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Jan 01, 2013 -- 12:00am


WCBM 680's table at the Harford County Fair




WCBM represented at the 2015 Towson Spring Festival




thru Oct 4 - Kinky Boots - Hippodrome 
thru Oct 11 - An Inspector Calls - Everyman Theatre 
thru Oct 11 - Something's Afoot - Vagabond Players
thru Oct 11 - Pride and Prejudice - Center Stage
thru Oct 31 - Ragtime - Toby's Dinner Theatre
thru Oct 31 - Paul Simon, Words & Music - Jewish Museum
weekends - Renaissance Festival - Crownsville
1-4 - Madonnari Arts Festival - Little Italy
2-4 - Fells Pt Fun Festival
4,11,18, 25 - Farmers Market - under JFX 
7-11 - Autumn Glory Festival - Oakland
10 - Ellicott City Art Walk
10 - Frederick Fall Fest
10 - Pigtown Festival - 700-900 blocks Wash. Blvd
10-11 - Catoctin Colorfest - Thurmont
11 - Ravens vs Browns
12 - U.S. Sailboat Show - Annapolis
15 - Taste of Owings Mills - Duron Paints
16 - WCBM/Q1370 Dance Party - Michael's 8th Avenue 
17 - Oktoberfest - Md Zoo
17 - Balto Running Festival - Russell & Camden
17-18 - Hereford Fall Festival
19 - Craig Ferguson - Weinberg Center Frederick
21-  Last Comic Standing - Modell Performing Arts
23-31 - Titus and Andronicus - Chesapeake Shakespeare Co.
23-25 - Zoo Boo - Md Zoo
24 - Craft Beer Festival - Canton
24- Maryland vs Penn State - M & T Bank Stadium
24 - Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival - Patterson Pk 
25 - Peabody Symphony Orchestra - Peabody Institute
28 - Ringo Starr - Modell Performing Arts Center
29 - America's Got Talent Live Show - Modell Performing Arts
30 - John Cleese and Eric Idle - Modell Performing Arts
31 - Halloween at the Science Center





The Riverside Inn (Cambridge Springs, PA)

     When I first contacted the folks at The Riverside Inn I told them I liked the place but thought close to seven hours was too far to go.  A very convincing lady, Maggie by name, took the time to convince me to come on up.  I was assured I would not regret the trip.  And yes indeed she was right.  The original building went up in 1885 and after a series of

owners, was bought by the Halliday family in 1985.  The Inn is located in the very small town of Cambridge Springs Pennsylvania, near Erie.

     It sits on over seven acres, has 74 rooms, a restaurant that serves all three meals, plenty of free parking, lots of banquet space and a dinner theatre on premise.  It is

listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.  Some of the amenities include an outdoor pool, volleyball, horse shoes, a lounge with entertainment, it’s pet friendly,

no TV in the rooms, which might be a good thing and a full hot breakfast is included with your stay.

     Rates run about $99.00 during the week and about $139.00 on weekends.  If you’re looking for a place to relax and enjoy the area, this is it.  One of my favorite activities while there was to find a seat on the large wrap around porch and read.   If you want something more exciting, here are two ideas.  You can travel about a half hour to the

Presque Isle Downs & Casino.  This is a full casino with thoroughbred horse racing 100 days of the year.  Post time is 5:30 Sunday through Thursday.  You’ll find 2000 slots, 50 table games and three bars.      

     About 45 minutes away is the town of Erie.  They still have some work to do on the waterfront, but it sits next to Presque Isle Bay.  For the best views of the lake and town while downtown climb the 138 foot Bicentennial Tower.  Lake Erie is the second smallest great lake, about 50 miles wide and 254 miles long.   The bay is five miles long and two miles wide.  Other trips from the Inn include the Sprague Farm & Brew Works, Campbell Pottery and for a game of golf visit the close by Venango Valley Golf Course.

     To reach The Riverside Inn call 814-398-4645.  Or go to  While there be sure to say hello to the guy who runs the place, Jeremy.  You probably wont be

able to miss him anyway.     




     Let’s take a look at some recent movies.  I’ll begin with Ant Man.  Will a film with this name ruin the career of its star, Paul Rudd.  Probably not.  It did well enough at the box

office so he wont have to worry about more work.  When he puts on the Ant Man suit he has incredible powers, as given to him by Dr. Pym, played by Michael Douglas.  He is

instructed to stop a bad guy from getting the formula to the powers.  I liked most the fact the film didn’t take itself too seriously.  PG-13.

       We move to Tom Cruise and Mission Impossible 5 Rogue Nation.  This is the perfect summer movie.  There’s plenty of mindless action and it’s basically fun.  Cruise did many of

his own stunts, including hanging on an airplane will it’s taking off.  The bad guys are a group known as The Syndicate and they want to eliminate the IMF.   Cruise says nay nay.  We

can’t have that.   So he travels to foreign lands, though some of that might have been CG work, and looks for the leader with the help of a British spy.  The film cost 150 million and

already has made that back.  PG-13

     Now we go to fantasyland and discuss Fantastic 4.  First of all, the film has received scathing reviews.  This looks as if it affected box office results.  This story starts at the beginning

of this group.  How they started.   The main premise is a machine that teleports things, and people, to another dimension.  And you know that can’t be good.  Based on the Marvel

Comics franchise, this film could be in trouble.  PG-13

     Finally a comedy, and this one with a local connection.  It’s Trainwreck, starring and written by Towson University graduate Amy Schumer.  It earns its R rating, very raunchy.  Geared

toward younger audiences I do believe, I did find it amusing.  She plays a magazine writer living un uninhibited lifestyle until she begins to fall in love.  Her interest is Bill Hader, from

Saturday Night Live, or at least used to be there.  She is a hot commodity and that will help box office.

     Okay, here’s one for the family and that doesn’t mean adults wont like it.  It’s Minions, which in the opening weekend became the second highest grossing animated film.  It made

115 million.  The Minions are searching for the most despicable person they can find to be the leader.  Why they didn’t look for politicians I don’t know.  The Minions talk in gibberish, again

much like politicians, but you can figure out what they’re saying.  This is most enjoyable, done in 3D and rated PG.

     Finally, let’s go to a R rated film.  How about Magic Mike, the second one with this name, and again starring Channing Tatum.  Not the best actor on the planet, but good enough for

this part because he did some serious dancing.  Here the guys are out of work and heading to Myrtle Beach for a dance competition.  Along the way, a series of adventures to keep our

attention.  Honestly, after awhile I was bored.  Made for $14.8 million.               




 Perched on the top of a hill overlooking the town of Hershey Pennsylvania is the magnificent Hotel Hershey.  Completed in 1933 and based on a design by

Milton Hershey this hotel is worth a visit.  An overnight would be a good idea, but since Hershey is only about a hour and 45 minutes from the city, it is

definitely okay for a daytrip.  There is plenty to do regardless of the season.  In the summer you of course can take advantage of the outside pool (hotel

guests only), a putting course, a stroll through the Formal Gardens, a stroll through Hershey Gardens, tennis, basketball, horseshoes, shuffleboard and Zoo America,

adjacent to the park with over 200 North American animals.

     Dining options include The Circular, Trevi 5, Cocoa Beanery, the pool café and Harvest.  Circular, and it is circular, at least part of it, is the main dining area

where chef Ken cooks up food that does change with the seasons.  He suggests you try the scallops.  During the summer there is 24 hour room service.  Friday nights

during the summer you can enjoy Jazz on the Veranda.  For drinks try the Iberian Lounge.  Hats off to Mr. Hershey who kept men working during the depression as

most companies were laying people off.  When you get to the second level be sure to toss a coin into the fountain.  I have on many occasions.

     Hersheypark is at most a mile away and a shuttle will take you there.  It will also take you to Zoo America.  It’s open year round.   It’s free with your park admission.   You might also consider a look at the Hershey Story.  It contains a history of the man and the town.  Maybe even a walk along Chocolate Avenue.    I will also recommend Chocolate World (no admission fee).  Inside are movies, rides and a very big retail area.

     By the way, there is a new roller coaster in the park, for those who like such rides.  I do not thank you.  I’m very happy with the monorail, merry go round and bumper cars.  

It’s called Laff Track and is under a dome.  I have lost count, but there are at least another 12 or 13 coasters in the park.  One popular area is the Water Park.  Perfect on one of those hot summer days or nights.    

     Okay, back to the hotel.  The high end room rate is about $359.00, lower rates can be found.  The best time for that is between October and April.  Packages are

available.  If you want to be pampered visit the Spa.  Numerous treatments, many with chocolate, are offered.  I also like the free parking.  For information on the entire area

go to or call 1-800-HERSHEY.

     One final fact, Milton Hershey was supposed to be on the Titanic, but made different plans at the last minute.  A good thing for him and the town.  He died in 1945.

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A Tribute To Our Military

Sep 11, 2011 -- 8:46am


A Military Tribute


Now that I lay me down for some sleep

My family’s secure as I take a quick peek.


With all of my heart I must give my thanks

to all those in uniform - regardless of rank.


Each time that they’re seen my heart sure does swell,

They serve our great country and serve it so well!


Freedom’s not cheap, it sure isn’t free...

If it wasn't for them, then where would we be?


They give us their all, and do what they must,

with God they do live, and in God they do trust.


So as I lay down and rest my tired eyes

our freedom still rings, and our flag - it still flies!


Safe is my family, my country, my home,

Because of our Military it must surely be known!


My very last prayer in the deep of the night:

"God bless them & keep them strong for their fight."



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Thank You United States Military

May 02, 2011 -- 3:16pm

Nino Mangione

Only a minute number are born to take on such a mission! Imagine leaving the luxuries of American life. The likes of leaving behind your favorite sporting events and your favorite TV shows, the fast food restaurants, the nights out on the town, the cookouts. Leaving behind perhaps your girlfriend or wife, your mother and or father, your brothers or sister, your best friend, maybe even your own son or daughter, basically everything you grew up ever or just began loving! Imagine your former lifestyle is now just a faraway fantasy. Every day you spend your free time hoping to one day return to that former utopia. As if this scenario was not unbearably thought-provoking, just try and fathom the idea of waking up each day with the sword of jihad pinned up against your throat! For those days where you are fortunate enough to avoid the jihadist dagger you wonder will tomorrow ever come? Or will today be your last? Every day you wake up in fear as you dwell in the most dangerous location his holiness above has allowed to ever exist! You routinely gaze upon ruin and carnage both from a physical and mental point of view. You see the blood and destruction first hand of both your enemies and allies. You just hope and pray it would come to an end. Who would trade your everyday American existence of freedom and liberty for such a hellish way of life? Only those who understand that freedom is not an eternal virtue, rather it is a occasional lifestyle that must be defended with the blood of heroes! As Ronald Reagan once said “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction” Thank you United States Military for making sure freedom does not become an extinction in America! Thank you for taking on all the above to save us the burden of having to do the same!


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