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By CHRIS CARTER | May 27, 2008
WAYNESBORO, PA. -- Hundreds of people filtered into Memorial Park on Monday to remember fallen soldiers. For Dennis Gift, that meant honoring his big brother. It was a solemn day for Gift as he spent his first Memorial Day without his older brother, Leroy, who died three months ago. "No matter how long you prepare for death, it's still hard," said Dennis Gift, 61. "He was my big brother. " Last year, Dennis Gift could honor Leroy on Veterans Day. Since he died Feb. 25, Dennis now remembers him on Memorial Day as well.
NEWS
June 16, 2003
Monday, June 16 9 p.m. on Lifetime "More Than Meets the Eye" The true story of Joan Brock, a teacher at a school for the blind who remained optimistic after she suddenly lost her own sight, is told in this new movie. Carey Lowell stars as Brock, Dylan Walsh as her husband. 10 p.m. on ABC "The View" The long-running daytime talk show gets a special evening edition. Topics will include a quiz on health issues that will allow viewers to participate online.
NEWS
November 3, 2009
On a day off from school, left, Jacob Pence, 8, is busy working hard stuffing leaves in a bag for his grandmother while brothers Charlie, 6, and Henry, 2, play in Hagerstown on Tuesday afternoon. On a day off from school Charlie Pence helps mom Kris Pence make room for more leaves that his big brother Jacob Pence collected to stuff in a bag at his grandmother home in Hagerstown on Tuesday afternoon.
OBITUARIES
January 3, 2011
-DEC. 28, 2010 Ethan Allen Harsh-Greer, infant son of Amanda Marie Harsh and Heith Allen Greer, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at Meritus Medical Center, Hagerstown. Besides his parents, he is survived by his big brother, Joshua Logan Harsh; grandmothers, Andrea Harsh and Sharon Greer; and grandparents, Steve and Alva Hetzer. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Harry Harsh. Services will be Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | July 15, 2007
The Summer of Love was about love - a physical love and a metaphorical love. It also was about a bigger picture, one of speaking up against authority at a time when youth were being drafted to fight a war in a foreign country while their own country was changing around them with progression in civil rights, women's rights and gay rights, according to musicians of the time and music professors. Patrons at The Maryland Theatre this Thursday night will get to hear some of the popular songs of the time by some of the musicians who played in the historic outdoor concert of the Summer of Love, the Monterey Pop Festival in Monterey, Calif.
NEWS
by MARLO BARNHART | August 4, 2004
marlob@herald-mail.com SMITHSBURG - After carrying her first child to term five years earlier, Randi Wishard didn't know what to think when she went into labor with her second child on Sept. 11, 2003 - three months before her January due date. The doctors ordered her to bed for four days to slow things down, but Rylee was born Sept. 14 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital's neonatal unit in Rockville, Md., weighing just 1 pound, 9 ounces, Randi Wishard said. He couldn't open his eyes or even cry. "We have a picture of Rylee with my husband's wedding band all the way up to his shoulder, he was that tiny," she said.
NEWS
July 8, 1997
After a five-year effort, Franklin County, Pa., has its own chapter of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization. It's a development local citizens should applaud, because what this group does can have a profound and positive effect on young people's lives. That's not just pie-in-the-sky happy talk. Several years ago, the organization's methods were the subject of an in-depth study by Public/Private Ventures, a Philadelphia organization that studies public policy. The PPV study looked at 959 youngsters aged 10 to 16 who applied to the program in 1992 and 1993.
NEWS
February 22, 1997
More than 100 youngsters are safer today after a Saturday's Hagerstown Kidcare ID program at K-Mart in the Valley Plaza. "I'm doing it for protection - just to be on the safe side," said Angie New as she stood in line with her 3-month-old son, Tyler. Lauran Barrett, 2 1/2, was initially hesitant but got braver watching big brother Ryan go through the paces without fear. "It's for safetyI sake," said Lauran's mom, Lisa Barrett. Ann Shryock, community development vice president for the Jaycees of Hagerstown, called turnout for the six-hour program terrific.
NEWS
July 6, 2004
Tuesday, July 6 8 p.m. on TCM "The Misfits" Plenty of big names here - Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe, both in their last film; director John Huston; writer Arthur Miller. This is one of those movies that got a lukewarm welcome on arrival (in 1961) but is gaining a better reputation with the passage of time. 9:30 p.m. on CBS "The Amazing Race 5" With the flood of reality shows showing no signs of subsiding, it's easy to forget that a few, including "The Amazing Race," have neither disgusted the critics nor worn out their welcome.
NEWS
September 22, 2006
Lake McDonald Williamsport Football Senior How difficult is it for you to balance athletics with your academic requirements? "It's tough sometimes ... taking honors classes, keeping up on homework and studying. But I manage to pull through. " What is you favorite school subject? "Right now, gym class. " What is the best thing about Williamsport High School? "The attitude for football is unbelievable any more. I've seen a lot of change in that over the last four years.
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EDUCATION
July 14, 2013
Samantha Stanton of Hagerstown received the inaugural Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County Inc. scholarship. The scholarship was for $500. As a recent graduate of South Hagerstown High School, she is planning to attend Hagerstown Community College for the fall semester. Mary Rogers was Samantha's Big Sister in the organization. She supported Samantha for the eight years they were matched. The Big Brothers Big Sisters scholarship is awarded to Little Sisters and Little Brothers who have graduated and have been accepted at an accredited college, university or technical school.
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NEWS
April 7, 2013
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of a scam in which a man claims to be raising funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. The man, who is sometimes accompanied by a child, has contacted residents at their homes, saying he is selling items on behalf of the nonprofit group, the news release states. The items include cinnamon buns and pizza. The man collects money from residents, but fails to provide the product, the news release states.
NEWS
March 13, 2013
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County has started its individual giving campaign. This week, members of the board of directors will be contacting households in the community seeking support and finical contributions. It takes the support of the community to help keep the organization going. Charitable contributions make it possible to impact the life of a child in the community. For more information, call 301-739-4711.  
NEWS
By RAYCHEL HARVEY-JONES | raychel.harvey-jones@herald-mail.com | February 1, 2013
Thomas Kline recently took on the job of chief executive officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County, Inc., (BBBSWC). Kline has been on the job since late December, taking over from Phil Bennett. “I was inspired to take this job because I admire the work that BBBS does throughout the county,” Kline said. The job “offers a new challenge. This position gives me an opportunity to learn new things and to work for a well established nonprofit with a mission I believe in,” Kline said.
NEWS
Chad Smith | December 14, 2012
In my experience, procrastination is one of the biggest motivation-stealing behaviors in existence. It robs progress, momentum and success from too many people for no good reason.  To be perfectly transparent, I'm guilty of it myself with certain things in my life. I know when you come here every week and you read my column, and think "I should really do this," that you probably won't. I've heard many times "I love your column, I read it every week. I don't do what it says, but I read it ... ", and I would usually just laugh and keep it moving.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | July 28, 2012
Like his mother, it was in Vincent Luke Santucci Jr.'s nature to help people. Santucci, who along with his mother and girlfriend were fatally shot Friday night in Quincy Township, Pa., was “the big brother” to two older sisters and a younger brother, and took care of his mother, too, his father, Vincent L. Santucci Sr., said Saturday evening. “He was a kind person, loving son and brother,” Santucci said. As a chef in Chambersburg, Pa., for several years, Santucci said his son, to whom he referred as Luke, took “pleasure and pride” in preparing food that patrons would enjoy.
LIFESTYLE
May 4, 2012
 The Enduro 120 is Saturday, June 2, at Summit Point Kart Track, Summit Point, W.Va. Practice is from 7 to 8:45 p.m., and the race is from 9 to 11 p.m. Enduro 120 is an annual fundraiser to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Eastern Panhandle. The entry fee is $300 for a team of four, which includes: track fee, go kart, helmet, race, driver gift and dinner. The teams can change drivers as they chose. The team with the best time after 2 hours wins. To register or for more information, call 304-263-5522 or go to www.bbbswv.org .
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | April 22, 2012
Shoulders were shrugged in indifference, arms were thrown up in the air in excitement and fists were pumped in joy Sunday as dozens of people bowled to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County. After rolling a tenpin ball down a lane at Turner's Dual Lanes, Kathryn Rodenburg threw her arms wide in anticipation, smiled and spun around in frustration even though she'd only left one or two pins standing. Explaining her frustration, Rodenburg said her teammates were scoring strikes and spares, but she'd had neither.
LIFESTYLE
By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | March 21, 2012
Since she began singing more than 25 years ago, Lana "Shawty" Spence has gotten use to being compared to Janis Joplin - the rock icon who has gone to the big concert hall in the sky. With vocals that are powerful and bluesy, Spence understands the similarity and considers it a compliment. It was her voice, after all, that landed her a brief stint with Joplin's band, Big Brother & The Holding Company. "But I'm past the point of singing 'Bobby McGee'," the singer noted. "So, folks, don't ask, OK?"
OBITUARIES
March 9, 2012
Ronald Morese “RJ” Oliver Jr. of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2012. He was the son of Ronald Morese Oliver Sr. and Taria Michelle King. RJ enjoyed spending plenty of time being read to, playing with his big brother TaRon and watching “Backyardigans” when he wasn't at his favorite daycare. In addition to his parents, Ronald Jr. is survived by his brother, TaRon Morese Oliver; paternal grandparents Patricia Oliver, Ronald M.Woodrum and Grand PaPa Jeremy Strain; great-grandfather, James Oliver of Aikens, S.C.; maternal grandparents, Michael and Lisa King; maternal great-grandmother, Myrtle Harmon; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
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