September 9, 2013
Some visitors to Hagerstown's City Park are startled when they come across a metal beam from the World Trade Center in New York City in one corner of the park. Kurt Sorsdal, a Frederick, Md., resident, was on his way to Hager House on a recent Wednesday after visiting the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts when he saw the beam. He stopped. He peered at the inscription at the base. He fished out his camera and took a few photographs. “I didn't pay any attention to it until I saw Sept.
August 24, 2013
Ann “Pixie” Gilroy Wells, 65, of Auburn, Ga., passed away Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. Ann lived in Hagerstown, Md., for 50 years, then moved to Auburn. She was a member of Lawrenceville (Ga.) First United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Virginia Gilroy. She is survived by her husband, Vaughn Wells of Auburn; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Terri Poffenberger of Dacula, Ga.; daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Nick Ridgely of Sugar Hill, Ga.; brother, Patrick Gilroy of York, Pa.; sister, Sharon Brown of Buford, Ga.; grandchildren, Sammie, Andrew, Nicholas, Nathan and Victoria; and several nieces and nephews.
August 21, 2013
Steve Catlett, executive director of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks & Recreation board, told board members Tuesday that he has received “nothing but positive” feedback on a proposal to implement a swipe-card system and user fee for the community's first dog park. No action was taken by the board on the proposal Tuesday, but Catlett said low-voltage electricity service is being extended to the dog park area to accommodate a swipe-card system, should it be approved. Water service also is being extended for drinking fountains.
August 17, 2013
A young girl poked at a small pink model of a brain on the eraser end of her pencil. She had picked it up at a vendor table Saturday at the Healthy Family Expo at the Fort Ritchie Community Center in Cascade. “Is this the color of my brain?” she asked her mother. It was a sign to Bev Coyle, the community center's public relations manager, that things were going as planned - that both adults and children were engaged in thinking about their bodies, their health and their wellness.
July 15, 2013
The Washington County Living Well Coalition will hold the first of a series of Living Well workshops Friday, July 26, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the senior center at Western Maryland Hospital Center, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. in Hagerstown. The workshops help those with chronic diseases learn skills to manage their symptoms and get the most out of life. The workshops are designed for those who have a chronic disease such as diabetes, arthritis, depression, chronic lung disease or heart disease.
July 9, 2013
The Washington County Living Well Coalition will hold the first of a series of Living Well workshops Friday, July 26, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the senior center at Western Maryland Hospital Center, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. in Hagerstown. The workshops help those with chronic diseases learn skills to manage their symptoms and get the most out of life. The workshops are designed for those who have a chronic disease such as diabetes, arthritis, depression, chronic lung disease and heart disease.
July 7, 2013
Whether they were standing with their open hands by their sides or pointing toward the ceiling as they sang, a Sweet Adelines chorus filled the Bowman Concert Hall at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts on Sunday with some well-known patriotic tunes, Broadway songs and pop hits. The 24 women in the Heart of Maryland Chorus were really good, said Hagerstown resident Donna Souders, who added that she considers herself a “good critic” because she sang barbershop harmony with a Sweet Adelines group for 20 years.
May 26, 2013
About 550 middle and high students, along with their parents and teachers, converged on the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County on April 27 to compete in the Maryland History Day competition. Several Washington County students received prizes at the awards ceremony. Jade Lee of Smithsburg Middle School won the Award for Excellence in Civic Action and Engagement in the junior paper category for her topic, “Rachel Carson's Silent Spring and the Growth of the Environmental Movement.” Her teacher is Jesse Smith. The award was sponsored by the Maryland Council for Social Studies.
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...