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December 16, 2011
Washington County Commission on Aging Inc., and Sen. Christopher B. Shank (R-Washington) invite grandparents and relatives who are raising children to Christ's Reform Church, Church School Auditorium, 130 W. Franklin Street, Hagerstown, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20. Attendees can discuss issues and concerns. A light luncheon and childcare will be provided. RSVP to Ruth Brown at 301-790-0275, ext. 205.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | February 24, 2011
Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, pitched a two-part idea for criminal justice reform on Thursday to a Senate committee. Shank and Del. Michael J. Hough, R-Frederick/Washington, are pushing for measures they say could make the prison system fairer and less crowded and help cut crime. One bill would set up a pilot program to assess prisoners' risks and needs to lessen their likelihood of committing new crimes after they're released. A second bill would create a new system of graduated sanctions for technical parole and probation violations, letting the state impose fast but fair sanctions administratively.
BREAKINGNEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | July 24, 2011
Maryland State Sen. Christopher B. Shank wants the state to renegotiate a proposed lease for a company to build a $70 million solar farm on prison land near Hagerstown. His complaint is the lease price: $128 an acre per year, which he says is insufficient. The state Board of Public Works is scheduled to consider the proposed lease Wednesday, but Shank, R-Washington, wrote a letter Friday to Gov. Martin O'Malley requesting that the discussion be tabled. Shank's letter says he doesn't oppose the project, but indicated that governments elsewhere have received higher lease prices and charged additional fees based on the generation of energy from the project.
NEWS
December 16, 2011
Washington County Commission on Aging Inc., and Sen. Christopher B. Shank (R-Washington) invite grandparents and relatives who are raising children to Christ's Reform Church, Church School Auditorium, 130 W. Franklin Street, Hagerstown, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20. Attendees can discuss issues and concerns. A light luncheon and childcare will be provided. RSVP to Ruth Brown at 301-790-0275, ext. 205.
NEWS
August 29, 2011
Maryland Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, is inviting the public to his new office. He will hold an open house Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. The office is at 1260 Maryland Ave., Suite 102B, in Hagerstown. It is in the same building as the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, across the street from the old, original Lowe's building. Light refreshments will be served.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | April 7, 2011
One of Sen. Christopher B. Shank's package of criminal justice bills has a chance of passing the Maryland General Assembly — if time doesn't run out first. Shank, R-Washington, and Del. Michael J. Hough, R-Frederick/Washington, worked together on a "Swift and Certain Sanctions" bill pushing for quicker, fairer sanctions for parole and probation violators. The House and Senate have each passed a version of the bill. The question is if there's enough time before the session ends Monday night to pass the same bill in both chambers.
NEWS
November 11, 2009
-Nov. 14, 2009 Memorial services for Ms. Christine McKelvey-Shank of Greencastle, who died Nov. 7, 2009, will be held at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, in Frank L. Carbaugh American Legion Post No. 373, 254 S. Carlisle St., Greencastle. Donations may be made to her granddaughter's college fund with checks made payable to Karleigh Mankoski and mailed or delivered to 6141 Hager Road, Greencastle, PA 17225 or to the Humane Society of your choice. The family would like to thank everyone who cared for Christine and for their support during this difficult time.
NEWS
January 19, 2009
DEC. 19, 1915-JAN. 16, 2009 CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Violet (Shank) Burkholder, age 93, of Menno Haven, Chambersburg, Pa., and formerly of Maugansville, Md., went to be with the Lord Friday, Jan. 16, 2009. Born Dec. 19, 1915, in Greencastle, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Aaron and Ida (Grove) Shank. She was united in marriage to John Eber Burkholder on Aug. 11, 1936. They enjoyed 72 years of life together. She was a member of Salem Ridge Mennonite Church of Greencastle, where she served her congregation in various capacities.
NEWS
By STEVEN T. DENNIS | June 3, 1998
Washington County Commissioner John S. Shank will run for re-election to another term. Shank, 66, said Tuesday that his top priority if re-elected would be improving the county's education system. Shank said he had confidence in Schools Superintendent Herman G. Bartlett Jr., and that more funding will be needed for education in future years. Shank, a Republican who is vice president of the current board, said he would be willing to support a tax increase for education if needed, but Bartlett will have to convince him of the need.
NEWS
By SCOTT BUTKI | November 15, 1998
Something unusual happened at Washington County Commissioner John L. Shank's farm last week: He received only one government-related call the entire weekend. During the nine years he served as a commissioner, he regularly received at least five or six calls a day. Sometimes he got calls at around 2 a.m. That was annoying, but just part of the job, he said. Since coming in last in the Nov. 3 election, though, Shank has seen the number of calls taper off. He is using the loss as an opportunity to slow down.
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NEWS
BY KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | September 9, 2013
Three Republican lawmakers who represent Washington County announced Monday in Hagerstown that they had filed for re-election and would run a joint campaign for the 2014 elections. Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington, state Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, and Del. Neil C. Parrott, R-Washington, announced their plans at an afternoon news conference attended by several Washington County commissioners and Del. LeRoy E. Myers, R-Washington/Allegany, who announced in May that he will not be running for re-election.
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OBITUARIES
August 25, 2013
Daniel Jacob Shank, 85, of Williamsport, Md., passed away Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at his home. He was born Sept. 12, 1927, in Hagerstown, Md., to the late Daniel C. and Daisy Mae Manning Shank. He attended Winter Street School. He was a truck driver with Charlton Bros. of Hagerstown, until retiring in 1984, and previously was employed at Cushwa Brick in Williamsport. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II. He was a member of New Life Christian Ministries in Hagerstown.
OBITUARIES
August 7, 2013
The waiting hands of the Lord have taken Betty home to be with her mother, Ruth E. Shank; her father, Gerald Shank; sister, Mary Mills; brothers, Robert Shank and Gary Shank; and her nephew, Jeffery Gerhart. Mourning her passing are daughter, Sarah Nave along with her husband, Zachary; her granddaughter, Dannielle Young and her husband, Lionel; her grandson, Andrew Reed; her sister, Patricia Gerhart; her nieces, Ruth Huff and Susan Gerhart; her nephew, David Mills; as well as her most precious great-granddaughter, Aleece.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | June 23, 2013
Three members of Washington County's delegation to the Maryland General Assembly have been named to a joint commission to study safety and security issues in the state's correctional facilities in the wake of a scandal at the Baltimore City Detention Center. In April, 13 female correctional officers were among 25 people indicted on federal charges of smuggling contraband such as cellphones and drugs into the Baltimore facility. Sen. George C. Edwards, R-Allegany/Garrett/Washington, Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, and Del. Michael J. Hough, R-Frederick/Washington, are on the committee, which is made up of seven senators and seven delegates.
OPINION
May 2, 2013
Washington County lawmaker Christopher Shank moved to the Maryland Senate from the House of Delegates, where he had a well-earned reputation as a partisan bomb thrower. Shank maintained that he was just doing his job in his role with the minority leadership. But whatever the reason, this act didn't play well among the Annapolis majority leaders who, like them or not, decide who wins and who loses in the state capital. The results were self-evident. Shank struggled to pass bills and his grandstanding against state budgets - and his loud votes against them - gave the state leadership no reason to grant many Washington County funding requests.
OBITUARIES
April 30, 2013
Catherine Irene Shank, 97, of Downsville, Md., passed Monday, April 29, 2013, at the home of her daughter, Marjorie Leatherman, in Myersville, Md. Born Nov. 27, 1915, in Downsville, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Daisy Palmer Nalley, and stepmother, Mable H. Nalley. She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville Shank Sr., in 1973. She was a member of Trinity Bible Church in Hagerstown, Md., and attended Valley Assembly of God. She was a devoted Christian, mother and homemaker.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | April 28, 2013
Some Washington County lawmakers are calling for another look at the state prison system and how the prisons are run after federal charges were filed against 13 female corrections officers, seven inmates and five others with alleged gang ties last week at the Baltimore City Detention Center. The charges centered around an alleged plot to smuggle cellphones and drugs into the jail and other correctional facilities. Leaders in the Maryland General Assembly were moving to address the issue, with the House Judiciary Committee scheduled to hold a hearing May 8. Two local state lawmakers - Del. Neil C. Parrott, R-Washington, and Del. Michael J. Hough, R-Frederick/Washington - serve on that committee and Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, is a member of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee in the Maryland General Assembly.
LIFESTYLE
April 11, 2013
Earl E. Shank Jr. and Norma Jean (Goodwin) Shank recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends at Beaver Creek Christian Church in Hagerstown. The Shanks were married April 1, 1953, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Connellsville, Pa., and honeymooned in Hershey, Pa. Mr. Shank is a retired pharmacist, having owned stores in Emmitsburg, Md., and Confluence, Pa. He also worked at various pharmacies including People's and Whitsell Pharmacy in Frederick, Md., and Chatkins Pharmacy in Hagerstown.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | April 4, 2013
A bill introduced by two local legislators that could become law would make it a crime to interfere with the reporting of suspected child abuse or neglect. Current Maryland law requires teachers, counselors, social workers, caseworkers, and parole or probation officers to notify appropriate agencies if they suspect child abuse. The bill seeks to punish anyone who tries to interfere with such reporting. The legislation was introduced in the House of Delegates by Del. Michael J. Hough, R-Frederick/Washington, and in the Senate by state Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington.
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