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.
November 23, 2008
View the slideshow WASHINGTON COUNTY -- It was hard to tell whether the tears that streamed down Susan Graham-Gray's cheeks were of joy or disappointment. That is, until she explained them. "It was like, I can't believe this is so hard," she said after finishing the 46th annual JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon. "It's just an emotional up-and-down and I was taking it all in. It's so overwhelming. " Graham-Gray, 40, of Greencastle, Pa., was the second female to cover the 50.2-mile course Saturday.
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.
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.
August 6, 2003
Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services had 97 calls for service in July. Of those calls, 15 were to Frederick County, Md., four to Franklin County, Pa., and one to Adams County, Pa. Fifteen calls were in the Smithsburg town limits, 10 in the Mount Aetna area, eight in the Cascade area, seven in the Leitersburg area, and five to the Hagerstown area. The most common call types, 31, were for trouble breathing and vehicle accidents. A total of 54 patients were taken to Washington County Hospita, three were taken to Waynesboro Hospital and two were taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital.
December 26, 1997
Rescue crews were searching Friday night for a 15-year-old boy who reportedly became separated from a group of hikers on the Appalachian Trail earlier in the day, police said. The boy was last seen about 6:30 p.m. near the Hemlock Hills shelter near Greenbrier State Park, said Cpl. Daryl Sanders of the Washington County Sheriff's Department. Sanders said officials were concerned about the boy because of the possibility of snow that was predicted for overnight and the fact that he had limited camping equipment.
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.