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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-main.com | January 20, 2013
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'” - Martin Luther King Jr. speaking on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 23, 1963.   More than 250 area residents, white and black, broke bread together to celebrate the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights martyr of the turbulent 1960s whose leadership helped bring the races together.
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NEWS
January 18, 2013
Doleman Black Heritage Museum is organizing a bus ride for local residents to Washington, D.C. for the Inauguration Monday morning. The bus will leave the Park and Ride on Col. Henry K. Douglas Drive just off of Interstate 70 at Exit 29 to Sharpsburg Pike, according to Tamara Doleman, board chair of the museum. The bus will leave around 6 a.m. and drop passengers off at RFK Stadium, at which point they will have to take the metro to get to the event. The return time for the bus has still not been determined, according to Doleman.
LIFESTYLE
By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | January 9, 2013
There were comedians and ventriloquists, acrobats and dancing poodles. And every Sunday evening, “The Ed Sullivan Show” escorted them into the homes of millions of Americans. Thousands of acts appeared on Sullivan's television variety program, which ran for two decades. But it was a performance in 1956 by a singer in blue suede shoes that would become a historic pop moment. Swiveling his hips, playing his guitar and launching into such hits as “Don't Be Cruel” and “Love Me Tender,” Elvis Presley's appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” was a ratings success, leading to two more appearances in 1957 watched by millions of his fans.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | December 27, 2012
The Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., on New Year's Day will feature a float that will carry a floragraph - a tribute made with flowers and leaves about 14 inches in diameter resembling a photograph - dedicated to the memory of a Hagerstown teenager whose family donated his organs after he was killed in a car crash earlier this year. Quinn Hoover, 17, died on March 18 after an early-morning accident near Clear Spring. A student at Washington County Technical High School, he was known for his outgoing personality and his prowess on the soccer field, his parents said.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | December 16, 2012
As about 150 people gathered Sunday night with candles on Center Square in Waynesboro, their thoughts and prayers were with a community more than 300 miles away. The crowd assembled for a candlelight vigil to support the Newtown, Conn., residents affected by Friday's school shooting that claimed the lives of 20 children and six staff members. “It's very true our hearts are still broken,” said the Rev. Linda Watkins, rector of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Waynesboro. Watkins spoke on behalf of the Waynesboro Area Fellowship of Churches, which organized the vigil.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | December 10, 2012
The Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioners declared Dec. 10, 2012, “Marilyn Smith Day” as an organization dedicated to fighting drug and alcohol problems recognized the Waynesboro, Pa., woman Monday with its first lifetime achievement award. K. Marilyn Smith has volunteered with a number of organizations, many of them focused on helping children. The Community Coalition was joined by the county commissioners when presenting her with its award. “She's very tenacious in making sure our kids get the services they need,” said Stacy McCole, a member of the Community Coalition.
LIFESTYLE
December 7, 2012
Sometimes money seems so impersonal, but you still want to give. It was with that simple idea that the Nonprofit Holiday Wish List was started. For weeks, we asked area nonprofit organizations to send us their listings, naming tangible items that could help them in their organization's missions. This year, more than 70 nonprofits have participated and their wishes range from copier paper to a van. Each item listed, they tell us, will help them in a small way to help the community.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | December 1, 2012
It was with a sense of melancholy that Christina was attending her last Antietam Exchange Club Christmas party Saturday at the Masonic Lodge in Hagerstown. Since she was pregnant with the first of her three children, Christina has been enrolled in the Healthy Families Parenting Program with the Washington County Health Department. That program has partnered with the Exchange Club to host the holiday affair since 2005. “It's really sad,” Christina said. “Healthy Families has been a blessing to us.” Her oldest child is graduating from the program.
NEWS
November 18, 2012
Following is a list of organizations that are providing Thanksgiving dinners: Nov. 21 -  The Salvation Army will provide a meal for the needy at the Daily Feeding Program on Wednesday. Students from Hagerstown Community College will assist. The meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Wise Street facility. Nov. 22 - Bethel United Methodist Church, 21006 Twin Springs Drive, Chewsville, will serve a free Thanksgiving dinner with trimmings for people of all ages Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. For more information, contact Linda Warehime at 301-733-8387 or lindawarehime@myactv.net.
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