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Lisa Prejean | February 10, 2011
On Monday, my husband and I will celebrate our 22nd Valentine's Day together. The last two decades have been a journey that I never could have anticipated in the early days of our relationship. Say what you will about the commercialization of Valentine's Day, Feb. 14. I don't pay much heed to that. Cardboard hearts full of chocolates are a nice thought, but not really necessary. I'd much rather have a kind word and a warm hug any day. I do appreciate, though, that Valentine's Day is a reminder to think of those who are most dear to us and how they became that way. What endeared me the most about my husband "way back" then still draws me to him today.
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By JOYCE BOEHL, Falling Waters, W.Va | October 3, 2008
Enroute from West Virginia to Kansas in July, my cell phone died. I needed to call to get directions. I could not find a Sprint store or a pay phone. I asked the clerk at a Holiday Inn Express if I could use her phone and reimburse her. She let me use her phone, but would not accept any money. I was given directions on how to locate my friends in Wichita, Kan., but the directions were wrong. I stopped at a gas station and asked for help. A customer who ran a delivery service in Wichita mapped out directions and they were 100-percent accurate.
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By JOSHUA BOWMAN | April 8, 2008
Bernard L. "Bernie" Moser was remembered by his colleagues on the Washington County Planning Commission during their meeting Tuesday for his knowledge, kindness and dedication. Moser, 67, died Saturday after a two-month battle with lung cancer, according to his obituary. "He was a mentor to everybody here," Planning Commission Chairman George Anikis said. Planning Commissioner Clint Wiley said it was Moser who made him feel comfortable when he began his term on the commission.
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January 24, 2009
Dancers from Carla & Company in Washington, D.C., perform Friday for students at Paramount Elementary School. The school's PTA sponsored a two-day artist in residency workshop that covered themes such as sharing, kindness and self development.
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May 22, 2009
Sarah Hynen and Kasey Funderburk were honored recently by Sharpsburg Elementary School teachers for the Character Counts! awards. Kasey Funderburk Teacher Cynthia Weaver nominated fifth-grade student Kasey Funderburk for Community Partnership for Families Character Counts! because she exemplifies a student of good character and good citizenship. She is caring and kind, always responsible and respectful. She follows the "Golden Rule" and always treats others the way she wants to be treated.
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By TRISH RUDDER | September 17, 2008
HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. -- Rachel's Challenge - a program used in schools to help reduce bullying and violence -- was introduced to more than 600 students at Hedgesville Middle School on Tuesday. It was one of the first schools in Berkeley County to implement the program, school principal Elizabeth Adams said. "The response was wonderful," she said. Rachel Scott was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999, and her family and others have been making presentations on her behalf.
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January 13, 2004
"Thanks to the person who found the set of keys on Mulberry and Antietam Street. They were mine and I very much appreciate you turning them in to the police station. Thanks very much. " "With all the sick children in the hospital, are the schools still shutting their heat down at 2 p.m.?" "My mother told me that everyone eats pork and sauerkraut on New Year's Day because it meant that you would have good luck for the rest of the year. I don't know who started this, though.
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May 20, 2009
Clear Spring kindness appreciated To the editor: Dear Hagerstown/Clear Spring Community: On Saturday, April 25, my 83-year-old mother and I were traveling along Interstate 70 to visit some friends in Pennsylvania, when we realized we had a flat tire. In the next minute, as if by magic, the exit ramp to Clear Spring appeared. In truth, the exit could have been for Bedford Falls or any other place legendary for good people and good deeds. We pulled into the BP station that is right there when you get off the interstate.
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By SUSIE HOFFMAN / 301-790-2413 | December 30, 2008
Not-quite quiet period Good Tuesday morning to all my friends. Here we are caught between the Christmas holiday and the new year and the news to report is slim. Rest assured, our town has not been totally quiet and reposed; however, the happenings are more of the personal nature and it is not the intention of my weekly chats with you to divulge the comings and goings of the neighbors. Just leave it at the town has its cheer on and families are enjoying this down time to relax and visit.
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By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com | July 28, 2013
It can be called a bank withdrawal and deposit of a different kind for two Frederick women. Deanna Henderson, assistant branch manager of M&T Bank's Worman's Mill Branch in Frederick, recently donated a kidney to a bank customer, Carla Watts of Frederick. Henderson, of Frederick and a Boonsboro native, said she only knew Watts in passing from coming into the bank. She said they didn't have any other relationship than a friendly hello when Watts banked. That changed in March 2012.
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April 16, 2013
About 13 minutes after Judy Emmert crossed the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street on Monday afternoon, she heard the two explosions that killed three people and wounded more than 170 others. As exhausted as the Hagerstown resident was after completing the 26.2-mile race, Emmert said she thought she better get off the street and started running toward where her group from the Cumberland Valley Athletic Club was congregated a few blocks away. “First, I heard what sounded like two cannons going off really loud, like Civil War cannons, one right after the other,” said Emmert, 51, a dentist with Eric Smith's practice.
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Alicia Notarianni | Making Ends Meet | March 7, 2013
Tips from a bag lady of a different kind I take no offense. While I do have a home and I don't push a grocery cart, I do strap a rather gigantic bag over my shoulder pretty much whenever I am out and about. You might be picturing an average purse or a pocketbook. No. I carry several of those inside of my gigantic bag and pull out the one I need depending on the errands. Among them is the small one with the long strap I use just to hold keys, lip balm and petty cash; the cosmetic bag full of items I rarely use except in the morning but just don't want to be caught without; and the monster wallet with you-never-know-when-you're-gonna-need-'em kind of cards.
OPINION
By TIM ROWLAND | timr@herald-mail.com | March 6, 2013
Ten years ago I was sitting in a hut in a remote outpost in Norway with a dozen members of my New York-based mountaineering club and a beyond-stoic Norwegian guide by the name of Bjorn. The majority of the club members on that particular evening had decided that in order to “liven things up” in the great frozen North, a wild and rollicking game of charades was in order. As they screamed, laughed, hooted, howled, danced and gesticulated the night away, Bjorn sat in the back of the dining room with a growing look of horror on his face.
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By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | December 26, 2012
It's been five years since Baby Basics of Greater Hagerstown Inc. was founded. In that time, the economy has taken a downturn and unemployment has risen, making it even harder for working families to make ends meet. The local nonprofit group was created by Charles “Charlie” Brown of Hagerstown, after he heard a news story on NPR by the founder of the national organization. Jean Ann Lynch explained that many working families struggle to afford disposable diapers for their babies and toddlers.
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Lisa Prejean | December 20, 2012
Students surprised me this week with a card that they had personalized. I want to share what they did because families might want to try something similar at holiday gatherings. The students' card was hand-delivered at a particularly stressful time when I was trying to help with a Christmastime activity between two classes. Not that this time of year is stressful for teachers ... the students are just a little wired. The card lifted my spirits because the students had taken time to write a few sentences to me in their own words.
OPINION
By TIM ROWLAND | timr@herald-mail.com | December 11, 2012
Beth always says it's a good thing she didn't have children given the inordinate amount of attention she showers on mere animals. My idea is that the animals are often more worthy of care, but that is another matter. So when the SUV she calls Big Red was in the middle of tipping over on a steep hill last week, her first thought was not for her own health and safety, but for her dogs, which were on the way to the groomer's. The bouvier de Flanders named Opie, as has been documented in past columns, has a soulful howl/moan (Opie's Opera, they call it at the vet's)
OPINION
October 24, 2012
Another year, another drama for the Mummers Parade. And I mean a real drama, not the kind that happens here in the newsroom every year when we try to remember whether or not “Mummers Parade” has an apostrophe, and if so, where. Last year the Mums was canceled because of a rare, late-October snowstorm. This allowed the directors of the parade to enjoy the same constructive criticisms the school board receives a dozen times during the course of the year, when helpful parents decide that classes should/should not have been canceled over too much/too little snow.
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Scott Anderson | Culinary Passion | August 29, 2012
In keeping with my lemonade theme, I'm going to go back to basic lemonade for this recipe.  We will use simple syrup and fresh lemons, combined to make a deliciously fresh summertime drink.  The key is to pick out nice lemons, not squishy or slimy, but bright, colorful lemons. Make sure the lemons are at room temperature, and roll them under your palms in a back and forth motion to soften them up and break up the pulp and lemon membrane. Cut in half and squeeze the lemons through a strainer into a separate bowl.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | July 5, 2012
Two years ago, three women - a Lutheran minister and two lay persons - founded Immanuel's House, an ecumenical “church community in action” dedicated to a social ministry through a strong outreach program. The founders - Mary Gunderson King, 31, of Hedgesville, W.Va.; Carmen Winiarski, a member of Hub City Vineyard in Hagerstown; and Karen Erskine Valentine, pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Sharpsburg - met at Trinity United Methodist Church in Martinsburg, Gunderson King said.
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