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by DON AINES | October 28, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - Deborah Kay Witmer was receiving her Teacher of the Year award on Friday morning from Franklin County Head Start when 4-year-old Zion Valenca gave a spontaneous demonstration of the program's importance to children, reading aloud from the book "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. " "A, B, C ... Chicka Chicka Boom Boom," read the State Line, Pa., boy, who had accompanied Witmer to the podium during the breakfast meeting at The Orchards Restaurant. He continued reading, and asked Witmer to join him. Zion is one of the more than 10,000 children who have attended Head Start in the county since its inception as a summer program in 1965.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | July 28, 2011
The future of several human services programs in Franklin County, Pa., are in limbo because of questions about federal funding, according to the executive director of South Central Community Action Programs Inc. Megan Shreve spoke to the Franklin County Commissioners Thursday about SCCAP's 22 programs, including food pantries, homeless shelters, utility assistance and housing rehabilitation. Some programs such as money skills are being eliminated because of decreased revenue.
November 3, 2009
Hagerstown volunteers are packing shoe box gifts for children in more than 100 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty through Operation Christmas Child. The program uses tracking technology that allows donors to follow their boxes to destination countries where they will be hand-delivered to children in need. To register shoe box gifts and find out what country they are delivered to, go to . Solliday Oil Company, 325 E. Wilson Blvd, Hagerstown, will serve as a local collection site.
March 6, 2011
Kim Buchanan from the Washington County Community Action Council was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Tri-State Civitan Club. She described some of more than 40 program services provided by CAC in the four-state region. She said CAC was created during President Johnson’s “War on Poverty” program 45 years ago. The club’s focus is helping individuals with disabilities. Tri-State Civitan Club past president Sue Thompson presented a plaque to Jo Ann Hanahan for her 15 years as a member.
January 18, 2011
R. Sargent Shriver, the Kennedy in-law who was Peace Corps director in John F. Kennedy's administration and George McGovern's running-mate in 1972, has died. Anthony Kennedy Shriver said his father died Tuesday after being hospitalzed for several days. He was 95. Sargent Shriver married Eunice Kennedy in 1953. She died in August 2009 at age 88. Anthony Shriver says his father is "with my mom now. " While best known for his family connections, Shriver also was notable as the Peace Corps' first director and then as the leader of President Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty.
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | | January 25, 2013
Education, transportation, child poverty and alcohol were on the minds of the five Jefferson County representatives who leave for Charleston, W.Va., next month. The five lawmakers met with 115 members of the Jefferson County Chambers of Commerce on Friday at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center. The county's three representatives to the House of Delegates are Tiffany Lawrence, D-65th, entering her third term, and freshmen Paul Espinosa, R-66th, and Stephen Skinner, D-67th. Also present were State Sens.
January 21, 2009
-JAN. 12, 2009 William H. Frazier Jr., of Hagerstown, died Monday, Jan. 12, 2009. He was the director of Sabbath Farms Thrift Store that was used to aid in Katrina disaster relief and the Appalachian Poverty Project in eastern Kentucky. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Joahn Frazier; two daughters, Allyson C. Drake and Erien L. Frazier; and one son, Adam Frazier. A memorial service was held Sunday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m. at the Mosley Complex on the campus of Oakwood University in Huntsville, Ala. A memorial service is planned for Sunday, Jan. 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Hagerstown Seventh-day Adventist Church.
August 12, 2011
Two local students participated in the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) World Leadership Congress during the last week of July in Chicago. Local students were Andrew Smith of McConnellsburg High School in Fulton County, Pa., and Jessica Swarner of St. Maria Goretti High School in Hagerstown. This year's event brought together 402 high school students representing almost all 50 states and 10 countries. Andrew was placed in a group with 11 other students who were from seven other states, Canada, Taiwan, Hong Kong and South Korea.
August 22, 2008
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- Friends in Action of the Eastern Panhandle, a nonprofit agency that assists low-income families who are working to move out of poverty, was able to give something back to local organizations in the Eastern Panhandle thanks to a book drive called Operation READ WV. Katie Benson, a VISTA volunteer working at Friends in Action in Shepherdstown, approached community organizations that had given FIAEP referrals or support in...
By HEATHER KEELS | December 6, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Four Washington County high schools were recognized in the U.S. News & World Report "Best High Schools" report released Thursday. North Hagerstown and Smithsburg high schools were placed in the magazine's silver award category, and Hancock Middle-Senior and South Hagerstown high schools were placed in the bronze award category. "I think it's an affirmation of the hard work that our students are carrying out, and the really hard work on the part of our staff members," Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said.
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