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Ask any Realtor and they ll tell you: there is no perfect house.

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Deciding to trade the upkeep of their twobedroom, three bath, Hanover, Pa., house for a more carefree lifestyle, it seemed only natural that Francis and Rosemarie Fabian would put Charlestown at the top of their list. [caption id="attachment_8457" align="alignright" width="224" caption="Francis and Rosemari

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Boy Scouts aren t the only ones abiding by the motto Be prepared. Animal lovers at Charlestown have developed their own program to help each other out in a pinch. Not everyone who lives at Charlestown has family nearby, so we started this pet-sitting program to help people at a moment s notice, says Patricia (Pat) Terry-Genberg, head of the Charlestown Pet Lovers Group.

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You could say that John and Mary Oxenham s hobby is for the birds, but the truth is, the unique birdhouses they create bring just as much joy to the people who receive them as the birds who call them home.

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 Jimmy Mullis and nine of his neighbors are helping to make this a holiday to remember for local youth. For the last four months, the Charlestown volunteers have been hard at work sawing, sanding, assembling, and painting wooden toys they will donate to Toys for Tots, a program run by the U.S.

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This Christmas, while the rest of us are lacing up our snow boots, Sheila Eberhardt, a 77-year-old grandmother of 13, will be slipping on her sandals and enjoying shrimp on the barbie. Eberhardt is spending the holidays down under in Brisbane, Australia. The trip, a gift from Eberhardt s oldest daughter who teaches at the University of Queensland in Toowoomba, came as a surprise.

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American writer and literary critic Alfred Kazin once said, When a writer talks about his work, he s talking about a love affair. For accomplished writer Eugena Collier, that love affair is a lifetime of short stories, essays, and poems in a collection titled Breeder and Other Stories, which was featured at the second annual Charlestown Writers Festival.

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This Thanksgiving, Harold and Dorothy Moors have a lot to be thankful for. With the help of Erickson Realty & Moving Services, they were able to sell their Glen Burnie home of 59 years in less than a week for more than they asked.