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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | June 3, 2011
As Smithsburg High School's purple- and gold-robed graduates sat onstage at The Maryland Theatre Friday afternoon, they heard remarks from one speaker introduced as "the good witch" and another who, they were assured, was not a witch at all. Salutatorian Katie L. Gigante played the good witch in the school's drama production of The Wizard of Oz in the spring of 2010, and valedictorian Vanessa A. Mackley wore a Christine O'Donnell-inspired "I am...
SPORTS
June 16, 2013
Things aren't what they used to be. OK. That's not a profound statement. Everything is in a constant flow of change, Municipal Stadium notwithstanding. Nothing stands still in the world of business or in the sports we watch. Changes are dramatic, no matter how far you look back. Graduates of 2013 will be facing a completely different world compared to this guy, who left high school in 1976 and sneaked out of college in 1980. Today's lessons are already obsolete. The ones this guy learned have fossilized.
NEWS
August 9, 2010
MERCERSBURG, Pa. --The Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce and FreeMind PR hosted First Friday Mercersburg on Aug. 6 at the Mercersburg Inn. Several hundred community members and friends listened to music by Brennan Elliott and Mason Bailey while looking at the wares provided by 12 vendors, and partaking of cocktails and food by Meattopia. "We look forward to making this an annual event," said Mary-Anne Gordon, executive director of the Chamber. "This is the most successful First Friday of 2010.
ENTERTAINMENT
Chad Smith | April 5, 2013
"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew. " - St. Francis de Sales   Ask me what I believe the difference between success and failure is and I'd say it's consistent persistence. Being stubborn isn't always a bad thing. I've found that my most successful clients are the ones who absolutely don't allow anything to get them off goal.
OPINION
By ALLAN POWELL | May 20, 2011
How many of us could survive the visceral zone turmoil of watching three former colleagues accepting the 2008 Nobel Prize in chemistry (which included a financial award of $1.4 million), knowing that we had contributed to their success? Yet Douglas Prasher, holding a Ph.D. in biochemistry, was a mere observer in the audience (with his wife) as a guest of the winners. Their generosity was almost certainly the honest realization that they would not have been there without his help. At that moment, Prasher’s fortunes had so deteriorated that he was driving a customer service van for a car dealership in Huntsville, Ala. Fortunately, Prasher had a very productive garden that was a ready source of food.
SPORTS
By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com | October 15, 2012
Phil Petry hears voices from the past. No, really. There is nothing Halloweenish about it. It's just all his friends talking about his high school days with reverence. And it's not just his friends. It's their friends … and their kids … and their grandkids … and even some coaches with long memories who aren't even from the area. That's because when someone mentions South Hagerstown football history, the name Phil Petry soon follows. It would be like not mentioning jelly after peanut butter.
NEWS
June 27, 2006
There were no fireworks and no marching bands at Hagerstown's Bester Elementary at the end of this school year, but there should have been. As noted in a front-page story in Sunday's edition of The Herald-Mail, Bester's academic makeover was a great success. We congratulate the students, teachers and administrators who worked together to make this happen. Bester, which draws from some of the city's most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods, has long had a problem with poor academic performance.
NEWS
By SCOTT BUTKI | September 22, 1999
The County Commuter's "Try Transit Week" was a success, providing 9,470 rides at no charge, Transportation Director Kevin Cerrone said Wednesday. During the free ridership week, the service provided 3,500 - or 59 percent - more rides than it did during the same week last year, when rides were not free, Cerrone said. "I am very, very pleased," he said. "I think we'll get a lot of mileage out of it. " Last Monday through Saturday all County Commuter and Paratransit rides were free.
NEWS
February 20, 2002
Success of new wells leaves area man happy By ANDREW SCHOTZ andrews@herald-mail.com Water flowed freely from David Herbst's shallow wells until about a year ago. The one at his home on Misty Meadow Road - hand-dug, about 15 to 20 feet deep - started to "suck air and spritz," Herbst recalled. "That scared us," he said. "It might have been 24 hours and it would have been out. " The one down the road at his tenants' house - about 30 or 35 feet deep - began to run short.
NEWS
by KATE COLEMAN and ANDREA ROWLAND | December 28, 2003
katec@herald-mail.com Many of us usher in the new year with lofty promises to ourselves - resolutions we believe will improve our lives. Some of us have the know-how and tenacity to make those New Year's resolutions stick; some of us don't. Experts and regular folks with resolution success stories recently shared tips for making common New Year's promises - break bad habits, improve relationships, expand horizons, get healthier, become more involved in the community - last throughout the year.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | September 2, 2013
It took two big grills to cook the 250 steaks and another one for the 175 slices of country ham to feed the crowd of more than 400 people at Monday's annual Labor Day breakfast at War Memorial Park in Martinsburg. Harold Catrow, a volunteer at the event, said it  was the 41st year for the event, which has become a standard fundraiser to benefit the park. Bonn A. “Buzz” Poland, another longtime breakfast volunteer, said an average profit each year runs between $8,000 and $10,000.
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LIFESTYLE
By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | August 18, 2013
It's that time of the year again, when children head off to school for lessons in reading, writing and arithmetic. The upcoming weeks will include essays, history projects and pages of problem solving. But parents will have their share of homework, too. They'll be studying their children's sleeping habits, calculating how much weight is being carried in backpacks and doing a little scientific research on germs. It's all part of helping kids stay healthy so they can learn and grow.
NEWS
Madge Miles | Around Jonathan Street | August 16, 2013
The community came through with donations and the organizers of the annual For Our Kids Sake bus trip took three bus loads of area children to the Six Flags amusement park in Jackson, N.J., on Aug. 10. The weather also cooperated as it was sunny but not too hot, which made it nice to ride the rides.    Krumpe's Donuts provided a continental breakfast, Canteen Inc. donated a variety of snacks and the Stadium Grill and Tavern supplied wings....
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | August 10, 2013
After a whirlwind of activities, the 38th Triennial Greencastle-Antrim Old Home Week has come to a close. With its first female president and record attendance, Old Home Week 2013 was one for the record books. Carol Christophel made history when she stepped into the role of Old Home Week's  president, the first woman to hold that title since the tradition began in 1902. “It's an honor and a privilege, and the directors had so much confidence in me that it was just wonderful,” Christophel said.
NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | July 30, 2013
City officials took the mayor and Hagerstown City Council on a downtown walking tour Tuesday to get a firsthand look at three city-owned buildings, two of which are undergoing renovations aimed at eliminating the “barriers” for private-sector redevelopment. The tour included stops at 36-40 N. Potomac St., which the city is renovating and plans to lease to commercial and residential tenants, and 43-53 W. Washington St. It also included 170 W. Washington St., the former Holiday Motel, also once known as the Midtown Motel, which the city has marketed on its website through a competitive negotiated sale process.
NEWS
By KAREN MAWDSLEY | kmawdsley@schurz.com | July 23, 2013
Two dozen competitors “beefed up” their game Tuesday morning in the 4-H/FFA Dairy Cattle Showmanship judging at the Washington County Ag Expo and Fair. The participants, ranging in age from 8 to 18 years old, took to the show arena by age group - junior, ages 8 to 10; intermediate, 11 to 13; and senior, 14 to 18 - to display their best showmanship and compete for the ultimate title of overall grand champion. They demonstrated their abilities to what started as a small audience but grew to one of more than 100 spectators by the time the contest was in full swing.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | July 10, 2013
For a dozen years, preschoolers in Hancock have been pedaling tricycles to raise money to help children facing life-threatening illnesses. The total raised from 12 Trike-A-Thons for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital surpassed $30,000 when the event was held on May 8, said January Souders, director of the Good Shepherd Preschool. Souders - who has worked at Good Shepherd since 2000 and has been its director since 2005 - is going to Memphis, Tenn., this week for St. Jude's Volunteer Appreciation Day. She has also been asked to speak at a coordinator workshop titled “Moments of Truth,” in which she will share with others how Good Shepherd has grown its event, increasing business and community support, parental involvement and backing from town residents.
NEWS
Chad Smith | June 28, 2013
If you've been reading this column for any length of time, you understand that eating is about 80 percent of achieving any fitness goal. This is especially true in regard to weight loss.  The formula for weight loss is pretty simple: burn a little more than you eat every day. See, I could have just charged you a consulting fee for that one statement.  But beyond that basic statement of fact, there are a few habits that many of my new clients...
SPORTS
June 16, 2013
Things aren't what they used to be. OK. That's not a profound statement. Everything is in a constant flow of change, Municipal Stadium notwithstanding. Nothing stands still in the world of business or in the sports we watch. Changes are dramatic, no matter how far you look back. Graduates of 2013 will be facing a completely different world compared to this guy, who left high school in 1976 and sneaked out of college in 1980. Today's lessons are already obsolete. The ones this guy learned have fossilized.
SPORTS
By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com | June 10, 2013
Being the coach's kid only counts for so much in a sport like track and field, where results usually supersede any kind of favoritism. While South Hagerstown coach Dwayne Freeman said his daughter, Hayley Freeman, never received any special treatment, he couldn't help but recognize that her work ethic indeed was special - as were her results. At the Maryland state championships - her final high school meet - on Memorial Day weekend in Baltimore, the senior won a Class 3A gold medal in the 4x100-meter relay, silver medals in both the 300 hurdles and 4x200 relay and she placed fourth in the 100 hurdles.
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