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August 5, 2013
Letter writer's words have a familiar ring To the editor: In response to Paul Politis' letter to the editor in the Saturday, Aug. 3, Herald-Mail concerning the need for a national sales tax, Mr. Politis states: “But a national sales tax would reduce the sorting and record-keeping from 9,000 to 1, and could also be a relatively painless route to a more need-based tax distribution, since the feds would then return the sales taxes...
NEWS
August 23, 2010
WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- A family friend says "Howdy Doody Show" writer Edward Kean has died at the age of 85. Kean was the primary writer for the show and penned the theme song to which millions of American children sang along each week during the show's run on NBC from 1947 to 1960. Family friend Del Reddy said Monday that Kean died Aug. 13 at a nursing care facility in Oakland County's West Bloomfield Township from complications of emphysema. Reddy says the New York City native wrote the song "It's Howdy Doody Time," which was sung during the show's opening.
NEWS
January 13, 2003
Dave Walker, Greg Garner and John Pullaro, Edward Jones investment representatives in Washington County, will host a free program Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. featuring Time magazine political writer Hugh Sidey. During the program, Sidey and Edward Jones financial experts will discuss their outlooks on the nation, economy and financial markets in 2003. The live, interactive broadcast is presented at Edward Jones branch offices nationwide via the firm's private satellite network. For more information about the program or to reserve a seat, call Dave Walker at 301-766-7300, Greg Garner at 301-733-6406 or John Pullaro at 301-824-7726.
NEWS
By LISA TEDRICK PREJEAN | September 12, 2008
"Mrs. Prejean, we can't do this project. We have writer's block. " Ah, what music to my ears. A problem I might actually be able to fix. Not that I haven't been there myself. There have been times when I've stared at my computer screen and the words just wouldn't come. Sometimes it helps to get up, move around a little bit and then come back to the keyboard. The best remedy for writer's block, though, occurs long before the first word is written. Careful planning eliminates many of the barriers writers face while trying to make copy flow.
NEWS
March 23, 2008
Chris Rowland, left, formerly of Hagerstown, had his photo taken with Hollywood actor/writer Tom Arnold on Friday, March 14, in Los Angeles, where Chris works.
OPINION
By ALLAN POWELL | December 16, 2010
How many times have you heard that you were “gonna get the dickens” from someone? What kind of punishment came with “the dickens”? Did you ever inquire about the origin of “dickens”?   I once was told that “dickens” came from writer Charles Dickens, who wrote scathing articles scolding government, businesses and individuals who polluted the air, water or ground; exploited children; tolerated slums; or were greedy. I later discovered that “dickens” was a name used to refer to the devil, long before Charles Dickens was born.
NEWS
June 10, 2008
Brigitte Grewe, 13, will be a freshman at South Hagerstown High School. She thinks the world looks differently when you look down from a small airplane. Erica L. Syverson, 17, graduated from North Hagerstown High School this month. She is an aspiring novelist and poet. Eliza Schmidt, 12, is a homeschooler living in Fairfield, Pa. She loves art, good stories and cuddly animals - real and virtual. Sidney Little, 14, will be a freshman at Boonsboro High School.
LIFESTYLE
By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com | April 13, 2013
Murder. Affairs. Baby switching. Long lost relatives. Lovers torn apart. Lovers reunited. Back stabbing. Sex scenes. Flashbacks. These are the "Days of Our Lives. " Or least they're all in a day's work for "Days of Our Lives" scriptwriter Jeanne Marie Ford, 41, of New Market, Md. Ford hadn't planned for her work life to be a soap opera, but she has had a career spanning more than 20 years in daytime dramas. Her job writing about the lives of the Bradys, Hortons and others in the town of Salem (we never really know what state Salem is in)
NEWS
by KEVIN CLAPP | June 20, 2002
kevinc@herald-mail.com He stands stage left. She sits with a slight stoop of the shoulders, stage right. And they read, bringing playwright Harry Newman's "Correspondence" to dazzling life with little more than voices shifting between sad melancholy and edgy frustration. There are no flailing histrionics, exaggerated movements or eccentric set pieces on which to fall back. No, the play's the thing; Bill Morgan and Lynn Seely are just trying to do right by it as the script ping-pongs from one actor to the other.
NEWS
by Rose Rennekamp | October 28, 2002
In these days of instant communication by cell phones and e-mail, it seems like no one wants to write anymore. E-mail may involve typing words, but the shorthand commonly used can barely qualify as writing. In fact, the use of e-mail may even erode grammar, spelling and sentence structure skills. Many teens don't recognize that they need solid formal writing skills in college and their careers. Scientists, social workers and salespeople all need to effectively communicate in writing.
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OPINION
August 5, 2013
Letter writer's words have a familiar ring To the editor: In response to Paul Politis' letter to the editor in the Saturday, Aug. 3, Herald-Mail concerning the need for a national sales tax, Mr. Politis states: “But a national sales tax would reduce the sorting and record-keeping from 9,000 to 1, and could also be a relatively painless route to a more need-based tax distribution, since the feds would then return the sales taxes...
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NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 3, 2013
To an aspiring writer, accomplished authors often are viewed as a symbol of hope, representing what they hope to one day be and the heights they hope to one day reach. Whether their names can be found on a New York Times best-seller list or on the shelf at the local bookstore, Andrea Bowersox said some authors even are thought of as “magicians” for their abilities. “But that makes you afraid to talk to them,” said Bowersox, a wife and mother of two from Waynesboro, Pa., hoping to launch a writing career of her own. However, the authors in attendance for this weekend's Nora Roberts Writing Institute at Hagerstown Community College were anything but, Bowersox said.
NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | August 2, 2013
At the opening session of the Nora Roberts Writing Institute held Friday night at Hagerstown Community College, New York Times best-selling author Sylvia Day shared how she became a writer with aspiring wordsmiths. More specifically how the glamorous life of a romance novelist her 12-year-old self envisioned - complete with fanning cabana boys and teacup-sized pets accessorized with diamond collars - differed from the stark reality of rejections by the hundreds, wrong agents and bad contracts.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 2013
 Author and publisher Lauren Carr discusses with participants topics that make a literary agent or publisher reject a book from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen St., downtown Martinsburg. Cost is $25. Call 304-262-1611.  Go to www.berkeleyartswv.or g/workshops.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2013
 The first From Writers to Published Authors Conference will be from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Oakland United Methodist Church in Charles Town. The conference offers writers the opportunity to learn from established authors and publishers. Attendees have a choice of panel discussions to attend - finishing your book, researching, writing for children, working with an illustrator, marketing with social media, designing your cover and more - plus panel discussions on cutting-edge topics: “The Future of Books”; and “Using Social Media for Book Promotion.” Three publishers plan to appear: Lauren Carr of Acorn Book Services; Austin Camacho of Intrigue Publishing; and Beth Rowland of Black Walnut Corner Book Production.
LIFESTYLE
April 25, 2013
As part of the upcoming Nora Roberts Writing Institute (NRWI) at Hagerstown Community College, HCC will also offer a special Young Writers Institute for high school students entering 10th through 12 grades. The Young Writers Institute will be Friday, Aug. 2, and Saturday, Aug. 3, the same weekend as NRWI, and will feature a series of workshops and events specially geared towards aspiring, young writers. Workshops will include fiction-crafting and publishing, as well as the opportunity to network with other teen writers.
LIFESTYLE
By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com | April 13, 2013
Murder. Affairs. Baby switching. Long lost relatives. Lovers torn apart. Lovers reunited. Back stabbing. Sex scenes. Flashbacks. These are the "Days of Our Lives. " Or least they're all in a day's work for "Days of Our Lives" scriptwriter Jeanne Marie Ford, 41, of New Market, Md. Ford hadn't planned for her work life to be a soap opera, but she has had a career spanning more than 20 years in daytime dramas. Her job writing about the lives of the Bradys, Hortons and others in the town of Salem (we never really know what state Salem is in)
LIFESTYLE
April 4, 2013
As part of the upcoming Nora Roberts Writing Institute at Hagerstown Community College, HCC will also offer a Young Writers Institute for high school students entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. The Young Writers Institute will be Friday, Aug. 2 and Saturday, Aug. 3, and will feature a series of workshops and events specially geared toward aspiring young writers. Workshops will include fiction-crafting and publishing, and the opportunity to network with other teen writers. Cost is $185 per person.
NEWS
Darylene Mowen | Around Smithsburg & Robinwood | March 27, 2013
As part of the upcoming Nora Roberts Writing Institute at Hagerstown Community College, HCC will offer a Young Writers Institute for high school students entering 10th, 11th or 12th grade. The program will be held Aug. 2 and 3, the same weekend as the Nora Roberts program, and will feature a series of workshops and events geared toward aspiring young writers. Workshops will include fiction-crafting and publishing, as well as the opportunity to network with other teen writers. Cost is $185 per person.
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