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September 18, 2008
In old age, most people are able to patch together some semblance of a financial and emotional network to provide for their care. However, it almost goes without saying that a few can not. There are no savings and no money beyond a paltry Social Security check and ever-dwindling government safety nets. Family may have moved away. Friends may have passed on. It's a fearful place to be: Old and all alone, without the resources for even the most basic nursing-home care. You may be an honorable person who has lived an honorable life, getting by as best you can. And now, when you need it most, there is no help and nowhere to go. Except for Holly Place, an elder-care unit of last resort on Potomac Street in Hagers-town, which each year must fight and claw for just enough dollars to remain operative.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | September 17, 2008
North Hagerstown High School art teacher Brandy Merchant was honored Tuesday for her work in painting murals in the newly renovated and expanded space in Safe Place for Washington County Child Advocacy Center. Merchant was recognized during Tuesday's Washington County Board of Education meeting. Safe Place is a child advocacy center that responds to the investigation, treatment and prosecution of child abuse cases. The victims of those crimes are in the Safe Place office daily.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | September 17, 2008
North High teacher honored for artwork North Hagerstown High School art teacher Brandy Merchant was honored Tuesday for her work in painting murals in the newly renovated and expanded space in Safe Place for Washington County Child Advocacy Center. Merchant was recognized during Tuesday's Washington County Board of Education meeting. Safe Place is a child advocacy center that responds to the investigation, treatment and prosecution of child abuse cases. The victims of those crimes are in the Safe Place office daily.
NEWS
August 20, 2008
Registration is under way for the ninth annual Women's Golf Challenge benefiting Safe Place, a Washington County child advocacy center. The tournament will be held Monday, Sept. 22, at Black Rock Golf Course, with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. The entry fee is $75 per person or $300 per foursome. The entry fee includes golf and cart fees, meals and prizes. Checks may be made payable to the Chamber of Commerce and mailed to Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, 28 W. Washington St., Suite 200, Hagerstown MD 21740.
NEWS
August 18, 2008
Washington County Commissioners 24 N. Walnut St. Tuesday, Aug. 19, noon Agenda o noon: Lunch with Child Advocacy/Safe Place, 24 N. Walnut St., Hagerstown o 1 p.m.: Depart for 100 W. Washington St., Room 227 o 1:30 p.m.: Priority Ranking County AG Districts o 2 p.m.: University System of Maryland at Hagerstown Update o 2:15 p.m.: Workers Compensation Excess Insurance Renewal o 2:30 p.m.:...
NEWS
July 23, 2008
Washington County residents are, for the most part, wonderful and giving people - once they see the need. On the bulletin board in my office are pictures of four children who readers reached out to after I wrote about their serious medical conditions. But raising money is more difficult when you can't see or hear personal details about the people in need. That's why this year's United Way campaign is so important. With the economy struggling to recover from the mortgage mess and the high price of energy, those people on the edge - the working poor - those many don't see - are going to need even more help this year.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | July 10, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- For children going to tell adults about painful and possibly embarrassing physical or sexual abuse, walking into the office with plain white walls was unwelcoming and intimidating. Then, six years ago, Brandy Merchant of Hancock painted the halls of Safe Place Washington County Child Advocacy Center with outdoor scenes, adding splashes of color to the Hagerstown office that reminded some who worked there of a "doctor's office," Safe Place Director Teresa Thorn said.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | April 27, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - An innovative juggler and ventriloquist entertained the crowd Saturday night at The Maryland Theatre during the second annual Evening of Comedy & Magic, held to benefit Safe Place, Washington County's Child Advocacy Center. Kaitlyn Hollinger, 10, attended the event last year and thought it was exciting. This year, she brought a friend. "My best friend, Kaitlyn, said it was fun and I would have a great time," Angelina VanPelt said. Kaitlyn's little brother, 6-year-old Kameron Hollinger, called the magic show "very very cool.
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By BOB MAGINNIS | April 24, 2008
Members of the Friends of Safe Place, Washington County's Child Advocacy Center, have learned one thing the hard way - in Hagerstown, many people tend to buy tickets to an event at the last minute. They believe that's why, as of Thursday, there have been fewer than 300 tickets sold to this coming Saturday's second annual Evening of Comedy & Magic, to be held at 7 p.m. at The Maryland Theatre. Jeanne Singer, president of Friends of Safe Place, said that the group needed an annual fundraiser, but decided that rather than another black-tie event, it wanted a family-friendly night out that children could attend and enjoy.
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