May 21, 2013
Valuable life lessons never seem particularly valuable at the time. More likely, they are the source of pain, heartbreak and discouragement. Yet something deep inside some people causes them to regroup and carry on, despite the difficulty or the odds. At the annual True Grit Awards banquet, Mike Spinnler recounted some his own struggles before stating this simple but difficult truth: “When you get your teeth kicked in, you have to get back up.” It is the message behind the True Grit awards, which honor student-athletes who have overcome sometimes multiple setbacks.
May 5, 2013
Members of the Clear Spring High School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America participated in the 57th annual Maryland FBLA State Leadership Conference April 18 to 20 in Hunt Valley, Md. The conference is the culmination of a year's worth of work and effort producing chapter reports, studying and qualifying for individual and team performance events, online testing and community service in their efforts to “Ignite Innovation” in...
May 2, 2013
Washington County lawmaker Christopher Shank moved to the Maryland Senate from the House of Delegates, where he had a well-earned reputation as a partisan bomb thrower. Shank maintained that he was just doing his job in his role with the minority leadership. But whatever the reason, this act didn't play well among the Annapolis majority leaders who, like them or not, decide who wins and who loses in the state capital. The results were self-evident. Shank struggled to pass bills and his grandstanding against state budgets - and his loud votes against them - gave the state leadership no reason to grant many Washington County funding requests.
May 1, 2013
A well driller tipped over at the Martin Marietta plant on Bottom Road on Wednesday afternoon, officials said. The operator of the piece of equipment suffered minor injuries in the accident, which was reported at 3:30 p.m., officials said. It is unclear what caused the piece of equipment to fall over, said William Ball, chief of the Williamsport Volunteer Fire & Emergency Medical Services. Firefighters helped the operator out of the rig, Ball said. Martin Marietta operates a quarry at the site, Ball said.
May 1, 2013
The economic development goals accepted by Washington County officials Tuesday have been well-received and provide a workable framework for future growth, according to some community leaders reached for comment Wednesday. “We're grateful for the economic development commission for reaching out to us and other stakeholders in the community,” said Brien Poffenberger, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce. The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission's top priorities include an assessment of current infrastructure needs, workforce development, Hagerstown's City Center, a countywide marketing plan and leaving the EDC as the lead agency for economic development efforts within the county.
April 24, 2013
The Shepherd University Foundation officially launched its new initiative, Women for Shepherd University, on April 13 with a Women and Wellness workshop held at Shepherd's Wellness Center. The event was the first of a series of women-centered programs offering opportunities to learn about life issues facing women today. Women for Shepherd University plans to hold at least two events per year with a focus on matters pertaining to health, finance, technology and life change. The Women and Wellness workshop offered attendees the choice of three 40-minute sessions along five tracks.
April 23, 2013
Planning ahead is the key to saving time and money. This means preparing a food budget, planning meals, and sticking to your plan. Using good strategies at home and at the store can help you save money. By planning ahead and managing your money wisely, you can serve meals, which are appetizing, easily prepared and nutritious. Most of us can change our food spending habits in ways that make each food dollar go further and still improve nutrition. Before heading to the grocery store it is important to do your homework.
April 10, 2013
With arm surgeries behind them, Christian Binford and Josh Conway are taking the next steps toward their dreams of wearing a Major League Baseball uniform. Binford, a Mercersburg Academy graduate from Hagerstown, is a pitcher in the Kansas City Royals organization after being drafted in the 30th round of the MLB draft in 2011. Conway, a Smithsburg High School graduate, was originally drafted by Atlanta, but chose instead to go to Coastal Carolina University. He was then drafted in the 4th round by the Chicago Cubs in 2012.
March 22, 2013
Penn State Extension's certified food and wellness volunteer training program is in its second year. The course offers 40 hours of training, using online training modules for much of the education and ending with a full day of training at Penn State University in State College, tentatively planned for Wednesday, May 29. The cost for the training program and certification is $125. Partial scholarships are available for those with financial need. Upon completing the program, volunteers must give back 40 hours of service to Penn State Extension Programs in nutrition and wellness.
March 12, 2013
Name of business: Balance Yoga and Wellness Studio Owner: Tricia Murray, registered yoga teacher Address: 11 N. Carlisle St., Greencastle, Pa. Opening date: Jan 2, 2013 Products and services: Yoga, fitness and wellness classes, including jazz fusion, an adult dance and fitness class, and Masala Bhangra, an Indian dance fitness class; massage and Reiki services Target market: Women, but there are classes for...