May 16, 2013
With the number of World War II veterans dying at the rate of more than 600 per day, it was a rare occasion to have two veterans of the conflict together in Chambersburg on Thursday. World War II veteran and best-selling author of “Hell's Guest,” Col. Glenn Frazier, 89, was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club meeting at The Orchards Restaurant. He shared his experiences of fighting a losing effort to save the Philippine Island of Luzon from the Japanese to the infamous six-day Bataan Death March and three years of torture in Japanese prisoner of war camps.
May 14, 2013
Retired World Bank administrator Anne B. Thomas will be the guest speaker at the League of Women Voters annual meeting Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Otterbein United Methodist Church on the corner of East Franklin and Locust streets in Hagerstown. The event is open to the public and there is no charge. Thomas has worked as a civil rights attorney with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington D.C., and at the University of New Mexico, after her first job out of law school as a Landman for ARCO in Colorado.
May 10, 2013
Jessica Andrews and Paul Whitmore II of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., announce the birth of a daughter, Chloe Lynn Whitmore , April 13, 2013. Maternal grandparents are the late Linda Andrews and Timothy Andrews. Paternal grandparents are Paul Whitmore and Kathy Moats of Harpers Ferry, W.Va. Maternal great-grandparents are the late Earl and Doris Hohl. Paternal great-grandparents are the late Alvin and Delores Manuel. Ashley Nicole and Christopher Michael Croson of Kearneysville, W.Va., announce the birth of a son, Anthony Maddox , April 19, 2913.
May 1, 2013
Wilson College will observe World Labyrinth Day on Saturday by creating a temporary labyrinth on the campus green and hosting activities. Those who walk the labyrinth are said to “find” themselves rather than getting lost, as they might in a maze, according to a news release about the labyrinth. The event is free and open to the public. At 11 a.m. in Warfield Hall's Allen Auditorium, the Rev. Margee Iddings will present “Preparing to Walk a Labyrinth,” where participants can learn more about this ancient practice before experiencing it themselves.
April 28, 2013
Sandra Volneck has faced many challenges over the years, but the hardest thing she ever had to do was look at her 15-year-old daughter's battered, lifeless body before closing the casket and burying her. “I wouldn't wish that on nobody. I'll never get over it,” Volneck said last week. “Never.” Twenty-nine years later and recovering from surgery for lung cancer, Volneck still does not know who killed her only child. Maryland State Police recovered Lorraine “Lori” Zimmerman's body from a wooded area outside Boonsboro in April 1984.
April 23, 2013
The term “globalization,” as it is currently understood, has not been around all that long. Today, we don't flinch if our X-rays are read, real time, by a doctor in India. But a decade ago it would have been the stuff of fiction. It is fitting in several ways that Japanese language teacher Ayako Shiga was named Washington County Teacher of the Year for 2013-14. The Boonsboro teacher was honored Wednesday during a ceremony at Fountain Head Country Club before an audience of 170 people.
April 21, 2013
John Leather wears earplugs to church, but it's not the sermon that the 88-year-old World War II veteran is trying to muffle. He said he wears the earplugs to drown out the rumble of a drum that's played when the congregation sings hymns. “I've had to leave the service a couple of times,” Leather said with a shiver. “It reminds me of artillery coming in.” Nearly 70 years ago, Leather was a sergeant in the 17th Airborne Division, a unit of paratroopers and glider soldiers who saw some of World War II's most ferocious fighting during the Battle of the Bulge and Operation Varsity.