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January 3, 2013
Birthdays Jan. 4 - Thomas B. Kinzer, Hagerstown, turns 65; Bryan Gabriel, Hall Street, Sharpsburg, turns 41. Jan. 5 - J.R. Head, formerly of Greencastle, Pa., now stationed in Hawaii (U.S. Army), turns 23; Judy Price, Williamsport, turns 49. To submit a milestone, mail the information to The Herald-Mail, P.O. Box 439, Hagerstown, MD 21741; fax it to 301-714-0245; or email
By C.J. LOVELACE | | December 25, 2012
Lew Thomas used part of his Christmas morning to help a neighboring family have a nicer holiday. Thomas, a Fayetteville, Pa., resident, was one of close to 100 drivers who took hot, freshly prepared turkey dinners Tuesday morning from The Salvation Army in Chambersburg, Pa., and delivered them to shut-ins and less-fortunate people all across Franklin County. Thomas said it was his first time volunteering as a driver for the event. He said the family to whom he took meals lives in a schoolhouse in the Duffield, Pa., area, with “eight or nine” disabled children, many requiring extensive care.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | December 18, 2012
The Golden Knights, the U.S. Army's parachute team, are expected to join the Air Force's Thunderbirds for the 2013 Thunder over the Blue Ridge Open House and Air Show in May, organizers announced Tuesday. A complete lineup of aerial acts for the May 11 and 12 show hosted by the 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard isn't expected to be finalized until March or early April, according to organizers. Col. Roger Nye, the Airlift Wing's commander, said at a Tuesday news conference that organizers requested the Thunderbirds or the Navy's Blue Angels for next year's show before they take “a little break from air shows - at least a year or so.” “And when the Thunderbirds came to us and said 'Hey, how about May, instead of September?
By C.J. LOVELACE | | December 16, 2012
Preliminary estimates for the cost of renovating the former U.S. Army Reserve property in Hagerstown for use as a senior citizens center could cost about half as much as the county's previous proposal to build a new facility at Hagerstown Community College. County Administrator Gregory B. Murray guessed that the main 19,000-square-foot building on the 4.6-acre property at 21 Willard St. could be rehabilitated at a cost of about $3 million to $3.5 million, although that could change after an official inspection by architects.
By DAN DEARTH | | December 6, 2012
Crena Anderson wasn't at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked on Dec. 7, 1941. But the 88-year-old Halfway resident will be linked to that day for the rest of her life. She said her first and second husbands were stationed at Army bases in Hawaii during the attack, although the two young soldiers didn't know each other at the time. “I'm proud of what they did - very proud,” Crena said at her home earlier this week. “They must have been scared to death.” Crena said she married her first husband, Marvin Spencer, shortly after they met while he was home on leave in 1944.
December 4, 2012
Mackenzie Riford, a native  of Hagerstown and a member of the U.S. Military Academy's marathon team, will be part of the team that runs the ceremonial game ball from West Point to Philadelphia for the 113th Army-Navy football classic scheduled for Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. The 19-member cadet team will accept the game ball at approximately 7 p.m. Thursday during the bonfire activities. The team will depart West Point, passing through several towns and cities during the two-day run to deliver the game ball for opening ceremonies at 2 p.m. This year marks the 84th time the Cadets and Midshipmen have met in Philadelphia for this longstanding rivalry.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | | November 27, 2012
Washington County on Tuesday took another step toward creating a senior citizens' center at a former U.S. Army Reserves building in Hagerstown. The county commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of buying 21 Willard St. in Hagerstown, the site of a former U.S. Army Reserves center, for $625,000. The property would be used as a county senior citizens' center. The transaction depends on the city of Hagerstown, which owns the property, giving final approval to the sale. The outgoing Hagerstown City Council voted on Nov. 13 to preliminarily approve the sale.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | November 21, 2012
A former homeless veteran cooked up a Thanksgiving feast for more than 250 people at the Salvation Army's Thanksgiving meal Wednesday.  “It's important to give back what was given to me, and that was help when I needed it,” said James Rhinehart, the cook for the Salvation Army's Daily Feeding Program. “These people are human beings just like everybody else.” Rhinehart said the program on busy days typically provides meals for around 170 people, but that number went up for Thanksgiving.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | November 19, 2012
The Salvation Army kicked off its holiday kettle drive Monday at Valley Mall, and as members of the organization spoke, holiday music played and a $1,000 check exchanged hands. “We have only one goal this season, and that goal is to bring hope to men and women and boys and girls,” said Maj. Robert Lyle, commanding officer of The Salvation Army in Washington County. “We live in the greatest country in the world, we have the greatest amount of freedom of any nation, but we still have problems here in America, and in Hagerstown, it's no different.” Salvation Army Advisory Board member Ward Childerston began the kickoff by telling a story about a gift he received when he was 5 years old. “My father built a toy barn for me,” he said.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ and C.J. LOVELACE | and | November 13, 2012
The Hagerstown City Council tentatively agreed Tuesday to sell a Willard Street property once used by the U.S. Army Reserve for $625,000 to Washington County for a senior citizens center. The council voted 4-0 to introduce an ordinance to sell the property, which the city owns. Councilwoman Ashley C. Haywood was absent. The city is scheduled to formally adopt the ordinance on Dec. 4 - one week after the new mayor and city council take office. “It's much more than just selling a piece of property,” outgoing city Councilman Forrest Easton said during the meeting at City Hall.
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