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By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | December 15, 2012
Gary Breakall personified the best of small-town living. His devotion to family, church, community and work made a difference in the lives of many. Born and raised in Hancock, Gary was the third of six children. His parents, Oscar and Jesse Breakall, owned a flour mill in town, and that later became a feed mill and small grocery store. Shirley Hawbaker and Gary, who played basketball and soccer, were in the same class in high school and started dating during their sophomore year.
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by MARLO BARNHART | May 14, 2006
Editor's note: Each Sunday, The Herald-Mail will run "A Life Remembered. " This continuing series will take 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 Roy Michael Spooner, who died May 5 at the age of 55. His obituary appeared in the May 9 editions of The Morning Herald and The Daily Mail. On Monday, May 8, a moment of silence was observed for "The Gov" by employees of both the main U.S. Post Office on Franklin Street and the northern station on Conamar Drive.
NEWS
May 28, 2008
"In reference to the article in The Herald-Mail on the 22nd, front page, 'Rocky road chips away at patience,' I don't know - I have no problem with what the County Roads (Department) did. We're a resident of Beck Road. They've done under road and all out here. Exceptional good job. That's the first time since 1978 they did any overlay in this area. The men that did that job and the County Roads workers that did the pre-work on it did a great job. I'm getting a little of my tax money back.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | April 13, 2012
With the Tuesday deadline to file federal and state tax returns approaching, U.S. Postal Serviceofficials advise those who plan to file by mail to check their post-offices' hours because most branches will not have extended hours. Among post offices in the Baltimore district - those with zip codes beginning with 210 through 219 - only the Baltimore Main Post Office at 900 E. Fayette St. will have extended hours on Tuesday, spokeswoman Yvette Singh said. That office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., with a final collection from the box at that address at midnight, she said.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | July 28, 2012
Mary Ellen Younkins has operated the Brownsville Post Office out of the first floor of her Boteler Road home since 1979. That will change on Tuesday. U.S. Postal Service officials recently announced that they plan to reduce the village's postmaster position to two hours per day and discontinue the government benefits that go with it. Younkins said that left her with no other choice. “It was my decision to leave,” the 60-year-old Younkins said. “I'm just fortunate that I'm old enough and have enough years to retire.
NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | July 29, 2013
The findings of a city survey aimed at determining the current business climate of downtown Hagerstown will be released by the end of August, according to the official who spearheaded the project. Downtown Manager Andrew Sargent said more than 300 downtown business owners and those with an interest in the area, including organizations such as the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, received the eight-page questionnaire by email or the postal service in late April.  By July 24, 70 responses had been submitted, Sargent said.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | November 1, 2012
An anonymous letter-writing campaign against Washington County Board of Education President Wayne Ridenour picked up steam this week, days before the Nov. 6 election, with copies of the most recent letter sent to at least one teacher in at least three schools. Ridenour said Wednesday that since the fall of 2011 he had received three anonymous letters and one postcard.  “I'm upset,” Ridenour said Wednesday. He said he thinks sending the anonymous letters to teachers has “crossed a line.” In general, the letters have stated that a group is working toward removing Ridenour from the board and from his post as board president.
NEWS
by JOE CROCETTA / Staff Photographer | February 16, 2007
Scott Carson, a United States Postal Service letter carrier, trudges over piles of ice and snow Thursday on his Greencastle, Pa., route.
NEWS
by WANDA T. WILLIAMS | June 28, 2004
wandaw@herald-mail.com In the past six months, the City of Hagerstown has lost 25 U.S. Postal Service collection mailboxes. A postal representatives cited low volume as the main reason for the closings. "Boxes that don't generate the mail that needs to be generated have been taken out of circulation," Hagerstown Postal Service Customer Service Supervisor Bruce Rice said. Rice said the Postal Service couldn't justify maintaining mail-collection boxes with fewer than 10 pieces of mail on some days.
NEWS
May 13, 2007
The price to send a first-class letter will increase to 41 cents on Monday. David Partenheimer, a spokesman with the U.S. Postal Service, said postage is increased to help adjust for inflation, and typically covers the postal service's operating expenses, such as the costs associated with fuel and employee benefits. Partenheimer said the USPS introduced the Forever stamp last month. The stamp can be purchased for 41 cents, and retains its first-class value regardless of future postage rate increases, he said.
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