May 18, 2013
Luke Badley was 6 years old riding along with his family when he noticed the long fenced bridge spanning across I-70 and asked his dad what it was. It was the Appalachian Trail overpass that hikers use to cross the busy highway. Badley's father told him about the roughly 2,200-mile trail from Georgia to Maine and how some people known as thru-hikers attempt to hike it end-to-end. It was then that Badley, now 23, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., decided that one day, he would do that. “I was like, oh, Georgia to Maine.
May 10, 2013
Howard Kenneth Daniels, 97, went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 10, 2013. Born May 4, 1916, in Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., he was the son of the late John Hendricks Daniels and Lula Mae McKee Daniels. Ken was a graduate of Shepherdstown High School, and attended Strayer College, Benjamin Franklin Business College and George Washington University. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II in Okinawa and the Philippines. He retired from the Department of Defense in 1973.
April 24, 2013
Mark Twain noticed that a cat that sits on a hot stove once will never sit on it again. But, he said, it won't sit on a cold stove, either. Politics is different, because in politics we discover the opposite extreme is true. Having sat on a hot stove once, a politician will sit on a hot stove again, even if he has to rebuild the fire himself. It's fascinating that Anthony Weiner and Mark Sanford just couldn't stay away. No stove was too hot, no embarrassment too embarrassing to convince them that perhaps they just aren't suited for public life as a representative of the people.
April 9, 2013
South Mountain Recreation Area rangers and Potomac Appalachian Trail Club members invite trail lovers to join them in taking care of Maryland's section of the Appalachian Trail on Saturday, June 1, in celebration of National Trails Day. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at Washington Monument State Park, 6620 Zittlestown Road in Middletown, Md. There is no age limit for participants, but youths should be supervised by a parent or guardian....
March 22, 2013
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, in partnership with Warrior Hike, Operation Military Embrace, the Military Family Lifestyle Charitable Foundation, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association, launched an initiative called the “Walk Off the War” program. The program will provide 13 military veterans the opportunity to reconnect with the United States through a fully funded scholarship to hike the Appalachian Trail. The objective of the program is to provide veterans a self-directed, self-paced journey along the trail to help them return to civilian society with the greatest opportunity for success in their personal and professional lives.
February 21, 2013
Howard and Miriam Buhrman celebrated 70 years of marriage with their family at the Parlor House in Waynesboro, Pa. The Buhrmans were married on Valentine's Day, 1943, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Wolfsville, Md. Howard Buhrman served in World War II as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He worked as an engineer at Pangborn in Hagerstown until his retirement in 1980. At the age of 65, he hiked the entire Appalachian Trail over six months. Miriam Leatherman Buhrman was a secretary for Morgan Keller Inc., until her retirement in 1983.
February 19, 2013
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy will host a cake baking contest in honor of its 88th birthday from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday March 2, at the ATC Visitor Center in Harpers Ferry. This event is free and open to the public. The contest will be judged in three categories: best Appalachian Trail design; best tasting; and most creative cake. The entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges and the most creative cake will be judged by the public. Prizes will be awarded. Cakes will be on display from noon to 1 p.m. and will be served to the public from 1 to 5 p.m. Judging will begin at 1 p.m., and the winners of the contest will be announced at 2 p.m. To enter a cake for this contest, email Claire Hobbs at firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, Feb. 28, with your name, type of cake and cake dimensions, and any relevant information such as possible allergens.
February 7, 2013
A woman who became lost Thursday afternoon on a trail off Crystal Falls Drive ended up at a park ranger's house Thursday night along Wolfsville Road near the Frederick County line, according to a Washington County 911 supervisor. The woman was hiking on a trail off the Appalachian Trail and lost her bearings, the supervisor said. The ordeal started at 5:41 p.m. and the woman showed up at the ranger's house at about 8:45 p.m., the supervisor said. The woman appeared to be OK, the supervisor said.
November 18, 2012
Dave Fox was basking Sunday in the success of being able to complete his 20th JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon on Saturday, putting him in the ranks of the event's 1,000-mile club. And although Fox said before the race that this would probably be his last annual running of the event, he was rethinking his plans Sunday, saying there are many things he would miss about not being in it every year. First-time JFK runner Mary Ellis, 63, of Keedysville, slipped on some wet leaves on a rock on the Appalachian trail and hurt her left knee when she fell.
November 14, 2012
When Kathleen Luzier first went to the Appalachian Trail to prepare for the JFK 50 Mile, she didn't like it. The rocky and difficult terrain spooked her. Luzier, 44, who was the first Washington County resident to cross the finish line of the ultramarathon in 2011, has grown to like the trail. These days, she talks about its beauty. “You are in peace, even with 1,000 runners,” Luzier said. “It's maybe the closest to God you can be on this Earth.” The Boonsboro mother of three will be back on the trail Saturday hoping to improve on last year's performance, when she finished her first attempt at the race in just less than 9 hours.