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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | May 19, 2011
An organizer of a petition drive to overturn in-state college tuition for illegal immigrants said Wednesday that results have been good, but declined to provide the number of signatures that have been gathered thus far. Del. Neil C. Parrott, R-Washington, said he and others working on the effort are “on target” to get the issue onto the ballot for the 2012 general election. But Parrott would not provide specifics when asked how many signatures had been collected. The General Assembly passed the bill last month, and Gov. Martin O’Malley signed it into law this month.
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By NAPSA | February 28, 2009
If organizing your home seems like a daunting task, there's an easy way to make it more manageable-focus on one room a day and work in short intervals. Here are some helpful tips from the experts at Lowe's on how to rid the clutter from your home one room at a time. Bathroom: The first step to a tidy bathroom is to clean out all the drawers and cabinets by tossing out expired products and items you haven't used in at least a year. Read the labels on prescriptions and over-the-counter products to check the "use by" date.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herad-mail.com | April 23, 2011
Earth Day shouldn't just be about "green, green, green," said Stephanie Unger, organizer of the annual Panhandle Earth Day Celebration on Saturday at Morgans Grove Park. "It should be more of a celebration of the earth," she said. Her thoughts run to a community type gathering with music, good food and vendors promoting a variety of save-the-earth-themed homegrown produce and homemade everything from cotton diapers from the Rosebud Diaper Boutique with its "Go Cloth, Go Green" slogan, to Space Lotus Studio's T-shirts and tapestries that have been "tied and dyed with love," cotton puppets and Journalistic Tendencies' notepads made from recycled paper.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | August 3, 2010
Throughout Fairgrounds Park Tuesday evening, a unique sound hung in the humid air. It was a symphony composed by 1,000 people, led by a splash of water layered with youthful squeals, punctuated by crunching chips and popping balloons as the call of prize numbers rose over the melody of conversation. The din rising from the park was the music of crime prevention as people gathered for National Night Out, said organizer Carolyn Brooks. A national event aimed at stemming the tide of crime through community-police partnership, awareness and open dialogue, Brooks said she has been orchestrating the event for the last decade.
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April 9, 2002
FUNKSTOWN - A Ulysses S. Grant impersonator will be at the annual Battle of Funkstown re-enactment in June, organizer Ron Benedict told the Mayor and Town Council on Monday. The re-enactment will be held June 8 and 9, with some set-up work being done on June 7, Benedict said.
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By HEATHER KEELS | August 13, 2008
WILLIAMSPORT -- In its first year, the Williamsport "Bike Nite" attracted about 3,000 people and more than 800 motorcycles to the town July 19, organizer Bruce Logan reported to the town council Monday. Logan also presented the council with a donation to the Williamsport Food Bank from the proceeds from the event. Councilmembers said the event was well-run and that the town would be interested in making it an annual event.
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | August 21, 2008
Leave it to ox tails, curried goat and reggae music to make you feel irie Saturday at Wheaton Park. "Irie" is a Jamaican term for feeling good, and good feelings are what organizers of the Jamaican Festival hope to spread. The Jamaican Festival is a celebration of Caribbean culture, drawing from the local community of former islanders dwellers - a community that is bigger than most people think, said organizer Theodore Williams, who moved to Hagerstown from St. Thomas, Jamaica, more than a decade ago. Up until the death of community leader Ruth Monroe in 2005, the event was a fundraiser for the Memorial Recreation Center, where Monroe served as longtime executive director, said former organizer Alesia Parson-McBean.
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June 21, 1999
SHARPSBURG - The Town of Sharpsburg will sponsor a Y2K informational meeting at the Antietam National Battlefield visitor's center on Monday, June 28. Capt. Bill Ashforth, commanding officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Computer Center in Martinsburg, W.Va., will talk about how people should prepare for the possibility of Y2K emergencies, said organizer Jan Wetterer. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Ashforth has worked with Y2K problems for the Coast Guard for the last 18 months, Wetterer said.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | July 13, 2011
On Joey Chukla's 15th birthday Wednesday, he thought briefly of air conditioning and television, but instead worked up a sweat painting and doing yardwork for a woman who was a stranger two days earlier. In the process, the Hagerstown boy made new friends with other members of his Chambersburg Project crew. He's one of 178 youths spending the week in service to residents in Franklin County, Pa. In its 14th year, the Chambersburg Project is a weeklong interdenominational youth camp.
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by TIFFANY ARNOLD | July 13, 2006
SMITHSBURG - Proudly, Smithsburg residents will show why a weekend in their town during Smithsburg Pride Days is a weekend well spent, organizers say. About 50 vendors will converge at the town's center Saturday and Sunday, says organizer Nick Schilinger. Roughly 5,000 people attended last year's Pride Days, Schilinger estimates. Along with food and crafts, festival-goers will find a 5-K run, baseball tournament and parade. There also will be children's activities, open houses and an all-you-can-eat spaghetti supper.
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Kristy Smith | Around Boonsboro | September 9, 2013
The Gaggle, a local women's group, is participating in its Second Annual Community Book Drive, sponsored by the Hagerstown Rotary Club, Hagerstown Area Religious Council and the United Way of Washington County. The drive, which runs through September, has a goal to raise 10,000 children's books for readers from infant to age 11. Books can be new or gently used. Book contributions will help children learn to read, and might be the first book a child has ever owned. Other participating sites in Boonsboro are the high school and Susquehanna Bank, and books can be dropped of at your convenience.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | August 31, 2013
From the time Bill Dietrich formed the Two Top Mountain Adaptive Sports Foundation in 2007, his mission has included teaching those with physical disabilities how to ski. Doing so is not much different than teaching someone without disabilities to take to the slopes, Dietrich said this week. “Skiing being a gravity sport, it's how the person approaches it, whether they're disabled or not,” he said. “Gravity doesn't care if you're standing up or on a mono-ski. “We are really just teaching skiing and adapting it to them with their disability,” said Dietrich, the program's executive director.
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August 15, 2013
Activities, food and craft sales are on tap for the ninth annual Rouzerfest, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Red Run Park off Pa. 16 in Rouzerville. The site is near Walmart. Organizers are promising “family fun at its best” with pony rides and train rides on the Red Run Express. They've scheduled face-painting, balloon art, hair braiding and Zumba exercise. Several children's activities are free. A car cruise-in-style show will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nickel bingo will be played from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fire safety demos and free blood pressure screenings will be offered from the Blue Ridge Fire & Rescue Co. Food includes breakfast items, ice cream, burgers, funnel cakes and French fries.
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By DAVE MCMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | July 30, 2013
Organizers of the 2013 Bonanza Extravaganza on Tuesday night doled out more than $100,000 from the annual fundraiser that has provided more than $1.2 million to organizations since its inception eight years ago. The event, which features the raffling of automobiles, motorcycles and other prizes, raises money for local charitable organizations. Much of the money raised from the event organized by the International Association of Firefighters Local 1605 Foundation goes to volunteer fire companies in the county.
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By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | arnoldp@herald-mail.com | July 28, 2013
Want to buy a house? The Hagerstown Home Store, a nonprofit organization, can help - if you're a novice at buying a home and you meet income limits, plus attend both a first-time homebuyer workshop and meet with a housing counselor. If you do and you're willing to buy inside Hagerstown city limits, you can qualify for as much as $11,000 in Maryland governmental aid. If you would rather live outside the city, you can get as much as $5,000 in aid. The money can be used for the down payment and closing cost assistance, said Barb Spielman, senior housing adviser with the Home Store.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | July 28, 2013
Dozens of folks turned out Sunday afternoon to listen to good music and help a good cause as ThunderRoad Bar & Grille hosted a fundraiser for Holly Place, a nonprofit assisted-living center in Hagerstown. “This small, nonprofit facility in Hagerstown gives some of the best care I've seen in the many places I've been,” said Linda Smith, an independent pharmacy consultant who works with Holly Place and other establishments around the state. Smith organized the fundraiser, which was raising money through a silent auction and proceeds from a $25 admission to ThunderRoad's deck, where people received a meal and could listen to blues and rock performed by Moondog Medicine Show.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | July 17, 2013
Should the widening of W.Va. 45 to six lanes between South Queen Street and Interstate 81 in Martinsburg be a priority among the Eastern Panhandle's road improvement needs? What about the Eastern Boulevard project to build a four-lane divided road from Antietam Drive to Md. 60 in Hagerstown? Area residents are being encouraged to share their opinions on the importance of those and dozens of other highway projects proposed in Berkeley, Jefferson and Washington counties in an online survey launched last week by the Hagerstown/Eastern Panhandle Metropolitan Planning Organization, or HEPMPO.
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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | June 16, 2013
The United Way of Washington County awarded grants worth $854,060 to 21 community agencies to fund 27 programs. A total of 29 local nonprofits requested nearly $1.68 million in grant money to fund 48 programs this year. The United Way has changed the way the grants are distributed, part of a plan set in motion in 2009 that will make the disbursement “more targeted and more strategic,” said Melissa Reabold, executive director of the United Way of Washington County. Reabold said that in the past, the United Way raised and gave out the money to its member agencies to fill revenue gaps.
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Lisa Prejean | June 6, 2013
The kids have decided to organize our house. Each day when I come home from work, another drawer or cupboard has a fresh, new look. I never know what to expect, and I never know what they are going to throw away. For a pack rat like me, the process is scary, and somewhat painful. However, I vow not to interfere because some of the stuff is theirs anyway. If they want to pitch it, sell it, donate it, who am I to stand in the way? I've also tried to avoid asking questions about the items that have been eliminated.
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By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | May 28, 2013
With an internationally known saxophonist slated to take the stage in City Center Saturday night, organizers of the 18th annual Western Maryland Blues Fest are hoping the summer's first heat wave will draw the crowds. But then again, according to Blues Executive Committee fundraising chairwoman Paula Keser, Blues Fest is the heat wave. Among 16 other acts, funk legend Maceo Parker - acclaimed for his work with the late James Brown - will headline Saturday's show, Carl Disque, founder and chairman of the Western Maryland Blues Fest, said during a news conference Tuesday at City Hall.  The 18th annual Western Maryland Blues Fest will kick off at 5 p.m. Thursday in downtown Hagerstown, featuring Bad Influence Band, and run through Sunday, when The Nighthawks, who were the final act of the first Blues Fest, will close this year's event at City Park.
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