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An Upscale Affair

Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Cumberland, Md. was awarded the 4 Diamond Award from AAA Feb. 17. Diamond ratings represent a combination of the overall quality, range of facilities, and level of service offered by the property. AAA defines 4 Diamond as representing an upscale experience in all areas, with accommodations that are refined and stylish, an extensive array of amenities, and a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail. “It’s a testament to our staff that we have been honored with this prestigious award,” said Scott Just, General Manager, Rocky Gap Casino Resort in a press release. This award comes on the heels of having named Bradley Reynolds the resort’s new executive chef, who will oversee the four on-site restaurants. He brings over 25 years of food and beverage experience at restaurants and hotels around the country where he has created unique contemporary menus. He specializes in American regional, Pan-Asian, Mediterranean, and Italian cuisines. For more information, visit

Scholarships At Your Fingertips

The Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc. launched the new Washington County Scholarship Web site under the domain name The site provides Washington County students with access to information regarding current scholarships as well as links to some of the applications. The Foundation received sponsorship support for this site from Citi, the Volvo Group, University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, WCPS Education Foundation as well as the following Community Foundation funds: Dutton Family Fund, God’s Grace Fund and Mike and Beth Johnston Fund. “We hope this site provides Washington County residents with more opportunities to higher education by putting all available scholarships in one place; thus, increasing the number of local students that enroll in post-secondary education,” said Executive Director of the Community Foundation Brad Sell in a press release.

Bringing Home The Gold

Worx Graphic Design earned 9 awards at the 24th annual American Advertising Federation ADDY Award Ceremony on March 1 in Frederick. Worx was beckoned to the stage to collect five gold awards for the highest level of outstanding excellence, and four engraved silver awards for spirit in the art of advertising. The Hagerstown-based crew pulled down gold for their creative campaign work in Digital Advertising Website, Consumer; Sales Promotion Packaging; Collateral Stationery Packaging; Elements of Advertising Visual; and Elements of Advertising Digital Creative Tech. Their silver awards were given for Integrated Campaigns, Consumer; two for Digital Advertising Websites Business to Business; and Collateral Stationery Packaging. From pizza to packaging these nine ADDY’s are a tribute to Worx Graphic Design’s dedication to help bring their client’s dreams to life as they create visual branding for big ideas.

Historic Home Movies?

The Washington County Historical Society has begun a project to find and preserve film that documents life in Washington County from the early 1900s to the 1980s. The project was born from a small red box containing old movie film that had been gathering dust for ages in a shelf in the research library. After a board member bought a 16mm projector to reveal the film’s contents, they discovered a wonderful home movie of children and faculty at the Beaver Creek two-room schoolhouse in 1950. This was the impetus behind the search for more documentation. The Historical Society is looking for scenes that capture homes, buildings, farms, and other sights around the county, as well as events such as parades, sporting events and ceremonies. Search your attic and the back of that closet you never go into. They are looking to copy any film found to add it to their collection, and hope to host movie nights, complete with popcorn, to view and reminisce over the good ol’ days. If you have anything aong these lines, please call 301-797-8782 or email the Historical Society at

Lapse of Reason

The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. presented and hosted “A Momentary Lapse of Reason,” which featured works by faculty members of Hagerstown Community College on Feb. 28 through March 25. Located at 34 South Potomac St., the exhibit featured paintings, drawings, photography, graphic design prints, pottery, and handcrafted jewelry. Featured artists included Joan Bontempo, Elizabeth Carey, Audra Haddock-Martenot, Kathryn Keely, Benita Keller, Benjamin McAfee, Tom Renner, Janet Siegmann-Salter, Ellen Smith, Hench Smith, and Steve Wright.

Services Accreditation

Waynesboro Hospital’s computed tomography services (CT Scan) was recently awarded an accreditation as a result of a survey by the American College of Radiology. “Being awarded this accreditation assures patients that every time they come in for a test, they are receiving the high quality care they have come to expect at Waynesboro Hospital,” said Administrative Director of Diagnostic Imaging at Waynesboro Hospital John Schaffer in a press release. He also thanked the diagnostic imaging team for their commitment to providing patients with excellent care in a safe and comforting manner. A CT scan provides physicians with a highly detailed image from inside the body using a special x-ray and high-tech computer. For more information on imaging services, including CT scans, in Franklin County and the surrounding areas, visit

Old Ironsides

The U.S. Navy Band, country music and bluegrass ensemble Country Current made an in-studio appearance on the Katy Daley Show on WAMU’s Bluegrass Country in Washington D.C on March 7. During the live session, Chief Musician Patrick White of Williamsport played a song he wrote titled “Old Ironsides” on the mandolin. The band is the Navy’s premiere country-bluegrass ensemble. Under the direction of Senior Chief Musician Keith Arneson, Country Current is nationally renowned for its versatility and “eye-popping” musicianship, performing a blend of modern country music and cutting-edge bluegrass.

A Dairy Shrine

The Washington County Office of Agricultural Business Development announced that the Palmyra Farm, under the direction of Ralph Jr.’s and Mary Shank Creek’s families, has been inducted into the Maryland Dairy Shrine on March 11. Founded in 1963, the Maryland Dairy Shrine recognizes dairy industry leaders and the importance of the dairy industry to the agricultural economy of the State of Maryland.
A home to Ayrshires for 50 years and Holsteins for 22 years, Palmyra Farm has been previously honored as a Holstein Progressive Genetics Herd and a Progressive Breeder. In 2011, Palmyra received the National Ayrshire Association’s Master Breeder award and was recognized as Premier Breeder and Exhibitor four times at the All-American Dairy Show, where they were celebrated as 50-year exhibitors in 2013.
The Shank and Creek families foster enthusiasm for the next dairy generation by involving non-farm youth through the leasing program and boarding animals. Numerous family members have showcased their passion for dairy judging and coaching for shows on state, regional, and national teams.

Clean Trails are Happy Trails

Shepherdstown Pedal & Paddle recently embarked on their sixth annual trail cleanup on the C&O Canal on March 15. Volunteers gathered at the shop for some motivational coffee and then headed out to begin the cleanup at 8 a.m. About 20 people addressed the area between the Shepherdstown Bridge and Mountain Lock Recreation Area. They collected 30 bag-fulls of trash, tires, and several large metal objects. “The C&O Canal trail clean up went very well,” said shop owner Eddie Sampson, who mentioned that he is already looking forward to net year’s cleanup. It was a busy month for the shop, which just became an official dealer of Bianchi Bicycles, and the cleanup mission was undertaken just days after the shop welcomed their newest team member Michael Corson into the fray. Michael brings 10 years of industry experience with him and an undeniable passion for all things cycling.

Addressing the Future

Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village Board of Directors unanimously approved major long-range plans for the continuing care retirement community at a meeting last November. The ambitious strategy lays out three phases that are intended to affect every aspect of Fahrney-Keedy over the course of a 20-year timeframe. “The plan took months to research, write and complete involving many hours of Board and staff time. Implementing the plan will involve everyone at Fahrney-Keedy. In addition, the team will need to develop a financial plan to fund the much-needed projects,” Keith Bryan, President and CEO said in a press release. Some highlights of the plan include expanded state-of-the-art accommodations for nursing residents, additional independent-living apartments, a Community Center offering wellness activities, a library and reading room, and possibly a community park and recreational zone, with a possible water feature. The projects are contingent on key factors such as ensuring that revenue-generating projects are developed, and combining a number of financing options, among other components.

Masterpiece at the Theater

As part of its March Masterworks concerts Violinist Robert Martin was the guest artist for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra’s on March 15 and 16 at the historic Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown. He was featured as a soloist in Alexander Glazunov’s Violin Concerto, op.82 in A minor. Written in 1904 and premiered in St. Petersburg the following year, this piece is representative of Glazunov’s technically brilliant style, and was a concert hall favorite in the first half of the 20th Century.

Shrunken Canvas

Members of the Valley Art Association presented an exhibition of small works in the Washington County Museum of Fine Art’s Baer Gallery through April 27. Members were challenged to create works of art not exceeding approximately 16 x 16 inches. The resulting exhibition was an intimate view of rural landscapes, detailed still lifes, and portraits. The works in the exhibition displayed the diversity of the Valley Art Association’s artists who work in a range of media including watercolor, acrylic, and photography, and in a range of styles — from loose abstract compositions to realism captured through careful observation. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, admission to the museum is free and its collection includes over 7,000 works of art. Their mission is to collect, to preserve, to interpret and to exhibit art of lasting quality for the citizens of Hagerstown, Washington County and the surrounding region.

A Graphic Conversation

The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick hosted an evening with graphic designer, writer, curator, and educator Ellen Lupton on Feb. 27. The talk focused on the expanding field of graphic design, which has swelled from a specialized, largely invisible profession, to an open-access enterprise. The talk — directed to fellow and aspiring graphic designers — addressed the question of where they fit into the rapidly changing business. The field, according to Ellen, has forced designers to be authors, and instigators, and has only grown due to the increasing access the general public has to design tools. The talk partly drew from Ellen’s recent exhibition that is currently on a national tour, and concluded with an assessment of the current state of graphic design.

Awarding Excellence

Twenty associates were honored for service excellence and for years worked during the annual Employee Recognition Dinner for Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village held at Beaver Creek Country Club in February. Associates nominated their co-workers for the service excellence awards, which went to six individuals. Those honored for service excellence were, in nursing, Lisa Younker, LPN, Raykia Harvey-Thorne and Tamara Bowie, GNAs; in assisted living, Amanda Myers and Katie Lee; and, in accounting, Debbie Slifer.

Length-of-service awards were given to associates having worked for multiples of five years. At five years: Janet Cole, RN, assisted living; Evan Bowers, LPN, and Kathy Kennedy, nursing; Ginny Lapole and Nancy Hoch, environmental services; and Tina Morgan, human resources.

At 10 years: Pam Burger and Carla Spataro, LPN, nursing; and Kelly Keyfauver, RN, Director of Nursing.
At 15 years: Debbie Martz, environmental services, and Mary Moore, nursing.
At 20 years, Kathy Cosens, CMA, nursing.
At 25 years, Martha Wolfe, human resources.
At 40 years, Ginger Lowery, environmental services.

Heritage Areas Awarded

The Maryland Historical Trust’s Board of Trustees recognized ten outstanding efforts in architecture, archaeology, museum work, cultural conservation, education and related fields, including two Civil War Heritage Areas efforts at the 39th Maryland Preservation Awards in Annapolis on Feb. 4. The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area was recognized with the Excellence in Community Engagement Award for its efforts during the 150th Anniversary of the Maryland Campaign. These efforts included anniversary activities such as special exhibits at local and national historical sites and museums, reenactments, concerts and tours. Also honored was the Catoctin Center for Regional Studies, which received the Excellence in Media and Publications Award for its “Crossroads of War: Maryland and the Border in the Civil War” website. The user-friendly website explores the history of the Civil War era in central Maryland, from Gettysburg to Harpers Ferry. Three historic databases offer details of the Civil War experience at a community and individual level, sharing historic newspapers, soldier records and personal reflections. The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area is a certified heritage area in the Maryland Heritage Areas Program and is a partner in the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area.

Grain Bin Safety

Experts were on hand to present information and raise awareness about grain bin rescue procedures at the Washington County Agriculture Education Center in Boonsboro March 8 ad 9. Since 1984, nearly 180 people have been killed in grain-related entrapments at federally regulated facilities, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This happens when a person becomes submerged in grain — typically at a large storage facility like a silo or grain elevator. When entrapment begins, it can take mere seconds for a person to sink, and minutes to suffocate, so planned action is of the essence when dealing with such an incident. Organized by Price and Price Farming, in conjunction with the Ag Education Center, University of Maryland, Penn State University, and University Delaware, the course was free and open to all fire, rescue, EMS, and safety participants. Those that attended benefitted from extensive hands-on training, working in grain bins, and using technical rescue equipment. Perdue AgriBusiness sponsored the course.

A&E District Receives Outstanding Achievement Award

Hagerstown's Arts & Entertainment District was awarded this year’s Outstanding Achievement Award by the Maryland State Arts Council at the Annual Meeting of the Arts & Entertainment Districts at Joe's Movement Emporium in Gateway on March 18. “The City of Hagerstown is very proud of the Hagerstown Arts & Entertainment District, the first such district designated in the State of Maryland,” Mayor David Gysberts said in a press release. “We want to congratulate the Hagerstown A&E Management Board, all of the arts organizations and City staff who work throughout the year in making the Hagerstown Arts & Entertainment District a premier destination for both residents and visitors.”

Mary Anne Burke, Chair of the Hagerstown A&E Management Board; Karen Giffin, Hagerstown’s Community Affairs Manager and member of the A&E Management Board and Andrew Sargent, Downtown Manager and member of the A&E Management Board, were presented with a Citation from Governor Martin O’Malley. The Citation states, “That on behalf of the citizens of this State, in recognition of Your commitment to advance Hagerstown Arts and Entertainment District’s role within its community and the region by successfully attracting local artists and artisans to reside and create in the district; by nurturing public-private partnerships that contribute to the revitalization and livability of downtown Hagerstown; by effectively promoting arts events and original festivals that spur community and economic vitality; and by creating unique and diverse cultural experiences that inspire residents and visitors alike to become actively engaged in the visual, performing, traditional and literary arts. We express our sincere congratulations and best wishes and are pleased to confer upon you this Governor’s Citation.”

Honor Recital

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, in association with the Music Department at Shepherd University, presented a select group of student musicians and ensembles to perform for the Annual Honors Recital held March 23 at the Museum. The recital was sponsored in part by Cinda and Spence Perry and the Shepherd University Foundation. This was the 12th year the recital took place at the museum and the 14th year the Music Department at Shepherd has honored its outstanding student performers. Established in 2000 by Dr. Scott Beard, the first recital took place as part of the Reynolds Hall Recital Series. The Honors Recital was seen as an additional performance opportunity for students, as well as a chance to showcase the talented musicians in the music department. The student performers were selected and nominated from numerous recitals, juries and other performances at Shepherd each semester. The program featured solo and ensemble works for voice, piano, strings, trombone, clarinet and percussion, encompassing works by American and European composers.

Hospice in Hancock

Due to a generous grant from the Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Foundation, Hospice of Washington County, Inc. is now offering grief and bereavement services in Hancock, Md. The organization opened the first of four Community Life Centers in Hancock in February and celebrated its official opening with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on March 11. “The grant has enabled our organization to meet an identified need in Hancock. We are happy to partner with the Town of Hancock and pleased to make our dream of serving the entire county a reality,” said Eric Klimes, the organization’s CEO in a press release. For more information on bereavement services in Hancock, call 301-671-2165.

Accolades for Effort

Meritus Medical Center received the 2013/2014 Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. The winner was determined by consumer perceptions on multiple quality and image ratings collected in National Research Corporation’s market insight survey. The study surveyed more than 270,000 households across the county. From the households surveyed, hospitals named by consumers are analyzed and ranked based on their Core Based Statistical Areas as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, with the winning facilities being ranked the highest. The survey showed Meritus Medical Center ranked first in best doctors, best nurses, best overall quality, and best reputation. In addition, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses recognized Meritus Medical Center’s critical care unit nurses with a bronze level Beacon award for excellence. The award recognizes health care professionals who employ consistent and systematic evidence-based care to improve patient outcomes.

HAWC - Housing Authority of Washington County (HAWC) Welcomes New Board Member

The Board of County Commissioners, Washington County approved David Pool to the Housing Authority of Washington County Board of Commissioners on Feb. 11 to fill an unexpired term through August 30, 2014. David recommended for the appointment of Commissioner due to his connections to the community and his skill in the area of real estate. The Housing Authority of Washington County is an independent arm of the Washington County government whose mission it is to provide safe, affordable housing solutions that strengthen the Washington County community by focusing on local needs.