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February 19, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011 UNIFIED BOCCE BALL Boonsboro won the Washington County Tournament on Saturday, finishing with six wins in the round-robin tournament in which every county public school was represented. Clear Spring finished second with five wins. Smithsburg and Williamsport each finished with three wins, with the Leopards beating the Wildcats in a roll-off for third place. Williamsport was fourth. Hancock finished fifth with two wins. South Hagerstown and North Hagerstown each finished with one win, and the Rebels beat the Hubs in a roll-off for sixth.
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March 5, 2011
The Clear Spring unified sports bocce ball team won the Maryland Division 8 state championship on Thursday. The event was the first unified sports tournament held in the United States, making the title the first for Clear Spring as well as Washington County. The Blazers beat Fort Hill 11-5, Northern Garrett 10-6 and Boonsboro 16-0 to reach the championship round of the double-elimination tournament. Boonsboro beat Clear Spring 16-0 to force a final game, which Clear Spring won, 7-4. In total, 84 schools and more than 600 students participated across all divisions.
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August 4, 2013
Carolyn Roney, a bocce coach for Special Olympics, gave a demonstration on how the game is played at a recent Tri-State Civitan Club meeting. Several members had never seen the game played before and enjoyed seeing gold medal Special Olympian Margie French and Dolly Hall show how to throw a ball. Roney showed the different balls for playing indoors and outdoors, and explained the rules. While the sport has been around for a long time, beginning in Italy and sometimes referred to as lawn bowling, it is increasing in popularity.
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January 30, 2011
I took a couple of minutes to stop and smell the roses on Saturday. And I didn’t sneeze. In fact, it cleared my senses. Actually, this is a nice way to say I went for some reprogramming or an attitude adjustment. It was better than any Happy Hour. All it took was a 60-minute stay at the unified sports bocce ball match at North Hagerstown on Saturday — a quad-match that included teams from Williamsport, Clear Spring and Hancock. For those who don’t know, the unified sports have been mandated by state law in public schools to give special-needs students an equal opportunity to compete in varsity high school athletics.
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By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com | February 14, 2013
To Chantell Keefer, Hagerstown Community College was a magical place on Thursday. She could sense it in everything she did. Keefer and students from across Western Maryland converged on the school's athletic complex to compete in the third unified sports state bocce tournament with a chance to walk away as a champion. Winning was a big thing, but it wasn't the only thing. “You do your work and do your magic,” said Keefer, a member of one of Clear Spring's two bocce teams.
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By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com | February 24, 2012
In most sports, success is measured by the color of your medal or ribbon. Gold, silver and bronze are considered precious while blue is true for top awards. Pink is even acceptable in some occasions. The world could have been color blind on Friday during the Unified Indoor Bocce State High School Invitational at Hagerstown Community College. In fact, the only hue that mattered was the pearly white of smiles. The treasures of winning aren't any more valuable than the prize of participating in these games.
NEWS
April 26, 2011
The Washington County Board of Education Tuesday night presented members of Clear Spring High School's state championship bocce team and its coach, Aline Novak, with a Golden Apple award. The sport was new this school year, part of a unified sports program offering athletic competitions for students with disabilities. The sport teams up disabled athletes with able-bodied partners. Clear Spring won the first state championship in March. "Winning a state championship is a big deal," School board President Wayne Ridenour told the team during Tuesday night's board meeting at the central office off Commonwealth Avenue.
NEWS
August 8, 2011
The Tri-State Civitan Club recently held a picnic for the club's special friends and their families. More than 150 people were in attendance at The Improved Order of Red Men Tribe 84 pavilion in Williamsport. Hamburgers and hot dogs were on the menu, followed by the arrival of an ice cream truck. Temporary tattoos and face painting, along with balloon headdresses, were a big hit. This was the fourth year for the picnic, attendance at which grows each year. • At the club's July meeting, member Carolyn Roney showed slides of her recent trip to Greece, where she was a volunteer at the International Special Olympics bocce competitions.
SPORTS
February 26, 2012
They say life is a gamble. If that's true, let's just say we are all sitting at one big poker game. The game is five-card draw. You're dealt an opening hand and have the option to improve it by drawing replacements. Success and confidence are the products of strategy, instincts and risk. The more you play, the more you learn. That might prove the idea that you can pick your friends, but you can't pick your family. Family is what we are dealt and friends are picked up out of the pile.
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Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock | February 20, 2013
Christian workshop Alpha gets under way It's not too late to join Alpha, an excellent program on the Christian faith. Wednesday was opening night at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, featuring a video presentation by the Rev. Nicky Gumble titled  “Christianity: Boring, Untrue, Irrelevant?”  Gumble is an exceptional story teller, sharing many personal anecdotes about his discovery of faith and often amusing journey to find meaning in his life.  St. Thomas' provides the meal, the “movie” and small group discussions, which will offer an opportunity to ask all those things you may have been afraid to ask but are wondering about.  The Christian workshops will be held Wednesdays, beginning at 6 p.m. in the St. Thomas' Parish Hall, Church and Highs streets.  To register, call 301-678-6569.
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August 4, 2013
Carolyn Roney, a bocce coach for Special Olympics, gave a demonstration on how the game is played at a recent Tri-State Civitan Club meeting. Several members had never seen the game played before and enjoyed seeing gold medal Special Olympian Margie French and Dolly Hall show how to throw a ball. Roney showed the different balls for playing indoors and outdoors, and explained the rules. While the sport has been around for a long time, beginning in Italy and sometimes referred to as lawn bowling, it is increasing in popularity.
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Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock | February 28, 2013
The Critton Hollow String Band will perform in Hancock Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Hancock Performing Arts Center, Town Hall, 126 W. High St.  Tickets cost $5 at the door. Band members Joe Herrmann, Sam Herrmann and Joe Fallon are joined by Pete Gordon for the concert. Joe Herrmann, singer and multi-instrumentalist, has been making music for more than 45 years, and co-founded the Critton Hollow String Band with his wife, Sam Herrmann, in 1975.  They have toured internationally and recorded eight albums.  According to Joe, the band started playing informally on the streets of Annapolis in 1975.  Robbie Gordon joined them playing up and down the East Coast.  Finally, the band was hired by David Adams at nearby Coolfont Resort and began playing there regularly.
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Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock | February 20, 2013
Christian workshop Alpha gets under way It's not too late to join Alpha, an excellent program on the Christian faith. Wednesday was opening night at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, featuring a video presentation by the Rev. Nicky Gumble titled  “Christianity: Boring, Untrue, Irrelevant?”  Gumble is an exceptional story teller, sharing many personal anecdotes about his discovery of faith and often amusing journey to find meaning in his life.  St. Thomas' provides the meal, the “movie” and small group discussions, which will offer an opportunity to ask all those things you may have been afraid to ask but are wondering about.  The Christian workshops will be held Wednesdays, beginning at 6 p.m. in the St. Thomas' Parish Hall, Church and Highs streets.  To register, call 301-678-6569.
SPORTS
By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com | February 14, 2013
To Chantell Keefer, Hagerstown Community College was a magical place on Thursday. She could sense it in everything she did. Keefer and students from across Western Maryland converged on the school's athletic complex to compete in the third unified sports state bocce tournament with a chance to walk away as a champion. Winning was a big thing, but it wasn't the only thing. “You do your work and do your magic,” said Keefer, a member of one of Clear Spring's two bocce teams.
SPORTS
February 26, 2012
They say life is a gamble. If that's true, let's just say we are all sitting at one big poker game. The game is five-card draw. You're dealt an opening hand and have the option to improve it by drawing replacements. Success and confidence are the products of strategy, instincts and risk. The more you play, the more you learn. That might prove the idea that you can pick your friends, but you can't pick your family. Family is what we are dealt and friends are picked up out of the pile.
SPORTS
By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com | February 24, 2012
In most sports, success is measured by the color of your medal or ribbon. Gold, silver and bronze are considered precious while blue is true for top awards. Pink is even acceptable in some occasions. The world could have been color blind on Friday during the Unified Indoor Bocce State High School Invitational at Hagerstown Community College. In fact, the only hue that mattered was the pearly white of smiles. The treasures of winning aren't any more valuable than the prize of participating in these games.
SPORTS
February 11, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012 UNIFIED BOCCE BALL Hancock won the Washington County Unified Bocce Ball championship at North Hagerstown High School on Saturday afternoon, beating South Hagerstown “B” 16-4 in the final match. The Panthers were undefeated on the day, sweeping through pool play and into the championship match. Nearly 200 Washington County athletes took part in the event, which gives special needs students an opportunity to compete alongside their classmates in a varsity sport.
NEWS
August 8, 2011
The Tri-State Civitan Club recently held a picnic for the club's special friends and their families. More than 150 people were in attendance at The Improved Order of Red Men Tribe 84 pavilion in Williamsport. Hamburgers and hot dogs were on the menu, followed by the arrival of an ice cream truck. Temporary tattoos and face painting, along with balloon headdresses, were a big hit. This was the fourth year for the picnic, attendance at which grows each year. • At the club's July meeting, member Carolyn Roney showed slides of her recent trip to Greece, where she was a volunteer at the International Special Olympics bocce competitions.
NEWS
April 26, 2011
The Washington County Board of Education Tuesday night presented members of Clear Spring High School's state championship bocce team and its coach, Aline Novak, with a Golden Apple award. The sport was new this school year, part of a unified sports program offering athletic competitions for students with disabilities. The sport teams up disabled athletes with able-bodied partners. Clear Spring won the first state championship in March. "Winning a state championship is a big deal," School board President Wayne Ridenour told the team during Tuesday night's board meeting at the central office off Commonwealth Avenue.
SPORTS
March 5, 2011
The Clear Spring unified sports bocce ball team won the Maryland Division 8 state championship on Thursday. The event was the first unified sports tournament held in the United States, making the title the first for Clear Spring as well as Washington County. The Blazers beat Fort Hill 11-5, Northern Garrett 10-6 and Boonsboro 16-0 to reach the championship round of the double-elimination tournament. Boonsboro beat Clear Spring 16-0 to force a final game, which Clear Spring won, 7-4. In total, 84 schools and more than 600 students participated across all divisions.
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