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By SCOTT BUTKI | November 25, 1998
PenMar Development Corporation officials on Tuesday announced the U.S. Army had awarded a grant of almost $2 million to help with the conversion of Fort Ritchie to Lakeside Corporation Center. A cooperative agreement between PenMar and the Army also includes options that would increase to $5.8 million the amount the corporation could receive over the next three years, said Robert P. Sweeney, executive director of PenMar Development Corporation. --cont. from front page -- PenMar is a private/public company that is heading the effort to redevelop the base, which closed on Oct. 1. The goal is to attract businesses and create jobs, Sweeney said.
NEWS
April 19, 2002
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The U.S. Army Band, under the director of Col. Gary F. Lamb, will present a free program of music at Greencastle-Antrim High School auditorium on May 2 at 7:30 p.m. Sgt. Maj. Fred Gleason, a resident of Talhelm Road in Chambersburg, is the band's trombone section leader and will be the featured soloist at the concert. Former U.S. Army Chief of Staff John J. "Black Jack" Pershing founded the band in 1922. Free tickets are available at the office of the Greencastle-Antrim Middle School.
NEWS
By DON AINES | August 4, 1998
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Army will buy its electricity from the Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority under an agreement in principle reached with Allegheny Power Co. The authority announced the agreement Monday following an executive session with an Allegheny Power representative. Authority Chairman Robert Zullinger said details of the agreement will be announced later. John Van Horn, the authority's program manager, said it will own the electric distribution system at the depot, and Allegheny Power will operate and maintain it. The authority would buy electricity from the power company, but customers, including the Army, will be billed by Allegheny Power at rates set by the authority.
NEWS
By SCOTT BUTKI | December 4, 1999
CASCADE - Plans to transform Fort Ritchie into a technology park could be abandoned due to complications caused by unexploded ordnance on the property. Three Washington County Commissioners said last week they are ready to pull the plug on the state-created PenMar Development Corp. if problems and complications with the Army over the issue aren't resolved within six months. "We will not accept that property with the conditions that have been put on it," Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said.
NEWS
July 27, 1998
photos: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer By BRENDAN KIRBY / Staff Writer FORT RITCHIE - If a fire breaks out anywhere on this base's 638 acres, the Army puts it out. If someone commits a crime here, the military police investigate it. In a little more than two months, the Army will be gone. --cont from news -- The resulting void has Washington County officials scrambling to figure out who will provide those basic public safety services.
NEWS
September 8, 2009
NOV. 30, 1933-SEPT. 6, 2009 FREDERICK, Md. - Mr. Harold W. Swanson Jr., SGM, U.S. Army retired, 75, of Frederick, Md., died Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009, at Washington Hospital Center. He was the husband of Ethel "Nute" Swanson of Frederick. Born Nov. 30, 1933, in Rutland, Vt., he was the son of Lucile Swanson of Springfield, Vt., and the late Harold W. Swanson Sr. Harold enlisted in the Vermont National Guard at the age of 17 and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1950. He served for 26 years on active duty.
NEWS
by RICHARD BELISLE | June 23, 2002
waynesboro@herald-mail.com Robert Priest said he's never been struck by lightning, he's not telepathic and he's not the son of a Gypsy. Yet Priest can read minds. He's been doing it for a living since 1991. He says he's a performer. His show is called "Theater of the Mind," and he says its entertainment. "Everything I do starts with the power of the mind," he said. "I show what can be done in an entertaining way. I call what I do mind scripting. "Through my words, actions and thoughts, I'm able to place a thought in another person's mind that then becomes information back to me. " What Priest does seems a bit more serious than mere entertainment.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | July 8, 2012
Antietam Chapter 312 of the Korean War Veterans Association is seeking the public's help to identify Washington County residents who died in the Korean War. The organization wants the names so they can be engraved on a Korean War Memorial that is to be built over the course of the next year at Mealey Parkway in Hagerstown, said Charles Mobley, chairman of Antietam 312's monument committee. Ground was broken June 26 for the project. Mobley said the veterans know of 31 Washington County residents who were killed or listed as missing during the Korean War, but they want to ensure that no one is left out. “Since these names will be engraved on a tablet in front of the main monument, we want to be sure that we have the correct names, including spelling, their rank and branch of service correct,” Mobley said in an email.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | July 2, 2006
EL PASO, TEXAS - As Mary Anne Sullivan-Scott left Texas to return to West Virginia last week, a U.S. Army colonel placed a gold coin in her hand. "Never quit" was inscribed on the coin. It was one of her son's favorite quotes. The words, while simple, summed up the positive attitude of her son, Joshua L. "Doc" Kidwell, who died last week, she said. Kidwell, 21, an Army specialist, died June 24 at the Thomason Trauma Center in El Paso. Kidwell sustained head injuries June 23 when he jumped out of a moving truck during an argument with his wife, El Paso police and military officials said in a story that was published June 27 in The El Paso Times.
NEWS
BY SCOTT BUTKI | May 8, 2002
scottb@herald-mail.com The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to enter into a contract with PenMar Development Corporation to operate the water system on the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base when ownership of part of the base transfers from the Army to PenMar. Under the contract, PenMar would pay the county $65,000 for the first year of operation, Water and Sewer Director Greg Murray said. About $12,000 of that amount would be for equipment replacement.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | September 8, 2013
The spirit of a Sept. 11, 2001, commemoration Sunday afternoon prompted Betty L. Bitner to make an impromptu decision and place a sentimental possession in a time capsule. Bitner, of Chambersburg, put a coin on top of the items already packed into the time capsule, which will be opened in 2021. She had carried the coin for the past several years since her parents died. The coin has a message on it about God carrying people in difficult times. The concept resonated with Bitner as she reflected on the nearly 3,000 people killed in terrorist attacks 12 years ago. “As I think of this, it's symbolic these people went home to their Lord,” she said.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | August 22, 2013
The remains of U.S. Army private from Hagerstown who died of malnutrition as a prisoner of war during the Korean War are scheduled to be returned home this weekend and buried in Rest Haven Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon, officials said. Heren Blevins was wounded in the arm and taken prisoner in the Chosin Reservoir on Dec. 2, 1950, when elements of the 7th Infantry Division were overrun by Chinese communists. The 19-year-old soldier was taken to a prison camp that the captives dubbed “Death Valley.” Some of his fellow prisoners of war who were repatriated after the war told military officials that Blevins died of malnutrition in January 1951.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | August 1, 2013
As the sentencing phase of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning's court-martial continues this week, area residents considered what would be a suitable punishment for his conviction for leaking classified government information to the advocacy website WikiLeaks. Of the nine people who spoke to The Herald-Mail on Wednesday, all agreed that Manning should face time in prison. Glenda Ruffner of Hagerstown said she thought Manning's sentence should be “whatever it is for going against your government.” Ruffner, 78, said there were other ways for Manning to deal with the U.S. government than doing what he did. “If he thought it was wrong, he probably should have taken it up with the officials that you would take it up with instead of going behind their back and doing what he did,” she said.
EDUCATION
July 19, 2013
The Red, White and Blue concert featuring the 78th Army Band scheduled for Monday, July 29, at Hagerstown Community College has been canceled. The concert will not be rescheduled. All other Red, White, and Blue summer concerts will be held as scheduled. The full list of upcoming concerts can be viewed online at www.hagerstowncc.edu/alumni-friends . For more information, send an email to Lisa Stewart, coordinator of alumni relations and annual giving, at lsstewart@hagerstowncc.edu .
NEWS
June 16, 2013
The Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association will host the 229th U.S. Army Band as part of its annual Red, White and Blue Summer Concert Series Sunday at 6:15 p.m. in HCC's Alumni Amphitheater. A traditional military band that features five ensembles, the 229th U.S. Army Band has been part of the Maryland National Guard for most of the 20th century and is one of the few military bands to have received battle honors. HCC's performance will feature the concert band ensemble.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | June 16, 2013
As he stood before almost 200 people, many if not all of whom were members of his congregation, Maj. Robert Lyle said two, maybe three men attended his first Sunday service when he and his wife arrived seven years ago to take over leadership of The Salvation Army's Hagerstown Corps. During a farewell luncheon for Majs. Robert and Karen Lyle on Sunday, Advisory Board Chairman Don Funk listed several facility improvements during the Lyles' tenure, including the construction of the $1.8 million Shifler Family Community Center that housed the luncheon on George Street in Hagerstown's West End. Maj. Robert Lyle said leading the Hagerstown Corps was really about showing a group of people “that there's more to being a church than coming on Sunday.
NEWS
April 28, 2013
One Mountain Foundation will hold the inaugural Gathering of the Arts at Lake Royer show at Lakeside Hall on the former Fort Ritchie Army base in Cascade. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 8, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The show will feature two- and three-dimensional art. The Saturday event will be an opening of the two-day show with a reception for the artists. Saturday's admission costs $20, and will include wine, coffee, tea and light fare.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | April 23, 2013
The plan to transform a former U.S. Army Reserve building in Hagerstown into the permanent home of a Washington County senior activities center took a big step forward Tuesday. The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday voted unanimously to award to the lowest responsive bidder, Murphy & Dittenhafer Inc., of Baltimore, a $209,430 contract to oversee the eight phases of architecture and engineering of the project at 21 Willard St. The $4.3 million project, which includes an estimated $4.1 million in construction, is expected to be completed in January 2015, county Purchasing Director Karen R. Luther told the five commissioners.
NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | April 18, 2013
At The Salvation Army of Washington County's annual appreciation dinner Thursday night, keynote speaker  Lt. Colonel Jack T. Waters called the nonprofit an organization of “second chances.” But Hagerstown resident Peggy Huff had her first chance to accept the volunteer of the year award after 36 years of service. “I didn't know I was getting this, I thought he was talking about somebody else. It kind of brought tears to my eyes,” said Huff, who started volunteering at the age of 23 and is now 60, after receiving her award.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | April 4, 2013
Letterkenny Army Depot on Thursday celebrated receiving its ninth Shingo medallion for excellence in manufacturing at a time when federal budget cuts are forcing operational changes. “Letterkenny will continue to raise the bar for itself, proving that no matter what obstacles we face, there will be absolutely no depreciation to the value of Letterkenny,” said Col. Victor S. Hagan, the depot's commander. As military spending continues to be reduced, the work at Letterkenny Army Depot will remain exceptional, Hagan said at a ceremony for the prize.
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