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April 23, 2013
Franklin County Friends of Legal Services volunteers are preparing for their benefit book sale on Mothers Day weekend on the Wilson College campus. The sale will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on May 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 11, and from noon to 4 p.m. on May 12. Most paperbacks cost 50 cents. On Saturday, all books will be half-price starting at 3 p.m., and on Sunday, a grocery bag of books of their choice costs $5. “Our book drive was a tremendous success, and we have tens of thousands of terrific books for our sale,” Ellen Gigliotti, the group's president, said in a news release.  This is the group's 29th annual sale.  Proceeds benefit local nonprofit organizations that provide legal services to low-income residents and survivors of domestic violence.
April 21, 2013
A reader recently expressed concern about bags and boxes of books being thrown into a Dumpster at Conococheague Elementary School. The reader wondered why the books weren't donated to others. Washington County Public Schools spokesman Richard Wright said the elementary school did throw out some damaged books, as well as historical books that no longer were relevant. Wright said the school also had a shed full of books that were going to be donated. Every school donates books as new editions arrive, Wright said.
Ellen Rowland | Around North Hagerstown | April 21, 2013
North Hagerstown Lions Club members are selling Sheetz coupon books for $10 with an expiration date of Jan. 1, 2016. There are a few bonus books, as well, that cost $32 with an expiration date of Dec. 2, 2013. The books can be used in the Tri-State area. Proceeds will be used to help nonprofit agencies. For more information, call Carolyn at 301-223-8207. Yard sale The Mason-Dixon Barbershop Chorus, along with many other vendors, will participate Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the annual yard sale at Western Maryland Hospital Center on Pennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown.
April 18, 2013
Beyond Comics, 5632 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, will host Free Comic Book Day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Comic book artist Gene Ha will be in attendance. In addition, there will be super heroes on hand to meet the kids as well as a large contingent of the Star Wars Rebel Legion. For more information, contact Jon at 301-668-8202 or .
By CALEB CALHOUN | | April 18, 2013
Local author Mary Rubin of Hagerstown had two bags full of books and had her mom fill up two more bags so she could take home as many books as possible from the American Association of University Women book sale Thursday. “I like history, travel, biography, mystery,” Rubin, 45, said. “I really go through all the tables.” She said she was looking to add to her 6,000-book collection. Her mom, Kay, 84, said that they have been going to the sale for more than 25 years.
Paula Wolber | Around Maugansville | April 15, 2013
The Middleburg/Mason-Dixon Line Historical Society will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. at the State Line Ruritan Building off Pa. 11 at State Line (Pa.) Community Park.  The guest speaker will be Bob O'Connor, an author and historian from Charles Town, W.Va. His program, titled “A House Divided Against Itself,” is based on his book of the same title about the Culp brothers who fought in the Civil War. Originally from Gettysburg, Pa., the brothers fought against each other in different areas on the same battlefield, one for the 2nd Virginia Infantry, CSA, and the other for the 87th Pennsylvania, USA.  Both also spent time together in Chambersburg, Pa.  The public is invited to the free event.
By MARIE GILBERT | | April 14, 2013
Fifty years ago, libraries were beginning to shift from stuffy, dark rooms lined with shelves of books to participatory sites of culture and learning. The image of studiousness and solitude was being replaced by stimulation and conversation. There were expanding learning spaces, opportunities for creating and sharing original works and ideas, youth programs and a sense of community connectedness. In Hagerstown, the Washington County Free Library was no exception to the transition.
April 12, 2013
This week we continue with the different types of muffuletta. This is a mouth-watering version without scooping out the delicious soft innards of bread. Allow the olive salad and extra virgin olive oil to drench every nook and cranny to give you deep flavor and delicious combinations. This recipe will also lend itself to my spicier side of life. I enjoy a little heat in my sandwich and this recipe will showcase just that. To me, heat is a wonderful addition to anything I create but to many my level of heat is often way too hot for others to handle.  In any case, experiment a little to see what heat index is right for you and begin to build from there.
Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville | April 12, 2013
Hagerstown author Preston “Toby” Law will speak to the Keedysville Historical Society on Monday at 7 p.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 53 N. Main St., Keedysville. Law will discuss his new book, “Drummer Boy for the Bonnie Blue,” which follows a 14-year-old Frederick native, Thad, as he decides to join the Confederate army as a drummer boy. The public is invited, and visitors are encouraged to bring their children and grandchildren. Books will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served.
Madge Miles | Around Jonathan Street | April 12, 2013
A book signing will be held Saturday for Dr. Sinclair Grey, motivational speaker, motivator, author and life coach. Stop by the Memorial Recreation Center, 109 W. North Ave., and pick up your copy of his book, “It's in You” from 1 to 3 p.m. Fundraising dinners scheduled for weekend On Saturday starting at noon, a chicken dinner fundraiser will be held at the Memorial Recreation Center, 109 W. North Avenue. The cost is $7.50 for a menu of chicken, macaroni and cheese or potatoes, collard greens or green beans, roll and water.
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