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By DAVE McMILLION | September 27, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Thirteen-year-old Santana Stevens talked Sunday about her interest in arts and culture. The E. Russell Hicks Middle School student has been able to get a taste of the arts thanks to the Black Achievers program at the Hagerstown YMCA. The national program, which started at the Harlem New York YMCA in 1971, connects adult role models to students to help the youth set career and educational goals. Stevens said she has enjoyed the discussions about arts and culture, and she decided to enroll in the program for the third time this year.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | September 3, 2009
GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Three days into the 2009-2010 school year, the peer leaders at Greencastle-Antrim High School have already started to fall into a groove. Tasked with setting an example for their fellow students as they navigate the difficult choices of adolescence, the peer leaders meet weekly to craft messages of awareness for the school. When it comes to advice on drugs, relationships, sex and alcohol, teens are more likely to listen to teens than to adults, said Diane Reed, advisor for Peer Leadership and counselor at GAHS.
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By ABIGAIL YEAGER / Special to The Herald-Mail | June 18, 2009
Elaini Arthur might be young, but she is inspired by the classics. By classics, the 14-year-old country singer means Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. "Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn each have a unique style that is lasting and has brought a lot to so many people," said Elaini, of Hollidaysburg, Pa. "I guess that is what I want to accomplish with my music -- for it to be lasting and to leave people with something. " Elaini will perform at the Smithsburg Fire Company Carnival at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, along with Night Drive.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | March 28, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- "The day will come when this is your spot," Catherine Parson said, gripping the podium that held notes for her keynote speech. "When you arrive, don't tell me you don't have anything to say. You will be tested, so you will have a testimony. " Parson's words bounced off the walls and hung in the air over the Black Achievers Gala Saturday night. "Get prepared, you have a place to go," she said. The students in the Hagerstown YMCA's Black Achievers Program have heard the message before.
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By ERIN JULIUS | February 1, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Michele Glessner drove a niece and her daughter, Shaunna, more than 150 miles round-trip from New Paris, Pa., Friday morning for one of the first showings of "Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour. " Shaunna, 10, and her cousin Emaleigh Mowry, 10, said Hannah Montana is their favorite "celebrity. " "I like how she sings," Emaleigh said. Regal Valley Mall Stadium 16 in Hagerstown was one of only 500 theaters across the United States that was showing the concert movie, said Megan Alderton, a theater manager.
NEWS
December 22, 2007
Thumbs up to all of the law-enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day they're on duty for a paycheck that isn't nearly enough to justify the risk. They take guff from the people who dispute the ticket they got for speeding or whose rowdy children aren't "real criminals. " But when there's trouble and they don't arrive quickly, or worse, when they arrest someone whose parents have been making excuses for him or her for years, they are criticized. Thanks, officers, for all that you do. Thumbs up to all of the firefighters and the emergency medical services personnel who interrupt their sleep, their dinners and other family occasions to deal with the grisly aftermath of a car wreck, an assault or a fire.
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August 1, 2007
"Wouldn't it be nice to go back to the days when Cal and the other Hall of Famers played baseball? I hardly ever watch major league games any more because it has changed to a show business and less of a sport. There's way too much hype over average plays that I often made when I played high school ball, and I wasn't that good. We see the play from numerous camera angles and listen to the announcers over-analyze everything. They have lost me. " - Waynesboro, Pa. "Fact: The character of our children tomorrow depends on what we put in their hearts today.
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By MARLO BARNHART | April 27, 2007
There was no shortage of role models at Friday night's No Smoking Youth Club banquet for family and friends at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center. Staff, visitors and even the keynote speaker were there to sing the praises of quitting smoking or better yet, never starting. "Smoking is probably the most preventable health problem we have," author and health educator Richard Williams said. "Diabetes, heart and lung problems are all connected to smoking. " Williams has a doctorate in health education and administration, and has taught college-level courses in nutrition and health education.
NEWS
March 19, 2007
Last week's question: Recently the Washington County Commissioners heard that widening Maugans Avenue will cost more than $3 million more than projected, due to what staffers now agree was a faulty estimate. What can be done to prevent such errors in the future? They can prohibit "out of county-ers" from over developing our precious land. They have no concept of our heritage nor do they care about it. The only thing the devlopers care about is putting money in their pockets, all the while ruining our lifestyle.
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May 12, 2006
More than 1,300 "motherless mothers" participated in an online survey between October 2002 and June 2005 for Hope Edelman's book of the same name, published by HarperCollins. Eighty percent were younger than 24 when they became motherless and the largest group - 23 percent - were younger than 6. Eighty-six percent of respondents lost mothers to death, while others lost their mothers to mental illness, alcoholism or drug dependency, physical abandonment, emotional unavailability and divorce.
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