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June 27, 2012
Eleven women from the Boonsboro area completed the Children's Village 5-K race on June 23. The women undertook the challenge as a group in January, and after six months of preparation and fellowship, completed the race together. Each of the women met their personal goal, which was to finish the race. Those who completed the race were Susan Layos, Laurie Metz, Kristy Smith, Melissa Slifer, Brenda Dellinger, Alisa Friend, Karen Cunningham, Stacey Haupt, Lauri Neubauer, Paula Ford and Jane Henry.
EDUCATION
July 29, 2012
The Williamsport Girls and Women in Sports Committee announced that Chelsea Myers is the winner of its annual $500 scholarship.  The group awards a scholarship each year to a female Williamsport High School athlete who is attending college.  Chelsea played soccer and basketball, and participated on the unified sports team at Williamsport High.  This fall, she will attend Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, W.Va.
NEWS
January 2, 2013
On Saturday, Jan. 12, a women's event titled “Eat Sleep Run Grow ... Redefining Ourselves as Women,” will be held at the Harry R. Brooks Complex for Science, Mathematics and Technology at Wilson College in Chambersburg. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be followed by a Chi Walking/Running workshop.  There will be three keynote speakers, educational exhibits, exercise demonstrations, refreshments and local vendors. Lunch will be provided. To register, call Brenda Miller at 717-552-9771 or go to www.EatSleepRunGrow.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 2012
The Freedom Valley Chorus, a local chapter of Sweet Adelines, International, invites all women to guest nights, "United in Song and Spirit" from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, June 18 and 25, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 750 Norland Ave., Chambersburg. Women of all ages who enjoy singing are invited to attend either or both Monday evenings.  Guests will receive free singing lessons and learn a song or two, alongside the members of Freedom Valley Chorus. The group of 25 women sings a capella four-part harmony at performances throughout the community.  The opportunity to participate in regional barbershop singing competitions is available each year.
LIFESTYLE
May 2, 2012
Girl Scouts is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Women of Distinction.  This honor recognizes women from the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia (Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties) whose outstanding work distinguishes them as excellent leaders and role models for girls. Nomination applications can be found on our website www .gscnc.org or by calling the Girl Scout office at 304-263-8833. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, May 11. Completed nominations can be mailed to the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital, 153 McMillan Court, Martinsburg, West Virginia 25404-6316; faxed: 304-263-8836; or emailed: wod@gscnc.org .
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | February 4, 2012
For more than four years, the mother of three young children has lived in constant fear when the next brutal beating would come at the hands of her abuser. “It was bad from the beginning. It started when I was pregnant with our first child,” said the woman in her late 20s, who is not being identified to help protect her safety. “I just stayed, hoping and thinking things would get better, but things didn't get better.” For now, she's safe at a Women in Need shelter in Franklin County.
NEWS
December 5, 2011
The University of Maryland and Delaware Cooperative Extension will conduct Annie's Project during the winter of 2012 at sites in Maryland and Delaware. Annie's Project focuses on farm management and is designed to empower women in overall farm decision making and to build local networks throughout the state. The target audience is farm women with a passion for business and agriculture. Topics for the sessions cover the five areas of risk management. The course is open to anyone interested in farm-management practices.
NEWS
May 14, 2007
Rose Wolters, center, president of the Washington County Commission on Women, is shown with the winners of this year's essay contest. From left are, winners Seth Brewer and Shane Burkett, Wolters, and winners Lindsey Mills and Meredith Sumner. The students were asked to write about a woman they admire - someone in the healing arts. The winners' choices included Nancy Alcorn, Elizabeth Blackwell and Clara Barton.
OPINION
September 10, 2012
As always, my vote is up for grabs and I'm going to give it to the first party that stops treating women as if they are a race of Martians who just arrived on Planet Earth armed with ray guns and voter ID cards. My stars, if I hear one more reference to Michelle Obama or Ann Romney as their tickets' “secret weapon,” I'm putting a concrete Venus De Milo statue through my television set. Secret weapon? You mean like mustard gas or Tim Tebow? I follow the presidential race as little as possible, but I was still aware that Barack Obama and Mitt Romney each came equipped with a wife.
NEWS
By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | November 5, 2011
America has never had a Cleopatra or a Catherine, great or otherwise. Men have been its leaders. But making a difference in the world around you doesn't necessarily mean holding a position of power, said a panel of Washington County residents with a history of public service. It's about women having a seat at the table. First, however, you have to "Get Your Foot in the Door," they said, which was the topic of a forum held Saturday morning at Hagerstown Community College.
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OPINION
September 8, 2013
Men, women should be segregated in military To the editor: It is now time, in my opinion, to segregate women from men in the United States military. The term “segregation” has a very negative impact, all of it earned. But it is not totally evil, it just means “one group over here, and the other group over there.” Introducing it would solve two major problems faced by a military in a tough world. 1. Rape and sexual assault is a growing problem today. Having women on an entirely different base would reduce sexual assault, but not stop them entirely.
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NEWS
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | September 7, 2013
Maybe they were the ones who sat for hours in the backyard making mud pies as girls. Maybe even as those little girls grew up, the visceral appeal of playing in dirt and water just never quit calling. On Saturday morning, around 1,000 women of all ages answered the call, running, sliding and sometimes even diving head-on into muck and grime, all the while grinning, whooping and hollering, at the Muddy Mamas Mud Run. Girls on the Run of Washington County and Girls Inc. of Washington County partnered to host the run, which ran approximately 5 kilometers across the grounds of the Washington County Agricultural Education Center and included 15 - mostly muddy - obstacles.
EDUCATION
September 1, 2013
The 28th international convention of Alpha Delta Kappa, honorary organization for outstanding women educators, was held recently at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. More than 1,400 female educators from all 50 states, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Canada and Australia attended the convention. Representing Sigma Chapter of Maryland Alpha Delta Kappa were Bev Kriner, Sigma president; Peggy  Rohr, president elect; Mary Ann Kriner, Sigma historian; Sharon Chirgott, Maryland state recording secretary; Nina Wells, past Sigma president; Cathy Granthamz Maryland state treasurer; and Patricia Leonard, Maryland state Potomac District co-chairwoman.
NEWS
August 26, 2013
The League of Women Voters of Washington County will hold its International Potluck fundraiser Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Women's Club, 31 S. Prospect St. in Hagerstown. The guest speaker will be Sharon Leatherman, who will talk about human trafficking. The potluck dinner, featuring dishes from around the world, will begin at 6:30 p.m.  The suggested donation for those sharing a dish is $5; for those not sharing, the suggested cost is $10. Beverages will be available for a nominal donation.  Leatherman's talk will begin at 7:15 p.m. The presentation is free and the community is invited to attend.
NEWS
Madge Miles | Around Jonathan Street | August 22, 2013
The Second Christian Church, 65 W. North Avenue, will celebrate “100 women in blue” for its Women's Day Program Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Elder Darlene Cooper, Greater Campher Temple, under Elder Mency, will be the guest speaker and will expound on this year's theme, “God's Women,” in honor of the women of God who have been called from labor to reward in 2013. In honor of this theme, the Rev. Rose Ann Duckett, Deaconess Edith Hart and Helen Dixon will be at this wonderful celebration.
LIFESTYLE
June 23, 2013
The Women's Club, whose purpose is to promote the welfare and education of the women of Hagerstown and Washington County, held a benefit card party April 17.  Proceeds from the  party went to Girls Inc. of Washington County, an after-school program for girls ages 6 to 18 who participate in educational programs that teach skills to lead a successful, healthy life. At the club's board meeting on June 10, a check for $1,000 was presented to Girls Inc. Donna Smith, club president, presented the check to Maureen Grove, executive director of Girls Inc. Patrice Slodysko, co-chairwoman of the card party, was also on hand for the presentation.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | June 12, 2013
A group of women training for employment in the construction industry participated in a Habitat for Humanity project Wednesday in Hagerstown. Members of the Step-Up for Women program in Martinsburg, W. Va., which  provides training to help women find construction jobs, worked on a rehab project in the garage of a house in Hagerstown's West End. Program instructor Patrick McCoy said that the project was a way for the women to give back....
NEWS
June 11, 2013
Soroptimist International of Hagerstown honored three local women at its spring awards ceremony. McKenzie Divelbiss received the Violet Richardson Award, which honors high school girls who donate their time and energy through volunteer service. A $250 check was presented to the charity of her choice. She also received a $500 check to continue her education. Jesse Maphis received the Women's Opportunity Award for overcoming obstacles in her quest for a better life. A $1,000 check was presented to Maphis to help her with education and skill training.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | June 8, 2013
Before making the trek across Trojan Stadium on Saturday, Ty Fletcher waited patiently with the rest of the Class of 2013 inside the gymnasium at Chambersburg Area Senior High School for his high school career to end and the next phase of his life to begin. “I'm just ready to get out of here,” Fletcher said as he sent a text to his girlfriend. Fletcher, who will join the military in August, not only was eager for commencement to begin, but also for his post-high school life to get under way. The cancellation of Friday's 6:30 p.m. graduation due to rain added to the graduates' heightened anticipation.
NEWS
May 21, 2013
A “celebrate women”  event was held May 5 at the Women's Club in Hagerstown. The event was sponsored by the Miss Washington County/Miss Western Maryland Scholarship Foundation Inc.'s board of directors. Princesses and titleholders of the organization invited their mothers, grandmothers and special women in their lives. Also attending were girls from Blossom School of Etiquette and their director.  Mary Teal Mulligan, Miss Washington County 2012, was the mistress of ceremonies.  Tap dancers from Ballet and All That Jazz entertained, as well as the current titleholders.
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