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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | | June 8, 2012
The Wagaman family was out in force Friday evening to see Hannah Wagaman - their daughter, sister and granddaughter - join 161 fellow James Buchanan High School graduates to receive diplomas under mostly clear skies. In good weather, Buchanan High graduations are always held before the Rocket Field bleachers overflowing with hundreds of well-wishers. “This year's class is lighter than usual,” School Principal Rodney N. Benedick said. “Last year, there were 176 graduates.” Each graduating class usually starts out with about 200 freshmen, but the number dwindles over their four years, Benedick said.
by NICK RITCHICK | December 13, 2005
As an eighth-grader in Sunday school at St. Mary's Church, I find that I and my classmates have been given a large amount of responsibility. In order to prepare for our confirmation - our official entrance into being a Catholic adult - my classmates and I have taken part in many service projects. For this season, as always, we are collecting toys and clothing for children who live in Baltimore and whose parents don't have much money to buy Christmas presents. The church in Baltimore that receives the gifts is St. Bernardine Parish.
by Ric Dugan | March 1, 2006
Mecca Madyun performs a West African dance as Omari Taylor plays the congas Tuesday at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater.
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | September 2, 2010
MAUGANSVILLE -- It was a job that lured Bob Walton to the Hagerstown area 42 years ago. It's the small-town sense of caring and community he found in Maugansville that led him to stay. Walton, 68, lived in Dundalk, Md., near Baltimore, and worked for Burroughs, a business equipment manufacturer. "I was a resident field engineer," Walton said. "Burroughs asked me to move from the city to the country to service the western point (of Maryland). " Walton and his wife, Virginia, now 67, had just experienced a great personal loss and were ready for a change of scenery.
May 16, 2002
Potpourri for the Spirit, featuring Louis Vierne's "Solemn Mass. " Presented by Hagerstown Choral Arts Saturday, May 18 7:30 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church 15 Randolph Ave. Hagerstown Tickets cost $10, $8 for students and seniors at the door For information, call 301-739-3938.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | January 30, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Before a battle with skin cancer took him from his post as a resource officer, Martinsburg Police Department Patrolman Roger E. "J.R. " Butcher Jr. was "a great spirit" at Martinsburg High School. "It's amazing to me with the youth that we have today, how he was able just to touch them by just sitting and speaking to them," said Katie Myers, a behavior counselor at MHS and high school classmate of Butcher's. Butcher, 30, died Thursday at City Hospital in Martinsburg, surrounded by family and friends, according to the police department, where he served for nine years.
December 27, 2001
Torch, Olympic spirit warm city By KEVIN VERZICH / Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - With the crowd chanting, "U-S-A, U-S-A," George Moore, Olympic torch in hand, rolled his wheechair the final two-tenths of a mile to light the cauldron on the main stage for the Olympic Torch Relay in Martinsburg. Moore, of Falling Waters, W.Va., was among a dozen area residents who carried the flame Thursday during the Olympic Torch Relay's visit to Martinsburg.
December 20, 2000
Roy Grove driven by spirit of giving Editor's note : This is the ninth in a series of stories running on the 12 days before Christmas to recognize individuals and groups who make the holidays better for others. By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer How can you tell that the Christmas holidays are coming? One answer is that Roy Grove is in a truck somewhere driving food, clothing or other necessities to people in need. continued In early November, Grove was active in an effort to help Romanian orphans.
February 5, 2001
Cheating strips away the spirit of learning Public schools were established so all classes of youth would have the opportunity to gain the benefits that an education provides. continued Children held a passion for learning and a thirst for knowledge. An education served as their key to future success. Today, though, as we commission more standardized testing and students have available such tools as the Internet, they seem to have lost the ambition to learn.
March 10, 2001
Local woman dips into 'spirit of giving' Editor's note: This is the first in a weeklong series of stories profiling women who are making a contribution in the Tri-State area. By ANDREA BROWN-HURLEY Prejudice and financial barriers didn't bar young Cornelia Ann Freeman from believing "the sky's the limit. " That's because a series of special women taught Cornelia - now married and known as Ann Hicks - that opportunities abound for people who pursue excellence and help others, she said.
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | | July 28, 2013
Four current green highway department signs that stand at the four entrances to Shepherdstown don't reflect, as one local Rotarian claims, “our sense of pride in community.” Work on the first of four new signs that will reflect that sense of pride “and the welcoming spirit we wish to convey to visitors,” is expected to begin this week, said Rotarian John Loeffler. It will cost $24,000 to make and install the 4-foot-by-5-foot sign into a 5-foot-by-10-foot limestone wall frame, said Loeffler, who first came up with the idea in the Shepherdstown Rotary Club in November 2011.
By KAUSTUV BASU | | June 29, 2013
Hancock celebrated its 11th annual Barge Bash on Saturday at Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park with a parade of barges, good cheer and a spirit of community. The contest attracted 10 entries this year, and the barges - usually motorless vessels - included names such as “God Bless America,” “American Pride” and “Cleopatra: Canal of Denile.” This year's event was sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council, the town of Hancock and C&O Canal National Historical Park.
By DAVE McMILLION | | June 2, 2013
The popularity of the Family Blues Picnic continued Sunday as people packed into the area around the Peter Buys Band Shell in Hagerstown's City Park for the final day of the 18th annual Western Maryland Blues Fest. Bands such as the Skyla Burrell Blues Band offered a steady dose of the blues at the band shell, while the talents of local school students were highlighted when the Washington County Public Schools All-County Jazz Ensemble offered two performances at the nearby Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.
By KAUSTUV BASU | | May 4, 2013
The competitive events included everything from the 50-meter dash to the standing long jump. But it was the spirit of community and camaraderie that stood out Saturday at the 39th annual Boonsboro Sons of the American Legion's Junior Olympics for Washington County's fourth- and fifth-graders. About 500 students from 25 schools in the county took part in the event at Boonsboro High School, according to organizers. Richard Secrest, director of the event, said the event epitomizes the spirit of community.
April 21, 2013
Staff members at Potomac Heights Elementary School got in the spirit of National Walking Day recently with a trek from school to Pangborn Park and back.
By JANET HEIM | | April 7, 2013
Ball careers don't have to end with Little League or Pony League, high school or college. The Washington County Senior Softball League offers athletes from Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia the opportunity to use their softball skills in friendly competition. Now in its 23rd year, the league is open to men 50 and older and women 40 and older. Prior to 2001, the league was called Washington County 50 Plus League. A four-member board of directors is gearing up for the season, in hopes of adding two teams, since players had to be turned away last year.
By MEG H. PARTINGTON | | February 17, 2013
Vince Hellane was a businessman who cherished independence, so it seems fitting that his company has managed to thrive, even without its free-thinking founder at the helm. Hellane created d'Vinci Interactive in 1993 in his Falling Waters, W.Va., home after hearing about software that gave desktop computer users access to multimedia. A friend, with whom Vince worked producing videos, told him about Authorware, which is used to create e-learning applications, according to the website for Adobe (
By DAVE McMILLION | | February 11, 2013
Williamsport Town Council members Monday night moved forward on changing the land classification at a treatment facility on Lockwood Road where a private company is processing used oil and converted it to fuel. Under a lease agreement with the county, Spirit Services has the capability to obtain the Nicodemous Treatment Facility on Lockwood Road, which is inside town limits. Richard Grimm, the town's zoning administrator, has said the property is zoned suburban residential and Spirit Services has asked for an employment center zone.
By DAN DEARTH | | January 21, 2013
While banks, schools and government agencies were closed Monday to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the gym at the Memorial Recreation Center in Hagerstown bustled with activity. Memorial Recreation Center Executive Director Karen Cook said the highlight of the day was a basketball tournament to raise proceeds to build an outdoor basketball court for the center's youth. Some of the other events at the center included a poetry reading and dance routines. “This is our first endeavor to raise funds for the court,” Cook said.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | December 17, 2012
For the third straight year, second-grade classes at Fountaindale Elementary School created a giving tree, this year to benefit Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused, or CASA, an organization assisting battered and homeless women and their children. The students began the fundraiser last week with a goal of 300 donations, but as of 1:30 p.m. Monday, they had surpassed 620 donations, according Fountaindale Elementary second-grade teacher Ginny Kay Durham. “The children decided that collecting items to help people in Hagerstown stay warm this winter, find toys and new books for babies and children, and to collect hygiene items were three problems that they wanted to solve,” Durham said.
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