scheduling lunch dates to celebrate with friends. Stevens still lives independently, occasionally drives, flies annually to visit her granddaughter in Florida and plays the organ at her church, Washington Square United Methodist in Hagerstown.
March 3, 2013
Organ music is typically reserved for Sunday worship. But members of the Chambersburg Chapter of the American Guild of Organists gave the often misunderstood instrument a chance to show off its versatility at “Pipes Spectacular.” Area organists Tim Wertime, Carolyn Kerlin, Kyunghee Reed, Miriam Meglan, Helen Wingert, Gloria Massa, Kathy Ott and John Angle performed hand-selected pieces on the pipe organ at Zion Reformed Church UCC in Chambersburg...
January 6, 2012
Christ Reformed Church , UCC, Shepherdstown, W.Va., will observe the Feast of Epiphany on Friday with a 6 p.m. High Tea (supper) followed by candlelight vespers at 7 p.m. The musical service of vespers will feature internationally acclaimed organist Dorothy Papadakos. The meal and service are free, although a free will offering will be accepted.
December 27, 2011
Catherine Marie Reese Hoffman Newcomer, 82, of Edgemont Road, Edgemont, Md., passed away at 8:45 a.m. Dec. 27, 2011, at her home. She was born on Boonsboro Mountain Road, Boonsboro, on Oct. 30, 1929, the daughter of the late James R. Reese Sr. and Marie Foreman Reese of Boonsboro. She was a member of First Christian Church in Boonsboro during her childhood. At age 12, she claimed Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, and was baptized into the church and later became a member of Beaver Creek Christian Church, where she served as church organist.
July 12, 2011
Organist Jim Powers will play Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Pen Mar Park as the summer concert series continues. Smithsburg senior site Smithsburg senior site calendar: Today — Bingo, 10 a.m. Friday — Dominoes, 10 a.m. Monday, July 18 — Poetry readings and word search, 10 a.m. Vacation Bible school "Pandamania! Where God's Word about you!" is the topic of this week's vacation Bible school at Ringgold Church of Christ, 14420 Barkdoll Road.
April 20, 2011
Charlotte Cora Decker, 94, of 100 S. Mont Valla Ave., Hagerstown, Md., passed away, Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at the Williamsport Retirement Village, Williamsport. Born Wednesday, Jan. 10, 1917, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Bernard Seitz Irvine and the late Mary Ellen Keefer Irvine. She graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1934. She was a crossing guard in Hagerstown for 15 years. She was employed with Hagerstown Dry Cleaners for 17 years. She was also an organist at First Christian Science Church for 33 years and assistant organist at St. Mark's Lutheran Church for 14 years.
March 11, 2011
Jonathan Giblin has been named organist and director of music at John Wesley United Methodist Church at 129 N. Potomac St. in Hagerstown. He succeeds Ken Stoops, who retired in December. Giblin, a native of Connecticut, received a bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Connecticut and a master's degree in organ from the University of Cincinnati. He is pursuing a doctorate in organ performance from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.
January 24, 2011
“Why do people try to keep blaming all the American people when someone gets shot or wounded by a gunman? ... But to try to get everyone to stop complaining about the conditions in this country and the need to fix it by blaming a senator’s and others’ death and wounding on it is political speak. Keep the masses quiet, don’t solve the problem. The problem is we are overextended, we need to tend to our own house. Sorry to complain. God bless those that were killed or wounded.
April 17, 2010
Editor's note: Each Sunday, The Herald-Mail publishes "A Life Remembered. " This continuing series takes a look back -- through the eyes of family, friends, co-workers and others -- at a member of the community who died recently. Today's "A Life Remembered" is about Donald M. Gillett, who died April 3 at the age of 90. His obituary was published in the April 5 edition of The Herald-Mail. Craig Doyle, who now is owner of the Hagerstown Organ Co., said he was a high school senior when he first met Don Gillett in New Jersey.