A look back...

A look back...
By Jennifer LB Leese

I thought it would be interesting to write an article recapping some of the stories that appeared throughout 2010 in the Picket News. Grab a cup of coffee, put your feet up and enjoy...
On January 3 William Bulla wrote a piece on Alternative Choices, 32 North Allison Street, Greencastle, and the advantages of making changes with alternative methods.
January 10 the county announced the new county commuter EZ Trans with low floors officially hit the streets.
The county celebrated the grand opening of the new Washington County 911 Center on January 17 and that with a week into service, the new low to the ground, lighter, smaller, and driver friendly EZ Trans buses are a hit.
McDaniel College announced in the January 17 issue that a Boonsboro High School graduate, Kristen Brennan, is its first recipient of the recently established Margaret and Peter Callas '49 Scholarship. Kristen is majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry.
Norman Bassett, Public Information Officer, reported that the Washington County Board of County Commissioners approved extending a popular stimulus plan that is helping reduce unemployment the week of January 17. Their original intent was to improve employment in the County by assisting the struggling building industry, contractors and sub-contractors, and give consumers breaks as well.
In William Bulla's article "Get Out Of The Pews, And Put Your Faith Into Action!" he encourages readers to get involved with your local Habitat and make a change in yours and others' lives!
The Pony Postal Center in Hagerstown celebrated their open house in the January 24 issue and Keishia Lee-Louis informs our readers with "52 Fantastic Dates For Fearless Married Couples".
Citing the County's success in responsible budgetary processes and major progress on initiatives, Washington County Board of County Commissioners' President John F. Barr delivered the annual State of the County address for 2009 to some 230 community leaders and elected officials on February 2.
In the February 7 issue Hagerstown native, Colonel Isaac Shelby - a local Revolutionary War hero, hasn't been forgotten and is remembered in a new book titled "In Their Honor: The Men Behind the Names of Our Military Installations".
During February local schools help with Haiti relief efforts. Greenbrier Elementary raised $1,500, Potomac Heights Elementary raised $750, Bester Elementary stepped in with raising $1,160.44, Paramount Elementary collected coins and vitamins raising $2,266, Sharpsburg Elementary raised $2,266 to add to the relief effort, and Eastern Elementary delivered a check for $1,000.29.
And how can we forget that on March 15, the Salem Avenue sanitary sewer rehabilitation project began.
I reported a story in March about All About Hearing, 49 S. Carlisle St. Greencastle, as being here to help you "hear" better. Dave Kaufmann believes that "anyone can sell a hearing aid, but it is the service afterward that makes all the difference."
It was reported in April that Cosmopolitan Hair Salon has a "No Hype, Just Great Hair" policy. And as of today, they are sticking to their word. They are located at 119 E. Baltimore Street in Hagerstown.
May was the Bikers Helping Sick Children's 10th Annual Kayla Memorial Run. This event takes place every May so look for it again this year.
Local storeowner, Ron Hoffman, goes on "A New Adventure". R&H Collectibles, 14845 National Pike in Clear Spring, created a job when there weren't any available.
In the May 16 issue, we learned of a little girl with a big heart. Jocelyn Rose Dunahugh, 21-months-old, undergoes a heart transplant in late '09.
In June the ever-popular Western Maryland Blues Fest took place, celebrating their 15th year. Yearly, the event strives to produce an impressive lineup of national, regional, and local blues and jazz musicians.
New C&O Canal NHP Visitors Center opened in Hancock along the towpath by Lock 52 in June.
On June 29 Award Beauty School celebrated the grand opening of the school's Senior Salon and Clinic Floor. They are located in the old Hagerstown bus station on E. Antietam Street.
July 26 marked the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) - the landmark civil rights legislation that opened doors for millions of Americans to full and prosperous lives.
In August readers learned of a unique little restaurant on Frederick Street which serves European-Romanian dishes - Dolce. Come in. Sit. Eat.
In October Jan Bailey, a resident of Spectrum Support in Hagerstown, helps us introduce a fantastic business who's giving back to the community - Star Equestrian Center on Greencastle Pike in Hagerstown.
October also marked the renewal of the Washington Nationals with the Hagerstown Suns and the county puts programs in place that allow all citizens equal opportunity to vote in the coming General Election.
November was when Commissioners' President John Barr presented the 2010 Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation to Budget and Finance Director Debra Murray, and members of the department staff.
We reported on a new hair salon opening in Hagerstown. Universal Hair Studio, 1826 Dual Highway, Unit D, offers Hagerstown residents great prices, unique hair products, and friendly service.
There were also letters to the editor and op-ed pieces as well. Keep an eye out for all the exciting and informative pieces yet to come in the 2011 Picket News.