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August 22, 2011
Old Forge Road northeast of Hagerstown is closed to through traffic from Herman Myers Road to the bridge over Antietam Creek. The road is closed for rehabilitation work on the bridge, according to a press release from Washington County. Detours have been set up at the bridge. Local traffic can still pass through the area between Herman Myers Road and the bridge, but it cannot cross the bridge. The road is expected to reopen Tuesday at 7 p.m. - Caleb Calhoun, Mobile Journalist
NEWS
by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | August 28, 2004
Water quality warnings on Antietam Creek were lifted Friday, two weeks after the City of Hagerstown's sewage treatment plant spilled water that had not been completely treated. City Water and Sewer Department Manager David Shindle said he received clearance from the Washington County Health Department Friday morning to lift the three dozen posted signs, which were placed along the creek between Potomac River and the Frederick Street plant. Wastewater treated at the plant goes into the creek.
NEWS
October 11, 2012
The Antietam Creek yielded boatloads of trash to more than 75 volunteers during the Antietam Creek Watershed Alliance's seventh annual Rubbish Roundup on Sept. 22. Volunteers in canoes and kayaks, along with streamside walkers, filled a dump truck with metal and stuffed 51 large trash bags with miscellaneous junk. The volunteers filled seven more bags with glass and plastic bottles, two bags with cast-off foam containers and one with aluminum cans. Highlights included 58 tires; seven traffic cones; four shopping carts; three, 20-pound propane tanks; and a 275-gallon fuel oil tank.
NEWS
March 4, 2013
The Washington County Division of Public Works Engineering and Construction Department has announced the closure of Garis Shop Road at the bridge over Antietam Creek.   Effective Tuesday, March 5, the bridge will be closed to through traffic between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., the county says in a news release. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of the week, the release says. A detour will be posted to route traffic around the project.   For additional information, contact Assistant County Administrator Sarah Lankford Sprecher at 240-313-2215.
NEWS
September 20, 2012
The Washington County Division of Public Works' Engineering and Construction Department will host a community information meeting to discuss the rehabilitation of the Old Forge Road bridge over Antietam Creek. The meeting will be Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Old Forge Elementary School at 21615 Old Forge Road in Hagerstown. The purpose of the meeting is to present the need for the project, discuss the bridge rehabilitation process, explain the proposed road closure and temporary detour that will be required, and to answer questions, according to a county news release.
NEWS
by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | August 4, 2004
Portions of Antietam Creek remained posted with warnings on Tuesday advising swimmers and other users of the creek to steer clear of the waterway after the City of Hagerstown released sewage water that had not been disinfected into the creek Sunday. The warnings likely will remain today, said Kimmy Armstrong, a supervisor for the Washington County Health Department's Division of Environmental Health. The portion of the creek that is affected by the spill stretches from the city's Waste Water Treatment Plant on Frederick Street to the Potomac River.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | August 23, 2012
About 40 people attended a hearing Thursday afternoon about a farmer's proposal to draw up to a little more than 1 million gallons of water per day from Antietam Creek, and the discussion at times focused on overall concerns about management of the stream besides the farmer's request. The Maryland Department of Environment's Water Management Administration is considering allowing dairy farmer Dean Lehman to draw an annual average of 123,000 gallons of water per day from the creek and a maximum daily withdrawal of 1,152,000 gallons from the stream.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | February 24, 2013
A Hagerstown man was taken to Meritus Medical Center with life-threatening injuries Sunday morning after the car he was driving hit a two-lane stone arch bridge over Antietam Creek to Funkstown and took out a stretch of the bridge's stone wall, the Funkstown fire chief said. Joshua Harrison Gettleman, 24, was hurt in the crash, Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore said. Mullendore said Gettleman was in critical condition Sunday. The Washington County Sheriff's Office responded to the accident, including the office's reconstruction team, said Fire Chief David “Buck” Fraley of the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. The two-lane bridge was closed from the time of the accident, shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday, until almost 6 a.m., said Fraley, who served as incident commander.
NEWS
August 22, 2009
The Antietam Creek Watershed Alliance's fourth annual Rubbish Round-Up will be held Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event starts at Dixon-Troxell American Legion Post 211 in Funkstown along Alternate U.S. 40. Participants should wear river shoes and clothing appropriate for wet, dirty work. Those planning to float should bring a boat and life jackets. A limited number of canoes and rubber rafts will be supplied, along with gloves and garbage bags. Volunteers last year pulled 26 tires, two bicycles, and filled 44 bags of trash from the creek between Funkstown and Hagerstown.
NEWS
March 26, 2003
SECURITY - When Creekside Inn owner Marty Henicle returned to his Security Road business Tuesday afternoon after a game of golf, he saw two men looking at the back of a car sticking out of nearby Antietam Creek. Rescuers converged on the site, concerned that someone might be inside the submerged car. It soon became apparent that the red Kia Sephia had been abandoned in the creek. "The car was reported stolen earlier Tuesday from the 600 block of South Potomac Street," said Sgt. David Long of Hagerstown City Police.
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NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | August 31, 2013
As more than 1,500 small plastic ducks were dumped into Antietam Creek for the annual Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. duck race, Terry Gossard, who entered seven ducks in the race with his family, watched with a sense of pessimism, noting that his family had not won anything despite taking part in the race for five years. By the end of the race, they had a pink duck finish first and another duck finish third, which awarded them prize money of $400. “I'm shocked! We didn't expect it,” Gossard, 73, shouted after he won. He entered the race with his wife, Judy; his son, Terry Jr.; and his daughter-in-law, Lisa.
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NEWS
By DAVE MCMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | August 26, 2013
The idea of a company that works for the owner of the old Municipal Electric Light Plant being involved in the cleanup of PCB-laden water from the basement of that building reached the tipping point for Chris Klein on Monday evening. Klein, who owns property along Antietam Creek, where treated wastewater from the old electric plant along Eastern Boulevard would be dumped, expressed frustration during a Maryland Department of the Environment meeting in Hagerstown. He said Triad Engineering working on the cleanup is basically “the fox guarding the henhouse.” Klein told MDE officials they need to take a more active role in overseeing how the water is treated.
LIFESTYLE
By PAT SCHOOLEY | Special to The Herald-Mail | May 18, 2013
This is the 198th in a series of articles about the historical and architectural treasures of Washington County. Mills Road runs generally north/south between Burnside Bridge and Harpers Ferry roads, near land crossed during the Battle of Antietam. Well down the road, on the west, stands an elegant brick house opposite a weathered frame barn with brick granaries. Double chimneys rise from either gable wall of the house. A one-story, hip-roofed porch shelters the main entrance in the center of five bays.
NEWS
May 16, 2013
When C.A. Millburn saw the mother duck and from 15 to 25 ducklings trying to cross Edgewood Drive in the area of Hagerstown Commons on Wednesday at 11 a.m., he swung into action. Millburn, a reserve officer in the Maryland Natural Resources Police Reserve Officer program, said he stopped traffic in both directions. Then, he said, he began helping the ducklings, which were having trouble getting over a curb, make it to safety. Other motorists got out of their cars to help, said Millburn, who lives off Dual Highway.
LIFESTYLE
April 8, 2013
Volunteers are needed for a tree planting from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 13, at at the Antietam Meadow Park, a community natural area park located near Waynesboro. Antietam Watershed Association, in partnership with Washington Township and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, is working to maintain a riparian forest buffer planting on the Antietam Creek. Learn from professional foresters how to plant trees and what trees are well-suited for streamside plantings. The group will plant more than 800 trees at the site.
NEWS
March 10, 2013
Leiters Mill Road at the bridge over Antietam Creek is to be closed effective Monday, according to the Washington County Division of Public Works Engineering and Construction.   The bridge will be closed to thru traffic from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for a project scheduled to be completed by the end of the week. A detour will be posted.
OPINION
March 4, 2013
No two people at the moment seem to be in agreement about how to proceed with city redevelopment, but one project does appear high on the “to do” lists of one and all - ridding the horizon of the old Hagerstown power plant. The decrepit plant, last active nearly 40 years ago, dominates the city's East End, making it difficult to envision any aesthetic progress in the neighborhood as long as it remains standing. That's why we strongly support a state grant request filed in Annapolis by Del. John Donoghue, D-Washington, which would put up $300,000 toward demolition costs.
NEWS
March 4, 2013
The Washington County Division of Public Works Engineering and Construction Department has announced the closure of Garis Shop Road at the bridge over Antietam Creek.   Effective Tuesday, March 5, the bridge will be closed to through traffic between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., the county says in a news release. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of the week, the release says. A detour will be posted to route traffic around the project.   For additional information, contact Assistant County Administrator Sarah Lankford Sprecher at 240-313-2215.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | February 24, 2013
A Hagerstown man was taken to Meritus Medical Center with life-threatening injuries Sunday morning after the car he was driving hit a two-lane stone arch bridge over Antietam Creek to Funkstown and took out a stretch of the bridge's stone wall, the Funkstown fire chief said. Joshua Harrison Gettleman, 24, was hurt in the crash, Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore said. Mullendore said Gettleman was in critical condition Sunday. The Washington County Sheriff's Office responded to the accident, including the office's reconstruction team, said Fire Chief David “Buck” Fraley of the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. The two-lane bridge was closed from the time of the accident, shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday, until almost 6 a.m., said Fraley, who served as incident commander.
NEWS
November 10, 2012
The Antietam Creek Watershed Alliance recently was awarded a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust to repair a failing stone-lined stream in a homeowner's backyard, protecting the waters that eventually flow into the Chesapeake Bay. The unnamed stream flows through private lots in Sharpsburg and carries stormwater runoff from rooftops, parking lots and roads. Decades ago, the stream was lined with stone walls and concrete bottoms to help control the direction of the water flow. However, time and increased runoff caused the walls to fail in some locations, resulting in severe stream bank erosion, which muddies the stream carrying sediments to Antietam Creek, the Potomac River and eventually to the Chesapeake Bay. Homeowner Chris Mullendore lives along this small stream and was concerned that the erosion would progress to where the stream eventually would swallow up the outbuilding in his backyard.
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