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by TIFFANY ARNOLD | November 2, 2006
Continuing a theme of advocacy, the Antietam Women's Ensemble will open its third season this weekend with Songs for the Earth, a concert program featuring music with environmental conservation themes. The Women's Ensemble will perform Saturday at the National Conservation Training Center near Shepherds-town, W.Va., and will perform the same program Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sharpsburg. The women's ensemble is an all-female community chorus that aims to bring both entertaining and "thought-provoking" music to audiences, according to Georgiann Toole, ensemble director.
NEWS
June 13, 2006
"The Big Bang" by Busta Rhymes "Rather Ripped" by Sonic Youth "Do I Make You Proud/Takin' It to the Streets" by Taylor Hicks "Earth to America" by Widespread Panic
NEWS
October 5, 1999
You see those signs: "Bridge freezes before road surface. " Why is that? While the roadway has the benefit of the heat of the Earth underneath to retard freezing, air circulates more readily around bridges, explains Fred Crozier, district engineer for the Maryland State Highway Administration in LaVale, Md. When it's cold, you've got cold air above and below the bridge, Crozier said. However, once you get below the frost line, the temperature of the Earth generally stays at about 50 degrees, he said.
NEWS
August 23, 2004
521,837. That's how many miles Funkstown resident Thomas "Woody" McDonald had on his work van as of 8 a.m. Friday. That's enough to: - Get to the moon and back with miles left over. The maximum distance from the Earth to the moon is 252,020 miles. (Source: The World Almanac) - Make almost 21 trips around the earth's equator, which has a circumference of 24,901.55 miles. (Source: World Book Encyclopedia and geography.about.com ) - Take 210 cross-country trips.
NEWS
February 22, 2001
Don't like the weather? Wait a billion years The good news is that Earth is going to end. The bad news is that it's not going to happen for another 1.1 billion years, or roughly about the time that Britney Spears is eligible to vote. I know this because I read USA Today, America's only nondepressing newspaper. Last week it had a story about the end of the planet and how scientists plan to avoid it. It didn't say why. But it indicated that in 1.1 billion years, the sun is scheduled to swell up to the size of Deon Sanders' head and burn us all up. I say "us" meaning "you," being all those people who have saved this newspaper article for many million centuries.
LIFESTYLE
Celeste Maiorana | May 10, 2011
This has certainly been a wild spring. Cold, then hot. Dry, then wet. Violent storms. It prompts one to wonder: Does planet Earth have a fever? Is this weather really more extreme than it used to be? Is this our future or just an anomaly that will disappear soon? What role, if any, do humans play in it? I'll leave weather and climate forecasting to the experts. But, with seven billion people distributed throughout all the habitable areas of the Earth, I think it is safe to say that our actions are affecting the health of our planet.
NEWS
By ROD MARTIN / Brish Planetarium and ANDY SMETZER / Tristate Astronomers | December 29, 2009
Visible evening planets Jupiter is the bright evening planet low in the southwest. Mars enters the evening sky as Jupiter sets. Visible morning planets Saturn rises before midnight and is high in the morning. Mercury is visible in the east before sunrise early in the month. For more information about the visible evening planets and nighttime sky, download the planetarium's podcast "Skylights" from antpod.com . Solar System Mars is smaller than Earth, farther from the sun than Earth, but seems to be the most hospitable planet to explore.
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by TIM ROWLAND | December 19, 2006
Commentary So we're headed back to the moon. What happened, did we forget something last time we were there? I'm just wondering what's changed about it since 1972 that we need to check out. Maybe they found oil. Maybe they want a desert-like setting that we know we'll be able to control without worrying about car bombings. NASA announced this month a schedule that includes testing a lunar vehicle in 2009, a 2014 manned test flight, a short visit in 2020 and a moon base in 2024 that would allow people to live there for six-month periods.
NEWS
November 24, 2004
Week of Nov. 21, 1954 It doesn't pay to be walking around close to police headquarters when you're wanted by police. When State Trooper Clyde Tucker looked out a fourth-floor window at headquarters, he recognized a man walking down East Franklin Street as being wanted for traffic violations. Don Smith, a city policeman, was sent to bring the man into headquarters where Trooper Tucker awaited him with several warrants. Which proves that the eyes of the law are sometimes keen, as well as the arm being long.
NEWS
by OLIVIA MONTG0MERY | August 22, 2006
Review Sixty-three years later and the little boy remains a prince. What's your favorite genre? Is it sci-fi? Fantasy? "The Little Prince" is an interesting combination of both genres. The book, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (who died a year after writing this book), is perfect for a quick read. It is also a simplistic yet intriguing tale of a little prince who lives on a small planet. He comes to Earth in search of a sheep to protect his beloved rose. On the way, he meets a variety of adults, each on their own small planet.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | April 27, 2013
It was a day of education and fun Saturday at Renfrew Institute's Earth Celebration Day and Festival of Art. Now in its 23rd year, about 40 exhibitors and environmental artists set up on the lawn at Renfrew Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. About 500 people attended Saturday's event. Renfrew Park is the most beautiful park in Waynesboro, said Melodie Anderson-Smith, executive director of Renfrew Institute, and she said it's the perfect place to bring people outdoors to celebrate the Earth.
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LIFESTYLE
By BOB GARVER | Special to The Herald-Mail | April 22, 2013
I was prejudiced against "Oblivion" because about a week before it opened. A friend of mine got to see a movie in advance and left after the first half hour. At around the 31-minute mark, I was jealous of my friend. It's not a terrible movie in that "clearly a bomb" sort of way, but it failed to hold my interest and it was depressing to know that it was nowhere close to ending. The film stars Tom Cruise as Jack Harper, a drone repairman on an abandoned Earth in a bleak future. Humanity had to evacuate the planet after an alien invasion rendered it uninhabitable.
NEWS
Paula Green Shupp | Around Williamsport | March 20, 2013
Williamsport will hold Earth Hour on Saturday. The community is invited to be part the worldwide initiative. Residents are encouraged to switch off nonessential lights at home and join friends and neighbors at Springfield Farm Barn on Saturday, beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free. The band Soulstice will entertain on stage and dancing is encouraged. There will be free refreshments and food for purchase, door prizes, lighted balloons and other activities. Williamsport Elementary School and Springfield Middle School will be collecting old phone books, printer ink cartridges and old sneakers.
OPINION
February 23, 2013
We should respect God's beautiful earth To the editor: Lent has begun. It is a 40-day period in which we slow down, or at least try, and concentrate on the sacrifice of our Father, creator of this world. He sent forth His son, Jesus, for our redemption and restoration. Jesus came as well to give us guidelines for living kinder. Forgiveness sets an example in living out “loving our neighbors,” the commandment He asks of us now. When I was a young teen, I used to give up sweets for Lent.
NEWS
July 7, 2012
Two people were taken to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown on Saturday morning following a collision between a pickup truck and a motorcycle at the intersection of U.S. 40 and Earth Care Road, Maryland State Police said. The crash occurred at 10:54 a.m. when the pickup truck, driven by Stephen David Horst, 35, of Waynesboro, Pa., pulled out of Earth Care Road and into the path of the motorcycle operated by Randy Wayne Domer, 50, of Hagerstown, troopers said. Domer was unable to avoid a collision and struck the truck, troopers said.
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Linda Murray | Around West Hagerstown | April 25, 2012
As we celebrated Earth Day on Sunday, I was reminded of this Native American proverb: “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” Salem students celebrate Earth Day Students at Salem Avenue Elementary School in Hagerstown celebrated Earth Day April 20 by cleaning up the school grounds. Teachers in each grade level discussed how important it is to keep the Earth clean and what each of us can do each day to keep it that way. Then, during recess time, all Salem students walked around the school grounds with their teachers picking up litter.
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Susie Hoffman | Around Funkstown | April 17, 2012
Earth Day will be celebrated at Discovery Station on Sunday at 3 p.m.  The science program with student activities is based on the book “A River Ran Wild” by Lynn Cherry. The book encourages children to be aware of and how to care for their environment. The book is the true story of changes in New England's Nashua River over the centuries, and how man has destroyed and later reclaimed the river and the land around it. The children will document these changes on a map. To help children remember the importance of caring for their environment, they will create a 3-D model using trash in a constructive way instead of using it to pollute the environment.  All children participating in the class will receive their own tree to plant to beautify the environment.
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Bill Kohler | April 14, 2012
Esquire magazine recently published an issue titled “For Our Divided Times,” which featured 79 things “We All Can Agree On.” OK, I'm buying. The cover choice, however, was a little odd: Bill Clinton, who was one of the most polarizing leaders in modern history. While I might not agree with all of the 79 things (I'm all in on Ashley Greene, National Parks, Woody Harrelson and how amazing the young Eddie Murphy was in his early movies), one thing is sure about the idea: we could all use a common cause around which to rally.
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Paula Green Shupp | Around Williamsport | March 28, 2012
It will be “Dark in the Park” for the inaugural Williamsport Earth Hour on Saturday in Byron Memorial Park. The band Final Notice and Henri Verdel will entertain. 4-Star Athletic Complex gymnasts will perform and give away glow sticks.  Williamsport Elementary School's Green School will showcase its program and collect old phone books, cellphones and ink cartridges. Those who donate items will receive a free door prize ticket for each item dropped off. The free event includes refreshments, door prizes, drum circle and environment-friendly sponsors.
BREAKINGNEWS
From staff reports | August 23, 2011
Tri-State area residents, along with millions of others along the East Coast, felt the earth rumbling beneath them just before 2 p.m. as a 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck the region. The epicenter of the 1:51 p.m. quake was about 9 miles south of Mineral, Va., in Louisa County, about 123 miles south of Hagerstown, according to the United States Geological Survey. The USGS reported an 2.8-magnitude aftershock from the same spot in Virginia at 2:46 p.m. A 5.8 magnitude earthquake is typically intense enough to be felt by all, to move heavy furniture, and to cause slight to moderate damage in well-built ordinary structures, according to USGS.  It may cause considerable damage in poorly built or badly designed structures.
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