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By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | March 8, 2013
Washington County has opened a Public Relations and Community Affairs department with a staff of three. The department, working out of offices at 120 W. Washington St. next to the County Administration Building, began operating Feb. 28. The staff will serve as a direct line of communication for the community, according to public relations and community affairs manager James Jenkins. “Our goal is to kind of provide customer service for the county,” Jenkins said Thursday. “We want to ... be that conduit of information to the county and its residents.” Jenkins, 39, of Chambersburg, Pa., will serve as the department's manager, responsible for strategic marketing initiatives and media relations.
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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | September 6, 2011
Under a new Washington County policy, media interviews with government staff members must be coordinated by the county's new public relations director. Sarah J. Lankford, who was hired July 1 to direct the county's new Department of Public Relations and Community Affairs, will serve as the spokeswoman or designate an appropriate person for all interactions with the media, under the new policy announced last week. In response to media inquiries, Lankford will either consult staff and relay an answer, or, "if it's something that (Washington County Administrator)
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May 23, 2008
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra has hired a new director of marketing and public relations, according to an MSO press release. Gregory R. Evans was hired in April to replace Lisa Nielsen, who left the MSO to work as managing editor of Frederick Magazine. Andrew Kipe, the MSO's executive director, said he is excited about working with Evans, who has more than 30 years of public relations and marketing experience, according to an MSO press release. "He will bring a lot of good background to the Maryland Symphony Orchestra," Kipe said.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | September 25, 2004
Local physicians will pay a public relations firm up to $100,000 to educate the public and elected officials about the costs and effects of medical malpractice insurance, Washington County Hospital's chief of staff said Friday. Dr. Dino J. Delaportas said the medical staff authorized the expenditure at Thursday's quarterly business meeting at Fountain Head Country Club. The public relations campaign will cover more monetary issues. For example, hospital stays are longer than necessary and diagnostic testing is overused because doctors are afraid of being sued, Delaportas said.
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January 17, 2013
Mainstreet Waynesboro, Waynesboro's downtown revitalization organization, has hired Scott Hershberger as its new assistant director of economic development.  Hershberger will begin the part-time position on April 1, according to a news release from the organization. Hershberger will work under the mentorship of current Economic Development Director Pat Fleagle for up to a year with the intent that Hershberger will assume the full-time position when Fleagle retires, according to the release.
NEWS
March 8, 2009
Washington County Hospital Kelly Corbi has been named vice president of human resources for Washington County Hospital, where she will oversee the human resources department, the Jack and Anna Hershey Education Center and the volunteer services department. Corbi has more than 14 years of human resources experience, most recently with UnitedHealth Group, where she was senior director of recruitment services. She received her bachelor's degree from Penn State University and her master's degree from Mount St. Mary's University.
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April 6, 2012
Walter N. Ernst, 80, of Oakland, Maine, loving husband of Susan J. Ernst, died April 4, 2012, at Thayer Hospital, Waterville, Maine. He was born in 1931 in Hagerstown, Md., the son of Walter N. Sr. and Alma Marie (Beard) Ernst. He was raised in Richmond, Va., and Baltimore, and was a graduate of Baltimore City College and the University of North Carolina. At UNC, he was inducted into the Order of the Old Well scholarship society, lettered in varsity lacrosse for four years and was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.
NEWS
March 31, 2001
Editor is back in the newsroom, and loving it By LIZ THOMPSON After a five-year break to take two different jobs in public relations, I have returned to journalism. That sigh of contentment you heard a couple of months ago was me. Coming back to journalism was a lot like settling into an overstuffed chair with a freshly brewed cup of hot tea and a really great book. It's just a comfortable fit. After spending 12 years with The Herald-Mail, moving into public relations was an entirely different experience.
NEWS
July 2, 2004
Getting a big price for the old Fort Ritchie Army base isn't crucial, according to PenMar Development Corporation chairman Ron Sulchek. Any money paid for the facility must either be plowed into improvements there or returned to the Army. The revelation that there's no monetary incentive to get the best possible price makes it that much more important for PenMar to make sure that any sale agreement contains the safeguards that we described in our Thursday editorial. The first and foremost is a guarantee that the jobs created at the old fort will be good, high-paying jobs, as opposed to warehousing and data entry.
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December 31, 2012
R. Eugene Virts, 90, of Orlando, Fla., passed away Dec. 28, 2012. Born in Charleston, W.Va., on July 24, 1922, he was a 1941 graduate of Hagerstown High School. He was employed as a public relations photographer for both Fairchild Aircraft of Hagerstown, Md., from 1945 to 1960, and Lockheed Martin Co. in Orlando, where he retired in 1988. He was a member of Professional Photographers, winning several awards. During World War II, he served in the 31st Chemical Co. 12th Army GP Amphibious Force in Europe, Normandy to Germany.
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By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | March 8, 2013
Washington County has opened a Public Relations and Community Affairs department with a staff of three. The department, working out of offices at 120 W. Washington St. next to the County Administration Building, began operating Feb. 28. The staff will serve as a direct line of communication for the community, according to public relations and community affairs manager James Jenkins. “Our goal is to kind of provide customer service for the county,” Jenkins said Thursday. “We want to ... be that conduit of information to the county and its residents.” Jenkins, 39, of Chambersburg, Pa., will serve as the department's manager, responsible for strategic marketing initiatives and media relations.
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January 17, 2013
Mainstreet Waynesboro, Waynesboro's downtown revitalization organization, has hired Scott Hershberger as its new assistant director of economic development.  Hershberger will begin the part-time position on April 1, according to a news release from the organization. Hershberger will work under the mentorship of current Economic Development Director Pat Fleagle for up to a year with the intent that Hershberger will assume the full-time position when Fleagle retires, according to the release.
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December 31, 2012
R. Eugene Virts, 90, of Orlando, Fla., passed away Dec. 28, 2012. Born in Charleston, W.Va., on July 24, 1922, he was a 1941 graduate of Hagerstown High School. He was employed as a public relations photographer for both Fairchild Aircraft of Hagerstown, Md., from 1945 to 1960, and Lockheed Martin Co. in Orlando, where he retired in 1988. He was a member of Professional Photographers, winning several awards. During World War II, he served in the 31st Chemical Co. 12th Army GP Amphibious Force in Europe, Normandy to Germany.
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April 6, 2012
Walter N. Ernst, 80, of Oakland, Maine, loving husband of Susan J. Ernst, died April 4, 2012, at Thayer Hospital, Waterville, Maine. He was born in 1931 in Hagerstown, Md., the son of Walter N. Sr. and Alma Marie (Beard) Ernst. He was raised in Richmond, Va., and Baltimore, and was a graduate of Baltimore City College and the University of North Carolina. At UNC, he was inducted into the Order of the Old Well scholarship society, lettered in varsity lacrosse for four years and was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.
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Bill Kohler | November 12, 2011
The systemic failure of Penn State University to do the right thing in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal is so mammoth and widespread that it's hard to get your head around it. The more layers that are peeled back, the more rotten the onion. Despite being a longtime newspaper person who has seen and read all forms of human depravity, it still curdles my stomach to read what allegedly went on behind closed doors with Sandusky, the former Penn State football assistant coach now charged with 40 counts of abusing young boys.
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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | September 6, 2011
Under a new Washington County policy, media interviews with government staff members must be coordinated by the county's new public relations director. Sarah J. Lankford, who was hired July 1 to direct the county's new Department of Public Relations and Community Affairs, will serve as the spokeswoman or designate an appropriate person for all interactions with the media, under the new policy announced last week. In response to media inquiries, Lankford will either consult staff and relay an answer, or, "if it's something that (Washington County Administrator)
NEWS
June 30, 2011
Sarah J. Lankford has been named the director of public relations and community affairs for county government, the Washington County Board of Commissioners announced Wednesday. Effective Friday, Lankford will head the county Public Relations Department, the commissioners said in a news release. This position was approved by the commissioners as part of a county restructuring plan announced in March. Lankford’s current position as marketing specialist for the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission has been reclassified to include disseminating public information to residents, the release said.
OBITUARIES
May 8, 2011
FEB. 10, 1917-MAY 6, 2011 Harry F. Vollmer III, 94, of Preston Road, Hagerstown, Md., died May 6, 2011, at the home of his daughter, Alice Carr, in Landisville, Pa. Born Feb. 10, 1917, in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of the late Harry F. Vollmer Jr. and Anna L. Vollmer of Baltimore, Md., and Miami Shores, Fla. His wife of 39 years, Margaret Jack Vollmer, preceded him in death in September 1981. His second wife of 24 years, Jeanne McCauly Cooey Vollmer, preceded him in death in September 2010.
NEWS
March 8, 2009
Washington County Hospital Kelly Corbi has been named vice president of human resources for Washington County Hospital, where she will oversee the human resources department, the Jack and Anna Hershey Education Center and the volunteer services department. Corbi has more than 14 years of human resources experience, most recently with UnitedHealth Group, where she was senior director of recruitment services. She received her bachelor's degree from Penn State University and her master's degree from Mount St. Mary's University.
NEWS
May 23, 2008
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra has hired a new director of marketing and public relations, according to an MSO press release. Gregory R. Evans was hired in April to replace Lisa Nielsen, who left the MSO to work as managing editor of Frederick Magazine. Andrew Kipe, the MSO's executive director, said he is excited about working with Evans, who has more than 30 years of public relations and marketing experience, according to an MSO press release. "He will bring a lot of good background to the Maryland Symphony Orchestra," Kipe said.
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