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by BOB PARASILITI | March 21, 2006
Maryland was banking on its savings account. The Terrapins men's basketball team figured it had a nice little nest egg of respect built up after all the years of success it had enjoyed under coach Gary Williams. But when it came down to it, Maryland's respect check bounced. It's no secret that Maryland's men's basketball team was upset by being bypassed for an NCAA Tournament bid. In fact, the Terrapins wore their pouts on their sleeves (they would have if their shirts had any)
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NEWS
August 20, 2013
A workshop on “Using Franchising as an Effective Strategy to Small Business  Ownership” will be held Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon at University System of Maryland at Hagerstown on West  Washington  Street. The workshop is free, but registration is required. To register, go to www.westernmdsbdc.org , click on “Training Calendar” and the date of the event.
EDUCATION
July 28, 2013
Benjamin M. Seibert of Williamsport High School and Sean G. Kreps of Clear Spring High School were awarded $1,000 scholarships by Medairy Lodge No. 140 AF&AM Temple Association.  Seibert will attend the University of Maryland and major in environmental engineering.    Kreps plans to attend West Chester University and major in premed-anesthesiology.
LIFESTYLE
September 3, 2013
Antietam Tours will operate guided tours and transportation to four of the five wineries on the Antietam Highlands Wine Trail in Western Maryland. Tours will begin Saturday, Sept. 7. There are six tours scheduled for September and October, and groups of at least six may create custom tour packages for other dates.  “This is the best way I can think of to tour our region's wine offerings. Not only will participants experience most of our wonderful wineries, they'll get expert tour guide service from the experienced staff at Antietam Tours. This is an extraordinary journey combining agro-tourism, history and heritage tales, and unmatched Maryland scenic beauty,” said Tom Riford, president and chief executive officer of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
OPINION
March 9, 2013
University System could move to clear way for BOE To the editor: The downtown University System of Maryland at Hagerstown is needing more space. The Board of Education needs a new home. The University System of Maryland occupies a recently renovated building that is likely to be in a mostly move-in condition. The Allegheny Energy building, currently being considered for the BOE, could be suitable for the University System of Maryland due to its anticipated expansion.
NEWS
December 23, 2012
Residents of Maryland can ring in the New Year with 10 free flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January.  By becoming a part of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation, new members will receive two white flowering dogwoods, two flowering crabapples, two Washington hawthorns, two American redbuds and two goldenraintrees. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between Feb. 1 and May 31, with enclosed planting instructions.
OBITUARIES
July 31, 2011
Richard Franklin Vining Sr., 78, of Falling Waters, W.Va., passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at home. Born Monday, March 6, 1933, in Star City, Ark., he was the son of the late Homer T. Vining Sr. and the late Neva Dale McGregor Vining. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and outdoorsman. He enjoyed square dancing, socializing, playing cards and traveling. He also loved to read and cook. He is survived by his four daughters, Kim Bishop of Pennsylvania, Michelle Vining of Maryland, Diana Vining of Maryland and Tana Barnes of Maryland; son, Gregory Vining of California; three sisters, Esther Kent of Mississippi, Fanny Carpenter of Mississippi and Sissy Mercer of Florida; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
NEWS
February 6, 2013
Joining the Arbor Day Foundation is an ideal way to get in the mood for spring planting. Anyone in Maryland who joins the foundation in February will receive 10 free Colorado blue spruce trees to plant when the weather turns warm.  The free trees are part of the nonprofit foundation's Trees for America campaign. The Tree City USA program has supported community forestry throughout the country for more than 35 years. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between March 1 and May 31, with enclosed planting instructions.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | December 5, 2012
Same-sex couples in Maryland should be able to start getting marriage licenses on Thursday for weddings to be held on or after Jan. 1. On Thursday morning, Gov. Martin O'Malley is expected to sign a proclamation certifying the Nov. 6 election results, including a referendum that affirmed Maryland's new law allowing same-sex marriage. Raquel Guillory, a spokeswoman for O'Malley, wrote in an email on Wednesday that clerks of the circuit court in Maryland's 23 counties and Baltimore City, who issue marriage licenses, will be notified after the proclamation is signed.
SPORTS
By BOB PARASILITI | April 7, 2013
Sometimes, it's not what you say; it's how you say it. Words - like numbers - are like show dogs. You can make them jump through hoops on command to prove a point. Any subject's validity can be proved or swayed with the right words, creating the right images. In the corporate world, that's called advertising. In the political world, it's campaigning. And in sports, it's known as marketing. People who can sell ice to an Eskimo or water to a drowning man, have a real gift.
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