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October 27, 2005
The leadership of the Pennsylvania Legislature's Republican Party this week said that they'll concentrate on cutting property taxes instead of repealing a controversial pay raise. It's a big gamble, because the property-tax issue has so far proved tougher than anticipated to resolve. Under Gov. Ed Rendell's proposal, property taxes that support the state schools were supposed to be trimmed, in exchange for an increase in the state's income tax. The hitch so far has been the reluctance of many local school boards to agree to a clause that would force them to take property tax increases above a certain amount to referendum.
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By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | April 26, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Lewis "Lew" Kirby was fast running out of time to pay the mortgage on his home near Hagerstown - when the lender agreed to forgive nearly $50,000 of his loan. Angela, 34, a Hagerstown woman who doesn't want her last name used, was about at wit's end, too - when her lender agreed to forgive $60,000 of her debt. "Definitely, believe me, it was an answer to prayer," Angela said. Kirby and Angela are among a small, but growing number of people cashing in on a silver lining in the dark clouds of the housing crisis blackening the skies over Main Street America.
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By ADELINE CUMPATA / Pulse Correspondent | January 1, 2008
It's New Year's Day, and people's hearts are filling with the hope that this year will bring happiness to homes and families. But this is also a time for forgiveness. In the last year, we all have been short-tempered with friends and family; maybe because Mom or Dad made us do our chores, or complained that our music was too loud, or was demanding about our homework. Perhaps voices were raised and things were said that put a damper on our relationships with the people who mean the most to us. One day, I was walking through the crowded halls of North Hagerstown High School when I saw a notoriously inconsiderate girl drop her books.
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by Charlotte Baker, Sharpsburg | October 21, 2006
To the editor: I am drawn to imagine what might have happened five years ago if we as a nation had responded in the same way as has the Lancaster, Pa., Amish community to their tragic, terrible loss. What could be a more heinous crime than terrifying and slaughtering innocent little girls? But what did their families and community do? They came together to grieve and to pray - and they prayed for the family of that deranged man. They offered their forgiveness; they came to his funeral and have decided to share the contributions of financial support with his family.
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Linda Murray | Around West Hagerstown | September 4, 2012
I would like to wish Catharine Stockslager a very happy 100th birthday on Sept.11. She is an avid Baltimore Orioles fan and is enjoying watching her O's have a winning season. Hope you have a wonderful day, Catharine. St. Mark's Lutheran Church to hold program St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 601 Washington Avenue, welcomes the Rev. Dr. Michael Barry on Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon as he presents the program “Release! The Healing Power of Forgiveness.” Barry is the director of pastoral care at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia.
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March 27, 1998
By GUY FLETCHER Staff Writer ANNAPOLIS - Washington County's delegation in the Maryland General Assembly is seeking forgiveness of $4.83 million in water and sewer loans owed by the county, despite the skepticism of some lawmakers and warnings from state officials that it cannot be done. On Friday the eight-member delegation sent a letter to Gov. Parris N. Glendening formally asking for help in dealing with some of the county's $53 million water and sewer debt. It specifically named six construction projects that were "all mandated by the state of Maryland to protect the health of the affected citizens.
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Lisa Prejean | May 10, 2012
Have you examined your character lately? Not the role you assume in a play, but your moral constitution. What are your intentions? Your hidden agendas? A little self-examination wouldn't hurt any of us. Just when we think we've arrived, we fall flat. This character-building process begins early in life and never stops ... unless we allow it to do so by our reluctance to change or by our stubbornness and pride. Over the years my husband and I have tried to train our children by discussing the choices we make in various situations.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | July 28, 2008
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The treadmill whirred while Jessica Dickey ran at the gym in New York City on Monday, Oct. 2, 2006. She was only half watching the television screen in front of her when something snatched her attention, something that would hold her attention for the next two years. The first mention of the Amish school shooting in Lancaster County, Pa., shocked Dickey so much that she paused in her running and fell off the back of the treadmill. "I couldn't believe what I was seeing.
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By MARTY PRICE | December 11, 2008
In July of this year, I was asked to give testimony before a Gov. Martin O'Malley-appointed 23-member commission regarding a study on capital punishment. I was honored by this request, but this is a topic I simply cannot discuss without resurfacing a deep emotional scar. On July 27, 1988, I was 23, married with two young daughters, when tragedy struck. My father had shot and killed my stepmother and stepsister. Twenty-four years ago, my mother remarried and a new blended-family was formed.
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By RAYCHEL HARVEY-JONES | Raychel@herald-mail.com | June 13, 2013
Howard Leedham spent a year in Pakistan leading a force of soldiers who, among other things, raided Taliban camps and conducted other anti-terrorist activities. The retired British Royal Navy lieutenant commander recounts his experiences in a new book, “Ask Forgiveness Not Permission: The true story of an operation in Pakistan's badlands.” The book recounts how Leedham was recruited by the U.S. State Department to activate a fleet of anti-terrorist helicopters given to the Pakistan armed forces to combat terrorist activity in the region, according to a news release.
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Linda Murray | Around West Hagerstown | September 4, 2012
I would like to wish Catharine Stockslager a very happy 100th birthday on Sept.11. She is an avid Baltimore Orioles fan and is enjoying watching her O's have a winning season. Hope you have a wonderful day, Catharine. St. Mark's Lutheran Church to hold program St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 601 Washington Avenue, welcomes the Rev. Dr. Michael Barry on Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon as he presents the program “Release! The Healing Power of Forgiveness.” Barry is the director of pastoral care at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia.
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Lisa Prejean | May 10, 2012
Have you examined your character lately? Not the role you assume in a play, but your moral constitution. What are your intentions? Your hidden agendas? A little self-examination wouldn't hurt any of us. Just when we think we've arrived, we fall flat. This character-building process begins early in life and never stops ... unless we allow it to do so by our reluctance to change or by our stubbornness and pride. Over the years my husband and I have tried to train our children by discussing the choices we make in various situations.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | April 18, 2012
A Shippensburg, Pa., woman was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to six to 23 months in the county jail for her role in the death of a 10-month-old boy who sustained fatal head injuries at the hands of another child while in her care. Dottie Mae Bowers, 57, of 127 Benelton Drive, pleaded no contest in February to a first-degree misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child. Judge Carol Van Horn made Bowers eligible for early release, but ordered her to spend three years on probation following her release from jail.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | February 1, 2012
A Mississippi man was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in a state prison for a March 17, 2011, vehicle crash that killed a Waynesboro, Pa., mother of nine children. Emotions ran high in the courtroom, where the defendant, spectators and court employees alike were crying. “I want to apologize to not only the family, but everyone for my irresponsible actions. I'm deeply disturbed by the damage I've done,” David Michael Szumigala said. Szumigala, 21, pleaded guilty Nov. 30, 2011, to third-degree murder in the high-speed crash that caused fatal injuries for 45-year-old Judithann “Judy” Clement.
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By DAN DEARTH | April 23, 2010
HAGERSTOWN -- Peggy Ann Bradnick stepped down from the school bus one spring day in 1966 and her life changed forever. William Diller Hollenbaugh, a former mental patient whom residents in Bradnick's hometown of Shade Gap, Pa., called Bicycle Pete, rushed the bus and abducted the 17-year-old. The incident led to an eight-day manhunt through the mountains of Pennsylvania that left Hollenbaugh and an FBI agent dead. A deputy sheriff was severely wounded. That abducted teenager, now 62-year-old Peggy Ann Bradnick Jackson, went to the Maryland Correctional Training Center south of Hagerstown on Friday to share her story with about 75 inmates.
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By LISA TEDRICK PREJEAN | January 2, 2009
Editor's note: Lisa Prejean is on vacation. This column originally ran in 2006. Whether it's a New Year's resolution, a new goal or a decision to avoid unrealistic expectations, most people will do some form of self-reflection this weekend. As parents, we should encourage our children to take a look at the year that has just passed. If we ask the right questions, we'll not only help our children grow; we'll also learn what's going on inside their young minds. Here are some questions you could ask around the dinner table as this year has drawn to a close: What was the highlight of your year?
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By MARTY PRICE | December 11, 2008
In July of this year, I was asked to give testimony before a Gov. Martin O'Malley-appointed 23-member commission regarding a study on capital punishment. I was honored by this request, but this is a topic I simply cannot discuss without resurfacing a deep emotional scar. On July 27, 1988, I was 23, married with two young daughters, when tragedy struck. My father had shot and killed my stepmother and stepsister. Twenty-four years ago, my mother remarried and a new blended-family was formed.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | July 28, 2008
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The treadmill whirred while Jessica Dickey ran at the gym in New York City on Monday, Oct. 2, 2006. She was only half watching the television screen in front of her when something snatched her attention, something that would hold her attention for the next two years. The first mention of the Amish school shooting in Lancaster County, Pa., shocked Dickey so much that she paused in her running and fell off the back of the treadmill. "I couldn't believe what I was seeing.
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By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | April 27, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Lewis "Lew" Kirby was fast running out of time to pay the mortgage on his home near Hagerstown - when the lender agreed to forgive nearly $50,000 of his loan. Angela, 34, a Hagerstown woman who doesn't want her last name used, was about at wit's end, too - when her lender agreed to forgive $60,000 of her debt. "Definitely, believe me, it was an answer to prayer," Angela said. Kirby and Angela are among a small, but growing number of people cashing in on a silver lining in the dark clouds of the housing crisis blackening the skies over Main Street America.
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