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2005, a year-in-review

2005, a year-in-review

January 01, 2006|By Tim Rowland
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Fire and rescue companies tell the county commissioners, "What do you mean, 'books'?"

Aug. 11 - The Washington County Commissioners say they are considering moving their offices out of downtown Hagerstown.

An angered Wisconsin responds to the Hagerstown dairy shrine by announcing plans for a Mack, Fairchild and Slippery Pot Pie Shrine in Chippewa Falls.

Aug. 12 - Washington County Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan attributes $238,000 in teacher pay raises to a "mistake."

Mayor Dick Trump says if the Washington County Commissioners move out of Hagerstown, Hagerstown will move out of Washington County.

Aug. 31 - City Council members discuss plans to take a bus tour of Hagerstown.

Hagerstown opens a Green Bay Packers museum.

Sept. 1 - Commissioners President Greg Snook offers to place the ashes of a convicted killer in his pet cemetery

Madison, Wis., opens a "Walking Down Franklin Street in a Hooded Sweatshirt and Talking to Yourself" museum.


Sept. 3 - The County Commissioners say a portion of the new runway project out at the airport will cost an additional $6 million more in interest payments alone than was originally thought.

The community reacts with concern to a plan to sell the Maryland Theatre, for fear the new owners might be tempted to book only predictable performances of limited appeal, as opposed to the way the theater operates now.

Sept. 9 - The median home price in Washington County skyrockets to $240,000, which is a severe blow to Wisconsin, which had been planning an Our Housing is Cheaper than Montgomery County's museum.

Sept. 10 - To prop up unprofitable air service in Hagerstown, the federal government gives U.S. Airways a $650,000 subsidy.

Due to an "administrative mistake," the Washington County School Board gives teachers Sundays off.

Sept 15 - A Sharpsburg committee reports that it is making progress on the new Antietam Rail Museum west of town.

A new, federal aviation study concludes it would be cheaper to rent a private jet for passengers at Washington County airport.

Sept. 13 - PenMar offers to open Fort Ritchie to displaced victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The Funkstown Town Council votes to give $500 to the Red Cross to start a Museum of Blood in New Orleans.

Sept. 14 - Due to a lack of classroom space, a major housing development off Sharpsburg Pike is halted over the objection of Commissioner John Munson, who suggests the children could be used as sharecroppers.

Displaced Katrina victims tell PenMar that, all things considered, they'd rather be in New Orleans.

Sept. 18 - Council member Lew Metzner storms out of a city council meeting after he and Mayor Dick Trump take turns saying "You're out of order" and "No, you're out of order."

Sept. 28 - Angry with outspoken Mayor Dick Trump, council members consider appointing a panel to review the mayor's powers. The council also sends the mayor a public letter of censure, causing Trump to agree to a lengthy newspaper interview, in which he says he will gladly be more conciliatory, so long as "the council bends to my will like a willow in the wind."

Sept. 29 - Local elected officials summarily dismiss the recommendations of a county task force on affordable housing, because none of the proposed solutions involve a new museum.

The mood isn't as light as it used to be down at the pet cemetery, after Greg Snook offers to accept the ashes of Hagerstown's dignity.

Drug charges against a New York City man are dropped after he tells a Washington County judge he was simply trying to open a Museum of Crack.

Oct. 3 - A Catholic priest in Halfway gains attention for extending his blessings to pets, including pigs, rats and snakes.

City Council members place Mayor Dick Trump on "double secret probation."

Oct. 5 - Trouble continues at City Hall, when council members Penny Nigh and Kelly Cromer say they are "very disgruntled" at the cost to taxpayers of a council bus tour of the city.

Williamsport opens a museum of alligators.

Oct. 13 - Hagerstown Police close a popular Dual Highway nightclub, after reporting that it is one of the top local sources of fistfights and violence, second only to the Hagerstown City Council.

Oct. 19 - The Hagerstown Ice and Sports Complex proudly announces that it is finally operating in the black - if you include the subsidy it gets from City Hall.

Citing his "standards," a Halfway priest refuses to bless City Hall.

Oct. 15 - The Hagerstown City Council's tour of the city gets under way, but council members Penny Nigh and Kelly Cromer refuse to board the bus, choosing to ride behind it in a car and keep in touch with the main group by cell phone.

Oct. 16 - Hagerstown police announce that a West End stabbing was not connected to the notorious MS-13 gang.

Hagerstown Mayor Dick Trump denies that Penny Nigh and Kelly Cromer's refusal to ride a bus is the reason that he has scheduled all future council meetings to be held on a Greyhound.

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