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by KAREN HANNA | August 3, 2005
WASHINGTON COUNTY karenh@herald-mail.com Public schools and other agencies must work together to solve the teenage pregnancy crisis, Dale Bannon, executive director of United Way of Washington County, said Tuesday night. "It really is a county-wide crisis that really needs full community participation," Bannon said after a presentation about teenage pregnancy before the Washington County Board of Education. Bannon expects a survey of teenagers, parents and service providers addressing the crisis to be completed by September.
NEWS
February 16, 2009
Northern Middle School seventh-graders from Ryan Zimmerman's social studies class recently completed Student Service Learning projects and presented them at a local competition Feb. 6 at Hagerstown Community College. The topic they chose focused on teenage pregnancy in the county and policies they felt could be put into place to help local teens become more aware of choices they have available.
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by TIFFANY ARNOLD | November 28, 2005
tiffanya@herald-mail.com A community-based task force will present the results of the Washington County, Maryland Teen Pregnancy Prevention Needs Assessment to the Washington County Board of Education on Dec. 6. The Washington County Community Partnership for Children and Families, known as WCCP, released the results of the needs assessment in October. The report was an attempt to explain the county's high teenage pregnancy rate. Washington County had the fourth highest teenage pregnancy in the state in 2003, according to the most recent statistics from the Washington County Health Department.
NEWS
May 13, 2005
An open meeting on "Teenage Pregnancy," sponsored by the Washington County Council of Churches and other houses of faith, will be held Wednesday, May 18, at 9:30 a.m. at Hagerstown Church of the Brethren, at the corner of East Washington and Mulberry streets. The meeting will be in the church's fellowship hall. William Christoffel, county health officer, will be the speaker. He will discuss the unacceptably high teen pregnancy rates in Washington County, the Council of Churches said in a press release.
NEWS
By TARA REILLY | May 10, 2006
HAGERSTOWN Several speakers urged the Washington County Commissioners Tuesday night to give the Health Department more than $130,000 that the department requested to fight the county's high teenage pregnancy rate. The comments came during a public hearing on the county's proposed $305 million total budget at the Kepler Theater at Hagerstown Community College. Increased dollars for education and raises for the Washington County Sheriff's Department also were popular topics at the hearing.
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June 5, 2002
Fly flag high To the editor: Thanks Conserve It! My compliments to Conserve It on Sharpsburg Pike. They have flown almost from Sept. 11, 24 hours a day, a beautiful American flag. When the original was damaged they replaced it with a new and larger flag! Bravo! Having read many of the letters from readers who lambaste what they call "flag wavers," their comments mean nothing to me and many others. What matters is we are flying our flag again with pride. Having been in 23 countries of the world, no other people, including Canadians, understand us and frankly I don't care.
NEWS
August 9, 2005
The Herald-Mail will present a live chat with Washington County Commissoner Jim Kercheval starting at 1:00 pm and ending at 2:00 pm today. Questions or comments can be submitted by clicking here before and during the chat. The text of the live discussion will flow into the bottom of this page during its live hour. You can either click "Refresh" on your browser window or hit "F5" on your keyboard to see new responses. Make sure you scroll down to see the latest answers. Name: Brenda Location: Hancock Guest: Christoffel Question: There seems to be an increase in Hepatitis C. What is the WCHD doing to address this problem?
NEWS
August 14, 2005
Moderator: Isn't teaching children about sex really a job for their parents? Why should the government intrude into family life in this way? Christoffel: Without a doubt, the most effective method in reducing teenage pregnancy is a strong relationship between parents and their children. Unfortunately, parents cannot do this alone. Ours is a very complex society with many pressures on our teens. To address teen pregnancy, we have identified three focal points: 1. To assist the parents in talking with their teens about becoming sexually active.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | May 9, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - Sixteen-year-old Brittany Hult said there is pressure at her age to have sex. However, the Washington County Technical High School junior said she's waiting until "it's right. " "There definitely is pressure (to have sex) because we're older, everyone thinks they're so mature," Brittany said. "It's an everyone-else-is-doing-it thing. " Brittany and her friend, Jo Lassen, 14, of St. Thomas, Pa., were two of more than 100 people who attended an informational health forum Thursday at Robinwood Medical Center.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | January 15, 2013
In a report that left two Washington County Board of Education members feeling “shocked” and “depressed,” a team of local health care providers and other officials told the board Tuesday afternoon that there have been 34 teenage pregnancies this school year and that in some cases children in the community are becoming sexually active as young as 8 years old. There were 44 teenage pregnancies last school year, and if this school year's trend...
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NEWS
February 16, 2009
Northern Middle School seventh-graders from Ryan Zimmerman's social studies class recently completed Student Service Learning projects and presented them at a local competition Feb. 6 at Hagerstown Community College. The topic they chose focused on teenage pregnancy in the county and policies they felt could be put into place to help local teens become more aware of choices they have available.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | May 9, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - Sixteen-year-old Brittany Hult said there is pressure at her age to have sex. However, the Washington County Technical High School junior said she's waiting until "it's right. " "There definitely is pressure (to have sex) because we're older, everyone thinks they're so mature," Brittany said. "It's an everyone-else-is-doing-it thing. " Brittany and her friend, Jo Lassen, 14, of St. Thomas, Pa., were two of more than 100 people who attended an informational health forum Thursday at Robinwood Medical Center.
NEWS
By TARA REILLY | May 10, 2006
HAGERSTOWN Several speakers urged the Washington County Commissioners Tuesday night to give the Health Department more than $130,000 that the department requested to fight the county's high teenage pregnancy rate. The comments came during a public hearing on the county's proposed $305 million total budget at the Kepler Theater at Hagerstown Community College. Increased dollars for education and raises for the Washington County Sheriff's Department also were popular topics at the hearing.
NEWS
April 1, 2006
War's costs adding up To the editor: In a recent presidential news conference, Bush said Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid will bust (his word) the economy. He is proposing cuts in most of our domestic programs: Medicare/Medicaid, education, child care, etc. At the same time, these cuts in programs that help the poor and middle class are more than offset by his tax cuts to the richest 1 percent of our population over the next 10 years. Now I read that he is trying to sneak $700 billion into the budget to privatize Social Security and immediately slash benefits by $6.3 billion to help cover his privatization plan.
NEWS
by TIFFANY ARNOLD | November 28, 2005
tiffanya@herald-mail.com A community-based task force will present the results of the Washington County, Maryland Teen Pregnancy Prevention Needs Assessment to the Washington County Board of Education on Dec. 6. The Washington County Community Partnership for Children and Families, known as WCCP, released the results of the needs assessment in October. The report was an attempt to explain the county's high teenage pregnancy rate. Washington County had the fourth highest teenage pregnancy in the state in 2003, according to the most recent statistics from the Washington County Health Department.
NEWS
August 14, 2005
Moderator: Isn't teaching children about sex really a job for their parents? Why should the government intrude into family life in this way? Christoffel: Without a doubt, the most effective method in reducing teenage pregnancy is a strong relationship between parents and their children. Unfortunately, parents cannot do this alone. Ours is a very complex society with many pressures on our teens. To address teen pregnancy, we have identified three focal points: 1. To assist the parents in talking with their teens about becoming sexually active.
NEWS
August 9, 2005
The Herald-Mail will present a live chat with Washington County Commissoner Jim Kercheval starting at 1:00 pm and ending at 2:00 pm today. Questions or comments can be submitted by clicking here before and during the chat. The text of the live discussion will flow into the bottom of this page during its live hour. You can either click "Refresh" on your browser window or hit "F5" on your keyboard to see new responses. Make sure you scroll down to see the latest answers. Name: Brenda Location: Hancock Guest: Christoffel Question: There seems to be an increase in Hepatitis C. What is the WCHD doing to address this problem?
NEWS
by KAREN HANNA | August 3, 2005
WASHINGTON COUNTY karenh@herald-mail.com Public schools and other agencies must work together to solve the teenage pregnancy crisis, Dale Bannon, executive director of United Way of Washington County, said Tuesday night. "It really is a county-wide crisis that really needs full community participation," Bannon said after a presentation about teenage pregnancy before the Washington County Board of Education. Bannon expects a survey of teenagers, parents and service providers addressing the crisis to be completed by September.
NEWS
May 13, 2005
An open meeting on "Teenage Pregnancy," sponsored by the Washington County Council of Churches and other houses of faith, will be held Wednesday, May 18, at 9:30 a.m. at Hagerstown Church of the Brethren, at the corner of East Washington and Mulberry streets. The meeting will be in the church's fellowship hall. William Christoffel, county health officer, will be the speaker. He will discuss the unacceptably high teen pregnancy rates in Washington County, the Council of Churches said in a press release.
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