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EDUCATION
February 17, 2013
The National Society of High School Scholars announced that Smithsburg High School senior Devon Martell of Hagerstown has been selected for membership. The society recognizes top scholars and invites only those students who have achieved superior academic excellence. He is the son of Michael and Renée Martell of Hagerstown.
NEWS
March 28, 2012
The second annual Mad Hatters' Ball Celebration and Fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, April 14, at Fountain Head Country Club. This year's theme is a “Taste of the Titanic,” featuring dishes from the famous ship's menu. The RMS Titanic offered fantastic meals and hosted opulent parties. When it set sail, it was said to be the largest and most luxurious ship ever built. The ill-fated ship sunk after striking an iceberg on April 14, 1912 - 100 years ago. The Washington County Historical Society is hosting the ball, and amid ice sculptures and fanciful headwear, attendees can mingle, dance and sample meals offered from the ship's menu.
NEWS
September 6, 2000
Pa. historical society leader to step down By DON AINES / Staff Writer, Chambersburg CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Kittochtinny Historical Society is making big plans for the near future, but the woman who led it through the end of its first century and into the new millennium says she'll be stepping down as president at the end of this year. continued "We're interested in the John Brown House and we're interested in this school," Lillian Colletta said recently while sitting in the Brown's Mill school, the only restored one-room schoolhouse in Franklin County.
NEWS
November 4, 1999
The discovery of the body of Martinsburg, W. Va. resident Deborah Grove last Monday in an apple orchard brings to three the number of woman slain in the Eastern Panhandle since July. In each case, the bodies were dumped in fairly remote locations. But justice officials say there's no link between the three cases, except perhaps that they all took place in a society that's becoming more violent - and among citizens who are becoming more complacent about it. Citizens ought to care for humanitarian reasons; every life is unique and precious and not a piece of property to be discarded or destroyed on a whim or in a moment of anger.
OPINION
March 5, 2011
In the "lock 'em up and throw away the key" '90s, a few lone voices in the wilderness asked lawmakers to consider the long-range consequences of legislation that was ultimately designed more for positive re-election campaigns than positive policy effects. They didn't, of course. No one could see past the next election, so tough-on-crime initiatives such as "three strikes and you're out" and mandatory sentences, which took judging out of the hands of the judges, swept the nation. It got so weird that in California, prison guards formed an effective lobbying coalition to pressure the legislature to pass tougher sentences — thus guaranteeing not just their own employment, but the need for more corrections officers down the road.
OPINION
February 1, 2013
Does government consider how slashing affects society? To the editor: It seems to me that we already have a model for what needs to be done - not Simpson-Bowles, but the auto industry bailout. When the government supplied capital to rebuild the auto industry, it required that the industry reorganize itself by shedding legacy costs (pension and health care for retirees, etc.) and eliminating marginal or unprofitable units, reducing the number of dealers supported by the industry, etc. The controlled bankruptcies spread the cost of the industry's mismanagement on to the businesses that profited from the industry in the first place.
NEWS
December 22, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Lutheran Social Services of South Central Pennsylvania honored donors and volunteers who are members of the Society of Good Samaritans at an Oct. 27 reception at the Fleck Center in Luther Ridge Retirement Community in Chambersburg. The society was established by the Lutheran Social Services Foundation to recognize donors and volunteers who exercise leadership support of the ministries of LSS. In 2008, LSS served more than 10,000 people. "The generosity and caring of donors and volunteers enabled LSS to distribute $6.97 million of benevolent care to those unable to pay for the full cost of the services they received," said Vicki Thompson, regional gift officer of the LSS Foundation.
NEWS
By JOSHUA BOWMAN | June 14, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- To be clear, it's not a Renaissance fair. It's an educational experience. The Society for Creative Anachronism's Barony of Highland Foorde held its annual public gathering in Hagerstown Saturday on the grounds of the Jonathan Hager House. Although the event features tunics, surcoats and minstrels by the dozens, it differs from Renaissance fairs in that many of its participants have spent years researching their craft or skill. "It's not about entertaining, it's about educating," said Sherri Fabic, who helped put on this year's event.
NEWS
February 29, 2008
The Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, March 20, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Homewood Suites, 1650 Pullman Lane, Hagerstown. The program this month will be "Comprehensive Retirement Income Solutions," presented by Jim Ade, a retirement plan consultant for Merrill Lynch. The chapter offers the opportunity for HR professionals to improve their skills through monthly programs, networking and the exchange of ideas with other HR professionals.
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NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 31, 2013
The Berkeley County Historical Society's museum in Martinsburg is expected to be open daily thanks to a new partnership with the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention & Visitors Bureau. The CVB's visitors center will move to the museum at 126 E. Race St. no later than Dec. 1, said Laura Gassler, executive director of the CVB. The move comes at the end of a three-year lease for the visitors center's current location at 115 N. Queen St., Gassler said. “For the CVB, it will save a considerable amount of money on rent, which we can then put into other tourism projects,” Gassler said.
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NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | August 6, 2013
Franklin County's borough councils, boards of township supervisors, school boards and county commissioners all regularly host meetings that can have a sense of being routine or ordinary. But the news that three people died during a shooting at a similar meeting in northeastern Pennsylvania on Monday evening left many locals reeling. “In the end, these tragic events are very sad for all citizens, not only government professionals,” Chambersburg (Pa.) Borough Manager Jeffrey Stonehill said.
LIFESTYLE
July 31, 2013
 The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a Tree Walk at Shepherdstown's Morgan's Grove Park Thursday, Aug. 15. The walk will be led by arborist Shawn Walker. Participants will meet at 6 p.m. in the Park's lower parking lot by the train tracks and soccer fields. The walk will last about two hours. It will focus on identification of tree species, the habitats and landscape values of different trees, and the issues different tree species may pose for both forest managers and homeowners.
NEWS
Linda Irvin-Craig | July 25, 2013
 There's a cherry tree growing in the Miller House garden. It sits among the gooseberry bushes, near the grape arbor and under an ancient black walnut tree that overhangs from a neighboring property.  There's a fig tree, a quince tree, a dogwood and several odd apple trees.   But the cherry tree has a plaque beneath it.  This tree was dedicated to the many years of hard work and accomplishments of Marge Peters as director of the Washington County Historical Society. Most of these plantings have overgrown their space and, of course, someone in the neighborhood regularly helps themselves to the fruit, removing them by way of whatever containers might be left out by those caring for the garden.
LIFESTYLE
July 22, 2013
The Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Foundation has issued a challenge grant to the Washington County Historical Society for repairs to the front of the Miller House. The Fletcher Foundation will match, dollar for dollar up to $6,000, money raised for a capital project concerning the brick sidewalk and building exterior foundation wall. The work needs to be done before cold weather returns. Those wishing to make a matching donation can make checks payable to Washington County Historical Society with Fletcher Challenge on the memo line.
NEWS
July 4, 2013
A horse rescued from Lappans Road this week had to be euthanized Wednesday because of its condition, according to a spokeswoman for the Humane Society of Washington County. A person who was concerned about the horse's condition  alerted authorities about the animal, according to Addie Nardi, director of development for the humane society. The horse was taken to the humane society on Maugansville Road on Monday, Nardi said. A veterinarian examined the horse and determined nothing could be done to save the animal, Nardi said.
NEWS
BY Raychel Harvey-Jones | July 3, 2013
The Humane Society of Washington County seized a 26 year-old female Arabian horse from Edward Roher of Boonsboro  on Monday .  After receiving an anonymous call the humane society field services team headed to a location on Lappans road in Boonsboro, where two field officers accompanied by Michael Lausen, executive director of the Humane Society of Washington County, found a horse with clear signs of neglect, according to...
NEWS
Linda Irvin-Craig | June 27, 2013
The library of the Washington County Historical Society was so busy in May of 1979 that there was not enough seating for the combination of volunteers researching for those who could not come and for the patrons who did come to use the resources.    The majority of gifts during the late 1970s and 1980s coming to WCHS were books filled with local historical information, maps, documents, photos and other archival items.    Admittedly, the...
LIFESTYLE
By AMY DULEBOHN | amyc@herald-mail.com | June 20, 2013
More than 30 firms have successfully operated in Washington County for a half a century or longer.  Those firms, along with others, will be celebrated beginning Friday, June 21, and continuing through Saturday, July 27, at the Washington County Historical Society, 135 W. Washington St., in downtown Hagerstown. An opening reception is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. Friday.  “Made in Washington County: Our Rich Industrial Heritage,” includes businesses such as Hagerstown Bookbinding and Printing, Crawford Bicycles and Automobiles, Holcim (Security Cement and Lime)
LIFESTYLE
RANSON, W.Va | May 20, 2013
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will offer a special streamside insect walk for families with young children on Saturday, June 8. The event, entitled “Up the Creek,” will be held in Ranson's Flowing Springs Park from 9 a.m. to noon. The insect walk is for families with children ages 6 to 9. It will provide youngsters and their parents with a fun opportunity to learn about insects that live in and around streams in the area. Insect nets, magnifying glasses and wading boots will be provided.
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