August 28, 2013
The 2013-14 schedule of public programs at the William M. Brish Planetarium has been released by Washington County Public Schools. Programs are scheduled at 5:30 and 7 p.m. on the first and fourth Tuesdays each month, unless otherwise noted. If schools are closed or dismissed early that day, the planetarium program is canceled. Here is this year's schedule: Sept. 3 and 24, and Oct. 1 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. - Finding Your Way Around Earth and Sky - Take a journey to the center of the Earth and find out how your location on the Earth directly affects the seasons you experience. Recommended for upper elementary through adult audiences.
December 26, 2011
The Funkstown Lions Club organized a basket bingo fundraiser to benefit local charities. The Emma K. Doub PTA was one of the recipients, and it was presented with a check for $2,662.81. Over the past two years, the Lions Club has helped raise more than $5,000 for the PTA. Sponsors who helped support the event include The Granite Guys, Tim Panther of State Farm, Raynor Photography, CMG Electric, Friends of Tilghmanton Estates, Orrstown Bank, Drs. Toothman & Barra, Larry Allen & Co., Firehouse Grill, the Placie family, the Woiccak family, the Slocum Family, Christine Hurley, the Tosten family, and in memory of Mary Lowans and Joe Baker.
October 3, 2011
“What contributes to light pollution at night?” The sun. The moon. Buildings. Those are some of the answers Ms. Crawford and Ms. Nase's fourth-grade students from Hickory Elementary School typed into their interactive handheld devices to answer Mr. Kopco's question. All were correct, Chris Kopco, the new teacher for Washington County Public Schools' William Brish Planetarium, told the students. “It's a dream job,” said Kopco, who previously taught science at E. Russell Hicks Middle School in Hagerstown's South End. Kopco is taking over a post that Rod Martin held for 27 years until retiring this summer.
September 5, 2010
Local astronomers and those with an interest in the stars don't have to travel far for an educational fix. The William M. Brish Planetarium, formerly called the Washington County Planetarium, offers programs for the public during the school year. The public programs are held on Tuesdays at 7 p.m., beginning Oct. 5 with "The Universe of Dr. Einstein. " The program runs through Nov. 16. Adult admission costs $3 and $2 for children/students. Senior citizens with a WCPS Gold Card are admitted free.
April 29, 2009
Students in Washington County's Head Start program had a field trip come to them April 23. In support of the Month of the Young Child, PNC's mobile planetarium visited the Martin Luther King Jr. Head Start Center in Hagerstown. More than 200 Head Start students and their teachers experienced Sesame Street's "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure. " The program is a cross-cultural planetarium show geared toward those ages 4 to 6 that provides an interactive introduction to astronomy and other sciences.
January 13, 2009
HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. --Â The Berkeley County Planetarium will present a program today at 4:30 p.m. and Thursday at 7 p. m. at Hedgesville High School on W.Va. 9 to kick off 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy. There will be a general sky program describing what is visible in the current night sky, as well as a presentation of "Passport to the Universe" narrated by Tom Hanks. The programs are free and open to the public. Staff development credit is available. For more information, contact Elizabeth S. Wasiluk at 304-754-3354, ext. 3140, or go to http://astronomy2009.
December 3, 2007
HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Planetarium will present a program on Mars on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 7 p.m. These programs are free and open to the public. Staff development credit is available for teachers and school system employees. No one will admitted to the planetarium, once the program has begun due to safety concerns. Berkeley County Planetarium is in Hedgesville High School on W.Va. 9. For further information about the Mars programs at Berkeley County Planetarium, call Elizabeth S. Wasiluk, planetarium director at 304- 754-3354, ext. 3140
September 14, 2007
Planetarium enthusiasts can investigate the night skies with the help of a regular series of podcasts hosted by Rod Martin. The director of the William M. Brish Planetarium gives a monthly sky tour. Previews of planetarium programs and special events, along with Tristate Astronomer highlights, are available at www.antPod.com . The Washington County Public Schools' planetarium is at the Board of Education offices at 820 Commonwealth Ave. in Hagerstown. All programs are Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on days when school is in session or teachers have professional training scheduled.
April 2, 2007
Planetarium podcasts available at antpod.com The William M. Brish Planetarium at Washington County Public Schools' Central Office on Commonwealth Avenue in Hagerstown is featuring a new series of podcasts at www.antpod.com. "Skylights" is produced by Rod Martin, planetarium resource teacher. Martin will host monthly sky tours and give previews of planetarium programs. Antpod.com is hosted by Antietam Cable Television and The Herald-Mail Co. Bartlett to host Academy Night information session FREDERICK, Md. - U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md.