May 23, 2013
History is for old fogeys, right? Well, then, what are all these young people doing volunteering at the Washington County Historical Society? And, why are high and middle school students engaged with in-depth historical research projects? Interns and volunteers find hidden surprises and projects In the last two years, WCHS has had some amazing work from young people deeply interested in aspects of history. Janina Wiles came on board about two years ago to develop job skills for a career in history.
March 25, 2013
“Just for the information of your readers, the new pontiff, Francis, took the name after the patron saint of animals, St. Francis of Assisi.” - Hagerstown “This is to all the conservatives who keep making the argument that more people are killed by knives and clubs than they are guns, and if you want to kill something, you can do it with a knife or a club. Well, if that's the case, I want all the hunters who go out in the woods, stop taking guns. Why don't you just carry a knife and a club, and go beat or stab your deer to death next time?
February 10, 2013
Sometimes, it all comes down to how you look at things. Every set of circumstances can be viewed from different angles, and there are many different opinions about those circumstances, views and angles. For example, it is said that “the squeaky wheel gets the grease” - which implies he who complains the loudest usually gets his way to shut him up. That's a huge concept in my business. If anyone complains, newspapers either change, investigate or report on something to resolve the injustice.
December 15, 2012
Time for blame game in Washington is over To the editor: With all due respect to Mr. Guessford, Mr. Craig, Mr. Buhrer and Mr. Powell, can we stop playing the blame game and actually find some solutions? Spouting Democratic talking points and liberal hyperbole might make you feel better, but the sad fact is both parties have brought this country to its present state. I'll go first and offer my five-point plan, and you can feel free to do the same. You might say my ideas are naive or simplistic, but it's usually the simple ideas that take hold.
November 23, 2012
Hagerstown native Fred Jones, 82, passed away Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Gilchrist Hospice in Towson, Md., surrounded by his wife and children. Mr. Jones grew up on Guilford Avenue and graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1948. He was a 1956 graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, and a member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and later the Army Reserves. He was born and raised in Hagerstown, and married Sola Jean Rogers of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in 1965.
October 29, 2012
What are the biggest challenges to agriculture today? I get asked that question a lot and I find that while the orders of the answer change, the primary answers don't. When I say the order, I mean the order of importance. For instance, a few years ago when the building boom was in full swing, urban sprawl would have been much higher on the list in the Mid-Atlantic region than it is today. That is not to say the urban sprawl is still not a concern. At last glance, they aren't making any more land, and for some reason, prime farm land is also prime development land.
October 18, 2012
Legislation gaining momentum this week in the Pennsylvania General Assembly takes steps to protect young people from harmful activities with social media, the Internet and mobile devices. One of the bills awaiting Gov. Tom Corbett's signature would establish misdemeanor or summary offenses for minors who transmit nude or sexually explicit images of themselves or other youths - a practice known as sexting. Another bill further addresses “cyberbullying” that causes emotional distress for a young person via electronic communication.
September 12, 2012
Washington County was named one of the 100 best communities for young people Wednesday by America's Promise Alliance and ING U.S. County officials, members of volunteer organizations, Washington County Public Schools system supervisors and four students rode a bus to the Newseum in Washington, D.C., to take part in the official announcement of the 100 winning communities. “This is really a huge honor,” Shalom Black Lane, executive director of Teens Have Choices, which coordinated the efforts to receive the award on behalf of Washington County, said before the group boarded the bus Wednesday.