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By DON AINES | November 30, 1999
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By THAISI H. VELASQUEZ | June 16, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - Margaret and Bill Kellers live on a combined income of approximately $7,000 per year. Instead of focusing on high gas prices and rising food costs, they count their blessings, Margaret Kellers said. Those blessings include the "goodies" such as cereal, rice and canned vegetables they receive monthly through Food Resources Inc.'s Brown Bag program. Food Resources is a local food bank warehouse that provides food and other donated items at a small cost to nonprofit agencies.
By ROXANN MILLER | | February 24, 2012
As the first African-American woman to achieve the rank of major general in the U.S. Army, Marcia M. Anderson helped inspire Letterkenny Army Depot employees Friday as they observed Black History Month. In a keynote speech focusing on “Black Women in American Culture and History,” the 30-year career soldier spoke of her personal philosophy for success. “It's not your ZIP code or your family history that determines where you end up in life so much as what's in your heart and what's in your brain,” Anderson told Letterkenny employees.
July 18, 2004
According to information from the Discalced Carmelite Secular Order Web site at, the process of becoming a Secular Carmelite includes: Interested people spend their first six months as "Aspirants," meeting regularly with other members of their Carmelite community to learn about the order and its spirituality. At the end of six months, an Aspirant may request to enter into the period of formation. The formation period, which generally lasts two years, begins when an individual is clothed with the Brown Scapular of the order and given a copy of the Gospels and of the Rule.
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