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By DAN DEARTH | November 26, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Students at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts recently chose a school nickname with roots in the theater. From now until the final curtain call, the school's nickname will be the Phantoms. Chelsea Eells, president of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Student Government, said she wasn't certain whether the nickname was inspired by "The Phantom of the Opera," but theater students lobbied hard for the designation by chanting, "Phantoms," "Phantoms," in the hallways between classes.
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BY DAN KULIN /Staff Writer | April 11, 2002
dank@herald-mail.com The case of F&M vs. F&M, a lawsuit filed over the use of the nickname in Washington County by one of the banks, is over. "They said, 'Hey sorry, we won't do that again,'" Farmers & Merchants Bank and Trust attorney Brent Procida said Wednesday. In August 2001, Farmers & Merchants filed a lawsuit in Washington County Circuit Court against Farmers & Mechanics Bank and Mechanics' parent company F&M Bancorp. The suit claimed Farmers & Mechanics used the "F&M" nickname in Washington County, in violation of an agreement that gave Farmers & Merchants the exclusive right to use the F&M nickname in Washington, Allegany, and Garrett counties.
NEWS
January 18, 2000
Who invented Uncle Sam? Samuel Wilson of Massachusetts (1766-1854) served as a drummer boy and then soldier in the Revolutionary War. Wilson earned the affectionate nickname of "Uncle Sam" because of his friendly and fair-dealing business manner. In the War of 1812, he shipped pork and beef to the Army troops in barrels labeled "US. " A Federal inspection crew visited Wilson's plant and asked a worker what the abbreviation meant. The man said it must mean his employer, "Uncle Sam. " Soldiers and civilians soon transferred the nickname, using it as a substitute for the Federal Government.
NEWS
February 28, 2002
Don't think School Board won't cave in To the editor: The citizens of Washington County should be forewarned that our school board may very well submit to the politically correct pressure of Montgomery Countian Richard Regan and abolish "Warriors" as the nickname of Boonsboro High School. After all, this bunch refuses to allow re-enactors to bring historic firearms onto school property (although they will send children by the busloads to view local Civil War re-enactments)
NEWS
February 21, 2002
Man calls mascots offensive By TARA REILLY tarar@herald-mail.com The Kensington, Md., man who persuaded the Montgomery County Board of Education to stop using American Indian nicknames and mascots for schools is asking the Washington County Board of Education to do the same, but the School Board has not made a decision. continued Richard Regan, a Lumbee Indian, said in a telephone interview Wednesday that the use of American Indian mascots and names mocks American Indian people, demeans the culture, "tramples upon American Indian tradition" and "equates American Indians to animal species.
NEWS
By KATE COLEMMAN | April 1, 2007
"Bye, Nature Girl," was my sister Patti's goodbye in a recent e-mail. When I talked to her a couple of days later, I asked if she remembered the source of that moniker, a nickname I think only she called me. She figures it came about because I was the older sister who would rescue her and her twin from bugs when we were kids. I do recall a 3- or 4-year-old Patti leaping into my 7- or 8-year-old arms at the sight of an Eastern tent caterpillar inching along our front stoop.
OPINION
August 2, 2010
As much as I hated to disappoint Chelsea, I had more pressing matters to attend to this weekend because it seems that once again the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area needs to be saved from itself. I didn't know this before, but apparently the District of Columbia, et. al., has been feeling inadequate over the decades because it doesn't have a proper nickname. (Yes, me too -- I thought everyone referred to it as "The Swamp," but I guess not.) See, New York is the Big Apple, Chicago is the Windy City and even Cleveland is the Mistake by the Lake.
OPINION
By LLOYD WATERS | July 31, 2011
A few weeks ago, I had another birthday.    Since I enlisted in the military at age 18, was in my first prison riot at 22 and then knocked over a telephone pole at the age of 25, I always had the premonition that I was going to die young. Since I'm now too old to die young, I usually sing in the shower on my birthday. This year I was singing “I ain't as good as I once was, But I'm as good once, as I ever was” by Toby Keith. Felt good when I got out of the shower, so I went to the kitchen to take a few Motrin so that good feeling would last for a while.
NEWS
By Bob Parasiliti | September 5, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - James Jordan got his nickname by accident. But when Jordan is playing for the Martinsburg football team, there is nothing accidental about it. The Bulldogs will be looking for the clock to strike 12 when "Noon" is on the field. On the field might be the only place to find Jordan, considering he is a fullback, defensive end and placekicker for Martinsburg. "When it comes to gametime, I want to be on the field," Jordan said. "I understand the pressure is on my shoulders.
NEWS
March 4, 2009
Naturally, plenty of people call or write with column ideas that I listen to before saying "Thank you very much for the idea; now never contact me again. " But when Paul Highbarger sent me a link to a Newsweek article about West Virginia's campaign to improve its image titled "Hillbilly No More" -- well, what can I say? He must know I have a weakness for the classics. I lived in the Mountain State for 27 years, so it is a topic I can speak on with some degree of authority, if not accuracy.
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By LLOYD WATERS | July 31, 2011
A few weeks ago, I had another birthday.    Since I enlisted in the military at age 18, was in my first prison riot at 22 and then knocked over a telephone pole at the age of 25, I always had the premonition that I was going to die young. Since I'm now too old to die young, I usually sing in the shower on my birthday. This year I was singing “I ain't as good as I once was, But I'm as good once, as I ever was” by Toby Keith. Felt good when I got out of the shower, so I went to the kitchen to take a few Motrin so that good feeling would last for a while.
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OPINION
August 2, 2010
As much as I hated to disappoint Chelsea, I had more pressing matters to attend to this weekend because it seems that once again the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area needs to be saved from itself. I didn't know this before, but apparently the District of Columbia, et. al., has been feeling inadequate over the decades because it doesn't have a proper nickname. (Yes, me too -- I thought everyone referred to it as "The Swamp," but I guess not.) See, New York is the Big Apple, Chicago is the Windy City and even Cleveland is the Mistake by the Lake.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | November 26, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Students at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts recently chose a school nickname with roots in the theater. From now until the final curtain call, the school's nickname will be the Phantoms. Chelsea Eells, president of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Student Government, said she wasn't certain whether the nickname was inspired by "The Phantom of the Opera," but theater students lobbied hard for the designation by chanting, "Phantoms," "Phantoms," in the hallways between classes.
NEWS
March 4, 2009
Naturally, plenty of people call or write with column ideas that I listen to before saying "Thank you very much for the idea; now never contact me again. " But when Paul Highbarger sent me a link to a Newsweek article about West Virginia's campaign to improve its image titled "Hillbilly No More" -- well, what can I say? He must know I have a weakness for the classics. I lived in the Mountain State for 27 years, so it is a topic I can speak on with some degree of authority, if not accuracy.
NEWS
By Bob Parasiliti | September 5, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - James Jordan got his nickname by accident. But when Jordan is playing for the Martinsburg football team, there is nothing accidental about it. The Bulldogs will be looking for the clock to strike 12 when "Noon" is on the field. On the field might be the only place to find Jordan, considering he is a fullback, defensive end and placekicker for Martinsburg. "When it comes to gametime, I want to be on the field," Jordan said. "I understand the pressure is on my shoulders.
NEWS
By MARLO BARNHART | January 5, 2008
Editor's note: Each Sunday, The Herald-Mail publishes "A Life Remembered. " This continuing series takes a look back ? through the eyes of family, friends, co-workers and others ? at a member of the community who died recently. Today's "A Life Remembered" is about Monna Louise "Scof" Mumper, who died Dec. 23 at the age of 74. Her obituary was published in the Dec. 26 edition of The Herald-Mail. CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. ? Growing up in a Civil War battlefield town, the four Mumper children often would engage in mock soldier playtime with the other children on York Street in Gettysburg, Pa. During some of those childhood capers, Monna Mumper took on the moniker of German Gen. Hans Von Scofantini when the "York Street Gang" put on plays while World War II was raging elsewhere in the real world.
NEWS
By KATE COLEMMAN | April 1, 2007
"Bye, Nature Girl," was my sister Patti's goodbye in a recent e-mail. When I talked to her a couple of days later, I asked if she remembered the source of that moniker, a nickname I think only she called me. She figures it came about because I was the older sister who would rescue her and her twin from bugs when we were kids. I do recall a 3- or 4-year-old Patti leaping into my 7- or 8-year-old arms at the sight of an Eastern tent caterpillar inching along our front stoop.
NEWS
by DAN KAUFFMAN | February 16, 2007
The 2006-07 St. James boys basketball team will not be remembered as the Saints' most talented or most successful. But its actions over the past few days may qualify it as the most caring. After the Saints lost to Heritage Academy 46-44 in overtime in the ultra-competitive Buffalo Wild Wings Tournament championship game Saturday, St. James' players turned their thoughts to Eagles freshman Andrew Harrell, whose arm was broken in horrific fashion during the contest. "Right after it happened, I made a plan to get a card and get the guys to sign it," Saints coach Mike Brooks said.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | May 29, 2002
tarar@herald-mail.com A Kensington, Md., man has appealed to the Maryland State Board of Education the decision by Washington County Interim Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan to continue using American Indian nicknames for schools. The Washington County Board of Education has until June 14 to file a response to the state board on Richard Regan's appeal. Morgan could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon. Morgan, in a May 7 letter, rejected Regan's request to stop using the Boonsboro Warriors and Conococheague Indians nicknames, stating that Regan doesn't have children in the school system and that there's no evidence he has suffered specific harm or injury as a result of the nicknames being in place.
NEWS
BY DAN KULIN /Staff Writer | April 11, 2002
dank@herald-mail.com The case of F&M vs. F&M, a lawsuit filed over the use of the nickname in Washington County by one of the banks, is over. "They said, 'Hey sorry, we won't do that again,'" Farmers & Merchants Bank and Trust attorney Brent Procida said Wednesday. In August 2001, Farmers & Merchants filed a lawsuit in Washington County Circuit Court against Farmers & Mechanics Bank and Mechanics' parent company F&M Bancorp. The suit claimed Farmers & Mechanics used the "F&M" nickname in Washington County, in violation of an agreement that gave Farmers & Merchants the exclusive right to use the F&M nickname in Washington, Allegany, and Garrett counties.
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