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January 22, 2012
Veterans Affairs Medical Center MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - James Edwards and Dr. Ethelann Murray were named the January employees of the month at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg. The award recognizes employees who not only fulfill their duties, but consistently show cheerfulness, tact, friendliness and understanding to patients and fellow employees. Edwards is a grounds laborer for Facility Management Service. His responsibilities vary from cutting and hauling a tree after a storm to repairing a frozen pipeline.
By HEATHER KEELS | | November 9, 2011
Patricia Weber Wolford, former executive director of the Maryland Theatre, died early Wednesday at her home in Ocala, Fla., said her husband, Ted Wolford. She was 71. Wolford led the Maryland Theatre for nearly 10 years before retiring in 2006, and is credited by some with saving it from financial troubles. She also made waves as executive director of Potomac Bend Medical Center in Hancock, where her involvement in the firing of three doctors in 1987 led to months of controversy, culminating in the center shutting down and reopening under new management as Tri-State Community Health Center.
September 3, 2011
Arlen Mance, 52, of Hagerstown, Md., died Aug. 30, 2011, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown. The cause of death was a pulmonary embolism. Arlen had suffered from blood clots for several years. Arlen, known by family and friends as "Pinch," was born in Lorain, Ohio, where he attended Lorain Catholic High School. There, he was a member of the football team, track team and school choir. After graduating, he attended West Virginia State University, where he studied sociology and communications and pledged Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
By JANET HEIM | | August 21, 2011
Peter “Pete” Loewenheim doesn't understand what all the fuss is about. As Washington County Communications maintenance manager since 1986, Loewenheim said he and the three technicians on his staff are just doing their jobs. When he learned in April that he was chosen as Radio Frequency Technologist of the Year for Maryland by the Mid-Eastern Chapter of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials, or APCO, he said he was stunned. Then came the news that Loewenheim, 59, was selected as Public Safety Communications Radio Frequency Technologist of the Year for 2011 by APCO International, one of seven award recipients to be recognized at the annual conference in Philadelphia from Aug. 7 to 10. APCO presents seven categories of annual awards to public safety communications personnel who demonstrate the highest levels of personal and professional conduct and performance in the line of duty, according to a press release.
June 22, 2011
The Continuing Education and Community Services Division at Hagerstown Community College recently announced the addition of a certificate in general management as part of its American Management Association program. Students can earn an AMA certificate by completing any five AMA management courses, said Stephanie Powers, business recruitment specialist and program manager at HCC. In addition to the AMA certificate in general management, students also can earn an AMA certificate in human resources management by completing the general management curriculum and the AMA human resources course.
June 22, 2011
Md. 68 (Lappans Road) will be closed to through traffic at Devil’s Backbone Park effective at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 5, while state and county projects are under way there. The streambank stabilization of the roadway along Antietam Creek, within the limits of the park, will necessitate the closure of Md. 68 at that location for approximately 45 days, the county said in a release. Construction barricades will be placed between Routzahn Road and Printz Road and a detour will be posted to route traffic around the project.
May 26, 2011
 Barnes Road in Boonsboro will reopen to through traffic at Beaver Creek, effective 1:30 p.m. Friday, Washington County road officials said.  The county thanked the community and motorists for their patience during the rehabilitation of the historic bridge, according to a news release.  Additional information can be obtained by contacting Jessica Spring, project manager at 240-313-2414 or Robert Slocum, deputy director of public works, at 240- 313-2418.
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | September 18, 2010
SHARPSBURG -- The war that cost a Sharpsburg farmer his livelihood is breathing new life into his house 148 years later. Most people call it the Newcomer House. A modest, two-story home on Shepherdstown Pike in Sharpsburg, the house belonged to Joshua Newcomer on the bloody day that the North clashed with the South near Antietam Creek. Once a backdrop to violence and an open market for looting soldiers, the house now is a hub for Civil War heritage in Maryland. The Newcomer House is home to the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area Exhibit and Visitor Center, a cooperative project of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB)
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