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by MARLO BARNHART | November 13, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - When he emigrated to America from his native Ukraine 57 years ago, Askold Skalsky was leaving a very different land than it is today. "The last time I was back was in 1997," the humanities instructor at Hagerstown Community College said. "Geographically, it's now the second-largest country in Europe. " When Skalsky was still living there, the Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union. Now an independent nation, the Ukraine is struggling to rebuild, Skalsky said. "When we had a speakers bureau, I used to talk of the captive nations of the Soviet Union," Skalsky said.
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LIFESTYLE
April 29, 2011
The Washington County Free Library announces the winners of the 2011 Writers and Poets contest. This year, there were 80 short stories and 250 poems entered into the competition.    Works could be submitted by residents of Washington County or holders of a Washington County Free Library card. The judges of the competition selected two winning entries in the area of short stories and poetry from each of five age divisions. The winning entrants along with honorable mention works are as follows:  Grades 2 and 3 Short Story winners: "Crazy Crafts," by Sophie Scheck, and "Pete's Wrong Turn," by Zachary Wandalow-ski Honorable mention: "The Firewall," by Sullivan McGee Poetry winners: "How I Love My Dog," by Karina Dekany, and "Fun," by Eli Singer Honorable mention, "Winter," by Merrick McDougal  Grades 4 and 5 Short Story winners: "CinderRide," by Rebecca L. Snyder, and "The Raconza Sword," by Mya Rattay Poetry winners: "The Twilight Sled Ride," by Makenna Luzier, and "Dances of the Trees," by Lauryn Daniels Honorable mention, "Where Am I?
LIFESTYLE
June 8, 2013
Name: Laura Treacy Bentley City in which you reside : I live in Huntington, W.Va., but I divide my time between the beautiful mountains of West Virginia and McHenry, Md., in Garrett County. Day job: I'm the book editor for WV Living magazine. I conduct writing workshops and will be teaching creative writing at the West Virginia Governor's School for the Arts in Davis & Elkins College this summer. I'm hard at work on a new poetry collection and another novel, so I'm burning the midnight oil these days.
NEWS
March 30, 2008
In celebration of National Poetry Month, Washington County Free Library, in partnership with the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, is pleased to present "A Reading and Conversation with Poet Linda Pastan. " Pastan will read her poetry at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts on Saturday, April 5, at 1 p.m. A reception will follow the reading. Maryland Poet Laureate from 1991 to 1995, Pastan has won a Ruth Lilly Lifetime Achievement Award for her work, among other honors.
NEWS
By MARIE GILBERT | April 6, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Linda Pastan's poems are like pages from an ordinary person's diary. There are thoughts about love and loss, children and spouses, and the mundane chores of the day. Some musings are sad, some are flecked with humor, others are a little irreverent. But all of her writings come from the soul. Pastan has been writing poetry since she was 10 years old. Now in her 70s, she has published 12 books, has won numerous awards, including, in 2003, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement and was Maryland's Poet Laureate from 1991-95.
NEWS
by ANDREA ROWLAND | December 21, 2004
andrear@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Jeff Curtis keeps a tape recorder in his jacket pocket beside his desk in Martinsburg's City Hall. It's not there to record ideas about revitalizing the city's downtown commercial district through historic preservation - the crux of Curtis' job as executive director of Main Street Martinsburg, a not-for-profit program that also promotes the downtown area and raises funds for renovation projects through events, including concerts, classic car shows and holiday celebrations.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | September 23, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- "Writers see a little further than other people see," said Charles Carey, who is a writer, a Vietnam veteran, a father, a grandfather and homeless. Carey, 54, says he can see hardship on people's faces and probably recognizes it because he knows it himself. Now, he finds comfort in writing. He enlisted in the Army after graduating from high school in Jefferson County, W.Va. In Saigon for eight months in 1974, Carey remembers evacuating people. "War is not a pleasant thing, but I guess it's a necessary thing for us to be free, for other countries to try to be free," he said.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | December 27, 2010
Shepherdstown musician Terry Tucker, who wrote a song for director Stanley Kubrick's 1972 violent and futuristic film "A Clockwork Orange," has released a new CD that puts to music the words of two late-19th- century poets. Tucker became interested in the poetry of Danske Bedinger Dandridge, (1854-1914) and her poet father, Henry Bedinger, a Shepherdstown native and one-time U.S. minister to Denmark. Dandridge eventually owned Rose Brake, an antebellum brick home outside Shepherdstown.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 2011
Eastern Panhandle poets' work is on exhibit in the innovative show "Poetry Works on Walls" at the Fire Hall Gallery and Charles Town Visitors Center, 108 N. George St. in Charles Town, W.Va. The exhibit opens at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 5, and continues through August. A reception will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  "Poetry Works on Walls" is co-sponsored by the Bookend Poets - a monthly Eastern Panhandle workshop - and the Arts and Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County (AHA!
LIFESTYLE
February 24, 2011
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is asking local poets to submit poems that will be displayed as part of its annual Wildflower Festival. The festival is set for Saturday, April 16. Send poems to pvnaturewriters@gmail .com. Poems may also be dropped off at the Four Seasons Bookstore in Shepherdstown or submitted by regular mail to Poetry Walk, c/o PVAS, PO Box 578, Shepherdstown, WV 25443. Deadline is 5 p.m. Saturday, April 9. For more information contact PVAS at 304-676-3397 or pvasmail@aol.
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