May 19, 2013
The Pi Theta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Hagerstown Community College recently received several awards at the Phi Theta Kappa Regional Convention. The HCC Pi Theta Chapter was awarded the Five Star Chapter Development Award; the 2013 Middle States Region Hallmark Award for its 2013 project, “College Completion Symposium,” which was held at HCC on Oct. 12; and the Distinguished Officer Team Award. Five-star status is awarded to chapters that complete a variety of service-learning projects intended to aid the college community and the community.
May 15, 2013
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a bird walk at Harpers Ferry on Wednesday, May 29. Participants will meet at 7 a.m. in the parking area on Shenandoah Street just below the intersection with U.S. 340. The walk will be free and open to anyone regardless of birding skills. Children are welcome. Advance registration is required and participants must sign a waiver of liability because part of the route is on a railroad track. To register or get more information, go to the society's website at www.potomacaudubon.org or contact Deb Hale at 304-535-2346 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Participants should wear sturdy footwear, dress appropriately for prevailing weather conditions, and bring along water and bug spray.
May 15, 2013
The Fort Loudon Historical Society is sponsoring a self-guided tour of local cemeteries from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Visitors are asked to come to the Patton House Museum at the fort site to pick up a brochure and map, and enjoy some light refreshments. The tour is free and begins at Stenger Hill Cemetery on Main Street/Old Route 30, then proceeds to the lower cemetery. The next stop is the Old German Reformed Church Cemetery on Mill Street in the center of the village. Grave sites listed in the guide include: Rose Vance, Johnny Rotz, Stanley Hawbaker, Joseph Rotz Sr., Raymond Rotz, Jack Hassler, Alcesta Lininger, Unknown Confederate Soldier, Hezekiah Easton and Gen. James Patton.
May 12, 2013
The Washington County branches of Susquehanna Bank and its loan center recently held a two-week pet supply fund drive for the Humane Society of Washington County Inc. The donations filled delivery vehicles to the brim. On April 30, branch managers presented the donations to Mike Lausen, executive director of the humane society.
May 12, 2013
Reducing obstacles for adoption, decreasing euthanasia rates and increasing the number of animal control field service officers are top priorities listed by Michael Lausen, the recently hired executive director of the Humane Society of Washington County. Lausen, who took over the executive director job Feb. 4, said recently that the humane society had 142 adoptions, including 73 cats and 65 dogs, in March - its highest recorded one-month total ever - simply by relaxing the requirements in the adoption application process.
May 12, 2013
According to statistics from the Humane Society of Washington County, which in the past have not been made public, March's total of 142 adoptions reflects an increase of 43 more than this past February and 48 more than in March 2012. The number of animals that were euthanized or died at the facility in April decreased by 12 percent, or about 335 animals, as compared to April 2012, said Michael Lausen, executive director of the Humane Society of Washington County. As of April, the euthanasia/death rate for the current year - statistics are tracked by fiscal years that end June 30 - also comes in slightly lower than the 2010-11 year, according to statistics.
May 9, 2013
The Humane Society of Washington County will break ground this summer for a $2.2 million low-cost spay and neuter clinic, Executive Director Michael Lausen said Thursday. “We take the animals to vets around the area” for spaying and neutering, Lausen said Thursday. “Now it's going to be brought in-house as a cost savings.” The 7,000-square-foot clinic is expected to be completed in March or April of 2014, Lausen said. This fall, the society will begin recruiting a veterinarian to run the clinic, he said.
May 5, 2013
The sixth annual Bark for Life of Washington County raised more than $2,200 to help fight cancer, said Cathy Beckley-Thomas, the American Cancer Society's community manager for Washington County. Beckley-Thomas said 48 dogs were registered, which is a record for the local event. In addition to walking a lap around Fairgrounds Park, participants could compete in several contests, including ones for best-dressed dog and best trick.
May 1, 2013
The Humane Society of Washington County is partnering with PetSmart Charities to participate in its National Adoption Weekend Friday through Sunday. “We are thrilled to participate in this important adoption event and are thankful to have such wonderful partners in the community.” said Mike Lausen, executive director of the animal shelter “Through our collaboration with PetSmart Charities, we are able to make a difference in the lives of homeless animals in Washington County.” The shelter will receive $35 for every shelter pet adopted during the event, a contribution increase of more than 50 percent.
April 27, 2013
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will offer a bird walk for families with young children from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at Yankauer Nature Preserve in Berkeley County, W.Va. The event is called "Bagels and Birds. " It will help youngsters and their parents learn about the birds that live and breed in the area and give them an opportunity to hear their morning songs. Bagels and juice will be provided. Advance registration is required. To register or for more information, go to the PVAS website at www .potomacaudubon.org; or contact Ellen Murphy by calling 304-676-8739 or an email to email@example.com.