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By DON AINES | | July 8, 2012
Indigent criminal defendants have a right to legal counsel, often provided through the Public Defender's Office, but people of limited incomes often have legal issues that are civil in nature. While defendants or plaintiffs in civil matters are not guaranteed free representation, free legal advice will be available in Washington County at the Maryland Legal Aid Pro Bono Day on Thursday, July 19. From 4 to 8 p.m., volunteer attorneys will be at the Department of Social Services, 122 N. Potomac St., to provide answers and advice on issues including family law, landlord-tenant disputes, foreclosures, business law, Social Security disability and other topics, said Katie Cox, a paralegal with Mid-Western Maryland office of the Legal Aid Bureau Inc. There is no charge to attend and no registration is required.
Joel Huffer | July 7, 2012
About eight months ago, we got a new email system at The Herald-Mail, a switch that put all Schurz Communications properties “on the same page,” so to speak. The change allowed us to more easily share documents, calendars and other items important to our daily functions. From a business standpoint, I can see how the conversion made sense. Personally, I'm still trying to make sense of the conversion. For starters, I'm not a high-tech, bells-and-whistles kind of guy. I don't own a GPS, an mp3 or an iAnything.
June 1, 2012
Readers and community leaders offer some words of wisdom to the graduating class. Whatever you do in life, you will encounter and be challenged with failures and successes. Through it all, the ultimate challenge is to serve others. Robert Wood Johnson, former chairman and a member of the founding family of Johnson & Johnson, crafted the company's credo in 1943, saying "Our Credo challenges us to put the needs and well-being of the people we serve first. " - Mary Anne Burke, executive director of Washington County Arts Council Be proud of your accomplishments, but don't rest on your laurels.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | May 24, 2012
Musselman High School principal Holly M. Kleppner had “two pieces of advice” for the Class of 2012 before graduates received their diplomas Thursday night in the Butcher Center at Shepherd University. “No. 1 is to communicate,” Kleppner told members of the graduating class, her first as principal. “No. 2, surround yourself with positive influences.” Kleppner also encouraged the graduating class of 317 seniors to persevere, a characteristic of the group that she said she found to be “most exceptional” about them.
By CHRIS COPLEY | | February 14, 2012
Editor's note: This is part of an occasional series of profiles of local restaurant chefs. Alisha Hanlin, 26, is the pastry chef for the Hagerstown restaurant LJ's and the Kat Lounge, a high-end restaurant. Hanlin graduated from Williamsport High School, attended Shepherd University and now lives in Shepherdstown, W.Va. Hanlin said when she was young, her mother invited her to work with her in the kitchen. "I did small tasks around the kitchen at home - a lot of bread and cakes, things that involved mixing and the more simplistic end of food preparation," she said.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | | February 8, 2012
Maryland Stadium Authority officials have been to Hagerstown to advise the city on plans for a new or refurbished baseball stadium, authority Executive Director Michael J. Frenz said Wednesday. Frenz and Gary A. McGuigan, a project executive for the authority, spoke at the Washington County legislative delegation's weekly meeting in Annapolis. In an interview, Frenz said city officials showed him Municipal Stadium and the possible site of a new multiuse sports complex that local officials are considering building.
By LLOYD WATERS | February 5, 2012
After hearing his ex-wife, Marianne, share a few “tidbits” about him for the whole world to hear, presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is probably giving a little more thought to that concept of matrimony. He must be thinking, “Marianne must still be mad at me.” Since Wife No. 2 has reluctantly come forward because she was inundated with media requests, I wonder if we could get some additional comments from Wife No. 1 and Wife No. 3. Once we have those opinions from all three wives, we can then make a better decision on whom to believe and be prepared to more reliably cast our vote.
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | | January 7, 2012
In this case, the baby was an Amaryllis bud. But it was nonetheless disappointing to Dayley, of Greencastle, Pa., who sought advice on caring for her plant Saturday morning at the Washington County Master Gardeners free plant clinic at the City Farmers Market in Hagerstown. The gardeners volunteer each Saturday at the market from 8 a.m. to noon, identifying plants and pests, discussing growing procedures and offering resources. Dayley said she planted her Amaryllis bulb according to instruction.
By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | | November 17, 2011
Everything was going fine during the yearly holiday get-together until Aunt Judy made a snide comment about your husband's choice of career. Uh-oh. For some, the holidays aren't a joyous reunion but an annual jousting match. The good news is it doesn't have to be that way, local experts say. Here are a few ways to keep the peace during the holidays: Forget Norman Rockwell "Keep your expectations low, low, low - as low as possible," said Lou A. Lichti, a psychologist whose practice, City Park Psychological Services, has locations in Hagerstown and Frederick, Md. She said it's those unrealistic ideas of a perfect holiday that set people up for an emotional letdown.
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | | October 20, 2011
Parents of students with disabilities concerned about their children's transition from high school to life as an adult learned Thursday night that their children have options. Berkeley County Schools' fifth Transition Summit was held at James Rumsey Technical Institute with a "hoped for" attendance of 200 parents and students, said Sallie Askin, the district's transition coordinator. More than 200 people attended the summit last year, she said. Rumsey's cafeteria was crowded with agency and school representatives offering resources, programs, assistance and advice to parents and students.
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