May 19, 2013
No right to speed through school zones To the editor: I am surprised at how many people think they have a constitutional right to speed through school zones. In the few last weeks, several writers have voiced their displeasure at having to pay speeding fines for this previously “routine” behavior. Mostly, they justify their careless and unsafe actions on the grounds that a heartless mechanical Robocop has caught them (on camera and red handed) and is completely uninterested in their flimsy excuses.
May 5, 2013
The Washington County Commission on Aging will hold an AARP driver-safety program on the following dates: • Saturday, June 15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Robinwood Medical Center, 11110 Medical Campus Road, Hagerstown. The instructor is Terry Marshall. • Wednesday, June 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Washington County Sheriff's Office, 500 Western Maryland Parkway, Hagerstown. The instructor is William Baschke Jr. The class is designed to help drivers improve their skills. The course costs $12 per person for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers.
May 2, 2013
Hagerstown Community College will host the annual Public Safety Awards ceremony on Wednesday beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the Kepler Center on HCC's main campus. The awards recognize officers who have served the citizens of Washington County in an exemplary manner during the past year. The public is invited. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Jeffrey Morgan, assistant professor, HCC administration of justice program, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 26, 2013
As South Hagerstown High School students walked down the main hallway to leave school Friday, 121 students in red shirts, representing teenagers who have died from distracted driving accidents, stood on either side of them and did not say a word. They held up signs such as “I wanted to be a veterinarian” or “I wanted to graduate,” in addition to providing statistics about distracted driving accidents. Many of the students entering the hallway who first acted surprised, making jokes and talking loud about the situation, began to quiet down and read the signs as they continued to walk down the hallway, with many of them silent by the time they went outside.
April 19, 2013
The Continuing Education and Business Services Division at Hagerstown Community College is offering two food safety courses in April for food service providers. The first course, “Food Safety Managers Certification,” will be offered on Tuesdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning April 16 and ending April 23. Course topics will include proper methods of food handling and preparation, the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point concept of food safety, proper cleaning and sanitizing of equipment and facilities, guidelines for working with regulatory agencies, and personal hygiene.
April 11, 2013
State Rep. Todd Rock, R-Franklin, has been selected to serve on the newly formed Pennsylvania House of Representatives Select Committee on School Safety and Security, which is tasked with developing and examining legislation to enhance the protection of school students and personnel. “As a father and former educator, I am absolutely dedicated to making sure our schools are able to provide a safe and secure environment in which our children can learn and grow,” Rock said in a news release.
April 9, 2013
The Washington County Commission on Aging will hold an AARP driver-safety program on the following dates: • Tuesday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Otterbein United Methodist Church, 108 E. Franklin St., Hagerstown. The instructor will be Terry Marshall. • Wednesday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Homewood, 16505 Virginia Ave., Williamsport. The instructor will be William Blaschke Jr. The course costs $12 per person for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Checks should be made payable to AARP.
March 19, 2013
A combination of federal grants and drug seizure money will be used to purchase an emergency communications and command vehicle, following a unanimous vote Tuesday by the Washington County Board of Commissioners. The $589,418 to purchase the 42-foot vehicle from Atlantic Emergency Solutions Inc. of Manassas, Va., is coming from a Department of Homeland Security grant and $260,000 in money seized by the County Narcotics Task Force, said Division of Emergency Services Director Kevin Lewis.
March 10, 2013
On Feb. 25, Waynesboro Hospital received the 2012 VHA mid-Atlantic APEX (Achieving Patient Care Excellence) Award. According to Kathleen Williams, director of performance improvement for VHA's mid-Atlantic region, Waynesboro Hospital scored tops in quality and safety measures among the 57 acute-care hospitals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. “Every person on our team at Waynesboro Hospital is responsible for excellent quality care and patient safety,” said Jill Keller, vice president of nursing and quality and risk management at Waynesboro Hospital.