December 7, 2008
Thanks to all who helped with JFK 50-mile road race To the editor: The 46th Annual JFK 50 Mile which was hosted by Washington County on Nov. 22, was - for the 14th consecutive year - the largest ultramarathon foot race held in North America. Remarkable individuals from throughout the United States and abroad - 926 of them - completed their Boonsboro-to-Williamsport (by way of the Appalachian Trail and the C&O Canal Towpath) 50.2-mile journey under the allowable 14-hour time limit.
January 22, 2007
Brian Jensen, director of the area Young Life Program, addressed the Hagerstown Kiwanis Club recently. Jensen, who noted the Kiwanis emphasis on "Serving the Children of the World," gave some "frightening" statistics, according to a press release from the club. Jensen said that every day in America, one person younger than 25 dies from HIV infection; five individuals younger than 20 commit suicide; nine youths younger than 20 are homicide victims; 367 children are arrested for drug abuse; 1,329 babies are born to teen mothers; 2,861 high school students drop out; 4,248 children are arrested, 180 for violent crimes.
March 6, 2007
BOONSBORO - Wyldlife, a club for middle school youngsters, will be at the gym at Benevola United Methodist Church on Friday, March 23, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. A branch of Young Life International, Wyldlife is a nonprofit organization designed to make a positive impact on the lives of young people. Young Life reaches out to high school students and Wyldlife is geared toward middle school students. All middle schoolers in grades six through eight are invited to join Wyldlife for a free evening of music, entertainment, extreme games, and other activities.
February 24, 2000
Armory to host circus Royal Palace Circus will perform at National Guard Armory on Roxbury Road in Hagerstown Friday, March 3, at 5:30 and 7:45 p.m. The show features animals, trapeze artists, handbalancers, clowns and alligators. Before the show, children can meet clowns, have their faces painted or try the moonwalk, games, pony rides and cotton candy. In this year's lineup, Alex Gomez of Argentina "wrestles" alligators by placing his hands and even his face inside the 6-foot reptile's snapping jaws.
May 23, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Twenty-five years ago, soccer was a sport trying to get a foothold in the United States. That didn't stop Rich Daughtridge from setting up a soccer goal in his Hagerstown backyard, where, as a youngster, he practiced the game's fundamentals every day. While his friends were playing other sports, Daughtridge wanted to play soccer. "I don't think I was ever ridiculed," he recalled. "But even if I was, I didn't care. I loved soccer. " Daughtridge was back on the field Saturday, joined by hundreds of other players who participated in the first Rich Daughtridge/Young Life 4v4 Soccer Tournament at Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown.
November 18, 2012
W. Brad Distad of Yuba City, Calif., received the alumni community service award from McDaniel College. He earned a bachelor's degree from McDaniel in 2004. Presented annually during McDaniel's homecoming, the award is given to a graduate who has performed outstanding voluntary service to his or her community beyond normal business or professional obligations. Distad received a bachelor's degree in geography with a minor in architecture from the University of Maryland, College Park, before enrolling at McDaniel, where he graduated with a second bachelor's degree in theatre.
November 2, 2005
SMITHSBURG - The community is rallying around a Smithsburg High School teacher as he copes with the diagnosis of kidney cancer in his 4-year-old son, Asher. Aaron Hopkins, the art teacher and Young Life leader at the school, has been commuting to the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore as a result of his son's illness. A drive has been launched to help the family by collecting cash, gas cards, MasterCard debit cards, gift certificates to restaurants, grocery stores or Toys R Us. Contributions may be sent to Robin Daughtridge at Smithsburg High School, 66 N. Main St., Smithsburg, MD 21783.
February 7, 2007
Morgan Keplinger Williamsport Indoor Track Sophomore What do you like best about your sport? "The level of competition. " Your greatest accomplishment in your sport? "Winning states last year in outdoor track. " Toughest individual opponent you have faced? Shannon Fowkes Toughest team you have faced? Boonsboro Other sports? Outdoor Track, Soccer Other activities in school you are involved in? Young Life Pregame rituals?