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Lifestyle soon to unveil new name, sections

April 02, 2006|By Jake Womer

In the Lifestyle department of The Herald-Mail, we're working on a few projects I want to share with you.

These will appear in the paper in the next two months:

New teen section

A month and a half ago, we launched a new teen section with the help of the target audience. Young readers worked on a committee to focus the content on what interests them. And other teens are helping to realize their ideas by writing stories and shooting photos to cover such topics. We wanted to find a new name to reflect the changes. The former Tuesday teen section was known as Next. So far, though, it's been nameless.

That will change Tuesday when we announce the section's new name.

We asked teens to suggest names, and we received more than 300 possibilities. And those names have been narrowed down by reader votes and staff debate.

And finally, we can move beyond the section formerly known as Next.

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New arts and entertainment section

With the teen section settled, we've moved onto improving the weekly entertainment section, which can be found Thursdays in The Morning Herald and The Daily Mail, currently in the form of Out & About.

But it's due for renovation, so we're working on adding content to the section, revamping the look and making the information more accessible in the newspaper and on the Web.

We're adding without taking away and, when it's all ready to go to press, we'll better provide readers the answer to one question: What's going on around here?

Look for the new section in June.

The annual summer camp roundup

Every spring, we list summer camps in the Tri-State area to give parents and kids an idea of what's out there. We've learned about the interest in this. We did it later one year, and received several calls from parents asking whether they missed it.

We'll run the latest installment of our summer camp guide inside the Out & About section of The Morning Herald and The Daily Mail on April 13. Listings are free.

To submit camp information online, go to www.herald-mail.com/summercamp and fill out the form, then click on Submit. It's best if the information is entered online, but organizers also may deliver details of their programs to The Herald-Mail office at 100 Summit Ave. in Hagerstown; mailed to P.O. Box 439, Hagerstown, MD 21741; faxed to 301-714-0245; or e-mailed to lifestyle@herald-mail.com. Submissions must be received Monday, April 10, by noon, with a contact name and phone number included.

Include the following information: camp name, beginning and ending dates, place, ages appropriate for the camp, activities, cost (per child), phone number, e-mail address and Web site.

Jake Womer is Lifestyle editor of The Herald-Mail. He may be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2340, or by e-mail at jakew@herald-mail.com

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