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NEWS
April 13, 2009
Last Thursday was a tragic day for Washington County. Just as he was realizing his potential as a pitcher in Major League Baseball, Williamsport's Nick Adenhart died as the result of a hit-and-run accident. Ryan Andrew Myers, the son of Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr. and LuAnn Myers, was killed Thursday when he wrecked the motorcycle he was riding north on Md. 63 near the Pilot Travel Center. And Benjamin Burger Jr. also died Thursday after falling from a porch deck at a construction site on West Washington Street in Hagers-town.
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NEWS
April 8, 2009
On March 25, the Community Foundation of Washington County Inc. launched a project aimed at getting a few thousand county residents - both young people and adults - to read a book. And not just any book, but F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic, "The Great Gatsby. " Though written in the 1920s, the book is relevant to our times because, according to Barnes & Noble's "SparkNotes" Web site, "Gatsby" deals in large part with the transformation of the American dream "into the mere pursuit of wealth.
NEWS
February 22, 2009
Hagerstown businessman Jonathan Burrs kicked off the Skate Don't Smoke program Feb. 7 at Turner's Skate Palace on Virginia Avenue in Hagerstown. The free, late-night skate is a program funded by the Washington County Health Department's Cigarette Restitution Fund program. Burrs asked the county to fund the program to give young people and their families an alternative activity that would be free from exposure to second-hand smoke. The event was opened by guest speaker Andy Smith, who also provided tobacco health education exhibits and held several tobacco education sessions that went on during the two-hour event.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | February 16, 2009
View the slideshow! HAGERSTOWN -- The Rev. G. Nathan Bell remembers a time when he couldn't even walk through the doors of the main YMCA in Hagerstown because of the color of his skin. On Monday, he was invited there as a keynote speaker. "We've come a long way," he said to a roar of applause, during his speech for the YMCA Black Achievers program's Black History Month Celebration. Bell, pastor of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Chambersburg, Pa., encouraged the young members of the Black Achievers program to set their goals high, develop their character and act with integrity even in the face of injustice.
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By JANET HEIM | February 2, 2009
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- In his inaugural address, President Obama encouraged Americans to get involved in service, to find ways to give back to their communities. Elaine Rose and the other volunteers and staff at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County hope that appeal might lead more volunteers to their door. The goal of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to pair adult volunteers with local youth, either in community-based or school-based mentoring programs. Rose, who has been a BBBS board member since 2002, has been a school-based mentor and is awaiting a match for a student at Salem Avenue Elementary School, which is close to her job at the Washington County Health Department.
NEWS
January 23, 2009
Coming Saturday Hip hop on tap: A Gateway Ministries group sponsors a hip hop music program designed to give young people an alternative musical experience.
NEWS
By MARLO BARNHART | January 16, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- More adults than young people showed up Friday for a meeting called by Youth M.O.V.E. in Washington County, underscoring the dilemma of how to connect with the youth facing mental health issues that the group was formed to help. "We want to know what the youth in Washington County want," said Brooke Kerbs of the Washington County Mental Health Authority, which is overseeing Youth M.O.V.E. While Kerbs and other agency representatives talked about projects, meetings and T-shirts at the county office building at 33 W. Washington St., some of the young people suggested that more of the target audience - ages 16 to 24 - might be reached through a MySpace Web site.
NEWS
January 12, 2009
"How sad it is when you pick up the paper and read where young people and high school girls talking about the president and the election, that Obama was, be our future president, and then say that George Bush has done a lot of bad things. How sad that is when they have no idea what they're talking about, and he never done anything bad. " -- Hagerstown "I'm a 72-year-old woman who has always been for the underdog and for people getting what they have coming to them, and I thought this senator from Illinois, senator-elect from Illinois, should get this job, regardless of what's going on with the governor -- until he throwed the race card in, and then I wondered how many times he would try that in the Senate.
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By TERRY MATTINGLY / Scripps Howard News Service | January 6, 2009
When pollsters ask Americans the Eternal Question they almost always say, "I believe in God. " Ask young Americans about faith and the response is something like, "I believe in God and stuff. " Finding the doctrinal meaning of "and stuff" is tricky. "God made us and if you ask him for something I believe he gives it to you. Yeah, he hasn't let me down yet," said a 14-year-old Catholic from Pennsylvania, when researchers Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton asked him why religion matters.
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