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Locate local landmarks and win $500

August 05, 2007|By JAKE WOMER

If you are trekking around in this heat, I salute you.

I hope to be somewhere air-conditioned, but The Herald-Mail is serving up some motivation for intrepid souls to venture outside.

The newspaper's 11th annual Landmarks Contest kicked off July 29, and the grand prize is $500.

It's a contest and a sort of unstructured fitness program.

The contest goes like this:

Ten photographic clues were printed in last Sunday's paper along with an entry blank. The clues are close-up images of distinct parts of buildings, structures, parking lots and athletic fields or courts. All of the clues are within set boundary lines. The boundaries are Hagerstown's Fairgrounds Park, which includes Reed Playground, the American Little League field across Valley Road and the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex area. Fairgrounds Park is bordered by Mulberry Street, Cannon Avenue, Cleveland Avenue and Security Road. Contest participants who can track down the clues and precisely describe where they found them have a chance to win.

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It will take some walking.

The person or family who correctly identifies the most pictures will win the grand prize of $500. If there's a tie, one name will be randomly drawn from among the names of those who qualify. Two runners-up also will receive prizes. Both will receive a $30 gift card to AC&T and a Herald-Mail Sunday comics umbrella.

My fellow Herald-Mail employees and I are not eligible for any prizes, but we have help for anyone who missed the publication of the clues. They now are posted online at www.herald-mail.com. Just click on the link near the top of the home page to get access to the photos and a printable entry blank.

We also are dropping a few hints in the daily paper to help participants find the landmarks.

Here's one that ran in The Morning Herald and The Daily Mail last week: "For Clue No. 8, what this will Cost you to find might well be rewarded."

Now, that word, landmarks, leads me to another point. When this contest first was launched several years ago, the clues were taken from structures in downtown Hagerstown. Those clues were from more recognizable buildings - truer to the definition of the word.

But now, we're 11 years in, and we've used a lot of the true landmarks already. The contest still is dubbed the Landmarks Contest for the recognition factor, but it has been moved to the park, and the clues are not from true landmarks. However, the clues in Fairgrounds Park are distinct enough to avoid confusion.

If you're interested, check out our Web site, and load up with some cold water to douse the heat.

Answers must be submitted to The Herald-Mail by Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. The answers and the winner's name and photograph will be published Aug. 26 in The Herald-Mail.

Be sure to include your name, address and daytime phone number with your entry form. Only one entry per person will be accepted.

And here's a hint for anyone who has read this far: For Clue No. 7, watch where you sit. There's another hint on page E10 of today's paper.

Return your completed entry form by:

· Dropping it off at The Herald-Mail office, 100 Summit Ave., Hagerstown, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Write on it "Attention: Lifestyle."

· Mail it in care of Landmarks/Lifestyle, The Herald-Mail Co., P.O. Box 439, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

· E-mail it to lifestyle@herald-mail.com and write "Landmarks" in the subject line.

· Fax it to 301-714-0245, Attention: Lifestyle.

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

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