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OPINION
August 28, 2012
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NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | July 28, 2012
A challenge for the Cortland dance crew was to use umbrellas in their dance performance Saturday in Doub's Woods Park at the seventh annual Hood Hop. “Thank God, we didn't need (them),” event host Spencer Jackson told the crowd of more than 100 who turned out for the dance-off competition, which was delayed by the threat of rain in the form of dark clouds that passed overhead. Cortland was among six neighborhood-based dance groups to compete in the dance-off, which caps off Hood Hop's summer dance program for youth.
NEWS
July 16, 2012
Next week, you will read in the paper about the annual 4-H/FFA Market Sale that takes place during Washington County Ag Expo & Fair.  Many folks will look at the prices paid for these animals and question if they are worth the price. So, are these animals overpriced?  The short answer is “no.” The buyers would also agree.  Most cynics would say the buyers agree because of the publicity they receive, but that is only part of the story.  The buyers know what many in the 4-H/FFA world know; it is not about the animal, it is about developing youth.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | June 16, 2012
His left sleeve is empty and he wears a patch over one eye, but Clebe McClary has not let the injuries he received more than four decades ago in Vietnam dampen his spirit. The Christian motivational speaker was the guest speaker Saturday night at the Bible Brethren Church father-son banquet, regaling a room of about 100 sons, fathers and grandfathers with a mixture of humor and inspiration. Patrick Cleburne “Clebe” McClary was a young Marine Corps lieutenant leading a platoon on a reconnaissance patrol when his unit was ambushed.
BUSINESS
May 20, 2012
Name of business: A&T Athletic Training Owners: Tony Allen and John Custer Address: 120 Commerce Circle, Kearneysville, W.Va. Opening date: March 1, 2012 Products and services: Health and fitness, personal training, small-group training and team training. The business also is working contracts with The Woods in Hedgesville, W.Va., for personal training and fitness classes, and a personal-training contract with Total Fitness in Inwood, W.Va.
NEWS
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | April 21, 2012
For young people to succeed, they need to know the possibilities. That is the idea that drove Deborah Addo Samuels, chief operating officer at Meritus Medical Center, to become active in the Hagerstown YMCA's Achievers program. “If only think you can only do a or b, that's what you are programmed to do,” Samuels said. “But if you think you can do a through z, then that really motivates you.” Adults and young people gathered Saturday night to celebrate a commitment to exploring and achieving goals at the Hagerstown YMCA Achievers Scholarship Banquet at Bridge of Life.
OPINION
March 24, 2012
A performance to remember To the editor: Last Saturday evening my friend and I attended a dinner/show at the First Christian Church on Potomac Avenue. It was to be a musical presentation of “Jekyll and Hyde” - a musical? It was under the direction of Matthew Albright, one of the music ministers at the church and an instructor at The Arts and Communications Academy at Governor Thomas Johnson High School. The presentation was to benefit the Chancel Choir's trip to perform at Colonial Williamsburg's Bruton Parish.
LIFESTYLE
By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | March 2, 2012
Editor's note : This is part of an occasional series on Dan Hawthorne, who after topping 600 pounds has been on a journey to lose weight through diet and exercise. Dan Hawthorne stood in the auditorium at South Hagerstown High School on a recent afternoon and looked out into a sea of young faces. He had sat in those same seats almost 30 years ago - a young student, he recalled, "who was lucky to get by with Cs and an occasional B. " Back then, he wasn't particularly interested in what was going on in the classroom.
LIFESTYLE
By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | February 20, 2012
It was a single flip on her parents' mattress that determined her future. Never mind that she was 3 years old. The talent already was there. But Dominique Dawes had no way of knowing at such a tender age that she would one day vault into the spotlight as an elite gymnast. "I was just a child who liked to tumble and roll around," she said. Dawes said her mother remembers that first flip on the bed - a move by the toddler that was self-taught. "I was an active kid," she said.
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