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125 reasons to love Washington County

August 26, 1998

Boating on the Potomacphoto: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer [enlarge]




In honor of The Morning Herald's 125th anniversary, we are offering today 125 reasons to love Washington County.

The list was compiled from offerings sent to us by our readers and from people in our newsroom.

We put our readers' names into a hat (employees were not eligible) and drew one name to win a $125 prize.

The winner was Lisa Zaleski, an 18-year-old Hood College sophomore who lives in Hagerstown. She listed good schools and good school bands as reasons to love the county.

Other reasons included everything from Krumpe's doughnuts to farmland and the Potomac River.




125 Reasons to Love Wash. Co.In no particular order. 1. Rolling hills 2. Farms 3. C&O Canal 4. Farmers 5. The way people wave when passing 6. Little markets like Ernst's 7. Potomac River 8. The festive atmosphere 9. Nature and beauty 10. Seeing millions of stars in the night sky 11. History 12. Carnivals and festivals 13. Parades 14. Rumors of cloud seeding 15. Participation 16. Little League 17. The Miller House 18. City Park 19. The Maryland Theatre 20. Sharpsburg 21. Good schools 22. Great school bands 23. Antietam Creek 24. Old churches 25. Caring people 26. Journey on winding roads 27. Hearing bells chime from St. Mary's Church 28. Picnicking and playing at Greenbrier State Park 29. Antietam Battlefield 30. Mist rising over the valley 31. Panoramic view of the rolling Appalachian Mountains 32. Mason-Dixon state borderline 33. Washington County Free Library 34. Washington County Hospital 35. Washington County Regional Airport 36. Orchards 37. Parks 38. Historical sites 39. The mouth watering aroma and taste of Krumpe's donuts 40. Hagerstown Community College 41. Frostburg State University-Hagerstown 42. Centuries old history kept alive through our citizens 43. Small towns, each with something of its own to offer 44. The Suns 45. The care neighbors have for each other 46. The welcoming of immigrants who have chosen Washington County for their homes 47. Steamers 48. Slippery pot pie suppers 49. Pastoral countryside 50. Peaches 51. Apples 52. The Maryland Symphony 53. The Maryland Symphony at Antietam 54. Blues Fest 55. Fairview Mountain 56. City Market 57. Nick's Christmas dinner 58. The RN staff at Washington County Hospital 59. 4-H Dog Club 60. Hospice 61. Historic homes and buildings 62. Sharpsburg's Memorial Day Parade 63. Community concerts 64. Pride Day at Maugansville Community Park 65. Enjoying the mountainside view of lights at night in Hagerstown while driving on Interstate 70 66. Convenience of city shopping and the beauty of pure country all within a couple minutes drive of each other 67. Mummers' Parade 68. Public Square 69. Various recreational activities year-round 70. The mountains to the east and to the west 71. The places to go and the people to see. 72. JFK 50-mile ultra marathon 73. Cold cut subs from Hartle's 74. Woolly Bears 75. Hagers-Town Town and Country Almanack 76. Houses on South Prospect Street 77. Yard sales 78. Little Heiskell 79. St. Mark's Lutheran Church "The Little Cathedral" 80. Mack Trucks 81. Superior Dairy 82. Cruisin' the Dual 83. The Spot 84. Hagerstown Speedway 85. Washington Monument 86. Appalachian Trail 87. Bookmobile 88. Black Rock Golf Course 89.Tip jars 90. Devil's Backbone Park 91. Sideling Hill 92. Indian Springs Wildlife Management Area 93. Blairs Valley Lake 94. Vacation Bible schools 95. Autumn colors 96. Waving beagle man on Eastern Boulevard 97. Smell of farms - yes, that means manure 98. Big band dances at Pen Mar Park 99. Bingo! 100. The architecture of Downtown Hagerstown 101. Rails-to-Trails 102. Frog Eye Road 103. Keep Tryst Road (just the name) 104. Luminaries105. Ag Expo 106. Marty Snook Park 107. Farm on Broadfording Church Road 108. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts 109. Antiques 110. Feeding the ducks 111. Rohrersville Band 112. Municipal Band 113. Pen Mar Park 114. Camp Harding 115. Fort Frederick 116. Mason-Dixon Dragway 117. High Rock 118. Old cars and hotrods 119. CASA 120. Red Cross 121. Thanksgiving at the Rescue Mission 122. Municipal Golf Course 123. The Terrace 124. The Barr farm at Christmas 125. Hager House

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