November 4, 2005
Friends and family of Luella Messersmith Washabaugh didn't want her celebrating her 100th birthday without them, so they gathered in late October at an assisted living facility in Jefferson Hills near Pittsburgh. The oldest in her family, Luella, and her youngest sibling, Virginia Strine of Hagerstown, are the only survivors of the family that hailed from Jennings, Md. Luella spent most of her life in Hagerstown. A proclamation from the governor of Pennsylvania was presented at the party, announcing that Oct. 20, 2005, was Luella Washabaugh Day. Niece Linda Strine, president and CEO of Infinite Links in Denver and Washington, D.C., presented the proclamation.
October 5, 2005
October was named Domestic Violence and Disabilities Awareness Month on Tuesday by the Washington County Commissioners. The County Commissioners recognized the Washington County Family Violence Council and CASA (Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused Inc.) in the proclamation. Family violence "respects no racial, religious class or geographic boundaries and, in fact, has reached epidemic proportion in nearly all regions of our nation. It is the mission of the Family Violence Council for the forthcoming year to promote awareness of the silent victims of family violence, our children," according to the proclamation.