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by KAREN HANNA | March 16, 2006
WILLIAMSPORT To some of their peers, having sex and getting pregnant is no big deal, several Williamsport High School students said Wednesday. "Pregnancy is something to be proud of nowadays. You see people walk down the halls, and it's like, 'I'm pregnant.' Wow, good," Emily Crilly, 17, said after track practice at the high school. Attitudes about sexual activity and a lack of supervision could be behind the county's high teen pregnancy rate, educators said. Washington County Health Officer William Christoffel told the County Commissioners on Tuesday that 15 pregnant girls attended the county's fourth-largest high school at the beginning of the school year, but dropout prevention specialist Lee Brooks disputed that number Wednesday.
NEWS
by KAREN HANNA | May 11, 2006
HAGERSTOWN The first pregnancy-prevention assembly for Washington County Public Schools high school freshmen has been postponed because too few students got permission from their parents to attend. In all, 12 to 20 people participated Wednesday in a meeting for parents at South Hagerstown High School previewing the material the postponed assembly was intended to provide students, according to figures provided by two Washington County Public Schools administrators. Ed Masood, supervisor of arts, health and physical education/athletics, characterized as "totally false" perceptions the school system has not done enough to address the county's birth rate among teenagers.
NEWS
March 16, 2009
HANCOCK -- The Tri-State Community Health Center has made a request to hold pregnancy prevention clinics at the Hancock Community Center, Town Manager David Smith said at Wednesday's Hancock Town Council meeting. The walk-in clinics would be held the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month from 4 to 6 p.m., Smith said. The council approved the request, pending arrangements for compensation for use of the building, Smith said. -- Tim Shea
NEWS
October 6, 2000
RU-486: How it works Use of Mifeprex occurs in two stages. It can only be used within seven weeks - 49 days - of the first day of the last menstrual cycle. In clinical tests, it has been effective 92 to 95 percent of the time. HEIGHT="6" ALT=" "> Once the length of pregnancy has been determined, patients receive a medication guide describing the procedure and what will happen. They must then sign a consent form acknowledging their desire to end pregnancy. HEIGHT="6" ALT=" "> Step two of treatment is to take three Mifeprex tablets in the doctor's office.
NEWS
by Christine L. Moats | January 5, 2004
Are you considering having a baby? According to Jody Bishop, clinical manager of Washington County Hospital's Family Birthing Center, taking care of your body before and during your pregnancy gives your baby the best possible start in life. Seeking prenatal care is one of the most important decisions you can make to have a healthy baby. Studies show that babies whose mothers did not receive prenatal care are four times more likely to die before their first birthday. Women who receive prenatal care in the first three months of pregnancy are more likely to have healthier babies.
NEWS
July 27, 2007
Results as of noon Wednesday The teen birth rate is dropping nationally but remains high in Washington County. We could lower the local teen pregnancy rate if we: Gave contraceptive info 16 votes (6 percent) Spoke frankly about sex 17 votes (6 percent) Offered teen activities 7 votes (3 percent) All of the above 104 votes (38 percent) Pushed abstinence 37 votes (13 percent) Made schools responsible 3 votes (1 percent) Made parents responsible 91 votes (33 percent)
NEWS
May 5, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- The Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc. and the Pauline Anderson Foundation awarded nearly $80,000 in grants Tuesday evening to nonprofits with innovative approaches to programs and activities addressing the strength, safety and security of families in Washington County. Emphasis was placed on programs that address child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, teen pregnancy and issues affecting the elderly.
NEWS
June 4, 1999
More Health Notes page 1 Stress workshop to be offered Friday The workshop "How to Have Less Stress and More Satisfaction on the Job" will be offered Friday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to noon at Robinwood Medical Center Community Room, 11110 Medical Campus Road in Hagerstown. Chris Nunn and Kim Hutton will be presenters for this National Association of Social Work - Maryland workshop. It will examine the how-to's of shifting to less stressful work paradigms and ways that the therapist, supervisor or direct-care provider can accomplish this.
NEWS
by STACEY DANZUSO | June 10, 2002
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Ronald and Melissa Tomlinson didn't know what to expect on their first visit to the Stork's Store in Chambersburg. The McConnellsburg, Pa., couple left with their arms loaded with diapers, baby clothes, a playpen and Ronald Tomlinson's favorite - a children's rocker shaped like a caterpillar. What could have cost them more than $100 in a retail store cost the couple only 4,500 of the 10,500 points Melissa Tomlinson has racked up simply by keeping her regular doctor appointments so far during her pregnancy.
OPINION
December 21, 2011
Pregnancy/infant loss more common than many know To the editor: Each year, more than 700,000 women experience pregnancy loss; 26,000 of them lose their babies after the sixth month of pregnancy, and 20,000 babies die every year in their first month of life. My baby was one of those numbers. I delivered Bentley Charles Nalley on Oct. 18, 2011. I arrived at a routine appointment, weeks away from delivering, only to discover I'd just begun my worst nightmare.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | April 27, 2013
Terri Shoemaker had heard of March of Dimes. She knew a little about the organization, she said, but not enough to think about supporting it. Then 20 years ago, her son, Kelton Miller, was born five weeks early. “He was 6 and a half pounds. He had pneumonia and his lungs were not fully developed,” she said. Miller spent three weeks in the hospital and was sick a lot his first two years, but he grew to be a healthy child. The experience awakened Shoemaker to the realities and risks of premature birth.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | January 15, 2013
In a report that left two Washington County Board of Education members feeling “shocked” and “depressed,” a team of local health care providers and other officials told the board Tuesday afternoon that there have been 34 teenage pregnancies this school year and that in some cases children in the community are becoming sexually active as young as 8 years old. There were 44 teenage pregnancies last school year, and if this school year's trend...
LIFESTYLE
September 28, 2012
Pregnancy Ministries Inc., a nonprofit Pregnancy Support Center with offices in Chambersburg, Shippensburg, Waynesboro and Greencastle, Pa., will host its annual Fall Fundraising Banquet Thursday, Oct. 11.  Guest speaker will be Pastor John Miller with Churches in Missions. A live ultrasound will be presented. Banquet will be held at Antrim Brethren in Christ Church, 24 E. Kauffman Road, Chambersburg, beginning promptly at 6:15 p.m. Meal will be catered by Mrs. Gibbles. Cost is free.
NEWS
April 22, 2012
Tri-State Fellowship Church, at 13153 Cearfoss Pike, Hagerstown, will hold a Zumbathon charity event Saturday, May 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. The doors open at 1:30 p.m. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $8 for those ages 10  to 17 (children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian). No child care will be available. Prize drawings will be held during midbreak and at the end of the event. Participants must be present to win.  Proceeds benefit the Hagerstown Area Pregnancy Center.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | March 29, 2012
Judy's Challenge held Thursday afternoon not only challenged runners to complete a hilly course in their personal best times, but also to remember the community's women and babies in need. Named in memory of Judithann “Judy” Clement, the road race hosted by St. Andrew School benefited Pregnancy Ministries Inc.'s resource center. Race organizer Chris Manning said she wasn't sure whether to bring back the event for a second year. Then, school children started requesting it return.
OPINION
December 21, 2011
Pregnancy/infant loss more common than many know To the editor: Each year, more than 700,000 women experience pregnancy loss; 26,000 of them lose their babies after the sixth month of pregnancy, and 20,000 babies die every year in their first month of life. My baby was one of those numbers. I delivered Bentley Charles Nalley on Oct. 18, 2011. I arrived at a routine appointment, weeks away from delivering, only to discover I'd just begun my worst nightmare.
EDUCATION
June 27, 2011
This spring, the Heritage Academy National Honor Society raised funds for the Hagerstown Area Pregnancy Center through the center’s Baby Bottle Campaign. Churches and Christian schools in the area distributed baby bottles for people to fill with donations of coins, paper money or checks for the center. Due to the generosity of families at Heritage, the National Honor Society was able to raise $214.62 for the center. This money will be used to help the center focus on the needs of girls, women and families dealing with unplanned pregnancies.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | April 14, 2011
The lawn at St. Andrew School on Thursday was filled with people who had sneakers on their feet, a cause on their minds and a woman in their hearts. The school and St. Andrew Catholic Church hosted a 1.5-mile walk/run called "Judy's Challenge" in memory of Judithann "Judy" Clement, a parishioner who was killed in a March 17 car crash. The event raised more than $5,000 for Pregnancy Ministries Inc.'s resource center. Organizer Chris Manning said 125 people registered for "Judy's Challenge," in addition to 100 St. Andrew School students who participated.
LIFESTYLE
BY TIFFANY ARNOLD | tiffanya@herald-mail.com | January 20, 2011
Organizers of the Teen IDEA Challenge are challenging teens to think before they have sex. And they plan to give away movie tickets and an iPad to sweeten the deal. Teens Have Choices — the nonprofit formerly known as Washington County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition — will host its third annual Teen IDEA (Individual Decision Empowerment and Awareness) Challenge from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at Leitersburg Cinemas, northeast of Hagerstown. Attendees can see how well they do on a Choose Your Path obstacle course, a string of seven stations that simulate the consequences of drinking and smoking, unhealthy living and having sex. Finishers will be entered to win an iPad, said executive director Shalom Black Lane.
NEWS
December 23, 2009
The Washington County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition will offer a 10-week faith-based human sexuality class to high- schoolers. A required parent orientation will from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, at Faith Christian Fellowship in Williamsport. Classes will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 17 through March 21, at Faith Christian Fellowship. The class will be taught by Sarah and Brian Ickes. The cost is $6 for the student manual. To register, or for more information, contact the coalition office at 301-671-3000 or e-mail
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