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By JULIE E. GREENE | | July 27, 2012
An environmental attorney for the U.S. Army said Friday the Army will not conduct an environmental survey of the former Fort Ritchie Army base at Cascade because the property has been transferred back to PenMar Development Corp. Such studies can be expensive and the Army didn't start the study because Army officials knew PenMar and the property's former owner, Corporate Office Properties Trust, were in negotiations, said David Howlett, an environmental lawyer for the U.S. Army Legal Services Agency's environmental law division at Fort Belvoir, Va. While Army officials didn't know the details of the negotiations, officials with Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT)
By JENNIFER FITCH | | July 26, 2012
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey announced concerns Thursday about a defense bill recently passed by the House of Representatives that includes a provision he says could dramatically affect operations and prompt layoffs at Letterkenny Army Depot north of Chambersburg. “The House bill would cut more than $2 billion from various depot accounts, essentially preventing Pennsylvania's depots from continuing to upgrade equipment currently in use by service members around the world,” Casey, D-Pa., said in a news release.
By DAN DEARTH | | 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.
July 4, 2012
The Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association will host the 257th Army Band as part of its annual Red, White and Blue Summer concert series Friday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m., at HCC's Alumni Amphitheater. Based in Washington, D.C., the band is nationally recognized as “The Band of the Nation's Capital” and reports directly to the president. Performing under the direction of CW3 Cmdr. Sheila M. Klotz, the band consists of more than 40 members who perform a variety of classical, patriotic and contemporary music.
July 3, 2012
The Waynesboro Community Concert Association will present a concert by the 257th Army Band, “The Band of the Nation's Capital,” Thursday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Waynesboro Area Senior High School auditorium. The school is at 550 E. Second St. The concert is free and open to the public and will be held regardless of the weather.   Attendees who have served or are serving in the armed forces are invited to dress in uniform. They will be recognized by the band during the concert.
June 20, 2012
The Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association will host the U.S. Army Field Band's Concert Band and Soldiers' Chorus as part of its annual Red, White and Blue Summer Concert Series on Sunday, July 1, at 4:30 p.m., at HCC's Alumni Amphitheater. Co-sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the concert is free and open to the public. Concessions will be available for purchase. No outside food is permitted on the amphitheater grounds. For more information, call 240-500-2346, or go to . To learn more about the band and chorus, go to .
By ROXANN MILLER | | June 13, 2012
The new Letterkenny Army Reserve Center in Chambersburg offers state-of-the-art training facilities and saves billions of dollars by consolidating three obsolete centers into one, U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster said Wednesday. During the reserve center's grand opening ceremony and open house, Shuster, R-Pa., applauded Letterkenny Army Depot's use of consolidation to save money. “This is a consolidation of three different reserve units (Chambersburg, Gettysburg and Greencastle) and will save the taxpayers money and that's extremely important that we do that,” Shuster said.
June 9, 2012
Ronald Eugene Blair, 63, of Hagerstown, marched into heaven Thursday, June 7, 2012, with his loving wife by his side. Born Aug. 6, 1948, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Ralph F. and Jane J. (Rock) Blair, and stepson of Clifford Rock. Ronald was a North Hagerstown High School graduate. After school, he joined the U.S. Army in 1966. During his long and exemplary career as a management sergeant 1st Class and master administrative specialist, Ronald served 21 years in many challenging assignments in the United States and overseas.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | May 16, 2012
Former Pennsylvania Gov. Mark S. Schweiker will speak Saturday during a ceremony to dedicate a Sept. 11 memorial at Letterkenny Army Depot. The ceremony, which is open to the public, will begin at 3 p.m. adjacent to the Letterkenny Chapel at 2171 Carbaugh Ave. Three steel artifacts recovered from the World Trade Center were fashioned into a sculpture that will serve as a permanent memorial to the thousands who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The sculpture first was unveiled to the public at a memorial service in downtown Chambersburg last September.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | April 15, 2012
Work on a supplemental environmental impact statement about the proposed development of the former Fort RitchieU.S. Armybase has not begun because the Army hasn't designated money for the study, Army environmental attorney David Howlett said last week. The earliest the environmental study would start would be this summer, but that depends on when the Central Army Headquarters designates money for the study, Howlett said. Development of the property, which is owned by Columbia, Md.-based Corporate Office Properties Trust, or COPT, has been stalled as officials await the results of the environmental review, said Bill Hofmann, COPT's senior property and environmental services manager for the former Fort Ritchie property.
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