May 12, 2013
Children's Village to host Kids Alive Fest Children's Village of Washington County will host its 22nd annual Kids Alive Fest Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. The event will be held rain or shine. Scheduled activities: helicopter landing, 11 a.m., Maryland State Police Aviation, weather/emergency calls permitting; K-9 demonstration, noon (Maryland Correctional Institution); auto extrication demonstration, 1 p.m. (Maugansville Fire Co.); and Ronald McDonald Safety Show, 2 p.m. Additional activities: Child IDs using MdCHIP program (Grand Lodge of Maryland)
April 26, 2013
After donning a bright yellow vest and plastic safety glasses, Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown got to see what goes on behind the scenes at the Mack/Volvo Powertrain manufacturing plant during a Friday afternoon tour of the facility north of Hagerstown. “It's exciting,” Brown said. “We've got nearly 1,400 employees in skilled jobs, family-supporting jobs. And that Volvo calls Maryland home, that means a lot to us.” Brown's visit included time to meet with Volvo officials privately before the tour to talk about potential state partnerships with the large Washington County employer on future job-growth initiatives and plant expansion.
March 26, 2013
The Rotary Club of Long Meadows recently inducted two new members. The club selected Dave Pembroke and Bill Swartz for membership. Pembroke represents the profession of lawyers in the club. Rotarian Vince Groh sponsored Pembroke for membership in the club. The club also selected Swartz of Volvo Powertrain. Swartz was proposed for membership by Frank Morrisey, also of Volvo Powertrain. Rotarian Magnus Dahlgren conducted the ceremony and Thomas E. Lynch III served as keynote speaker.
March 10, 2013
Volvo Powertrain North America is donating a $20,000 piece of equipment, used to test manufactured parts, to Williamsport High School's manufacturing and pre-engineering program, Washington County Public Schools officials said. The Board of Education voted unanimously March 5 to accept the donation. School board President Justin Hartings said it was a generous gift. The coordinates machine determines how accurate a manufactured item is to the drawing for the item, according to George Phillips, supervisor of enrichment and career technology education.
October 26, 2012
Reality doesn't get much harder than being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS. A cruel and steady wasting of neuromuscular functions that paralyzes its victims inch by inch, it's often more kindly referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease - named for the famous Yankee slugger who received his diagnosis in 1939. But there is nothing kind about ALS. There is no meaningful treatment. No cure. No magic pill that will reverse the symptoms. It's a taker - stealing the body's supply of strength and agility, the use of limbs and the ability to speak and swallow.
July 23, 2012
Scheduled meetings this week of the Washington County Commissioners and Hagerstown Mayor and Council (the Board of Education will not meet this week): WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Volvo Powertrain 13302 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown Tuesday, July 24, 8:30 a.m. Agenda • 8:30 a.m.: Business visit and tour of Volvo Powertrain, 13302 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown • 10:30 a.m.: Closed session (to consider a matter that concerns the proposal for a business or industrial organization to expand or remain in the State)
June 25, 2012
Jeffrey Kemp Sperry, 56, of Kearneysville, W.Va., died Sunday, June 24, 2012, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. Mr. Sperry was born July 17, 1955, in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., the son of Charles Franklin and Virginia Jones Sperry. Jeff was a devoted and loving Christian husband to his childhood sweetheart, Bettina Ann Sperry, where their marriage was centered in Christ. They were married and became one on Jan. 4, 2010, in Middletown, Va., at Grace United Methodist Church. The couple became family members of Grace United Methodist on their first wedding anniversary.
May 4, 2012
Richard and Donna Schnurr of Williamsport celebrated their 50th anniversary March 25, 2012, at a surprise party held by their children and grandchildren. The Schnurrs were married March 23, 1962, at First Baptist Church by the Rev. G. Bartow Harris. The Schnurrs have two children and six grandchildren: Kimberly Hay and her husband, Richard, and their children Lauren, Connor and Morgan, of Greencastle Pa.; and Jeffrey Schnurr and his wife Kim, and children Jared, Ryan and Julie, of Williamsport.
April 27, 2012
On a tour of Volvo Powertrain's 1.5 million square-foot manufacturing facility outside Hagerstown Friday, up-and-coming community leaders were warned not to touch the engine parts or machinery, but were encouraged to place their hands against the tiny holes in what looked like a large punching bag suspended from the ceiling, to feel the air rushing out. The device, tour guide Lamar Sease explained, is how fresh, clean air is circulated into the...
April 6, 2012
Monday, April 9 - American Red Cross Donor Center, 1131 Conrad Court, Hagerstown, noon to 6 p.m. Monday, April 9 - Elks Lodge, 11063 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, 1 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 9 - Williamsport American Legion, 400 American Legion Drive, Williamsport, 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 - Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, 750 Hollywood Drive, Charles Town, W.Va., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 11...