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by DAVE ELLIOTT | November 22, 2007
The Lamaze method is overrated. The breathing, the relaxation, the timing. My wife and I attended Lamaze classes religiously prior to the birth of our first child. All was well and good ... until about the fifth minute of labor. Then it was, "Doc, please wheel in the drug cart, if you would. " Only with more emphasis ... and adjectives. Lamaze was forever more out the window. So it was for me at around the 18-mile mark of Saturday's JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon. I was on the C&O Canal towpath, some four hours into the race, and dying.
By HARRY NOGLE | July 19, 2011
What is hiking but little more than “a walk in the woods,” as Bill Bryson wrote in his best-selling book about his attempt at a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail? A hike might be a walk in the woods, but it also can be a walk in a meadow, or along a brook, or on a boardwalk across wetlands. Hiking is walking, and many consider walking the best exercise, and almost anyone can hike at some level. “Hiking is a wonderful way not only to participate in aerobic exercise, but also to clear your head,” said board-certified family physician Ray Sahelian ( )
By DAVE McMILLION | August 30, 2009
KNOXVILLE -- So you're backpacking on the nearby Appalachian Trail and you need a bed tonight instead of sleeping on the hard ground. How about one for $21? That's how much it costs at the Harpers Ferry Hostel, a place where residents share facilities in an atmosphere that is designed to foster peace and understanding between people. There is a 12-bed male dormitory and a 12-bed female dormitory in the hostel at 19123 Sandy Hook Road, and guests share a kitchen to prepare meals.
April 24, 2001
Parents say remains found in W.Va. are those of missing son By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The parents of a Harpers Ferry, W.Va., man say police have told them they believe remains found near the Appalachian Trail are those of their son. continued West Virginia State Police Sgt. S.E. Paugh said Tuesday that although he could not confirm any conversations his department may have had with the couple, it is a "definite possibility" the remains are those of Eric Grant Cheeks, who was 19 years old when he disappeared a year ago. Donna Cheeks said authorities have told her they believe the remains are those of her son because his wallet, his driver's license, a necklace he owned and his mother's credit card were found at the scene.
by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | July 10, 2006
Maryland State Police said Sunday they were investigating human remains that were found Friday afternoon near Pen Mar. Police said the remains had been there for several years, and investigators were working to identify the body. As of Sunday, there were several possible IDs, police said, but nothing was official. An archaeologist was taken to the scene by Grey Rock Road near the Appalachian Trail, where the body was found, police said. Additional details were not available Sunday, and police said the incident was still under investigation.
September 19, 2005
Fort Frederick Eighteen miles west of Hagerstown in Big Pool off Md. 56, this is Maryland's first state park. It features the stone fort built during the French and Indian War to protect English settlers from the French and their Indian allies. It also features a riverfront campsite and areas for picnicking, hiking, fishing, boating and concessions. Gathland One mile east of Md. 67 on Gapland road south of Boonsboro, this park offers hiking and picnicking and a century-old stone monument dedicated to war correspondents.
November 27, 2009
The U.S. Marshals Service is looking for a Waynesboro, Pa., man who authorities believe is hiding out near the Appalachian Trail in the area of Pen Mar Park. A Marshals Service spokesman said Friday that the Drug Enforcement Administration declared Van Dorn Palmer III, 59, of Waynesboro, a fugitive after he recently failed to appear before the U.S. District Court in Harrisburg, Pa. Palmer was indicted July 1 for distribution of marijuana, conspiracy and other included offenses, according to a press release from the Marshals Service.
December 10, 2011
The JFK 50-Mile Ultramarathon is on the brink of its 50th year of existence. Celebrating President Kennedy's commitment to fitness, the event has brought thousands of runners to the hills and hollows of Washington County, including a 13-mile stretch on the Appalachian Trail, itself a venerable icon of outdoor activity. The race is historic in its own right, and has become part of the county's identity, much like the annual Salute to Independence at Antietam.  On a national scale, the same can be said for the Appalachian Trail.
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | February 19, 2000
BOONSBORO - Among the more than 100 people who hit the Appalachian Trail Saturday for the three-mile "Cherry Pie Hike" were a grandfather and his three grandsons, and two young sisters from Australia. The morning event was held to celebrate George Washington's birthday, to promote the goals of the Friends of the Washington Monument organization and to provide its participants with a good time. The hike, which ended with cherry pie, and hot coffee or hot chocolate for the participants, was an annual event through the 1980s that dropped off in the early 1990s.
By JENNIFER FITCH | February 15, 2009
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The 229 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania received a promise for additional protections when Gov. Ed Rendell signed Act 24 last summer. At the heart of the law is a call for trailside zoning, something already in place in the five municipalities through which the trail runs in Franklin County. They are Washington, Quincy, Guilford, Greene and Southampton townships. Franklin County's Bureau of Forestry land also better positions it to ensure longtime trail preservation, County Planning Director Phil Tarquino said.
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