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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | July 18, 2012
The 1.3 million-square-foot fulfillment center that Macy's Inc. built in Berkeley County for its fast-growing online business “redefines big,” the retail giant's CEO said Wednesday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the company's $150 million investment. “This is so big, this facility, that we actually had to take into consideration the curvature of the Earth when we poured the foundation,” Terry J. Lundgren said, prompting laughter among a large crowd that included Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, several other prominent state and local officials, and company employees.
Cathy Grantham | Around Maugansville | April 27, 2012
Ruritan Potomac District Lt. Gov. Donald Foster and Zone 2 Gov. Nancy Reeder presented the Blue Ribbon Award to Maugansville Ruritan Club President Chuck Cunningham Jr.  The Blue Ribbon Award is based on membership attendance and growth, community service and charitable projects. The Maugansville Ruritan Club would like to thank everyone who attended its six pancake breakfasts this past fall-spring season and the March 17 annual community auction. Both fundraising projects were successful, and the club appreciates the continued support of the community.
April 23, 2012
Schools in Chambersburg, Pa., and Middletown, Md., are among 78 schools nationwide that have been designated Green Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. Area schools honored were Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School in Chambersburg and Lucy School in Middletown. The Department of Education announced the awards Monday morning in the following press release: "U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was joined today by White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson to announce the first-ever U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, a list including 78 schools that span 29 states and D.C.   "The announcement was made during a visit to Stoddert Elementary School, one of D.C.'s two honorees.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | April 1, 2012
People appeared to be cheery as they unwrapped packets of blue ribbon Sunday at University Park in downtown Hagerstown. Youngster Lucky Brown pulled on a string, with Lacey Sellers holding the other end, turning the string of ribbon into a beautiful blue bow. Dozens of people helped make piles of bows that they then tied around parking meter poles, trees, and other poles along West and East Washington Street as a reminder that April is Child...
March 12, 2012
Letterkenny Army Depot recently celebrated its Aviation Ground Power Unit with a ribbon cutting for its build-to-assemble and first-article testing programs. The depot commander, Col. Cheri A. Provancha, was joined by representatives from Headquarters Aviation, Aviation Ground Support Equipment, and Aviation Field Maintenance Division. Provancha provided a brief history of the Aviation Ground Power Unit program, which began in December 2005 when the depot was tasked by U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command to induct assets into a service life extension program.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | February 20, 2012
A new $320,000 RV-like mobile dental unit is helping Walnut Street Community Health Center in downtown Hagerstown expand its dental-care services to more children in the community, health center Executive Director Kim Murdaugh said Monday. U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., attended a ribbon cutting for the nearly 40-foot-long mobile dental unit outside the downtown Hagerstown clinic Monday morning. The mobile unit is “critically important for access to dental care for our children,” Cardin said.
By ROXANN MILLER | | November 1, 2011
As early as next month, the Franklin County Career and Technology Center will offer a new mechanical-assembly training program created through a partnership with Volvo Construction Equipment designed to give students an edge in today's tough job market. Career Center Director Keith Yohn said students selected for the new course "will have an advantage in the labor market over other students they graduate with. " As the need for workers with assembly-related skills continues to grow, Yohn said this partnership would provide a ready-made workforce.
By ROXANN MILLER | | October 16, 2011
Tattoo artist Crystal Trovinger of Eric Von Dar Elite Tattoo found a way to give back to the community in a unique way over the weekend in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Trovinger and Von Dar inked 18 ribbon tattoos, with all the proceeds going to the Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance in Chambersburg. Von Dar said until the end of the month, customers can choose from 15 ribbon designs with the $40 fee going directly to CVBCA.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | July 22, 2011
After considerable painting and wallpaper removal and a "blitz" of volunteer home improvements, the Children's Home Society of West Virginia's new permanent home in Martinsburg was celebrated Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house. "We are still working on the building, and we are still working on covering the expense of the building and, hopefully, we'll be free and clear sometime in the near future ...," Deborah Barthlow, Region 3 director of the society, told a crowd of about 30 people before ribbons stretched across the front steps were cut.  The nonprofit child-welfare organization purchased the century-old Tudor-style home at 653 Winchester Ave. from City Hospital Foundation Inc. in 2010.
July 15, 2011
Local breast-cancer survivors and other supporters are encouraged to join Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Co., 21431 Leiter St., north of Hagerstown, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, for the kickoff of The Western Maryland Chapter of Guardians of the Ribbon. Guardians of the Ribbon are firefighters, police officers and community leaders from across the United States who help raise money for local cancer patients, through donations and T-shirt sales, according to information at
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