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Amy Dulebohn | July 14, 2011
Today is July 15, the day that I have heard described as the point when summer goes downhill. Indeed, the days get noticeably shorter and hotter, and it is only a matter of time until the flowers fade and autumnal breezes dust the horizon. It's a bummer. But on the other hand, I can't imagine a better summer. I always make great summer plans, including a beach vacation, getting lots of exercise (and a great tan), planting vegetables, picking fruit, growing flowers. I will stop there, because I can already hear snickers from those closest to me. When my daughter was an infant, I took a hiatus from most of my grandiose ideas.
By CHAD SMITH / Special to The Herald-Mail | June 7, 2010
The weather is finally getting warmer, and that means that your outside activity options explode with variety. It's no fun staying inside for all your workouts when the great outdoors are calling. Here are some fun activities that will help you stay in shape, and enjoy your summer. Frisbee Yes, a game of Frisbee can be pretty athletic as you jump and dive all over the place trying to catch those terrible passes your friend keeps throwing. Here's an idea: Take your Frisbee to your local football field, throw it as far as you can down the field, then sprint to where it lands.
Jamie Shekels | Around Halfway | June 20, 2013
Valley Mall Regal Cinemas will once again host its discounted summer movies. Movies will be discounted through the summer on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Shows begin at 10 a.m. and cost $1.  For more information about upcoming movies, go to . Youth league to hold fall soccer registration Registration for the fall soccer season for Hagerstown Youth Area Soccer League will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Food Court area at Valley Mall.
June 10, 2011
There are a number of volunteer opportunities this summer for men and women 55 and older. Here are just a few:  Middle school sessions run from June 27 to July 21, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Thursday (no Fridays); full or part-time volunteers welcome. Volunteers assist students with standard subject needs within a new project focus developed by the teacher.  The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts has 87 programs that run from mid-June through the first week in August.
Lisa Prejean | June 21, 2012
Editor's note: This column originally was published in 2009. What are your plans for summer? Do you intend to invest some quality time in your family at home or while traveling? Perhaps you'll encourage your children to spend more time outside, away from the television, computer and video games. Maybe they need a little help maintaining a balanced diet. Are there some vegetables or fruits that they've never tried? Find a recipe you can make together and enjoy your meal at a leisurely pace.
By TAMELA BAKER | September 4, 2007
TRI-STATE - Though not a regular at the Claude M. Potterfield Pool, Hagerstown resident Casey Williams decided to take her daughters, Alexis Dawson, 4, and Emily Brubeck, 2, for a last dip Monday, the last day the pool was open to the public this season. Alexis often went swimming with her grandmother, Williams said. But for Williams, Monday's outing was a way of "just enjoying my holiday. " Both the Potterfield pool and the pool at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park in Halfway enjoyed an attendance bump Monday, with swimmers arriving who usually frequented other public pools that already had closed.
By JULIE E. GREENE | September 28, 2010
The Hagerstown area could get enough rain this week to match or surpass the amount the area received all summer. As of Tuesday evening, the Hagerstown area had received .61 inches of rain Tuesday and 1.79 inches for the duration of the weather event that began Monday, according to local weather observer Greg Keefer's website. The National Weather Service is forecasting more rain tonight and Thursday, with a chance of an additional 3 to 4 1/2 inches of rain during that time, according to its website.
Susie Hoffman | Around Funkstown | August 1, 2012
Let's go from the dog days of summer to the boys of summer. • The Hagerstown Suns have been fun to watch. Try to make it to a few games before the season ends. A full schedule can be found on the team's Web page. • Congratulations to the young men playing in the Pony League-13 World Series in California. They played exceedingly well and advanced to the final four this weekend. Great job, guys. • If baseball is a favorite of your family, then Discovery Station in downtown Hagerstown has a great exhibit for you. Some interesting highlights of the exhibit are local and national baseball, World Series venues, interviews from players who began their careers in Hagerstown and more.
Lisa Prejean | June 9, 2011
"So, what are you doing this summer?" I was at a picnic last Saturday night, and the person across from me was making polite conversation by asking a question about my summer plans. I'm sure he was not implying that I have nothing to do for the next nine weeks. No, his question was not phrased in the sense that I'm a teacher, therefore, in the summer, I'm a bum. Oh, wait. Give me time to hide my summer bumper sticker: "Don't hate me because I'm a teacher. " Hmmmm .... on Saturday I was just glad I didn't have to leave the picnic right after dinner in order to grade essays in the van. Actually, as I was leaving home for the picnic, I started to take my school bag. Then I remembered that I didn't have any papers to grade.
by RIC DUGAN / Staff Photographer | June 29, 2006
Laura Baldasarre of Hagerstown plays the violin Wednesday at Shepherd University's Summer Strings Camp.
By DON AINES and JENNIFER FITCH | | September 2, 2013
Astronomically speaking, summer's end comes with the autumnal equinox on Sept. 22, but in many people's minds, it ends with the Labor Day weekend's last round of picnics and pool visits. Monday was still very summer-like, with the air muggy from a drenching Sunday night rain, mostly sunny skies and temperatures creeping to about 90 degrees in the early afternoon. “Good weather for pools. Bad weather for corn mazes,” said Clarence Horst, who was hosting both at Celebration Farm on Garden View Road near Hagerstown.
September 1, 2013
Katherine Summers Williams, 72, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at Jefferson Medical Center in Ranson, W.Va. The service and burial will be private. Arrangements are by Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Berkeley Springs.
August 21, 2013
Believe it or not - and you probably will - humor does not come naturally to me. This dates back to the first joke I ever told in front of a live audience, which occurred outside a public schoolhouse in 1967. The joke went like this: You would ask some stooge if his dad was a mailman. Of course, he would say no, and open himself up to peals of laughter and ridicule when you make it clear that the question was really, “Is your dad a MALE man?” Naturally, this joke is steeped in layers of complexity and sophistication that only a 7-year-old can appreciate.
August 12, 2013
Some were ahead of the game; some were behind. But all students who walked across the stage last week and received their high school diplomas deserve a round of applause. “Summer school” is a term that strikes fear into the hearts of youngsters everywhere, but about 40 Washington County students hit the books instead of the pool and a jubilant graduation ceremony was the reward. Superintendent Clayton Wilcox told the 21 graduates who attended the ceremony that they were an inspiration, and we agree.
August 11, 2013
Free swimming, food, music, storytelling and family-friendly games will be featured Saturday from 10 a.m. to  4 p.m. at Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry and Retreat Center in Sharpsburg. Shepherd's Spring  is on 220 acres, just off the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and two miles from Antietam National Battlefield. It features traditional summer camps, hosts Road Scholar programs for guests from around the world, and is one of three sites for the Heifer International Global Village program.  It also hosts a variety of retreats and programs for churches, businesses and civic groups, as well as for schools and colleges.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | August 9, 2013
The Washington County Community Action Council has received a $45,000 grant to expand its summer and after-school meal programs. The grant money, which came from the Walmart Foundation, was funneled through the National League of Cities. Under the program, meals in the summer have been provided every weekday in the parking lot between Cortland Apartments and Cortland Mansion from 11 a.m. to 11:35 a.m. and at Otterbein United Methodist Church from 12 to 12:35 p.m.  “We're very fortunate we've been able to receive the grant to allow us to finish out this program year and also expand the program during the winter with after-school meals, and then looking at expanding with a vehicle for a summer program next year,” said Dave Jordan, executive director of the action council.
By KAUSTUV BASU | | August 2, 2013
Cheered on by family members and friends, 21 Washington County students received their high school diplomas Thursday during a ceremony at North Hagerstown High School. In addition to the students who participated in the ceremony, there were about 20 other graduates from the Washington County Public Schools' Summer Learning Center this year, according to Scott Buhrman, coordinator of summer school programming for the school system. He said students attend the summer program for a variety of reasons.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | August 1, 2013
Young area skaters are getting a taste of European-style hockey as the Czech International Hockey Camp makes its debut in the United States at the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex at Fairgrounds Park. The camp, which runs through Friday, is being led by two professional coaches from the Czech Republic who have coached the Kuwaiti National Ice Hockey Team. They are working with children ages 6 to 10, taking them through drills ranging from skating, to stick handling, to passing and receiving.
By HOLLY SHOK | | July 27, 2013
Sprinkles had some speculating Saturday night that the outdoor amphitheater at City Park in Hagerstown was no place to be in a summer storm, but the promise of bluegrass had the crowd braving the threat of rain. Some shared umbrellas and others sat under trees during the Music by the Lake summer concert series at the Peter Buys Band Shell, where West Virginia-based bluegrass band The Hillbilly Gypsies played Saturday night. “It ain't that old yelling stuff. Bluegrass is good music.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | July 24, 2013
When Boonsboro High School hosts the Dwight Scott Invitational track meet next spring, finalists will be able to line up in one heat. Work is being done this summer to install a new, wider track at the high school as one of several summer maintenance projects undertaken by Washington County Public Schools. Going from seven to eight 42-inch lanes also will give the school a chance to one day host a Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association regional meet, Boonsboro High Athletic Director Sue Lowery said.
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