January 22, 2011
There were a pair of North Hagerstown High School graduates who had a nice homecoming on Saturday night. Freshman guard Kirksten Mitchell and sophomore forward LaRae Allen combined to score 18 points during the first half to help the Allegany Trojans build a 40-17 halftime lead over the Hagerstown Community College Hawks. That sent the Trojans on their way to a 78-58 victory over the Hawks in a Maryland JuCo Conference women’s basketball game at the HCC athletic complex.
January 17, 2011
In the great male tradition of “hold my beer and watch this,” a group of young guys who used to hang out together in the 1930s at White’s Garage up in Garrett County, Md., got hold of a propeller, which they bolted to — why not? — a Harley-Davidson motorcycle engine. Then they hammered on a frame, some tin fuselage and a rudder, put the whole contraption on skis and headed out to a frozen Deep Creek Lake. Never mind what happened, the point is that I am 50 years old — half a century — and when I’m driving along and see a wide-open parking lot or something after a snow, I still get an almost primal urge to crank the wheel and floor it. It’s like one corner of my brain has never aged beyond 17. I am right there in that garage with the fellows who see a flat expanse of snow and/or ice and immediately want to do something stupid.
January 16, 2011
During the time goaltender Jacques Plante played for the Montreal Canadiens in the mid-1950s to early '60s, he helped the team win six Stanley Cups, five of which were consecutive. And as far as I know, he doesn't have any connection to newspapers. However, he's credited with one of the quotes I feel best describes working in this industry. When asked about his job as goaltender, Plante replied, "How would you like it in your job if every time you made a small mistake, a red light went off over your desk and 15,000 people stood up and yelled at you?"
January 10, 2011
It's finals time, which can be very stressful. Here are 10 tips we've found to be useful during finals week. 1. Don't cram. You'll forget anything you tried to study because you're trying to cram everything into your brain. 2. Eat a large, healthful breakfast. They say it's the most important part of the day because it gives you energy. And you aren't distracted by hunger just before lunch. 3. Study over time. It's too late now, but maybe this is a lesson to be learned for next time.
December 13, 2010
Residents everywhere in Washington County are crowding the Valley Mall and The Premium Outlets in their eager effort to get the best sales. Shoppers are trying to purchase gifts for their spouses, family, friends or even secret Santa. But what are we missing in this season of giving back? How about the men and women who are outside in the freezing cold asking for donations on behalf of the Salvation Army for children less fortunate? You see them everywhere trying to collect donations, even outside of Walmart and the post office.
September 8, 2010
In his first run for public office, Congress candidate Dennis Janda said, "I want to bring representation back to the district. I feel alienated and everyone else feels alienated. " Janda, 61, of Frederick, is one of five Republicans running for Maryland's 6th District seat in Congress. The incumbent, Roscoe G. Bartlett, is seeking a 10th two-year term. The primary is Tuesday. The winner will face one of two Democrats -- Andrew Duck or J. Casey Clark -- in the Nov. 2 general election.
September 2, 2010
Area gardeners hoping for rain from Hurricane Earl to help salvage what's left of their withered flowers and vegetables are likely in for a disappointment. Although Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a declaration of emergency in preparation for Hurricane Earl, National Weather Service officials said the rain from the hurricane is expected to stay on the East Coast and away from the Hagerstown area. Hurricane Earl is expected to reach Maryland today about 1 a.m. and the rain associated with the hurricane is expected to be "hugging the coast," said Brandon Peloquin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va. A cold front is expected to cross through the local area this afternoon and evening, and because that system is moving from west to east, it is expected to help turn Hurricane Earl away from the Tri-State area, Peloquin said.
August 4, 2010
CRANSTON, R.I. -- Clear Spring Little League 9-10 All-Stars manager Pete Lazich said his team felt "a little snakebit" after a second straight heartbreaking loss at the Eastern Regional Invitational on Tuesday. Ryan Vatcher's two-out, two-run double in the top of the eighth inning gave New Jersey state champion Ramsey Little League a 6-5 victory over Clear Spring, the Maryland state champion. The loss comes on the heels of Clear Spring's 1-0 setback to Delaware (1-1) on Sunday and leaves Clear Spring 0-2 with two more Mid-Atlantic pool play games left.
July 19, 2010
Bummer. When someone else's grandchildren ask me on down the road where I was during the great East Coast earthquake of ought-ten, I'm going to have to tell them the truth: I slept through it. When I saw the details on the morning news -- strongest quake to hit within 30 miles of D.C. since they began keeping records -- I tried to play catch-up, so I'd have something to report to the out-of-state relatives (who always seem to know more about Maryland...