October 27, 2012
The side-view windows can't be folded in and the windows don't need to be rolled up, but the crossing arms on the front of the school buses do need to be tied back as a precaution before the buses are driven into Washington County Public Schools' new $214,638 bus-washing system. The system is expected to pay for itself in four years as it reduces the amount of time and labor needed to wash the school system's fleet of 160 school system-owned buses, Transportation Supervisor Barbara J. Scotto said.
October 18, 2012
Maybe it was playing football on a different night that threw North Hagerstown off kilter. The Hubs took some time to get into the flow of Thursday's game against Catoctin on Homecoming night, but when they did, it was a powerful swing of momentum that boosted North to a 48-6 victory. It also gave coach Dan Cunningham a school-record 70th victory, surpassing Glenn Cross. “I'm just happy they've kept me around this long,” said Cunningham, who is now 70-53 since taking over in 2001.
July 16, 2012
On July 11, 2012, Isabel Claire Edwards Barney passed away peacefully at her home in Shoreline, Wash. She was 87. Mrs. Barney lived in Hagerstown, Md., for 45 years with her husband, John Barney, who predeceased her in 2010. They moved to Shoreline in 2006. Mrs. Barney taught adult education classes at Hagerstown Junior College (now Hagerstown Community College) for many years, specializing in sewing and tailoring. She was head of the department before she retired from teaching.
June 27, 2012
Downsville Boy Scout Troop 58 will hold a car wash Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sears Automotive Center at Valley Mall. Cost is by donation. Library book sale needs volunteers The Williamsport Memorial Library book sale will be held in the basement of the library on Aug. 24, 25 and 26, in conjunction with Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Days. The library will be accepting donated books until the end of July. A schedule for volunteers will begin Aug. 1. Anyone interested in supporting the sale by volunteering two hours, contact the library.
May 4, 2012
Last year, fifth-grader Hannah Hearn and some of her classmates washed fire trucks; this year it was police cruisers. Hannah, 11, was one of nearly 300 Faith Christian Academy prekindergarten to 12th grade students taking part in their school's annual Labors of Love community-service project. Teams of students were sent to 48 work sites Friday morning in Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia, and Washington County in Maryland. Their tasks ranged from simple landscape projects like raking, weeding and planting flowers to house-cleaning chores, pet care, roadway trash pickup, trail building, painting, washing windows and emergency vehicles and singing to nursing-home residents.
October 20, 2011
The Wilson College Veterinary Medical Technology Club will host two dog washes this fall - on Saturday and Sunday. Both will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the college veterinary building near the Park Avenue campus entrance off U.S. 11 (Philadelphia Avenue). The cost is $5 for toy dogs, $8 for small dogs, $13 for medium dogs, $18 for large dogs and $22 for extra-large or double-coated dogs. The fee includes a bath, nail trim, ear cleaning and drying - all of which will be performed by VMT Club members, most of whom are enrolled in Wilson's veterinary studies program.
September 16, 2011
In an effort to collaborate with the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission, the Hagerstown City Council has endorsed shared objectives with the county agency, aimed in large part at enhancing the city center. As part of the EDC's planning and goal-setting process for fiscal 2012, the city was asked to recommend ways the two entities could work together, according to city documents. Jill Estivillo, the city's economic development manager, said Tuesday that the overarching goal is for the city and the county to work together on strengthening the city center as a business, arts-and-entertainment, education and residential hub. Councilmen Forrest W. Easton and Martin Brubaker called the recommendations a good starting direction.
September 13, 2011
No doubt about it, virus movies are a tough sell. I'm not talking about action movies where the bad guy threatens to unleash a deadly virus and the hero has to stop him by riding a motorcycle and causing explosions. I'm talking about movies that actually take a look at a virus and its effects on society. Watching people get sick is not exciting, watching their families cope with loss is not fun, and merely thinking about a deadly virus in unpleasant. The only way to get people interested in a virus movie is to tell a compelling story about what the virus brings out in people.
August 23, 2011
On Sunday, the youth at Covenant Presbyterian Church will wash and vacuum vehicles. A $10 donation is suggested. Bring cars and trucks anytime between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. into the lower parking lot. The church is at 11833 Greenhill Drive off Jefferson Boulevard between Robinwood Drive and Eastern Boulevard. Pen Mar Park The Ray Birely Orchestra will perform Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Pen Mar Park as the summer music series continues. The concerts are free, but donations are accepted.
August 6, 2011
Phillip Andrew Martin, 79, of Goodyear, Ariz., died Friday, July 15, 2011, in hospice care after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Hagerstown, Md., he was the son of the late Henry and Mabel Messersmith Martin. He was a 1949 graduate of Hagerstown High School. He served 20 years as an electrician with the U.S. Air Force, and was stationed in California, New Jersey, Okinawa, Japan, and his favorite location, Alaska. He worked 14 years at Anchorage International Airport in Alaska before retiring in the Phoenix, Ariz., area in 1986.