August 22, 2013
My baby starts first grade this week. He is the youngest of my four children. I wonder not only at the quick passing of his six years, but at the fleeting years of my own life. I've been inundated recently with memories of my early school years. Many of them are as vivid as if they had happened yesterday. I loved kindergarten. The structure, the routine and the organizational gear appealed to the nerd in me. I found security in gathering at the same table in the cafeteria each morning, in marching up the same stairs to the same happy, inviting room.
May 13, 2013
What if media coverage were 100 percent liberal? To the editor: What would the newspaper and television coverage of the political scene be like if instead of being just 90 percent with the liberal slant, it was 100 percent? There would no longer be a place for programming like you find on Fox News. You would believe that our president had already been crowned king. The country would be portrayed as in a state of constant crisis requiring the intervention of Washington.
April 26, 2013
An overnight prayer vigil, hosted by Back 2Acts Ministries, starts tonight at 9 p.m. and ends Saturday at 6 a.m. at Memorial Recreation Center, 109 W. North Ave. Movie night Bridge of Life, at 14 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown, will hold movie night Saturday, starting at 7 p.m. The movie, popcorn and drinks are free. To find out the name of this weekend's “featured” movie, call the church at 301-791-1674. Annual tea The Zion Baptist Church Women's Day committee will host its annual Women's Day Tea Saturday at the Martin Luther King Center, 109 W. North Ave., beginning at 10 a.m. with the theme “Journey to Joy: Women Running to Obtain the Prize,” 1 Corinthians 9:24-27.
February 27, 2013
A World Day of Prayer service, sponsored by the Williamsport Area Church Women United, will be Friday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Downsville Church of the Brethren, 8228 Dam 4 Road. The community is invited. Little League registration continues Halfway Little League will continue registration Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at 4-Star Athletic Complex, 30 Milestone Drive in Williamsport. Registration is for girls fast-pitch softball (offered to Valley, Conococheague and Halfway districts)
February 24, 2013
Name of business: Dixie Kitchen Restaurant and Catering Owner: Wanda L. Swan Address: 1037 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown Opening date: Oct 6, 2012 Products and services: Southern-style foods, homemade soups and desserts, biscuits and gravy, specialty sandwiches, hot dogs, burgers and cheesesteak sandwiches Target market: Families, teens How did you get into your business, and what motivated you to...
October 18, 2012
At the first meeting following the Greencastle-Antrim School Board's official decision to pull the Lord's Prayer from its agenda, the public took matters into its own hands Thursday. Trying not to break the law while exercising his faith, Brian Cordell of Greencastle tried a new approach - using his three minutes of public comment to pray. While the board and the audience remained silent during the board-led moment of reflection, Cordell returned prayer to the meeting. First, Cordell thanked the board for their selfless service.
October 8, 2012
After prayerfully opening its meetings for decades, the Tuscarora School Board is considering whether “thy will be done” might need to fall to a court's will. At issue is whether a longtime board practice of praying in unison aloud in meetings can continue in light of Doe vs. Indian River School District, a 2011 ruling by the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. That ruling found that prayer at school district meetings violates First Amendment rights. The Tuscarora School Board's legal counsel offered advice about whether to say the Lord's Prayer at the beginning of meetings, Board President Clifford Smith said Monday.
October 2, 2012
St. John's Episcopal, at 101 S. Prospect St. in Hagerstown, is offering centering prayer group meetings every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Those new to centering prayer as well as those experienced in this form of prayer are welcome. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call Bob Speelman at 540-247-2482.
September 29, 2012
Jane Harris Cummings, 82, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at Canterbury Center in Shepherdstown, W.Va. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, with a prayer vigil at 8:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Harpers Ferry. Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery.