Shippensburg Band presents a FREE Fall Concert

(Shippensburg, Pa., October 2021) – The Shippensburg Band is proud to present a free concert, our first since October of 2019, featuring the talents of local musicians of all ages performing timeless music selections.


The concert is scheduled for Sunday, October 31, at 2:30 p.m. at the Church of the Brethren, 253 E. Garfield Street, Shippensburg. Admission and parking are free; donations accepted (the Shippensburg Band is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization)


Highlights of the concert include a band arrangement of the Flight of the Bumblebee, The Procession of the Nobles, Portrait of the American West, The Hornet’s Nest, The Lightning Brigade, and a variety of marches.


The Shippensburg Town Band, directed by Carl Sponenberg, is a community band that has gathered many individuals from Shippensburg, PA and surrounding area to make music and share it with others. The band is a dynamic group of young and old from all walks of life, some with degrees in music and/or music education, but most participants are amateurs. We rehearse on Tuesday nights between 8:00 PM and 9:30 PM in the Shippensburg Area Senior High School Band Room.  Anyone who plays a band instrument is invited to come to a rehearsal and join the band.


Keep live music alive in Shippensburg! More information is available at

Brook Lane & Potomac Case Management to Host Caregiver Events


October 12, 2021

CONTACT:           Julie Herman, Director of Marketing
301-733-0331 x1272

Brook Lane & Potomac Case Management to Host Caregiver Events

HAGERSTOWN, MD – Brook Lane and Potomac Case Management Services are hosting a free Caring for the Caregiver Resource Fair on October 30 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm to kick off National Family Caregiver Month. The Resource Fair will be held at the EM Tobias Family Center Atrium, 324 East Antietam St, Hagerstown, MD and will feature two keynote speakers, as well as exhibitors who specialize in helping individuals provide care to loved ones due to physical or mental illness. The event is FREE, but attendees are encouraged to register at if planning to attend so they will be included in the lunch count. Any COVID updates will be posted on the Brook Lane website.


The Fair will be followed by a series of virtual programs via Facebook Live throughout the month of November, covering a range of topics to help better manage the caregiving journey. Programs include:


Mindfulness Strategies for Managing Caregiver Stress

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Presenter: Melissa Linn-Canas, LCPC


How Spirituality Can Help the Caregiver

Thursday, November 4, 2021 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Presenter: Pastor Ron Shank


Navigating the Challenges of Caregiving: Sharing Personal Experiences

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Moderator: Dawn Johns

Panelists: Sue Graff, Jodi Ramsey & Cheryl Schnebly


Navigating the Challenges of Caregiving: Legal and Financial Aspects

Thursday, November 11, 2021 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Moderator: Dawn Johns

Panelists: Jeanne Singer, JD and Cynthia Moore, CPA


Handling Holiday Stress While Caregiving

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Presenter: Robin Morris, LCSW-C


Visit Brook Lane’s Facebook page on the dates/times above to watch these five programs live. All programs will be posted to Brook Lane’s YouTube channel for future reference.


About Brook Lane:

Brook Lane is a non-profit mental health facility with 500 employees in four locations. The main campus in Hagerstown, MD is home to a 57-bed hospital, one of only two private mental health inpatient facilities in the state of Maryland. It also provides partial hospitalization (a day treatment program) for both adults and children on the main campus and a child and adolescent program in Frederick, MD. Laurel Hall special education school has two locations: one on the main campus and one in Frederick. There are two outpatient locations, North Village in Hagerstown and Buckeystown Pike in Frederick. Both locations have licensed clinical staff who offer therapy for all ages, as well as the THRIVE program for children. The InSTEP program at North Village provides level 1 outpatient treatment and level 2.1 intensive outpatient treatment options for substance use.


About Potomac Case Management Services, Inc:

Potomac Case Management is a mental health agency providing case management and care coordination services to children and adults in Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, and Washington County, Maryland. A range of services are available, designed to help each individual function at the highest level of independence as possible. The overall goal of the program is to empower each person to become integrated into the community with services and supports that help build safe bridges. The services are provided at varying levels dependent upon the person’s strengths, needs and goals. Services reach all ages from early childhood to geriatric care and make it possible for clients to remain in their home and avoid placement in a higher level of care, such as residential care or hospitalization. Case Managers assist and support individuals with mild to severe mental health illness to enjoy a better quality of life.

6th Annual Home Run Derby to Fight Drug Addiction



(Greencastle, PA – August 25, 2021)

The 6th Annual Home Run Derby to Fight Drug Addiction raised  $26,683, the most raised by the event thus far. The event was held at Norlo Park Softball Complex on August 1, 2021.

All of the proceeds were donated to Noah’s House, a recovery house for men in Chambersburg, PA.

About VerStandig Media

VerStandig Media is home to the tri-state area’s top radio stations including 104.7 WAYZ, 101.5 Bob Rocks, 92.1 The GOAT, and 100.9 The Line. For more information please visit,

About Noah’s House

Noah’s House offers men suffering from addiction a residential treatment setting to give clients the tools necessary to maintain a substance free lifestyle. For more information please visit,


HAGERSTOWN, MD (May 14, 2021) – The Washington County Division of Emergency Services celebrated the graduation of Recruit Class #1 from the Firefighter Academy and graduates from the Emergency Communications Academy at Hagerstown Community College Kepler Theater. 29 firefighter cadets have been in the classroom and in the field training over the past 8 weeks. On Friday evening, these men and women walked across the stage as graduates of the inaugural Washington County Firefighter Academy. In addition to the Firefighter Academy, 14 emergency communicators graduated from the Washington County Emergency Communications Academy.


Chief John Tippet, Director of Fire Service Programs for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation delivered the keynote address to graduates. Tom Riford, Assistant Secretary of the Division of Tourism, Film, and the Arts from Maryland Department of Commerce – Office of Tourism Development, served as the master of ceremony for the graduation. In addition, Delegate Williams Wivell, President of the Board of County Commissioners Jeff Cline, and President of the Washington County Fire and Rescue Association Dale Fishack all delivered congratulatory remarks during the ceremony.


Director of the Washington County Division of Emergency Services Dave Hays said, “We are very excited to celebrate today’s graduation of the County’s 29 new firefighters and Emergency Communications Specialists. As many of these men and women report to work tomorrow morning, their impact will be immediate. The addition of full-time firefighter staffing, work alongside the volunteer workforce, represents yet another step in ensuring the sustainability of public safety throughout the County. The road to get here has certainly been long and stressful; however, the impact that these dedicated firefighters will be significant. This is another significant step as the Commissioners continue their support of public safety and our County volunteer fire and EMS community. The Emergency Communications Center remains ready to serve the community and the addition of these new Emergency Communications graduates will provide additional depth in shift coverage. The Emergency Communications Recruits have undergone training in 911 call taking, fire, EMS, and police dispatching, as well as geographic and radio communications techniques. We congratulate all of the recruits and welcome each of them to our Team.”


County Administrator John Martirano said, “I am very excited to celebrate the graduation of the inaugural class of the new Washington County Firefighter Training Academy. I congratulate these hard-working and dedicated individuals on this outstanding achievement. These new firefighters will work side-by-side with our outstanding volunteers and will make a significant difference in the lives and safety of our citizens.”


The 2021 Firefighter Academy was made possible by the SAFER grant, which was awarded to the Division of Emergency Services in September 2020 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This amount is proposed to fund up to 33 firefighters over the next 3 years. As a recipient of the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) program, the funding will aid in reducing response times and enhancing firefighter and public safety throughout Washington County.


President of the Board of County Commissioners Jeff Cline said, “Tonight we celebrate the men and women who have chosen to dedicate their life’s work to public safety. We recognize the many sacrifices that will be made as they serve the citizens of Washington County. These are the heroes in our community who are here when we need them most. Your support of our volunteer system will ensure public safety into the future.”


The graduates from this academy will place three (3) firefighters on duty each day at four (4) strategically located volunteer fire stations throughout Washington County. The firefighters are intended to help augment our volunteer workforce by ensuring that dedicated staffing is available in various regions throughout the County.


For questions or more information, please contact the Public Relations and Marketing Department at

Joy El “Igniting Hope” Capital Campaign – for immediate release

For Immediate Release                                            May 17th, 2021




Joy El is pleased to announce the dedication of the newly constructed Welcome Center, Part one of the Igniting Hope in Generations that seek Him Campaign. This campaign is dedicated to provide desperately needed additional space for dining and housing for staff and guests.


“In 2005 we began long-range planning for the needs of the ministry. Revisiting the plan 15 years later confirms the need for additional dining space, more offices and more housing”, explains Aaron Ziebarth, Executive Director of Joy El.


Following the completion of the Welcome Center (part one), planned renovation and expansion of the Dining Hall (part two), and construction of the Shepherd’s Lodge (part three), Joy El will be able to reach and serve even more people with the hope of Jesus for years to come.


Dick Marks, Chair of the Capital Campaign, noted that “To have quietly raised over $1.6 million during an international pandemic is inconceivable, but God did it. As leaders, we’re blessed that He has allowed us to be part of this anointed effort to enable Joy El to share the hope of Jesus more effectively.” 


For the past two years, directors, staff and volunteers have diligently worked to receive funds generously provided to complete the first phase of this campaign, the Quiet Phase. Immediately following this dedication of the Welcome Center on May 16, 2021, the final, Public Phase begins, Monday, May 17, 2021.


“I am so grateful for the generous provision of the Welcome center. God has used generous individuals, churches and businesses to enable us to build debt free”, says Aaron Ziebarth, Executive Director of Joy El.


Joy El is committed to completing the campaign through the Public Phase and constructing these facilities debt free. At the beginning of May, sixty percent of the anticipated funds for all three parts (three buildings) have been received from generous partners. Joy El is continually looking ahead, actively watching as God provides these remaining 40% of funds through the generosity of His people in the Public Phase.


Joy El serves many children, teens and adults through Bible Adventure and CIA (Christians in Action) programs, 4.12 Leadership Training Program, summer camps and hosting church groups. Find more info at and


Please contact Nate at 717-369-4539 or to receive more information about the Igniting Hope in Generations that Seek Him campaign and how to partner with Joy El.