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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | June 2, 2012
Emily Fox was adamant. She wanted nothing to do with Soap Box Derby racing. Her parents were equally as determined to change her mind. “My mom bribed me with doughnuts to get in a car, so I got in one,” Emily said. Emily began to take to the sport despite herself. She started doing toe touches to improve her flexibility, so she could fit more aerodynamically in the car she was using. The 14-year-old Hancock girl was further hooked when she learned she could get a super stock car of her own and paint it as she chose.
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July 20, 2010
o View Ag Expo photos for purchase! o List of Ag Expo winners Brittany Bowman, 20, might be too old for the 4-H club, but she has an 11-year history at the Washington County Ag Expo & Fair. This year, Bowman, of Boonsboro, said she is here to lend a hand. "I have to help my sister with her cows," she said. She said her sister would be showing four cows during Ag Expo. Bowman said her family has about 40 cattle. Bowman said she enjoys the social part of the annual event.
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BOB PARASILITI | May 7, 2010
HAGERSTOWN-Under any other situation, Carol Costello would be considered an over-the-top fan. Why else would she travel from place to place faithfully and religiously, wearing specific color clothes, sitting in the bleachers while living on a steady diet of concession food just for a glimpse of a group of her favorite athletes engaged in competition? The answer is easy. She is a mother. She is a mother of five children. She is a mother of five children, all athletes who have participated at St. Maria Goretti.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | July 30, 2011
The Alans were out in force on their Harleys for Saturday's Martinsburg American Legion Riders Group's annual Toys for Tots Poker Run. Alan Rannals, Alan Rannals II and Alan Rannals III - grandfather, father and son - all are named for movie star Alan Ladd. Alan Rannals, 61, or "Iron Butt," as he's known by fellow Harley riders, was one of the oldest riders in Saturday's fundraiser for the Christmas toy program. He is a Vietnam War veteran and a Legion member. Rannals was born in Hollywood, Calif., the second youngest of nine children.
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By LEIGH-ANNE MAUK | Special to The Herald-Mail | May 15, 2013
For Sonny Lemon, the annual wagon train ride is more than just an opportunity to trace the famous route that opened Washington County to the west - it's a family tradition that goes back more than 20 years. Lemon, a Boonsboro native, first began riding in the National Pike Festival and Wagon Train in 1989 with his friend and fellow horseman, Robert Shank. The National Pike Festival celebrates the historic, 19th-century road that helped extend the Baltimore-National Pike to Cumberland, Md., allowing for the development of roadways that would eventually lead to national westward expansion, according to the event's website.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | December 18, 2011
Playing flute for the Williamsport Community Band gives Maurice Treacy a chance to continue a hobby that he started more than eight decades ago. "It's just wonderful," the 92-year-old Treacy said as he tuned his flute Sunday before the band's Christmas show at St. James Brethren Church. "I've been in bands since 1927, in other words, 80 years or more. " Treacy, who lives in Martinsburg, W.Va., said he practices about once a week to stay sharp. He said he believes playing the flute helps his fingers stay nimble.
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May 25, 1997
By GUY FLETCHER Staff Writer SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Graduating from college was an honor enough for Gail McDowell, but the chance to receive a diploma along with her daughter made the day even more special. "That's the best part of this day," said McDowell, her voice cracking with emotion. McDowell, 47, and her daughter, 28-year-old Christie McDowell, were just two of the 512 people who graduated during Shepherd College's 124th commencement Saturday afternoon - a ceremony marked by cheers, tears and pride.
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By JULIE GREENE | October 11, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- The Sunday matinee performance by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra seemed like a family affair, with many relatives in attendance, including those of the musicians. Jessica Nelson, 19, of Stephens City, Va., often comes to see the symphony because her parents, trumpeter Scott Nelson and violinist Cathy Nelson, are in the MSO. On Sunday, she went to The Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown to see guest violinist Elena Urioste. Urioste joined the MSO's MasterWorks I concerts to perform Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto, which at times involved a lot of quick finger positioning and bow work.
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by JANET HEIM | June 19, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Md. - Dominic Smith-DiLeo celebrated his eighth birthday by running his first 10K race - the 27th Annual Run Through History at Antietam National Battlefield. The biggest gift of the day came from his 10-year-old brother, Vincent, who let him cross the finish line first, earning Dominic the silver medal in the Under 13 age category in 1 hour, 9 minutes, 30 seconds. Vincent settled for the bronze medal in 1:11.24 and said he hopes upcoming races don't fall on Dominic's birthday.
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By LEIGH-ANNE MAUK | Special to The Herald-Mail | May 15, 2013
For Sonny Lemon, the annual wagon train ride is more than just an opportunity to trace the famous route that opened Washington County to the west - it's a family tradition that goes back more than 20 years. Lemon, a Boonsboro native, first began riding in the National Pike Festival and Wagon Train in 1989 with his friend and fellow horseman, Robert Shank. The National Pike Festival celebrates the historic, 19th-century road that helped extend the Baltimore-National Pike to Cumberland, Md., allowing for the development of roadways that would eventually lead to national westward expansion, according to the event's website.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | February 23, 2013
The 4th Doleman Black Heritage Museum Celebration of Black History on Saturday at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown was a bit of a family affair for the Parsons. Cathy Parson and her brother, Tom Parson, were among those honored at the event for their respective inductions in the Washington County and Hagerstown Community College halls of fame. And their sister, Alesia Parson-McBean, organized the music-filled celebration of Black History Month, which was headlined by the Bowie State University Gospel Choir.
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By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | December 6, 2012
It's a hectic Saturday afternoon inside the City Ballet School at Hagerstown's City Centre. In an upstairs studio, children bump into each other as they scurry from one room to the next with costumes in hand. Parents help set up stage props, the artistic director tweaks a sequence of dance steps while  the music of Tchaikovsky plays in the background. It's December and another "Nutcracker" is being polished and assembled, piece by tinselly piece. There is attention to detail, enough hard work to make the floor shake and a commitment to creating magic.
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By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | August 25, 2012
David Herbst has had dirt under his fingernails for as long as he can remember. And he wouldn't have it any other way. As the owner of Misty Meadow Farm in Smithsburg, he comes from a long line of relatives who have made a living from the soil. That includes his grandfather, who moved to the property in 1918, arriving on a horse and wagon. “I can still remember as a child going out to the fields with Grandpap to pick rocks,” Herbst said. “While Dad was planting, we would get another field ready.” Herbst probably never imagined at such a young age that one day, he would be in charge of the farm.
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July 7, 2012
David Burkey Hagerstown As a volunteer for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, David Burkey helped run a raffle for MSO concert tickets and Baltimore Orioles tickets, which he said drew attendees into the shade of the MSO's white tent Saturday afternoon. “People hear MSO tickets, and say, 'Oh, OK,' and then they hear Orioles tickets and are like, 'Oh yeah, I'll sign up,'” he said, laughing. Burkey said he has been coming to the celebration for several years, and loves looking out over the battlefield from his vantage point up on the hill.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | July 4, 2012
Like crabgrass, the Fourth of July Mile Long Yard Sale has been spreading over Hagerstown's North End for years, devouring more side streets off Longmeadow Road, drawing thousands of bargain-hunters and turning residents into entrepreneurs for a day. “We've lived here nine years, and this is our ninth year participating,” said Jon Phelps, sitting under a canopy Wednesday outside his Longmeadow Road home. “It's a very good opportunity to get rid of unwanted items that need a new home.” Planning for the sale is a year-round effort, Phelps said.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | June 2, 2012
Emily Fox was adamant. She wanted nothing to do with Soap Box Derby racing. Her parents were equally as determined to change her mind. “My mom bribed me with doughnuts to get in a car, so I got in one,” Emily said. Emily began to take to the sport despite herself. She started doing toe touches to improve her flexibility, so she could fit more aerodynamically in the car she was using. The 14-year-old Hancock girl was further hooked when she learned she could get a super stock car of her own and paint it as she chose.
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By MAEGAN CLEARWOOD | For The Herald-Mail | December 23, 2011
Christmas lists might overflow with wishes, but some members of the community aren't hoping for something that comes in a box or a bag. For them, the holidays are a time to give back, not just receive. Jodie Ostoich, executive director for REACH of Washington County, said she is constantly reminded of how difficult the holiday season can be for those unable to afford a roof over their heads, let alone Christmas gifts. "My wish is that people would learn more how to put other people in front of themselves, and that there is dignity in every human being," she said.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | December 18, 2011
Playing flute for the Williamsport Community Band gives Maurice Treacy a chance to continue a hobby that he started more than eight decades ago. "It's just wonderful," the 92-year-old Treacy said as he tuned his flute Sunday before the band's Christmas show at St. James Brethren Church. "I've been in bands since 1927, in other words, 80 years or more. " Treacy, who lives in Martinsburg, W.Va., said he practices about once a week to stay sharp. He said he believes playing the flute helps his fingers stay nimble.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | July 30, 2011
The Alans were out in force on their Harleys for Saturday's Martinsburg American Legion Riders Group's annual Toys for Tots Poker Run. Alan Rannals, Alan Rannals II and Alan Rannals III - grandfather, father and son - all are named for movie star Alan Ladd. Alan Rannals, 61, or "Iron Butt," as he's known by fellow Harley riders, was one of the oldest riders in Saturday's fundraiser for the Christmas toy program. He is a Vietnam War veteran and a Legion member. Rannals was born in Hollywood, Calif., the second youngest of nine children.
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