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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | October 23, 2011
Several area women spent most of Sunday at War Memorial Park promoting awareness of a cause about which they care deeply. It was the first Avon Foundation for Women's Speak Out Against Domestic Violence Campaign in the area, said Jolinda Vishio, an Avon district sales manager from Frederick, Md. Among those organizing Sunday's event were Vicki Cheek and Tammy Miller, co-directors of Y-Roc, an acronym for a Christian-based drama group of 19...
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by BRIAN SHAPPELL | June 6, 2005
shappell@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - People using stolen checks or prescription forms is starting to become an increasing problem in Washington County. Washington County Sheriff's Department Capt. Douglas Mullendore and Deputy James Sword said last week that fraud involving the theft and use of bank checks and false prescription orders has taken up a lot of time for some law enforcement officers. Sword said the department is getting 20 to 25 reports per month from people who say they have been defrauded in some way. In past years, the department would receive five to six reports in a month, he said.
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by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | March 29, 2006
HAGERSTOWN Parents listened Tuesday night as two teenagers explained how and why their lives were destroyed by drugs and alcohol. They also learned how their children could avoid the same future. The town hall meeting at Northern Middle School was designed to educate parents and teens about the dangers and the prevention of underage drinking. It's unhealthy and can often lead to other problems, said James Conrad, Washington County Health Department's curbing underage drinking coordinator.
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By MEG H. PARTINGTON | June 17, 2000
Miss Bethesda, Sonia Maria Amir, was crowned Miss Maryland 2000 Saturday night at The Maryland Theatre. Amir, a 24-year-old graduate student at University of Maryland, University College in College Park, performed Franz Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2" on the piano. She is the daughter of Javed and Clemencia Amir of Beltsville, Md. "Peer pressure is a very strong force in our society. Our youth need positive peer pressure," Amir said during the informal interview portion of the pageant while describing her platform.
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | October 17, 2008
As parents brace for financial troubles, local counselors say they should also be considering how to explain what's going on to their kids. "You need to be upfront with the kids," said Dave Jordan, executive director of Washington County Community Action Council in Hagerstown. The Community Action Council (CAC) is an approved housing counseling agency through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The agency has been on the front line amid the national housing crises, as more and more local families worry about making their mortgage payments and seek out advice.
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May 6, 2006
Editor's note: On March 17, The Herald-Mail asked area teens to tell us why the Washington County teen pregnancy rate is so high. We were puzzled because it seems that although teens have access to a lot of birth-control information, many of them fail to use it to avoid become parents. Below are some of the responses we received, with the help of the Washington County school system, the Washington County Family Center and Girls Inc. Previous teens' letters were printed in this section on Sunday, April 30. For more information on this topic, please visit www.teenpregnancy.
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by LISA TEDRICK PREJEAN | July 18, 2003
"Grandma, Grandma, watch me!" We were at Hagerstown City Park one recent afternoon, and I was surprised how many times I overheard that request. It came from all directions - the monkey bars, the swings, the seesaws. The grandparents were only too happy to oblige, oohing and ahhing over how strong, how high, how balanced the little ones were. Many times they got into the act, giving a boost here or a push there, much to the delight of their little charges. Spirits were light and smiles were plenty.
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By BIG SYDNEY | September 3, 2010
It's that time of year again. I got the ol' spring in my step. Come tonight, I think I'll have goosebumps ... or gooseliver bumps in my case. Time to press my black-and-white-striped shirt and get out my undersized coaching pants. I gotta make sure my feet don't get too much sun. It's time for football. I came out of my bunker and saw my shadow. It means we are going to have 14 weeks of pigskin. My shadow is more formidable and massive than that near-sighted rodent that only comes out in February.
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By KAYLA EXLINE / Pulse Correspondent | February 17, 2009
Sean Reel, 15, who attends Smithsburg High School, has turned a negative into the positive by starting an organization that acts as a safe-haven for his peers. On April 12, 2008, Sean started the organization known as Sobriety Saves with the help of friends Brittany Neal, 15, and Matt Ehrhart, 14. "We are an organization that is here to raise awareness of the dangers of drugs and alcohol abuse," Sean said. Sobriety Saves has been a big help to all teens who are involved.
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by CATRINA COGHILL/Wheelbase Communications | August 1, 2003
If your friends recklessly drove around and didn't wear their seat belts, would you do it, too? According to a new report released by Volkswagen, that's exactly why 20 percent of high school students polled aren't buckling up when they're behind the wheel - peer pressure. To the young people reading this article (whether of your own volition, or because your parents or teachers are making you), you have probably already been forced to listen to the sermon on the importance of wearing a seat belt at all times.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | October 23, 2011
Several area women spent most of Sunday at War Memorial Park promoting awareness of a cause about which they care deeply. It was the first Avon Foundation for Women's Speak Out Against Domestic Violence Campaign in the area, said Jolinda Vishio, an Avon district sales manager from Frederick, Md. Among those organizing Sunday's event were Vicki Cheek and Tammy Miller, co-directors of Y-Roc, an acronym for a Christian-based drama group of 19...
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By BIG SYDNEY | September 3, 2010
It's that time of year again. I got the ol' spring in my step. Come tonight, I think I'll have goosebumps ... or gooseliver bumps in my case. Time to press my black-and-white-striped shirt and get out my undersized coaching pants. I gotta make sure my feet don't get too much sun. It's time for football. I came out of my bunker and saw my shadow. It means we are going to have 14 weeks of pigskin. My shadow is more formidable and massive than that near-sighted rodent that only comes out in February.
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By KAYLA EXLINE / Pulse Correspondent | February 17, 2009
Sean Reel, 15, who attends Smithsburg High School, has turned a negative into the positive by starting an organization that acts as a safe-haven for his peers. On April 12, 2008, Sean started the organization known as Sobriety Saves with the help of friends Brittany Neal, 15, and Matt Ehrhart, 14. "We are an organization that is here to raise awareness of the dangers of drugs and alcohol abuse," Sean said. Sobriety Saves has been a big help to all teens who are involved.
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | October 17, 2008
As parents brace for financial troubles, local counselors say they should also be considering how to explain what's going on to their kids. "You need to be upfront with the kids," said Dave Jordan, executive director of Washington County Community Action Council in Hagerstown. The Community Action Council (CAC) is an approved housing counseling agency through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The agency has been on the front line amid the national housing crises, as more and more local families worry about making their mortgage payments and seek out advice.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | March 17, 2008
Editor's note: This is the eighth in a continuing series of stories exploring the workings of a modern-day classroom. The Herald-Mail is spending parts of the 2007-08 school year visiting with and writing about a fifth-grade classroom at Fairview Elementary School in the Waynesboro (Pa.) Area School District. For today's story, staff writer Jennifer Fitch talked to students and Washington Township Police Department officers about the DARE program. WAYNESBORO, Pa. - More than 6,700 elementary school children in the Waynesboro Area School District and St. Andrew Catholic School have participated in Drug Abuse Resistance Education, commonly referred to as DARE, over the past 20 years.
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May 6, 2006
Editor's note: On March 17, The Herald-Mail asked area teens to tell us why the Washington County teen pregnancy rate is so high. We were puzzled because it seems that although teens have access to a lot of birth-control information, many of them fail to use it to avoid become parents. Below are some of the responses we received, with the help of the Washington County school system, the Washington County Family Center and Girls Inc. Previous teens' letters were printed in this section on Sunday, April 30. For more information on this topic, please visit www.teenpregnancy.
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by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | March 29, 2006
HAGERSTOWN Parents listened Tuesday night as two teenagers explained how and why their lives were destroyed by drugs and alcohol. They also learned how their children could avoid the same future. The town hall meeting at Northern Middle School was designed to educate parents and teens about the dangers and the prevention of underage drinking. It's unhealthy and can often lead to other problems, said James Conrad, Washington County Health Department's curbing underage drinking coordinator.
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by BRIAN SHAPPELL | June 6, 2005
shappell@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - People using stolen checks or prescription forms is starting to become an increasing problem in Washington County. Washington County Sheriff's Department Capt. Douglas Mullendore and Deputy James Sword said last week that fraud involving the theft and use of bank checks and false prescription orders has taken up a lot of time for some law enforcement officers. Sword said the department is getting 20 to 25 reports per month from people who say they have been defrauded in some way. In past years, the department would receive five to six reports in a month, he said.
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by WANDA T. WILLIAMS | September 19, 2004
wandaw@herald-mail.com For seven weeks, 15-year-old Shawayna Morel was out of bed by 7 a.m. and at her first summer job by 8. Her workday ended at 4 p.m. She found adjusting to a work schedule wasn't easy. "Some mornings, I was really tired and I didn't feel like going in," she said. The solution: Shawayna ended her late summer nights and starting going to bed early. She said she realized it was worth the sacrifice after she received her first paycheck. "It felt good," she said.
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by James C. Haught | September 5, 2004
"Haught for President. " When I wrote that, it had a good ring to it. I am thinking about putting my hat into the ring in 2008. I must admit that I am getting up in years, a bit senile and I need an hour nap each afternoon. My grammar is not the best. But the qualifications for being President of the United States are not too demanding anymore. It seems that there is great emphasis on military experience. All of this information is in my 201 file. To learn about me, a person can look up that information.
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