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By ROBERT KELLER | September 18, 2007
Week 2 of the NFL season has passed and some teams are looking stronger than ever. More surprising games happened this week and surprising incidents occurred too. Who would have thought the Patriots would need to cheat with the offense and defense they've got? My highlight this week was Cincinnati's loss to Cleveland. I thought for sure that Cincinnati would beat Cleveland easily. Not so. Cincinnati gained 531 yards and scored 45 points, but also had three turnovers. Cleveland had 554 yards of offense and one turnover and scored 51 points to edge the Bengals.
NEWS
January 19, 2009
GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Family members surprised Clifford Myers with an 80th birthday surprise party Saturday at Mikie's Ice Cream and Green Cow Gift Shop. The event was part of a four-day celebration in honor of the milestone birthday and Clifford's 60th wedding anniversary with his wife, Mary, that brought more than 50 relatives to town from all over the country, son-in-law Tom Matthews said. Part of the surprise was a visit from Clifford's only living brother, the Rev. Richard Myers, and his wife, Doris Myers.
SPORTS
By KYLE RAIOS | Staff Correspondent | July 6, 2012
Just a little bit longer. That's exactly what Maugansville needed Friday night, sealing a 9-8 victory over Conococheague in a nine-inning game that spanned two days to force a winner-take-all final in the Maryland District 1 Junior tournament. The outcome forces a championship final on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. with the winner earning a berth in the state tournament. “It was a crazy game last night.  Conococheague got up early and they have a great team,” said Maugansville manager Phil Daniels.
NEWS
October 10, 2009
A surprise 80th birthday celebration was held recently to honor Alice Plante of Keedysville. The polka-themed party was arranged by her children, their spouses and grandchildren.
NEWS
by BOB MAGINNIS | November 28, 2004
At age 55, I have all the material goods I could want, or could reasonably expect to get anyway. So if you're wondering what I'd like for Christmas this year, let me tell you. I might not get any of the items on this list, but as former Washington County Commissioner Paul Swartz once said, if you don't ask, you don't get. In general, what I want is to be surprised. After 30 years in the newspaper business, I've learned that unless there's a tornado or some other emergency, government - which makes most of the news - seldom moves quickly.
NEWS
September 22, 2000
Serve it up - TJ's Koski a surprise at perfect Jim Dorsch has a couple of candidates for his best server on the Thomas Johnson volleyball team: Emily Hauver gets an ace once out of every five serves, Kristen Palm gets almost three points every time she steps to the line. Before this season, Allison Koski wouldn't have been a candidate. She is now. The senior setter sits perfect through five matches for the undefeated Patriots, going 63-for-63 on her serve - 42 of them for points.
NEWS
February 17, 2001
Indians surprise selves, field at home By BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A major appeal of high school wrestling is the element of surprise. The surprise that comes when team titles are won or lost when an individual championship is won by the least expected wrestler. For Berkeley Springs wrestling coach Daryl Bennett, the surprises came in a pair Saturday. Five Indians won individual championships en route to Berkeley Springs' third-place finish in the Region II, Class AA-A Wrestling Championships, but two matches in particular had Bennett smiling.
NEWS
by MARK KELLER | August 31, 2003
I don't await my Sports Illustrated with bated breath every week, as some readers of the magazine do. But when I saw that this week's issue was the NFL Preview edition, I was eager to get into it. (Hey, there's a fantasy football draft in a few days for which I've done absolutely NO preparation.) Several weeks back, the magazine - which is celebrating its 50th anniversary - began running stories and polls on a different state each week. This week, Maryland was the featured state.
NEWS
March 23, 2009
During Catholic Schools Week, the St. Mary Catholic School Student Council sponsored a talent show. Students from grades four through eight were invited to participate. Thirty students showed their talents through various methods from skits to lyrical dance. The faculty gave a surprise line dance to "The Chipmunks. "
NEWS
August 4, 2004
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | April 23, 2013
With the specter of criminal activity in their neighborhood, several residents who live on Randolph Avenue in Hagerstown said they weren't surprised that a man was fatally shot in his apartment over the weekend. Stacey Benedict, of 106 Randolph Ave., said Monday she heard the gunshot that claimed the life of 26-year-old Steven Andrew O'Brien on Saturday night. “I knew it wasn't good,” she said of hearing the shot. “I'll never forget that noise.” Benedict said she walked upstairs to O'Brien's apartment and knocked on the door after she heard the shot.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | February 11, 2013
For the first time since Gregory XII stepped down from the Throne of St. Peter in 1415, the leader of the Catholic Church is resigning. Pope Benedict XVI's decision to step down took by surprise many local members of the Roman Catholic Church on Monday. He said that at age 85, he no longer has the necessary physical strength to lead the world's more than 1 billion Roman Catholics. “I'm very surprised. Yet, when I think about his age and frailty, he's one of the smartest men, so he knows what's best for the Church,” said Father John Lombardi of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Hancock, Md. “I am sad because I and many of the faith have a very high regard for Pope Benedict XVI,” the Rev. J. Collin Poston, pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church in Hagerstown said Monday.
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By DAN DEARTH and C.J. LOVELACE | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com; cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | January 22, 2013
With temperatures below freezing Tuesday morning, 28 people were ordered to temporarily leave their homes as emergency personnel responded for a reported gas leak on Frederick Street in Hagerstown. The Hagerstown Fire Department was dispatched for the call in the 200 block of Frederick Street shortly after 11 a.m. Firefighters knocked on doors of nearby residents and told them to leave as a precaution. “They were banging and told us we had to evacuate,” said Leteshia Campbell, who lives across the street from where the gas leak was discovered.
SPORTS
January 3, 2013
Robert Griffin III crashed Mike Shanahan's news conference, slipping in the back door to take an aisle seat in the Washington Redskins auditorium. Soon, the franchise quarterback had a microphone in his right hand, ready to ask the next question. Shanahan, who is hard to rattle, couldn't help but laugh. “You got me by surprise there,” the coach said. “Who is this guy?” “What did you do for New Year's?” Griffin asked. “I tried to put a good game plan together.
NEWS
Scott Anderson | Culinary Passion | December 21, 2012
I started this recipe with a bunch of peanut butter cups and a cup of espresso in my hand. I reworked two older recipes I've used to build this new recipe, featuring Nespresso espresso coffee. I love the added kick in flavor you get when you add excellent coffee to chocolate, cookies, creams, and rubs, so I thought why not try to add coffee to peanut butter cup cookies. What you see before you is the final product, tested and approved by my family and my two sous chefs during the experiment, Jenna Rose and Jaelyn Grace.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | July 12, 2012
Matthew Furman of Chambersburg, Pa., said he was not surprised Thursday when he heard that former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, according to a report, helped cover up child abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky more than a decade ago. “I don't think that a guy like Paterno, who was so plugged into the program for so many years, could not have known about it,” Furman said. “I don't see how that's possible.” Furman, 35, was among area residents who shared their thoughts Thursday on the report issued by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who was hired by Penn State University trustees to look into the child sex abuse scandal that ultimately resulted in Paterno's firing in November 2011.
SPORTS
By KYLE RAIOS | Staff Correspondent | July 6, 2012
Just a little bit longer. That's exactly what Maugansville needed Friday night, sealing a 9-8 victory over Conococheague in a nine-inning game that spanned two days to force a winner-take-all final in the Maryland District 1 Junior tournament. The outcome forces a championship final on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. with the winner earning a berth in the state tournament. “It was a crazy game last night.  Conococheague got up early and they have a great team,” said Maugansville manager Phil Daniels.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | July 4, 2012
Like crabgrass, the Fourth of July Mile Long Yard Sale has been spreading over Hagerstown's North End for years, devouring more side streets off Longmeadow Road, drawing thousands of bargain-hunters and turning residents into entrepreneurs for a day. “We've lived here nine years, and this is our ninth year participating,” said Jon Phelps, sitting under a canopy Wednesday outside his Longmeadow Road home. “It's a very good opportunity to get rid of unwanted items that need a new home.” Planning for the sale is a year-round effort, Phelps said.
LIFESTYLE
By BOB GARVER | Special to The Herald-Mail | June 4, 2012
"Snow White and the Huntsman" would actually serve itself well by distancing itself from the familiar story of Snow White. It's so cheesy these days to do a "dark" version of a beloved children's tale. It would be more interesting to just market an action movie with an evil queen and lots of swordplay and the audience can slowly figure out that it's supposed to be Snow White. We can start piecing things together with the references to snow, apples and a vain villainess who asks her magic mirror if she's the fairest of them all. If you only had those clues to go on, imagine how much of a delicious surprise it would be when our heroes get ambushed by mysterious figures and it turns out that the attackers are the Seven Dwarfs.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | May 16, 2012
A 2 p.m. deadline on Wednesday for candidates in Berkeley County to ask for a recount of the ballots cast in the May 8 primary election passed without any requests, according to Deputy County Clerk Bonnie Woodfall. The results are scheduled to be certified Monday by the Berkeley County Council convened as the canvassing board for election results, Woodfall said. This week's canvass of more than 10,900 ballots cast did not significantly alter the margin of victory for three of the county's closest races, according to the canvassing board's declared, but unofficial results.
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