November 10, 2000
Thumbs up, thumbs down 11/11 To all of the veterans of the U.S. armed forces, living and dead, who served so that succeeding generations could enjoy the freedoms to vote, speak out and to live in peace. To Donna Carey, a Hagerstown woman who became one of Community Rescue Service's first medics, and who served as a volunteer for 28 years. When she began her service, women weren't even allowed to drive ambulances. To the person or persons who distributed a campaign pamphlet anonymously that questioned the activities of Berkeley County sheriff-elect Randy Smith while serving as a drug investigator in the mid-1980s.
December 8, 2003
How do we encourage people to run for seats on the Washington County School Board? It's an important question because the filing date for next year's race is Dec. 22, just two weeks away, and four of the seven seats are open. And so far, only two candidates, Wayne Ridenour and incumbent Ed Forrest, have filed for office. A third incumbent, Princeton Young, has said he will run, but Roxanne Ober and Bernadette Wagner have not said whether they'll seek another term. For years The Herald-Mail has taken the position that uncontested elections are not a good thing - for the voters or the candidate.
August 9, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- As Michael Holland walked the outdoor Cretan labyrinth at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Hagerstown Sunday afternoon, he paused to read the plaque affixed to a large flat stone at its center. That plaque expresses in words the impact the late Sharon Rucker made on the growth and health of the church she loved so dearly. She died in May 2008 at the age 58. Even the stone that holds the plaque is a tribute to Rucker and her beloved congregation. It was the bottom step of the church's former location on North Potomac Street, saved 12 years ago during the move to 13245 Cearfoss Pike.
May 4, 1997
By STEVEN T. DENNIS Staff Writer INDIAN SPRINGS - Fred Cornett remembers heading out to the Indian Springs Fishing Pond with his wife Margaret and his newborn baby 35 years ago. They would carry their daughter, Cathy, in a cardboard box. "We would sit her out in the box here and fish," Cornett said. Cornett, 62, got to know Ronald F. Shank, the man who lived in the house by the pond. Sometimes, "he would baby-sit the baby while my wife and I fished," he said. Thirty-five years later, Cornett is helping to head up an effort by the Washington County Forestry Board, the Clear Spring FFA and the Maryland Forest Service to upgrade the Ronald F. Shank nature trail at the fishing pond on Mooresville Road, about eight miles northwest of Clear Spring.
February 25, 1997
By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer A Hagerstown Trust Co. bank branch was robbed Monday morning, the fifth time in five months that a Hagerstown Trust branch was held up. Authorities would not disclose how much money the robber got away with in Monday's holdup at the Hagerstown Trust Co. branch at Franklin Street and West Side Avenue. There have been eight bank robberies, including four others at Hagerstown Trust branches, and one attempted bank robbery in Washington County since September.
October 11, 2005
How do you get people to use common sense? Mike Weller wishes he knew for sure. But Weller, the life safety educator for the Hagerstown Fire Department, is going to try something new to get rental tenants to watch what's cooking on the stove and pay attention to what their children are doing. It's a fire safety contract that comes on the back of an information pamphlet the department gives out to everyone who gets a free smoke alarm. Under the contract, tenants agree that they will pay for fire damage that results from their neglect or inattentiveness.
November 27, 2001
Search for HCC leader under way By ANDREW SCHOTZ firstname.lastname@example.org The board of trustees at Hagerstown Community College plans to have a successor to retiring President Norman P. Shea by April, said Dean of Students Carl Galligan, chairman of the search committee. Shea announced in June that he will step down from his post in August. He took over as president in 1986. Galligan said a national search for a new president is under way. In September, a search committee was created.
April 24, 2007
The Hagerstown Branch of AAUW will host its spring Used Book Sale on Wednesday through Sunday at the Washington County Ag Center on Sharpsburg Pike. Wednesday through Friday, the sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday will be half-price day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday will be Bag Day from noon to 3 p.m. Bags will be $5 per bag or six bags for $20. The sale has been ongoing for more than 40 years. Books of all categories are collected throughout the year. They are processed, sorted, priced and boxed by AAUW members.
April 25, 2007
The Hagerstown Branch of AAUW will host its spring Used Book Sale, today through Sunday, at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center on Sharpsburg Pike. The sale will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today through Friday. Saturday will be half-price day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday will be Bag Day from noon to 3 p.m. Bags of books will cost $5 each; six bags will cost $20. Books of all categories are collected throughout the year, processed, sorted, priced and boxed by AAUW members.
January 6, 1998
City revamps utility bills, adds envelopes By LAURA ERNDE Staff Writer If you get a bill that looks unfamiliar this month, don't throw it away. It could be a Hagerstown utility bill. The city has revamped the bills it sends to 17,000 City Light customers and 23,000 water/sewer customers. For the first time, customers will no longer have to find an envelope in which to mail their payments. The new bills include a pre-addressed envelope, so all customers need is a stamp and a check.