March 24, 2013
Grace Academy recently held its third annual National Honor Society induction ceremony. The chapter had one current member, in addition to seven former members who have graduated from Grace Academy. The purpose of the induction ceremony was to add three students to the Grace Academy chapter of the National Honor Society. The students honored were senior Marley Weagly, and juniors Allison Lehman and Brooke Morgan. Their membership was earned by the effective demonstration of the four qualities held in high esteem by the National Honor Society and the school. Those qualities are scholarship, service, leadership and character. At Grace Academy, juniors and seniors with a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher are offered an opportunity to apply for membership in the National Honor Society. Candidates must provide evidence of their service, leadership and character, and only after the selection committee is satisfied that the students meet these requirements are they invited to become members. The committee considers the areas of service, leadership and character just as important as academics.
March 19, 2013
Ray Snouffer, artist, docent and instructor at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and avid collector of 19th century American art, recently spoke at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. His program to the Singer Society, the volunteer association of the museum, was about 19th century American artist Thomas Worthington Whittredge. Whittredge, a contemporary with John Frederick Kensett, Albert Bierstadt and Frederick Church, is...
March 17, 2013
Northern Middle School inducted 11 new members into its National Junior Honor Society Feb. 1. The society is one of the nation's premier organizations that provides recognition for students who reflect outstanding accomplishments in the areas of character, citizenship, scholarship, service and leadership. The seventh-grade inductees are Alexia Tiches, Regina Lachemann, Caroline Fleetwood, Abby Kane and Mackenzi Wintermoyer. The eighth-grade...
March 14, 2013
The Humane Society of Washington County will host the New England Academy of Animal Control Officers in order to bring an animal control officer and animal care technician academy to Hagerstown. The animal control officer academy will be held Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 10. The animal care technician portion will be held Monday May 13 through Friday, May 17. There is a separate euthanasia technician certification within the technician...
March 8, 2013
Hagerstown author Preston “Toby” Law will speak to the Keedysville Historical Society on Monday, March 18, at 7 p.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 53 N. Main St., in Keedysville. Law will discuss his new book, “Drummer Boy for the Bonnie Blue,” which follows 14-year-old Frederick, Md., native, Thad, as he decides to join the Confederate army as a drummer boy. The presentation is for all ages so feel free to bring children and friends. Light refreshments will be served. There is parking at the back of the church.
March 6, 2013
Hard Times Café and Cue in Hagerstown will host an awareness event for the National MS Society, Maryland Chapter, Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 1705 Massey Boulevard in Hagerstown. A percentage of proceeds from food and nonalcoholic beverage sales will be donated to the National MS Society. Patrons must provide a MS Awareness Night flier to the server. To access a flier, go to http://www.nationalmssociety.org/chapters/mdm/fundrais ing-events/do-it-yourself/index.aspx .
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.
February 14, 2013
The Humane Society of Washington County introduced a new executive director last week and, in so doing, acknowledged that the agency might be in need of some new directions. Michael Lausen, former operations manager of the Humane Society of El Paso, Texas, will replace Paul Miller, who departed in November for unexplained reasons. Two of Lausen's stated priorities involve policies that many in the community believed received short shrift under Miller's leadership: animal placement and financial transparency.
February 13, 2013
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is accepting applications for its 2013 "Birding 101" course for beginning birders. The course will focus on bird species found in the Eastern Panhandle area. The classroom sessions will start Thursday, April 4, and continue April 11, 18 and 25. All of these sessions will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center north of Shepherdstown. The field trips will be at various locations around the Panhandle on Saturdays, April 6, 13, 20 and 27, from roughly 7 a.m. to noon.