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By MARIE GILBERT | | March 20, 2013
Eric Buss has something up his sleeve. It's part of his job as a magician. But there's more to Buss than meets the eye. He's also an actor and comedian and admits to be pretty handy with power tools. Put all these talents together and - abracadabra! - you have a high-energy show of illusion, music, comedy and zany inventions. One minute, Buss will display an intriguing sleight of hand, and the next he will show off his Elvis impersonator skills or get laughs with a homemade stage prop.
By MAGGIE WOLFF PETERSON | Special to The Herald-Mail | March 9, 2013
For 129 years, children in Washington County have had a safe haven in times when home life is untenable, or trouble is in their way. That place, since 1927, has been known as the San Mar Children's Home in Boonsboro. Here, girls whose homes are too difficult to navigate, and girls whose paths are leading them into danger, find shelter and programming that gives them a chance at a better future. And the future, for those who attend the home's upcoming annual Showcase of the Stars, might include a ride in an L-39 Albatros military jet. The showcase is on Friday, March 15, at Hagar Hall Conference & Event Center, and will feature six amateur groups competing in a lip-synch contest, with judging akin to that on "American Idol," said Daniel C. Day, director of development and marketing for San Mar. Lawyers, doctors, clergy and business leaders will compete for judges, including radio and television personality Lou Scally, District Court Judge Dana Moylan Wright and attorney Carl Disque, who is also the organizer of the annual Western Maryland Blues Festival.
Linda Murray | Around West Hagerstown | December 25, 2012
Members of the Ladies of the Elks and Associates of Elks Lodge 378 in Hagerstown recently donated $500 to Safe Place, Washington County Child Advocacy Center.  The donation will be used to help abused children in Washington County.  The mission of Safe Place is to reduce the trauma to children in a child-friendly environment though collaborative investigations, therapeutic/medical interventions and criminal prosecution of child-abuse cases....
By DAN DEARTH | | September 22, 2012
The United Way of Washington County set its fundraising goal this year at $1.75 million during a campaign kickoff ceremony Saturday night in downtown Hagerstown. Addie Nardi, the United Way's resource development director, said she was optimistic that the organization would reach its goal by the Dec. 31 deadline, despite falling $30,000 short of its $1.65 million fundraising goal last year. “We have a lot of companies that do a lot of work to support our campaign,” she said.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | June 24, 2012
Only painter's tape and carpet ready for shampooing prevent Lydia Kovach from calling her new house a home. On Sunday, Kovach ceremonially received the keys to 522 S. Main St., a house in the Borough of Chambersburg that was rehabilitated by Habitat for Humanity. Organization officials and Franklin County, Pa., dignitaries crowded into what will be her living room. Kovach's house is the 29th completed by Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County. “Without everybody pulling together, these things wouldn't happen,” said David Spang, president of the local board of directors.
June 6, 2012
Robert Priest was featured as a mentalist at an all-night Waynesboro(Pa.) Area Senior High School graduation party hosted by Communities That Care. The organization throws the party each year after graduation to ensure youths have a safe place to spend the night without alcohol or driving. Communities That Care gave away a television, mini-refrigerator, and computer and gift cards, and had swimming, a caricature artist, food, volleyball and T-shirt painting available to the 78 graduates in attendance.
By MARIE GILBERT | | April 4, 2012
Lawyers, disc jockeys, police officers, even a biker dude will be going once, going twice, going on a date. It's a bachelor auction, featuring 11 single males from the Washington County area. And the bidding war is all in the name of charity. The event will be held on Friday, April 6, at Fountain Head Country Club and will benefit Safe Place, Washington County Child Advocacy Center. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and bidding begins at 7 p.m. A donation of $10 is requested, which will include heavy hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, a 50/50 drawing and door prizes.
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...
By DAN DEARTH | | March 10, 2012
More than 1,000 children and their families came through the Safe Place Child Advocacy Center to receive treatment for abuse last year. Safe Place Executive Director Mooch Mutchler said the high abuse rate was one of the reasons the organization held its 6th Annual Family Evening of Comedy Saturday night at The Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown. He said he hoped the event, which cost $20 per ticket, would raise close to $7,500. "It helps with all kinds of operating expenses," Mutchler said.
March 9, 2012
The Top Five High school theater Three high schools present stage productions this weekend. • 'Twelve Angry Men' Boonsboro High School drama students will present “Twelve Angry Men.” 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 9. Boonsboro High School, 10 Campus Ave., Boonsboro. $5. Call 301-766-8022 or email . • 'The Wizard of Oz' A story of a good witch, a bad witch, a wizard, Munchkins, a lion, a tin woodsman, a straw man, Dorothy and her little dog, too. 7 p.m. Friday, March 9, Saturday, March 10, Monday, March 12, and Tuesday, March 13; and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10. North Hagerstown High School auditorium, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown.
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