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Birthday Party

March 5, 1997
This past weekend I was submitted to a severe form of torture devised by ruthless Mongolian Khans, who were known far and wide for the excruciating pain and suffering they inflicted through this particular brand of punishment. This exact same procedure is alive and well today, although it is more commonly known locally by the name of duckpin bowling. My friend Dave invited us out to the lanes, ostensibly under the guise of a birthday party. But Dave works for the Associated Press, and looking back, I now see this "birthday party" for what it was - a cruel plot to eliminate competition by disabling half of The Herald-Mail staff, most all of whom now bear what will undoubtedly be long-lasting emotional scars.
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | September 23, 2007
FUNKSTOWN - J.C. Lehman, 6, of Hagerstown, flipped through family photos with his mother, Donna. There was one of J.C. at his first birthday party, one of his first visit to Greenbrier State Park, and another of J.C. at his cousin's birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. But the one that struck him was the one where he was eating broccoli and cauliflower. "I ATE that?" he said. The mother and son attended a Crop to Cure Muscular Dystrophy Saturday at Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Two years ago, J.C. was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy.
Alicia Notarianni | Making Ends Meet | February 10, 2011
A month and a half later, I'm still making my way through Christmas stuff. Some of it is my own doing. When I take down the Christmas decorations, I like to leave up snowy, wintry-themed items, like my snowman collection. I love snow, and I'm always up for a reminder of it. But some of the gifts that made their way into my home over the holidays still don't have a satisfying, convenient place to belong. Just this morning, I tackled my youngest son's shelves, clearing away chunky, brightly colored toddler toys and replacing them with smaller, darker-hued varieties designed to appeal to the sensibilities of a pre-schooler.
January 27, 1998
Victims of fatal W.Va. wreck identified By DON AINES Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Hedgesville, W.Va., couple returning from a birthday party has been identified by West Virginia State Police as the people killed Sunday night in a head-on collision on W.Va. 9 that left three other people hospitalized. Daniel Head, 46, and his wife Shelva, 42, were killed on impact in the 8:37 p.m. accident, according to Trooper D.M. Olack. They were taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg, where efforts to resuscitate them were unsuccessful.
By Gregory T. Simmons and Tara Reilly | May 31, 2003
WAYNESBORO, Pa., - An 8-year-old Waynesboro girl attending a birthday party at a pool Friday evening in Waynesboro was taken to Waynesboro Hospital after she began choking under water, Waynesboro police said. The girl's condition was not known Friday night, said Waynesboro Police Officer C. Shoap. He declined to provide the girl's name. Employees at the YMCA at 810 E. Main St. said officials were called about 6:15 p.m. because the girl appeared to be drowning. Shoap said a lifeguard found the girl at the bottom of a pool and pulled her out. He said when paramedics arrived she was breathing but still coughing up water.
September 26, 2011
When asked, most 7-year-old boys would probably identify a long list of items they would like to receive as birthday presents. That list might include video games, Matchbox cars, LEGOs or professional sports apparel.   Connor Rohm of Greencastle, Pa., put together a very different list for his birthday. Instead of gifts, he asked his friends to make donations to one of his favorite places, the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County. “It was his idea, so instead of making a wish list of birthday presents, we asked his friends and their families to make donations to the Boys & Girls Club,” said Julie Rohm, Connor's mother and a volunteer at the club.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | July 2, 2010
BOONSBORO -- With patriotic music in the air and hot dogs on the grill, it was time to have a birthday party for America on Friday. Hundreds of people spread out across Boonsboro's Shafer Memorial Park for the town's annual Independence Day Celebration. Dozens of blankets and lawn chairs covered the field, as spectators scoped out prime spots for the after-dusk fireworks show. Before the sun set, there was plenty of time for relaxing, socializing and even napping while people waited.
September 23, 2011
By ANNE CHOVEY Special to The Herald-Mail The website for Fratelli Italian Pizzeria & Grill states, "Fratelli Restaurant is here to serve good food in a family atmosphere. " That sounded like a good invitation to me, so my friend Pap Ricka and I stopped in for dinner. Fratelli's has a cheerful exterior in one of the units in the South Pointe Shopping Center, on Oak Ridge Drive in Hagerstown. To the left of the front door is an outdoor eating area with tables and chairs under umbrellas.
by DARCY SHULL | May 29, 2007
Picture yourself with your favorite band playing at your birthday party. Now imagine that all you had to do was message them on their MySpace page, and they would come to your house to play for you, just because you said that their music was inspiring. Wouldn't that be awesome? That's what happened to one fan of Shiny Toy Guns. According to a news story I heard, a girl said that she sent a message to the new band via MySpace, and the next day, they traveled across the country to play on her front porch at a party she was having.
March 23, 1997
By RICHARD F. BELISLE Staff Writer FAIRPLAY - It was quite a birthday party for Mabel Miller, who turned 80 Saturday. The location was perfect - the Manor Church of the Brethren, where Miller has worshiped for most of her life. The church is just down the road from the Manor Church Road home she has lived in for 58 years. Dozens of guests showed up, including her brothers, her children, some of her 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, plus close friends. Dorothy Petre was there, too. Decades ago, Petre was Miller's teacher at the one-room Center Hill School on the Downsville Pike.
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