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By ROXANN MILLER | | December 9, 2012
For 14 years, the Tree of Love has been a holiday tradition at Fulton County Medical Center. On Sunday, the hospital auxiliary held its annual ceremony inside the main entrance to the facility. Every white angel hanging from the tree contained a name written in green or red. Each of the angels, which cost $5, are in memory or honor of a loved one or special person. FCMC Auxiliary President Sally Cover said 274 angels were purchased by donors. “It's a healing thing for people, and it's just part of the season to remember those who passed away,” she said.
By BOB PARASILITI | November 18, 2012
Sometimes, love hurts. Max King can attest to that. He was in pain on Saturday and loving every minute of it. “Wow! That hurt!” he exclaimed as he crossed the finish line of his first JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon, just in front of Williamsport's Springfield Middle School. His agony was ecstasy. What wasn't there to love? King won the race. It wasn't just any race, run on just any course to achieve just any accomplishment. He covered the 50.2-mile course in a record 5 hours, 34 minutes and 58 seconds to win the milestone 50th edition of “America's Ultramarathon,” the largest, oldest and quite possibly most prestigious such event in the country.
Amy Dulebohn | November 15, 2012
I'm pretty low key, a characteristic that translates into how I celebrate my birthday. My daughter loves birthdays. Ever since her birthday more than six months ago, she has been singing "Happy Birthday" to herself, and anyone else who has a birthday. Well no, actually she sings and makes pretend cakes for anyone she knows. She also loves to talk about birthday parties or other celebrations. My family and I did tell her my birthday was coming up last week. Then, on the morning of my special day, I reminded her that it was my birthday.
By ROXANN MILLER | | November 13, 2012
Jerry Mason doesn't run the JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon to break any records. He does it for the sheer love of running. Mason, 56, is somewhat of a late bloomer to running. He dabbled in jogging but didn't become serious about the sport until 2004, when he ran the Halifax Marathon in Nova Scotia. “The wonderful thing about running is you don't get too old for it. There are some really fast people who are 65 years old. So it's not like football or rugby, where you sort of peak at 35 or 40. You can carry on forever and it's never too late,” Mason said in a British accent that remains intact after living in the United States for four years.
By MARIE GILBERT | | November 12, 2012
This year, about 40,000 people in the United States will chose to end their lives. It's a sobering statistic from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Equally sobering is the fact that it might be someone you know - a family member, a friend, a neighbor or co-worker. The reasons for escaping this world will vary - from genetic predisposition to mental health issues. But regardless of why the decision was made, the impact on those left behind will be tremendous.
October 20, 2012
Donna (Diane) Jean Semler, 76, of Hagerstown, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. Born April 18, 1936, in Hancock, Md., she was the daughter of the late Garfield Shifflett and Ethel (Coffman) Shifflett Wink. Donna devoted her life to caring for others. She spent several years employed as an in-home care provider. In her personal life, she was the beloved matriarch of her family. She happily spent her time caring for and mentoring her ever-growing family, which at the time of her passing spanned five generations.
By ROXANN MILLER | | October 20, 2012
Thousands of eager festival-goers flocked Saturday to Chambersburg to sample the tasty treats and handmade crafts at the annual AppleFest. The festival, sponsored by the Downtown Business Council of Chambersburg, featured hundreds of craft and food vendors lined along North and South Main streets and Lincoln Way. Organizers estimate that between 15,000 and 18,000 people attend the event each year. Apples took center stage at the festival, and definitely were a hit with 18-month-old Ethan Elbertson of Shippensburg, Pa. It was love at first bite for the toddler as he chewed on a caramel apple purchased from Olympia Candy Kitchen in Chambersburg.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | October 20, 2012
Editor's note: This is one in a series of stories profiling candidates for the Nov. 6 general election. Three candidates are vying for two seats on the Berkeley County Council in the Nov. 6 general election. Republican incumbent Elaine C. Mauck, 65, of 1000 N. High St. in Martinsburg, is seeking re-election to a six-year term. She was elected to a two-year term in 2010 when the council, formerly known as the Berkeley County Commission, was expanded from three to five elected members.
Kate Coleman | October 5, 2012
"Don't trust anyone over 30. " That 1960s admonition certainly doesn't apply to the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. The MSO has begun its 31st season. I trust the MSO. Sure, it's a baby compared to the nearly 170-year-old New York Philharmonic, but many are surprised that our still semi-rural community can support this symphony orchestra. Sustaining three decades is pretty impressive, especially in tough economic times. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to write about the MSO for this newspaper.
By ALLAN POWELL | October 4, 2012
While many citizens may have had some reservations about the wisdom of giving Mitt Romney a vote of confidence for the presidency, his performance by mid-September should have made it clear that he carries a lot of baggage. It was bad enough that he insulted nearly half of the population by accusing them of being moochers; he defended his remarks with the following argument. “I think a society based upon a government-centered nation where government plays a larger and larger role, redistributes money, that's the wrong course for America.” These statements and others give a pretty clear picture of Romney's character and view of society.
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