June 22, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Ned Renner was 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighed 110 pounds in 1946 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 16. "A scrappin' kid," he said. Renner, 79, signed up with a birth certificate that listed an incorrect year for his date of birth -- his ticket away from an unhappy home situation. He said he tried to apply for military service at age 15 with a visibly doctored birth certificate, but he was rejected. The second time around, he went to get a new copy of his birth certificate at Washington County Hospital and the clerk typed the copy, trusting his word when he gave an incorrect birth year and not checking the records.
June 10, 2009
FEB. 20, 1933-JUNE 8, 2009 Bruce Henry Fink, 76, of Hagerstown, Md., died Monday, June 8, 2009, at Washington County Hospital. Born Feb. 20, 1933, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Ernest C. and Pauline Zeller Fink. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Navy as a Quartermaster Third Class aboard the battleship USS Missouri. He retired from the State of Maryland, where he was employed at Greenbrier State Park. He was a member of Funkstown American Legion Post 211, VFW 1936, the AMVETS of Middletown, Md., BPO Elks 378 and the Improved Order of Red Men Lodge 84 in Williamsport . He is survived by one sister, Evelyn Johns of California; three nieces, Debbie Zimmerman, Pat Weakley and Donna Dinkle; one nephew, Doug Forcino; nine great-nieces and great-nephews; and 10 great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
April 29, 2009
YOUTH BASEBALL Clear Spring Little League Bragunier Masonry Rays 14, C&F Construction Padres 1 Rays: Tim Shatzer, Kenny House 3 hits each; Chase Gallihugh 2 hits, 10 Ks. Conococheague Minor League Yankees 7, Valley Storage 2 Yankees: Deaundre Gonzales, Courtney May, Chris Rosenberry, Madison Riley 2 hits each. Valley Storage: Ryan Shank, Grayson McCleaf 2 hits each. Conococheague Little League Broad Run 7, Wolfe's 6 Broad Run: J.J. Cooper 3 hits; Collin McVicker, Cooper combined for 10 Ks. Wolfe's: Sinjin Shoop, C.J. Henson 2 hits each.
February 18, 2009
FEB. 13, 1924-FEB. 14, 2009 Helen Virginia Holmes Kuhn, 85, of 268 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, and formerly of Chestnut Grove, Md., died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009, at Holly Place in Hagerstown. Born Feb. 13, 1924, in Dargan, Md., she was a daughter of the late Earl Sylvester and Marjorie Pearl Johnson Holmes. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Guy Kuhn, in 1969. She was a homemaker. Helen was a former member of Chestnut Grove Church of God. She was a former member of the AMVETS auxiliary of Hagerstown and Moose Club auxiliary of Brunswick, Md. Helen is survived by two sons, Clifford Kuhn and wife, Paula, of Knoxville, Md. and Guy Kuhn of Hagerstown; two sisters, Valeria A. Grams of Frederick, Md., and Hazel M. Dunkin of Keedysville; one brother, Russell W.C. Holmes of Charles Town, W.Va.
December 11, 2008
AUG. 4, 1919-DEC. 9, 2008 LEITERSBURG - Harold P. Byrd, 89, of Leitersburg Smithsburg Rd., went peacefully to his new dimension Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, from the Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown. Born Aug. 4, 1919, in Keedysville, Md., he was the son of the late David Isiah and Amanda Virginia (Babington) Byrd. He attended the Mt. Aetna School House. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He retired from Mack Trucks of Hagerstown in 1982 after 20 years of service.
September 28, 2008
Members of the local AMVETS Color Guard recently traveled to Orlando, Fla., for a national color guard competition. The team, plus a support group, represented Washington County AMVETS Post 10 during the convention held Aug. 2 to Aug. 9. The Post 10 team, of 770 Frederick St. in Hagerstown, took first place for the third straight year, according to a prepared release. The group consisted of Rusty Baker, captain of the color guard and Post 10 commander; Mike Bolinger; and auxiliary members Joan Baker, Donna Tourney and Brenda Brelsford.
July 24, 2008
Chartered in February, the Antietam Chapter 312 of the Korean War Veterans Association has selected its officers for 2008-2009 - its first full year. The new officers are Les Bishop, secretary; Wayne Winebrenner, 1st vice commander; Ned Renner, commander; Jim Ensminger, 2nd vice commander; Don Smith, treasurer; Bob Sandberg, adjutant; Clayton Burkholder, historian; Al Lane, chaplain; and Pat Patterson, sergeant at arms. Last fall, the call went out for any veterans of the Korean War era to help form a veterans group.
July 18, 2008
C.S.A.G.I. plans board meeting Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery Inc. will hold its board meeting at noon on Saturday, July 19, at the gallery at 4 W. Franklin St. in Hagerstown. Franklin CountyDemocrats' events Franklin County Democrats will host the following activities: Movie night featuring "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," 7 p.m. today at Democratic Party Headquarters, 47 N. Main St., Chambersburg. Free admission, donations appreciated. Open house during ChambersFest, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Democratic Party Headquarters in Chambersburg.
June 16, 2008
AMVETS Post 10 of Hagerstown recently hosted a dinner for volunteers and staff at the Hagerstown Veterans Administration Clinic and for post volunteers at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va. Volunteers were recognized for their many hours spent helping staff who assist veterans receiving medical care at the Hagerstown and Martinsburg VA facilities. The 45 attendees were treated to a meal, followed by remarks by the acting clinic coordinator and chief of voluntary services.