April 25, 2013
It all came down to the fourth quarter. Knotted at 6-6 through three periods, South Hagerstown outscored Boonsboro 4-3 in the fourth quarter to squeeze out a 10-9 victory on Thursday night in an MVAL Antietam boys lacrosse game. South Hagerstown snapped a six-game losing streak and improved its record to 3-6 (2-1 MVAL Antietam), while Boonsboro fell to 1-8, 0-3. “Staying in the game on every play was the key to the victory,” South Hagerstown coach Dave Tallant said. “Possession of the ball on offense and being patient helped us to get the win tonight.
August 28, 2012
"ParaNorman" is one of those animated kids' movies that's filled with dark, deathly subject matter. At various points we see ghosts, corpses, zombies and all manner of gruesome stuff in between. Yet, there's no mistaking that this qualifies as family entertainment. You'd think Tim Burton would have something to do with it, but he clearly had his hands full with his own creepy kids' movie, "Frankenweenie," due out later this year. "ParaNorman" does the genre proud; it's hardly scary and very funny.
August 13, 2012
Look at the bright side, you only have to read my post-Olympic assessment column once every four years. It is kind of like the Transit of Venus that way. You really don't want to hear about it and don't know why you should care, but at least you know it won't happen again in your lifetime. I'm always accused of focusing on the negative, so I'll start out by saying, “How 'bout that U.S. women's soccer team! U-S-A, U-S-A!” No, I didn't see the final against Japan either, but I was happy about it in the sense that I view it as revenge for the Datsun B-210.
July 11, 2011
"Horrible Bosses" is so far the funniest R-rated comedy in a year crowded (some would say overcrowded) with R-rated comedies. Already this year we've had "Bad Teacher", "Bridesmaids", "Hall Pass", "The Hangover Part 2", "Paul", and "Your Highness". "Horrible Bosses" tops them all. It isn't a film I would recommend to people who hate raunchy comedy (one of the characters even has an unprintable name), but if you're its target audience, you're in for a good time. Jason Bateman plays Nick, who works for Harkin (Kevin Spacey)
March 20, 2011
The black leotards and high heels from Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” music video were nowhere in sight. They were replaced with housecoats and tennis shoes, but the sassiness wasn’t missing Sunday as Denise Binkley, Cherry Snyder, Esther Whitley, Kathy Miles and Betty Smith put their own spin on the choreography that went viral about two years ago after Beyonce’s video was released. The musical skit, a hit at Clear Spring’s 60th annual Minstrel Show, featured the women dressed up as older ladies with walkers, or in one’s case, a cane.
February 14, 2011
I since rely believe that "Gnomeo and Juliet" was made after the following conversation between two executives in Disney's "Low Creativity, Moderate Profits" department: Exec 1: We want to do "Romeo and Juliet" for kids, but the characters shouldn't be human. Let's do it with some cute little creatures that will make the movie more family-friendly. Exec 2: Why don't we make the title a pun? Kids love puns. Or at least we'll tell them they love puns.
January 3, 2011
One of the themes running through the "Fockers" series is that the characters have a real problem respecting boundaries. In 2000's "Meet the Parents," Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) was reluctantly strapped into a polygraph machine by his girlfriend's father, Jack Byrnes (Robert DeNiro). While this behavior is certainly over the line, the film at least took the time to explain that Jack cared only about his daughter's well-being, even if he knew it was at the expense of making Greg uncomfortable.
December 30, 2010
In this season of resolutions and goal-setting for the new year, Margaret Swacina has advice for couples: Work on your marriage. Marriage is hard work, she said. It takes attention and nurturing. Accept that, and you have the foundation of a good, loving marriage. Bonnie Elgin added wistfully, "It would be nice for younger couples to realize this. " Working together Swacina and Elgin are part of a group of four married couples - Dan and Bonnie Elgin, David and Margaret Swacina, Bill and Linda Showalter and Fred and Norma Craver, all Hagerstown residents who get together monthly to work on their relationships.
July 2, 2010
LAKEWOOD, N.J. -- This time, it was Hagerstown's turn. The Suns scored two runs in the ninth on Thursday to pull out a 6-4 victory over the Lakewood BlueClaws. Lakewood had scored runs in the ninth inning in the previous two games to defeat Hagerstown. The Suns (3-5, 39-39) got the go-ahead runs on Brett Newsome's two-run double. Lakewood reliever Jordan Ellis hit Justin Bloxom with a pitch to start the ninth before Destin Hood reached safely with one out on third baseman Adam Buschini's fielding error.
December 16, 2009
o If you like reading Tim Rowland, you'll love watching him. See what else Tim has to say I like to say that I studied marksmanship under Olympic rifle gold medal winner Ed Etzel. Which I did, just not very successfully. Etzel was coach of West Virginia University's rifle team when I was there, and shooting was also offered as a phys ed course (this is West Virginia, remember -- I think they had a major in 12-gauge shotguns). The rifle team was wildly successful, having won multiple NCAA national championships.