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By JULIE E. GREENE | | July 8, 2012
The first time Barbara Steiner plugged her tape recorder in at the old Boonsboro Middle School, she blew out the electrical circuit for half the second floor, including her class. For the past two decades, her French II students were rewarded at the end of the week with a 10-minute episode of “Tele Francais,” a French-language television show featuring a talking pineapple. “The kids enjoyed watching those episodes,” Steiner said. Steiner has 41 years worth of memories from teaching French in Washington County Public Schools, including the French food students made and brought to class.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | July 1, 2012
With the Fourth of July holiday on Wednesday this year, the number of Maryland travelers is expected to increase, according to a news release from AAA. “The holiday is falling midweek and gas prices are on the decline, so more people are expected to travel,” AAA Public and Government Affairs Manager Ragina Averella said. “The travel period is defined as July 3 through July 8, but many people will be leaving before July 3.” A total of 846,000 Marylanders are expected to travel 50 miles or more during that period, a 5.3 percent increase from 2011, according to the release.
Lisa Prejean | June 8, 2012
Now that students are out of school, many families are looking forward to summer vacations. My husband and I have been through this routine for 17 summers now. It is to the point that I can't recall what vacations were like before we had kids. (Haven't we always had kids? I can't remember. Raising kids has wiped out that part of my memory.) However, I do remember the early days of diaper bags, car seats, strollers, playpens, bottles, four changes of clothes for each day, etc., etc. There was just enough room in the van for us to sit. I have to admit that traveling with teenagers is so much easier than traveling with toddlers.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | May 24, 2012
With gas prices dropping and economic conditions slowly improving, the number of Marylanders traveling over the Memorial Day weekend is expected to increase slightly this year, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. More than 721,000 Marylanders are projected to travel this weekend, a 1.4 percent increase over 2011, AAA said in a news release. One of those is Hagerstown resident Richard Brill, 67, who was leaving Thursday on his Memorial Day weekend trip. “I'm going to the NASCAR race down in Charlotte,” N.C., he said.
May 22, 2012
Travel lanes have been shifted on the south side of the intersection of Williamsport Pike (U.S. 11) and Edwin Miller Boulevard (W.Va. 9) in Martinsburg, the West Virginia Division of Highways said in a news release. This shift is necessary due to construction for the Raleigh Street extension project. Work is being performed by Pro Contracting Inc. and is expected to last for several weeks, according to the release. Motorists should be aware of construction workers and equipment in the area.
April 12, 2012
Six members and two staff members from Girls Inc. of Washington County traveled to New York City March 14 to attend the Girls Inc. Celebration Luncheon. The luncheon is a gathering of nearly 1,000 business and community leaders committed to the Girls Inc. mission of inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold. The luncheon is an opportunity for Girls Inc. to recognize individuals who, by their work and example, are creating a better future for girls. The luncheon awards are presented by Girls Inc. scholars, who are outstanding young women who have demonstrated leadership in their communities and schools.
April 10, 2012
One person was taken to the hospital after an accident involving two tractor-railers in the parking lot of the Pilot Travel Center on Greencastle Pike on Tuesday afternoon, Trooper Charles Faith of the Maryland State Police said. The accident has not affected traffic on Greencastle Pike. A tractor-trailer turning into a parking spot collided with the front of a tractor-trailer already in a parking spot, Faith said. The driver of the tractor-trailer that was hit was taken to Meritus Medical Center, Faith said.
February 19, 2012
Grace Academy's Kim Hay and her AP human geography class attended the American Foreign Policy Conference presented by the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs on Feb 3. Students from Maryland secondary schools were briefed on topics such as the global economy, the Arab awakening and China's global reach by experts from the U.S. State Department. The students gained insight into the world economy and its effect on the economy of the U.S., as well as possible short- and long-term effects and resolutions.
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | | January 17, 2012
Charles Town native Martha Manuel was with four friends Friday night as they made their way in the dark from the third level to the lifeboats to escape the stricken Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia off Tuscany, her father said Monday. On Tuesday, Italian media said five more bodies have been found aboard the ship, raising the official death toll to 11. Before the latest find, 29 people, including two Americans, from the cruise ship were still missing. Manuel, 29, is the daughter of Dale and Anne Manuel.
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | | December 26, 2011
Three years ago, artist, photographer and author Lee Scott began building a world, he said. Nestled in his Greencastle, Pa. basement, his world was small, scaled to a fraction of actual size. Extending in an L-shape, its surface was an expanse of rising, hand-crafted landscapes, waterfalls, rocks and lakes. Miniature buildings, bridges and more than 400 vehicles - cars and trucks - peppered the display that was traversed by  model trains. And when it was brought to life with numerous buttons and switches, the air bore a slight but pungent odor of a hot transformer punctuated by the rhythmic chug and whoosh of the circling trains.
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