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By DON AINES | June 14, 2010
HAGERSTOWN -- One year younger than the nation it symbolizes, Old Glory celebrated its 233rd birthday Monday with a small gathering in University Plaza and a performance by a veteran of the event, 10-year-old Abigail Nigh. "She gets better every year," Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said after Nigh sang Irving Berlin's "God Bless America" before a group of about 40 participants and spectators at the Flag Day ceremony. "I think it's four times," Abigail said when asked how many times she has performed at Flag Day. Nigh was one of two young singers at the ceremony.
By SHERRY BOURGEOIS | February 12, 2011
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. " Those 45 words in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution cover a great deal of territory. Yet, have we become so complacent in the freedoms guaranteed in those words that we assume they always will be there?
July 4, 2004
All too often, we Americans enjoy our many freedoms without really thinking about our responsibilities as citizens. With Independence Day facing me again, I found myself wondering what our nation's founders and leaders would have said to me if we could have talked. I consulted Bartlett's Quotations online ( on the Web) when writing this column and imagined a meeting with these men. A rude awakening Watching TV late at night.
By ROXANN MILLER | | September 2, 2011
A video recounting the history of escaped slaves using the Underground Railroad in the South Mountain region was unveiled Friday to educators and other community members at a private showing at Caledonia State Park. The Franklin County Visitors Bureau and the South Mountain Partnership's 15-minute DVD, titled "Road to Freedom," was shown to school administrators, library directors and others at the ranger station in the park off Pa. 30 in Fayetteville, Pa. The video featured Thaddeus Stevens' blacksmith shop at Caledonia State Park, which has been designated as part of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.
By DAN DEARTH | | May 29, 2011
Bill Young’s deployment to Vietnam as a legal officer in 1967 has morphed into a calling to help the poor of Southeast Asia. As a member of the Global Community Service Foundation, Young of Hagerstown said he and his wife, Frances, have traveled numerous times to Myanmar and Vietnam to provide education and clean drinking water to the poorest of the poor. “We do humanitarian work there, and we do it at our own risk,” Young said. “I can’t wait to go back. The rewards are just unbelievable.” He said traveling to countries with oppressive governments and widespread poverty makes him appreciate the freedoms that Americans take for granted.
By DAN KAUFFMAN | April 14, 2000
I thought I knew the definition of freedom pretty well. I've had some good history teachers and professors. I'm sure I've looked up freedom in the dictionary more than once. cont. from lifestyle On Feb. 24, freedom took on a whole new meaning for me, one I found through the Internet instead of a textbook or a classroom. I found it from a 17-year-old girl who was, fittingly enough, trying to do schoolwork. That particular Thursday had been a rather decent day. It was 70 degrees, and, in February, I won't complain about that kind of weather, even if I acted goofy around an attractive girl at HCC. But that's hardly a first.
October 28, 2011
A program about obtaining freedom from diabetes without medication will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Hagerstown Seventh-day Adventist Church, 11507 Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown. For more information, call 301-733-4411.
By GEORGE MICHAEL | June 29, 2012
Next week is America's 236th birthday. It is time for cookouts, parades and fireworks. We will salute the red, white and blue here in “the land of the free and the home of the brave!” But do Americans really value freedom? Most of us give lip service to it. We say that we like our ability to choose what we want to buy, go where we want to go and do anything we want within reason. But I am convinced that most Americans today, despite our verbal professions, do not truly believe in freedom.  History would suggest that most people down through the ages have lived under social arrangements characterized by strong and pervasive governmental control over their lives with a corresponding loss of freedom.
By LLOYD WATERS | July 3, 2011
As a kid, a few of my buddies and I would always pitch a few pennies or nickels up against the concrete wall of Jim Grim’s small country store in Dargan. The owner of the closest coin to the wall would win all the loot.   Summers were always special. In addition to those visits to Grim’s store, other activities might include  a baseball game on the school diamond, a walk through the woods to our favorite raspberry patch or even some local swimming at a nearby pond. In my youth, I never gave much thought to the rich history of freedom’s footsteps near that small town of Dargan.
By MARLO BARNHART | May 25, 1998
A few raindrops and some chilly wind gusts weren't enough to keep area veterans and other patriots from coming out Sunday afternoon to celebrate Memorial Day in front of the Washington County Courthouse. "We must remember that freedom is the natural state of God's children," said Robert L. Everhart, Western Maryland district commander of the American Legion. But Master of Ceremonies Paul Pottenger of the Morris Frock Post 42 added the somber reminder that freedom is never free.
By ART CALLAHAM | June 30, 2013
I sat down two weeks ago to write a column about the noble and heartfelt efforts of a group of Korean War veterans who overcame the apathy in many Americans to design, fund and build a monument to commemorate the sacrifices of Washington County residents who gave their “last full measure of devotion” in defense of freedom during the Korean War. I had thoughts that this column would appear in the Sunday edition of The Herald-Mail on the same day...
By ART CALLAHAM | June 23, 2013
Two weeks ago, Ruth Anne and I returned from a trip to Texas, where we visited our son, his wife and two of our grandchildren. Like your children and grandchildren, they are our future. As you might have figured, based upon my recent column, we passed through Oklahoma City (we were there to see a couple of softball games at the Women's College World Series) and visited the Oklahoma City National Memorial at the site of the demolished Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. I was deeply moved by the visit to the memorial, moved nearly as much as I was when Ruth Anne and I visited “ground zero” about a month after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
By ART CALLAHAM | June 9, 2013
I recently wrote a column about the U.S. Constitution, and 750 words is not enough to explore the nuances of this ageless document. In my marketing class at Hagerstown Community College/Grace Academy (it's a dual credit class; students get both high school and college credit for the course), we were talking about the ethical and moral responsibilities of citizens in relation to marketing. However, talk turned to ethical and moral responsibilities of citizens when it comes to things like our rights and freedoms under the U.S. Constitution.
By BOB PARASILITI | | June 3, 2013
How valuable are basic values? You have to wonder. We are in a time when we value value. Money's tight and most everyone is looking for a two-for-one deal, a cents-off coupon and a way to get the biggest bang for a buck. That's called financial survival. But while we are looking for two nickels to rub together in our pockets, we forget something that is even more valuable. The right to be able to put your two cents in on issues. That is what might be called moral survival and the use of common sense.
May 26, 2013
Teaching students Japanese is worthwhile To the editor: A caller to Mail Call recently expressed the opinion that teaching Japanese is a waste of time. I have to disagree with that assessment and instead point out that we are fortunate to offer students the opportunity to study Japanese here in Washington County.  The goal of education is not to walk away with a bag of tools; it's to walk away with the knowledge of how to use all the tools we acquire, both in and out of the classroom.
May 25, 2013
It is a sad day in America when using the word “patriot” results in extra scrutiny and harassment by the IRS. Could it be illegal to educate people about our history and Constitution? We are expected to believe that the misuse of IRS powers was the work of a few “low level bureaucrats” at the Cincinnati IRS field office who acted without authorization. My guess is that the employees doing the harassing are surprised about the recent turn of events. And I am willing to bet that these nameless, faceless bureaucrats were expecting commendations, awards and promotions, not questions about their operations.
May 17, 2013
In a democracy, the first rule of power is to know when not to use it. The sad results produced by leaders lacking this restraint are written far and wide across the yellowed pages of world history. That's why we are greatly disturbed by news stories out of Washington involving two of the most powerful agencies in government, the Internal Revenue Service and the Justice Department. The IRS has confessed to singling out conservative groups for special scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status.
April 18, 2013
Freedom Valley Chorus of Chambersburg will compete Saturday at the Atlantic Bay-Mountain Region 19 Sweet Adelines International annual convention/competition at the Ocean City Convention Center in Ocean City, Md. Champions will advance to the international competition, where they will compete against regional champions from around the world. There will be a quartet contest today at 5 p.m. The winning quartet will compete at a future international competition. The chorus competition will be Saturday at 11 a.m. Twenty-four Region 19 choruses will compete for the regional chorus title and the opportunity to compete in the international contest in Baltimore in 2014.
March 27, 2013
The Freedom Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will serve its second annual fundraising tea, “A Spoonful of Musical-i-TEA,” on Saturday, June, 8, at noon at St. Paul United Methodist Church at 750 Norland Ave. in Chambersburg. Guests will be treated to a full four-course afternoon tea served on antique china and sweet harmonies provided by the a capella chorus. There also will be a variety of baskets available by Chinese auction to add to the fundraising effort, according to a news release.
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