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March 30, 2005
Hugh and Barbara Baker, left, and Rey Rodriguez, right, all of Letterkenny Township, wear their feelings about the proposed ethanol plant in Franklin County, Pa., on their T-shirts during Tuesday's public hearing.
by CANDICE BOSELY | November 8, 2006
A letter to the editor written by Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II in support of a political candidate raised the ire of Councilwoman Penny Nigh, who discussed it during the City Council meeting Tuesday. "That was one of the most hurtful letters," Nigh told the mayor during the meeting. She said she felt it was inappropriate that Bruchey included with his signature his title of mayor, saying it made the entire Council look bad. The letter ran in the Saturday, Nov. 4, edition of The Herald-Mail.
by TIM KOELBLE | December 9, 2003
Here we are inside the computer war room of the Bowl Championship Series office in Neverland USA: Human: Congratulations to the University of Southern California on its No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press Top 25 and USA/ESPN Top 25. Computer: We don't feel USC is No. 1. Human: I can't believe Oklahoma waited until the last week of the season to look so terrible. Computer: We feel they are still No. 1. Human: Louisiana State put a pretty good whippin' on Georgia, didn't they?
By ANDREA ROWLAND | July 22, 1999
CLEAR SPRING - Hannah Smith isn't at a loss for words. The Clear Spring Middle School sixth-grader was named statewide Reserve Champion for the 4-H Public Speaking Contest held in June at the University of Maryland College Park. "I thought public speaking would help me out now and in the future," said Hannah, 11. "I've found confidence in myself. " She advanced to the state level of competition after winning at county and regional levels, she said. Hannah placed second out of nine competitors in the junior category with a speech titled "Voting - Why It's Important," which she wrote and delivered.
By LYNN LITTLE / Special to The Herald-Mail | April 3, 2009
Losing a job or income affects all members of the family. Parents become so preoccupied they forget that tough times have an emotional as well as a financial impact on their children. Children depend on their parents for emotional security. When parents are tense, upset and inattentive, much of this security is gone. Talk about financial impacts Reduced income can mean sudden lifestyle changes for the entire family. There's less money to spend, so decisions must be made on how to spend what's there.
by LISA PREJEAN | June 9, 2006
School's out for summer and we can almost hear the children cheering ... at least for now. After the initial euphoria wears off and a lack of projects leads to boredom, those glad smiles can turn into sad, lonely faces. How can a parent prevent this from happening? Try some Blues Busters. Not tunes leftover from last week's Western Maryland Blues Fest, but suggestions to help kids lift their own spirits. Dr. James J. Crist provides some suggestions in his book, "What to Do When You're Sad and Lonely: A Guide for Kids.
by MEG H. PARTINGTON | December 27, 2002 The gifts are unwrapped, the guests are gone and the silence of winter sets in. Such is the pattern every year as the holiday season comes to a close. Feelings of disappointment or sadness may set in for a while as the humdrum routine resumes. You're not alone if you feel moody, fatigued, sad or lonely. "A little of that is expected after the holidays," said Barbara Ehrenberg, a licensed independent clinical social worker with A Brighter Tomorrow LLC Counseling Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.
By MEG PARTINGTON | October 15, 2007
The symptoms are silent, but the diagnosis of breast cancer can sound deafening to those who hear it. Once the words "You have breast cancer" are absorbed by the patient and his or her loved ones, quiet might set in again. Despite the prevalence of breast cancer and all the information available about it, many people still want it to remain a "hush-hush" disease, said Lou Lichti, Ph.D., a psychologist with City Park Psychological Services & Associates LLC in Hagerstown. In order for the patient to move forward physically and emotionally, however, Lichti said the silence must be broken.
February 4, 2000
Dear Katy, Every time I try to talk to my boyfriend about something important, he always shuts me out. He never wants to talk about anything serious because he says everything is fine the way it is. He won't talk about his feelings at all, and it's really starting to cause a problem in our relationship. I want him to let me in, but he won't. He says I can't get him to change because that's just the way he is. What can I do? - Feeling Shut Out cont. from lifestyle Dear Feeling Shut Out, Your boyfriend is right.
By BARTON GOLDSMITH / Scripps Howard News Service | November 11, 2008
Communication is the greatest and perhaps least-used tool we have to connect with others. Here are 10 reasons we don't talk and how to make a correction when necessary. 1. Actions that you don't agree with can be conversation stoppers. Talk about what you would prefer and try to find some balance and a way for you to get more out of what's going on. 2. If it's a difficult topic, to avoid hurting someone's feelings, it's best to share your insights gently. This will also help you resolve things more easily.
Susie Hoffman | Around Funkstown | September 9, 2013
Screen doors are in full use.  Rows of canned peaches, pears, and tomatoes line the pantry shelves. I feel blessed. Marine Corps Ball slated in November at Hager Hall Do you realize why we have the privilege of enjoying all of the freedoms that we embrace and live with?  All of the service men and women who so selflessly give up their comforts of daily living to ensure our freedoms - that's who we should thank. One of the service branches will be celebrating its 238th birthday  with the Marine Corps Ball on Friday, Nov. 15, at Hager Hall.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | September 5, 2013
Area residents had mixed feelings this week about Hagerstown Mayor David Gysberts's recent comments that the city still wants to build a downtown stadium regardless of whether the Hagerstown Suns baseball team stays or goes. Brett Oxendine of Hagerstown said that the minor league Suns have been around since he was a kid, but the city should “call it a day” if they leave. “If they're moving, don't build the stadium,” said Oxendine, 33. “I think they (the Hagerstown City Council)
By CALEB CALHOUN | | August 23, 2013
Nearly six months after federal “sequestration” went into effect, some local businesses, nonprofit organizations and national parks are feeling the effects of the mandatory federal budget cuts, according to U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md. Cardin said Friday that the effects of sequestration are not always immediate, but have affected economic progress in the nation and Western Maryland. “We've heard from businesses located out there dependent on federal contracts,” he said.
By ANDREW MASON | | August 17, 2013
During his state-champion days at Williamsport High School, Michael Lilley logged thousands of training miles on the C&O Canal Towpath. He returned to the towpath Saturday morning, and left as a champion again. Lilley, 22, won the 32nd annual Gary Brown Memorial C&O Canal Five Mile Run in 25 minutes and 26 seconds. “It's really awesome for me to be able to win this race on my home turf that I grew up running on,” said Lilley, who recently graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., where he competed for the NCAA Division I Mountaineers.
By ROXANN MILLER | | July 13, 2013
Following Saturday's Mont Alto Centennial Parade, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett discussed the 2013-14 budget with reporters. When asked what his biggest frustration was about the budget, Corbett paused before answering. “Why does everybody want to focus on frustrations. We got a lot done,” Corbett said. “We got a balanced budget done again, on time. We increased spending in very critical areas.” The $28.4 billion spending plan increased funding by about $40 million to people with special needs, Corbett said.
By HOLLY SHOK | | July 3, 2013
But Wednesday night, Marty Woods, 41, and her family were in attendance at Clear Spring's eighth annual Independence Jam, where they were surrounded by the community that supported them when they needed it most.  Woods' two-story home on Big Pool Road was destroyed Dec. 22, 2012, as a result of a fire that stared in a clothes dryer. Five family members who lived in the house were displaced at the time, according to earlier reports from The Herald-Mail. “And that's when we really felt the support of the community,” Woods said of herself, her husband, Steve, and their 4-year-old son, Dewey.
By MARIE GILBERT | | June 21, 2013
It's the musical parodies that get the audience laughing and clapping - songs like the golden oldie “My Guy” that becomes “My Thighs.”   But it's the self-deprecating jokes about hot flashes, sleepless nights, weight gain and Jekyll-and-Hyde personality changes that create a bonding experience among the audience and cast members.   Add sassy dialogue, handsome staging and funny scenes like a bra fight at a lingerie sale and you have a comedic piece of theatre known as “Menopause The Musical.” Since its debut in 2001, the play has been a mini-juggernaut, entertaining sell-out crowds in more than 250 American cities and 14 countries.
June 2, 2013
Right at Home, an adult home-care business with offices in Frederick and Carroll County, Md., for 10 years, is expanding to an office on Prospect Avenue in Hagerstown. The company recently hosted local businesses and officials to celebrate the opening.
By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | | May 18, 2013
One thing Ed Grimes hates about his current work schedule is trying to explain it to others. “It's confusing,” he said. Since being laid off in 2009 after nearly four decades at Hagerstown's Noland Company, the 61-year-old Funkstown man has been jockeying between jobs at two stores and one school or another around the county, while piecing things back together financially. Yet Grimes, like some other area victims of the recession, feels lucky to be working now, especially considering how tough the economy has been.
By TIM KOELBLE | | April 25, 2013
Zach Lucas will celebrate his 19th birthday today. It's a birthday that he hopes will be one of many, many more in his life - a life he nearly lost. A freshman at Salisbury University and a former baseball star at Williamsport High School, Lucas never expected to experience his own brush with death at such a young age. Lucas and his teammates were at the pitcher's mound shaking hands with Virginia Wesleyan players following their season opener on Feb. 12. Suddenly, Lucas dropped to the ground and lost consciousness.
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