May 13, 2013
Like me, Del. Neil Parrott seems to believe that any publicity is good publicity. So OK, I'll bite. Building on his tremendous success in the November election, Petitioner Parrott is having a go at the state's newly enacted law banning the death penalty. Forget his oh-fer on gay marriage, immigration, et al. His MDPetitions group announced last week it would attempt to collect the necessary signatures to put the death penalty repeal up to a statewide vote. Love the way they're using social media to further the cause.
April 23, 2013
The Community Foundation of Washington County Md., Inc. introduces an one-day web-based, social media-driven fundraiser called washing toncountygives.org. The event takes place Thursday, May 2. The goal is to get thousands of local residents to support their favorite Washington County charity by raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in just 24 hours. Every donation made gives the recipient the chance to win matching grants and prizes. For more information, contact Brad Sell at 301-745-5210 or email@example.com .
April 14, 2013
A 12-year-old girl missing from her Orrstown, Pa., residence was found in Buffalo, N.Y., according to Pennsylvania State Police. State police spokesman Robert T. Hicks said in an email that Dakota Moon Turner was picked up and brought to Buffalo by a 21-year-old male “that she met gaming online.” The state police barrack in Chambersburg received notification from the Buffalo Police Department early Sunday that Turner had been found, Hicks...
February 13, 2013
I thought maybe, just maybe, I would make it through my entire journalistic career without having to spell the word “Fastnacht.” But apparently this is not to be the case, and I blame social media. Anyone who tells you that nothing good ever happens in an alley late at night has never been to Hagerstown. Along with thousands of others, I've spent the odd late-night hours out in back of Krumpe's Do-Nut shop waiting for a fresh-fried dozen. At least I did prior to age 40, at which point staying up past 11 p.m. would wipe me out for three consecutive days.
January 20, 2013
It used to be so easy. Back when I was a kid, all you did was flick on the TV and sit and watch sports. You were moved, inspired and driven to be just like those guys, those athletes who dazzled you with their brilliance. They were role models - or so we thought - because all those athletes were great talents, engaging with their followers and giving an image of being the perfect person. Back then. This is probably the point where I sound like I'm slipping back to that forbidden land.
November 11, 2012
Washington County Arts Council Chris Brewer is the new gallery manager/administrative assistant at the Washington County Arts Council in Hagerstown. Brewer is a local freelance graphic artist originally from Germantown, Ohio. He holds an Associate of Applied Science in graphic design degree from Kaplan University. He considers that he “has always been an artist,” and works in oil painting, sketching and other types of freehand artwork. Coffman Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center Coffman Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Hagerstown recently named Colleen Winters as marketing director.
November 10, 2012
In partnership with Mainstreet Waynesboro (Pa.) Inc.'s Economic Development Committee, the Continuing Education and Business Services Division at Hagerstown Community College will offer a social media seminar for Waynesboro-area businesses. “Promote Your Business with Social Media,” will be held Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 7:30 to 10 a.m., at the Mountain Gate Family Restaurant at 10530 Buchanan Trail East in Waynesboro. The cost is $25 per person and includes a breakfast buffet.
October 18, 2012
Legislation gaining momentum this week in the Pennsylvania General Assembly takes steps to protect young people from harmful activities with social media, the Internet and mobile devices. One of the bills awaiting Gov. Tom Corbett's signature would establish misdemeanor or summary offenses for minors who transmit nude or sexually explicit images of themselves or other youths - a practice known as sexting. Another bill further addresses “cyberbullying” that causes emotional distress for a young person via electronic communication.
July 8, 2012
Q: My small business has a website and I would also like to participate in social media. Does SCORE offer any educational assistance here in our area? A: You are in luck. The July SCORE Business Roundtable, titled “Using Social Media for Business Success,” will address your interest and needs. It will take place Thursday, July 19, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Always Ron's restaurant, 29 N. Burhans Blvd. in Hagerstown. Register at www.scorehagerstown.org/calendar.html or by calling 301-766-2040.
June 28, 2012
Several area businesses are trying to secure a $250,000 small business grant using social media. The grant program sponsored by Chase Bank USA and Living Social Inc. supports small businesses across the country, according to the program website. The contest kicked off May 7 and closes at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday. Chase has designated between $1 million and $3 million to be awarded to at least four businesses and as many as 12 businesses with each grant recipient receiving $250,000, the website rules stated.