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By GEORGE MICHAEL | June 1, 2012
The people of Greece and France had the opportunity to make some momentous decisions in their recent elections.  The choice was clear. The citizens of these two nations could either vote for lower wages and reduced benefits from the government or they could vote themselves higher wages and greater benefits. How much easier could it be? As former New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg noted in an editorial about the French election, “It is obvious that voting for one's living is a great deal easier than working for it. It is easier to blame someone else who is wealthier for a reduction in the standard of living than to look in the mirror and ask hard questions about the nature and effect an expansionist government has on the quality of life.” Gregg noted that France “has a government that absorbs more than 50 percent of its economy.
NEWS
August 8, 2011
The Tri-State Civitan Club recently held a picnic for the club's special friends and their families. More than 150 people were in attendance at The Improved Order of Red Men Tribe 84 pavilion in Williamsport. Hamburgers and hot dogs were on the menu, followed by the arrival of an ice cream truck. Temporary tattoos and face painting, along with balloon headdresses, were a big hit. This was the fourth year for the picnic, attendance at which grows each year. • At the club's July meeting, member Carolyn Roney showed slides of her recent trip to Greece, where she was a volunteer at the International Special Olympics bocce competitions.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | December 6, 2007
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The woman known for engaging customers in conversation at her downtown Waynesboro chocolates store has died. Despina Leos came to the United States from Greece in 1947 and was a fixture at the Candy Kitchen ever since. The smiling, apron-clad woman would often give away more chocolates than she sold, encouraging visitors to try several varieties of her sweets. Her daughter, Elaini Tsoukatos, said Leos died Saturday in Greece and will be remembered at a memorial service scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Waynesboro.
NEWS
August 12, 2008
BEIJING (AP) -- LeBron James and his teammates easily shoved Angola aside. Now come the teams that can push back. Dwyane Wade scored 19 points, James dominated the game with his size and strength on both ends, and the U.S. Olympic team wrapped up the easy portion of its schedule with a 97-76 victory Tuesday night. Dwight Howard added 14 points and James finished with 12 for the Americans, who had another rough night from 3-point range but don't appear to be stoppable in the open court.
NEWS
August 14, 2008
BEIJING (AP) -- It's official now. This is NOT Japan and the 2006 World Championships, not to mention Athens and the 2004 Olympics. This is Beijing and the 2008 Olympics, and the U.S. is back in men's basketball. These Americans, who looked so lost two years ago at the World Championship in Japan, appear to have found their Olympic way in China. Batting away balls or swatting shots on seemingly every possession late in the second quarter, the Americans broke open a close game and went on to a 92-69 victory Thursday night to clinch a spot in the medal round.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | November 11, 2009
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The Publishers Clearing House arrived at a Waynesboro house Wednesday with a $10,000 check, only to find the winner wasn't home. Jebin Ginet, originally of Oregon, serves in the U.S. Navy. He lived in a town house in the borough while working at Camp David, then transferred to Greece late in the summer. Maria Fermin and Patrice Amato were disappointed that they couldn't hand over the check in what was their third assignment on the Prize Patrol. They knocked on Ginet's door at 3:40 p.m. "We can't call" ahead of time, Amato said.
OBITUARIES
September 8, 2011
Hristos K. Kanelakis, 70, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, at his home. Born Jan. 1, 1941, in Agrinion, Greece, he was the son of the late Kimon and Maria (Tsironis) Kanelakis.    He was the owner of Country Chef Restaurant in Carlisle, Pa. He was preceded in death by his two sisters, Vasiliki Panothioka and Anastasia Christodoulou of Greece; his brother, Kostandinos Kanelakis of Greece; his niece, Maria Giannaris of Hagerstown, Md.; and nephew, George Christodoulou of Greece.
NEWS
May 5, 2010
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Riots over harsh new austerity measures left three bank workers dead and engulfed the streets of Athens on Wednesday, as angry protesters tried to storm parliament, hurled Molotov cocktails at police and torched buildings. Police responded with barrages of tear gas. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in a nationwide strike to protest new taxes and government spending cuts demanded by the International Monetary Fund and other European nations before heavily indebted Greece gets a euro110 billion ($141 billion)
NEWS
By BOB MAGINNIS | July 4, 2007
What does the history of a battle in ancient Greece have to do with modern America? A great deal, if you believe James Warner. Warner, who lives in Washington County, earned his credibility as an authority on military matters the hard way - he was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for five-and-a-half years., He recently shared those experiences with the Republican Club of Washington County. It's safe to say he had the audience's rapt attention. Warner began his talk not with words of Vietnam, but with an account of the battle of Thermopolaye, which took place in 480 B.C. Warner described the historian Herodotus' account of how the Greeks, who had been victorious against the Persians at Marathon, were almost caught napping when the Persians decided to avenge that defeat.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | June 2, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Robert M. Steptoe, a former judge and state legislator from Martinsburg, died in his home Saturday after a brief illness. He was 87. Sons Bob and Jim Steptoe said during a Saturday night telephone interview that their father was surrounded by loved ones at the time of his death. "He was very close to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren," Bob said. "Dad was very strong and very upbeat and positive to the end. " Despite keeping a busy schedule in the West Virginia Legislature and serving as a banker, lawyer and judge, Bob said his father was family-oriented.
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OPINION
By GEORGE MICHAEL | June 1, 2012
The people of Greece and France had the opportunity to make some momentous decisions in their recent elections.  The choice was clear. The citizens of these two nations could either vote for lower wages and reduced benefits from the government or they could vote themselves higher wages and greater benefits. How much easier could it be? As former New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg noted in an editorial about the French election, “It is obvious that voting for one's living is a great deal easier than working for it. It is easier to blame someone else who is wealthier for a reduction in the standard of living than to look in the mirror and ask hard questions about the nature and effect an expansionist government has on the quality of life.” Gregg noted that France “has a government that absorbs more than 50 percent of its economy.
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OPINION
By TIM ROWLAND | timr@herald-mail.com | December 14, 2011
I want to go back to the days when I didn't know the names of any European leaders (with the exception of France, whose leaders' antics were always highly amusing) and, beyond that, had no need to know the names of any European leaders. Perhaps I am channeling my inner Herman "Oh, you mean THAT Libya" Cain when I say that no good ever comes of knowing a foreign premier, czar, prime minister, grand pubah or what have you. Consider that in good times the only foreign leader we know is the prime minister of the United Kingdom, and only then if it's one syllable - Brown, Blair etc. Cameron?
OBITUARIES
September 8, 2011
Hristos K. Kanelakis, 70, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, at his home. Born Jan. 1, 1941, in Agrinion, Greece, he was the son of the late Kimon and Maria (Tsironis) Kanelakis.    He was the owner of Country Chef Restaurant in Carlisle, Pa. He was preceded in death by his two sisters, Vasiliki Panothioka and Anastasia Christodoulou of Greece; his brother, Kostandinos Kanelakis of Greece; his niece, Maria Giannaris of Hagerstown, Md.; and nephew, George Christodoulou of Greece.
NEWS
August 8, 2011
The Tri-State Civitan Club recently held a picnic for the club's special friends and their families. More than 150 people were in attendance at The Improved Order of Red Men Tribe 84 pavilion in Williamsport. Hamburgers and hot dogs were on the menu, followed by the arrival of an ice cream truck. Temporary tattoos and face painting, along with balloon headdresses, were a big hit. This was the fourth year for the picnic, attendance at which grows each year. • At the club's July meeting, member Carolyn Roney showed slides of her recent trip to Greece, where she was a volunteer at the International Special Olympics bocce competitions.
OPINION
By GEORGE MICHAEL | July 15, 2011
There is an ad I see occasionally where a guy playing the role of an auto mechanic, holding an oil filter for a car, dryly says, “Pay me now or pay me later.” Meaning, of course, that it is a lot smarter to buy a filter and get an oil change now rather than replacing your engine down the road due to neglect. Does the news out of Greece foreshadow what might happen in America in a decade or two? We can “pay the piper” now and possibly forestall an economic meltdown. Or we can continue the path we are on, as far too many Americans seem inclined to do, in a state of denial about the debt and our unsustainable entitlement programs, and end up with a crisis of the Greek magnitude.
OPINION
By GEORGE MICHAEL | June 16, 2011
What is the truth about the economy? Have we hit a "bump in the road" or are we about to "fall off a cliff?" We certainly hear a lot of trite catch phrases about it, but this issue is far too critical to rely on platitudes. Economic news in recent weeks has been grim. Housing starts are anemic and housing prices have hit a "double dip" with values at a low reached two years ago. Unemployment was up for May. Job growth remains anemic. The stock market has endured six consecutive weeks of declines.
NEWS
May 5, 2010
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Riots over harsh new austerity measures left three bank workers dead and engulfed the streets of Athens on Wednesday, as angry protesters tried to storm parliament, hurled Molotov cocktails at police and torched buildings. Police responded with barrages of tear gas. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in a nationwide strike to protest new taxes and government spending cuts demanded by the International Monetary Fund and other European nations before heavily indebted Greece gets a euro110 billion ($141 billion)
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | November 11, 2009
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The Publishers Clearing House arrived at a Waynesboro house Wednesday with a $10,000 check, only to find the winner wasn't home. Jebin Ginet, originally of Oregon, serves in the U.S. Navy. He lived in a town house in the borough while working at Camp David, then transferred to Greece late in the summer. Maria Fermin and Patrice Amato were disappointed that they couldn't hand over the check in what was their third assignment on the Prize Patrol. They knocked on Ginet's door at 3:40 p.m. "We can't call" ahead of time, Amato said.
NEWS
By TRISH RUDDER | November 17, 2008
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- After spending three weeks at the Dellatolas Marble Sculpture Studio on the Greek island of Tinos, Lee Barron said he learned to stay in the present moment while he was there "because all my senses were continuously stimulated. " "We were surrounded by the Aegean Sea. It has its own color of blue," he said. Barron learned stone carving from the villagers and lived among them. "The tradition is still being handed down from father to son and father to son again and again," he said.
NEWS
August 14, 2008
BEIJING (AP) -- It's official now. This is NOT Japan and the 2006 World Championships, not to mention Athens and the 2004 Olympics. This is Beijing and the 2008 Olympics, and the U.S. is back in men's basketball. These Americans, who looked so lost two years ago at the World Championship in Japan, appear to have found their Olympic way in China. Batting away balls or swatting shots on seemingly every possession late in the second quarter, the Americans broke open a close game and went on to a 92-69 victory Thursday night to clinch a spot in the medal round.
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