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By BOB GARVER | July 25, 2011
Another week, another superhero. Ho-hum.   2011 has been so cram-packed with comic-book movies that I've lost count and I've definitely lost interest. I know tickets to superhero movies sell like hotcakes, but "Captain America" could have used some more time to cook.   The film stars Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, a kid in 1940s Brooklyn with dreams of going overseas and fighting some no-good Nazis. The problem is that the Army won't take him because his body is alarmingly underdeveloped (not to be confused with most of the film's characters, whose personalities are underdeveloped)
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | | June 14, 2011
White stars set upon a field of blue, representing a new constellation in the night sky, lie near 13 stripes of red and white. On days of peace and joy, it flies high in the sky. In times of grief and loss, it is lowered to half-staff out of  respect for the fallen. And whether it is called Old Glory, the Stars and Stripes or the Star-Spangled Banner, each June 14, Americans honor their flag. The city of Hagerstown held its annual Flag Day celebration Tuesday at University Plaza.
Paula Green Shupp | Around Williamsport | June 7, 2011
The Improved Order of Red Men Tribe 84 in Williamsport will hold its annual flag-retirement and recognition ceremony Saturday in the club pavilion. The event starts at 1 p.m. with a concert by the Williamsport Community Band. The flag ceremony begins at 2 p.m. The community is invited to attend. Nick Adenhart 5K Run and Walk is Saturday The Nick Adenhart 5K Run and Walk takes place Saturday, beginning at 7 a.m. with registration at Pavilion 3 in Byron Memorial Park (enter from Springfield Lane.)
Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville | June 2, 2011
Sharpsburg Elementary fifth-grade students placed flags on the graves of soldiers at Antietam National Cemetery on Thursday, May 26. The students were accompanied by National Park Service rangers, chaperones and classroom teachers Cindy Weaver and Kim Rishell. Betty Otto Kretzer, a park ranger at the time this event was started 23 years ago, originated the idea of having students place flags on the soldiers' graves.   Potters to open kiln at Boonsboro site Local potters Blair Meerfeld and Allison Severance invite visitors to their first public kiln opening Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The wood-fired salt kiln is located at Searchwell Farm, 18839 Manor Church Road, Boonsboro.
By C.J. LOVELACE | | May 30, 2011
In the late 1860s, people began flying flags at half-staff and decorating their towns to remember soldiers who died in the Civil War. Today, thousands of people place flags on the gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery each Memorial Day to honor fallen soldiers. Communities around the country held ceremonies Monday in commemoration of fallen servicemen and women, including one in Greencastle's Cedar Hill Cemetery. Preceded by the Memorial Day parade sponsored by American Legion Post 373 and VFW Post 6319, more than 50 people came together to recognize the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States of America.
May 25, 2011
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has issued flag orders involving a Greencastle soldier killed in Afghanistan. On Saturday, U.S. and state flags should be lowered to half-staff at the Capitol Complex and state facilities in Franklin County in honor of U.S. Army Master Sgt. Benjamin Bitner, 37, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on April 23. A memorial service will be held in Greencastle on Saturday. On Monday, May 30, U.S. and state flags should be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until noon at state government facilities across Pennsylvania in observance of Memorial Day.
May 16, 2011
Hagerstown Children’s School held its annual flag parades on May 11 and 12. All students participated in making a flag of the country of their choice. In class, they spoke about the country they chose and gave one or two facts about that country to their classmates. Parents, grandparents and siblings were invited to attended the flag parades, where the children marched around the courtyard proudly displaying their flags. The students at Hagerstown Children’s School study a different country each month in their classrooms and look forward to this educational and fun event.
Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville | April 7, 2011
The American Legion Auxiliary, Antietam Unit 236, will place a collection barrel at the Sharpsburg Town Hall from April 15 to May 21, where residents can place worn American flags for proper disposal. Antietam Unit 236 reminds all Americans that every day is a good day to display an American flag in good condition, but it is especially important to display them on patriotic holidays such as Memorial Day, May 30; Flag Day, June 14; Independence Day, July 4; Labor Day, Sept.
Melita Wishard | Around Maugansville | March 25, 2011
The Maugansville Ruritan Club will host an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 6:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Ruritan building on Maugans Avenue.  The menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, and sausage gravy with juice, coffee and tea. The cost is $5.50 for adults, $3 for children, ages 6 to 12, and free for children ages 5 and younger. This is the final breakfast of the fall/winter season. The next one will be held in September.  Proceeds help support the many programs the Ruritan Club sponsors.
Jess West | Around West Hagerstown | March 24, 2011
Western Heights Middle School PTSA is holding a garden flag fundraiser. Flag poles are $6 each. Flags are $6 or four for $20. Types of flags being sold are holiday/seasonal, dog breed and initial flags. Flags will be delivered in time for Easter. For more information about the fundraiser or to obtain a brochure, please call 301-739-6681. Comedy tour is coming The Make Me Laugh Comedy Tour will be at Next Dimensions in Hagerstown on Friday. Comics from BET, Comedy Central, Martin Lawrence’s 1st Amendment, Def Jam and Last Comic Standing will be in the house, along with one surprise special guest.
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