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By ART CALLAHAM | June 17, 2012
We celebrate Father's Day on a Sunday in June each year and I'd like to share a few memories and impressions of my father that have stayed with me for many years. Fathers are a “different breed of cat,” or so Byron Nelson the great golfer might have said. Nelson actually referred to winners as the ultimate different breed of cat and that comparison, between winners and fathers, might well reflect how special fathers can be.  Or is that should be? We hold up winners, in all aspects of life, to be special and obviously some fathers should also be held up. Some fathers stick around, through thick and thin and help raise their children; however, some don't.
OPINION
May 9, 2012
So now the courts are handing down opinions concerning the personality of dogs. That's pretty impressive. Now maybe they can decide what's really troubling Charlie Sheen. The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled recently that pit bulls are “inherently dangerous,” meaning that the animals are now a greater liability risk for owners, landlords and adoption agencies. Glad they had time to hear that case. Now they can take up oral arguments on whether cocker spaniels are inherently dumb.
NEWS
by RYAN C. TUCK | August 5, 2004
ryant@herald-mail.com SHARPSBURG - Cherokee, a 4-year-old Texas longhorn, might weigh more than 1,000 pounds and have horns that are 60 inches from tip to tip, but when left alone for "bath time" Wednesday, he didn't look scary, he looked scared. Cherokee was one of more than 20 participants in the Texas Longhorn Show at Ag Expo Wednesday. "He wants his buddy," said his owner, Curtis Clopper, after watching Cherokee scale a 3-foot fence to try to get back closer to Frosty.
NEWS
By TAMELA BAKER | August 26, 2007
BEAVER CREEK - They scampered and barked, nuzzled and played, totally unaware that they were making canine history. But the 45 or so Icelandic sheepdogs gathered Saturday on Elisabet Stacy-Hurley's Beaver Creek property represented the largest gathering of the breed in U.S. history, organizers said. The gathering was part of a series of events scheduled throughout the country to mark the Icelandic Sheepdog Association of America's 10-year anniversary. The United States has only 600 to 700 Icelandic sheepdogs, said ISAA President Knox Rhine, who traveled from his home in Newton, Kan., for the event.
NEWS
By TAMELA BAKER | August 25, 2007
BEAVER CREEK ? They scampered and barked, nuzzled and played, totally unaware that they were making canine history. But the 45 or so Icelandic sheepdogs gathered Saturday on Elisabet Stacy-Hurley's Beaver Creek property represented the largest gathering of the breed in U.S. history, organizers said. The gathering was part of a series of events scheduled throughout the country to mark the Icelandic Sheepdog Association of America's 10-year anniversary. The United States has only 600 to 700 Icelandic sheepdogs, said ISAA President Knox Rhine, who traveled from his home in Newton, Kan., for the event.
NEWS
February 9, 2009
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Sondra Riser's dog Demetri was chosen as one of the top in its breed at the Westminster Kennel Club's dog show in New York City on Monday. Riser was pleased, but said she thought Demetri, a bouvier des Flandres, could have won. "I had hoped for more," she said during a phone interview. "I play to win. " Demetri is the fourth bouvier that the Hagerstown-area woman and her husband, Dave Riser, have shown at the prestigious dog show. Two have won best in breed -- Sir in 2000 and Joey in 2006.
NEWS
February 23, 2008
Samantha is a year-old Dogue De Bordeaux mix. Her breed was featured in the movie "Turner & Hooch. " Samantha was abandoned at the Humane Society of Washington County. She is very affectionate, energetic and playful. She loves to snuggle. Samantha would do best in a house with older children who could play with her. If you would like to adopt Samantha, visit the Humane Society of Washington County at 13011 Maugansville Road near Hagerstown, or call 301-733-2060.
NEWS
March 6, 1998
WESTMINSTER, Md. - The Boston Terrier Club of Maryland will hold its Annual Black-Eyed Susan Specialty Show on Saturday, April 11, at the Carroll County Agricultural Center, Smith Avenue, Westminster. The club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the betterment and promotion of the breed on a national basis. The show will begin at 8 a.m. and run through the day. Morning events will feature an obedience competition to be judged by Edward Gillespie of Chesapeake City, Md. The veteran and puppy sweepstakes competition will follow, to be judged by Alice Watkins of Reisterstown, Md. The junior handler competition will be judged by Toni Gregory of LaPlata, Md. The parade of champions and titleholders will be followed by all regular and nonregular breed classes and best of breed competition, to be judged by Rose Molder of Englewood Cliffs, N.J. A buffet and auction of Boston terrier items will end the day's events.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | May 24, 2011
Mosquito spraying in Franklin County is scheduled to begin Tuesday in response to increased reports of mosquito populations. Franklin County’s West Nile virus coordinator, Raymond Eckhart, said mosquitoes have more spots to breed because of standing water from this month’s rains. This year’s spraying starts two weeks earlier than normal. The Penn State Cooperative Extension Office in Franklin County has received more calls than normal from residents reporting large quantities of mosquitoes, Eckhart said.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | January 11, 2011
The 20 or so horses that roam Carousel Farm off Darke Lane are huge, gentle beasts that come in colors from black to gray to white. One of those horses, Excalibur, a big, black 7-year-old Percheron stallion, is a prime example of the draft horse breed that farm owner Jim McGowen has been raising since 1984. A big stallion can stretch 18.2 hands high and weigh up to 2,500 pounds, he said. Many Percherons weigh more than a ton. McGowen began breeding Percherons in Calhoun County, W.Va.
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NEWS
July 8, 2013
Lost - Mixed-breed dog Where - The dog was lost on Salem Avenue in Hagerstown. When - The dog has been missing since Thursday evening, when it jumped the fence after being spooked by fireworks in the area. Description - The female dog is mostly brown, but has some black and white markings. It has short hair. It is a cross between a German shepherd, collie and hound. It was wearing a red collar, but has no tags. It answers to the name Gwen. The dog is described as very friendly.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | April 9, 2013
Blue ribbons eluded them, but Baron, Twists and Ceri still showed enough skill in their divisions to snare seven green ribbons among them at the recent American Kennel Club National Agility Championships in Tulsa, Okla. Gretchen Mason's Welsh corgis, thanks to their agility on the timed courses in Tulsa, added to the stacks of ribbons that fill the three big tubs in their Summit Point basement. Baron earned his ribbons by completing three “clean” 100 percent rounds in his divisions, while Twist and Ceri each earned accolades for making no mistakes in their runs through the course, Mason said.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | January 17, 2013
Legislation introduced this week in the Maryland General Assembly seeks to overturn a precedent set by a Maryland Court of Appeals ruling last year that concluded pit bulls were dangerous dogs. The court ruling, which also held pit bull owners responsible for any attacks caused by their dogs, dismayed many dog owners because those with pit bulls were now liable for any attacks while landlords, too, were held liable for an attack caused by a renter's dog, said the legislators who introduced the bill.
OPINION
By ART CALLAHAM | June 17, 2012
We celebrate Father's Day on a Sunday in June each year and I'd like to share a few memories and impressions of my father that have stayed with me for many years. Fathers are a “different breed of cat,” or so Byron Nelson the great golfer might have said. Nelson actually referred to winners as the ultimate different breed of cat and that comparison, between winners and fathers, might well reflect how special fathers can be.  Or is that should be? We hold up winners, in all aspects of life, to be special and obviously some fathers should also be held up. Some fathers stick around, through thick and thin and help raise their children; however, some don't.
OPINION
May 9, 2012
So now the courts are handing down opinions concerning the personality of dogs. That's pretty impressive. Now maybe they can decide what's really troubling Charlie Sheen. The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled recently that pit bulls are “inherently dangerous,” meaning that the animals are now a greater liability risk for owners, landlords and adoption agencies. Glad they had time to hear that case. Now they can take up oral arguments on whether cocker spaniels are inherently dumb.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | October 6, 2011
A Mercersburg dairy family walked away as big winners last month at the 48th All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, Pa. During the competition, James and Nina Burdette's Holstein, Pledge, was selected as Grand Champion Holstein. Not only did Pledge emerge as top cow at the show, she also was selected as Senior Champion and first-place cow in the 125,000-pound production class. Pledge - or Pledge-ET as she is formally called - is the product of superior genetics, the family said.
SPORTS
By DAN KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com | September 17, 2011
Even as the underdog, North Hagerstown's girls soccer team still is a formidable foe in the Washington County Public Schools Tournament. Elizabeth Balog's goal in the seventh minute stood up as the Hubs knocked off Williamsport 1-0 on Saturday night for their eighth county title in their 11th straight trip to the final. “I can't tell you how proud I am,” North coach Rick Aleshire said. “We weren't expected to do this. It's the first year we've been underdogs, so this one feels good.” Williamsport (3-2)
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | August 30, 2011
A Berkeley County magistrate Tuesday ordered the former owner of 94 dogs that were seized in August 2010 to pay nearly $3,000 in restitution for the care of the animals. Leonard Woods Jr., 47, who pleaded guilty on April 25 to 20 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, has two years from that day to pay $2,856.89 in restitution, according to an order signed by Magistrate Harry L. Snow. Woods is expected to end his two-year term of unsupervised probation on April 25, 2013, as part of a plea agreement reached in April, according to court records.
NEWS
June 20, 2011
The Gene Iager Agricultural Scholarship is offered to Maryland youth who are members of a junior breed organization (all breeds), have/had a 4-H dairy project and are enrolled in a four-year program at a college of agriculture. The $5,000 scholarship was established in 2007 by Iager, a dairy, turkey and grain farmer in Howard County, Md. The award will be presented at the Maryland State Fair during the 4-H Supreme Dairy Show. This scholarship may be won by an individual one time.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | May 24, 2011
Mosquito spraying in Franklin County is scheduled to begin Tuesday in response to increased reports of mosquito populations. Franklin County’s West Nile virus coordinator, Raymond Eckhart, said mosquitoes have more spots to breed because of standing water from this month’s rains. This year’s spraying starts two weeks earlier than normal. The Penn State Cooperative Extension Office in Franklin County has received more calls than normal from residents reporting large quantities of mosquitoes, Eckhart said.
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