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NEWS
July 27, 2000
At the ballpark, she likes to take in all the sites I've always considered myself a jock, but when it comes to watching sports, I'm SUCH a girl. That reality was thrown in my face recently when I attended an Orioles-Braves game with my husband, John, a former sportswriter. The difference in our focus became obvious as we prepared for the trip to Camden Yards. My fanny pack was stuffed to the gills, my arms cradled a bulky sweatshirt and two rain slickers just in case the 85-degree day turned sour.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | September 16, 2012
City of Hagerstown officials have all but ruled out the renovation of Municipal Stadium as they continue to look into building a downtown multiuse sports and events center that would be the new home of the Hagerstown Suns. As a way to show their concerns with the 82-year-old ballpark, the city has invited the public come out for a tour of Municipal Stadium on Wednesday, Sept. 19, to get a look at the challenges of renovating the facility, according to a news release from the City of Hagerstown.
NEWS
November 3, 2009
Wayne Rippeon pounds bolts through new planks Tuesday at Hagerstown Municipal Stadium. Grandstands in the ballpark are getting repaired.
OPINION
February 26, 2012
An urban ballpark could mean a lot to Hagerstown To the editor: If Hagerstown indeed decides to proceed with full or partial public funding for a new ballpark, then these funds would be best assigned for a mixed-use neighborhood ballpark to be in Hagers-town's historic downtown for the following reasons. First, a ballpark as part of a mixed-use neighborhood would be more conducive to promoting walkable streets and vitality in the vicinity than a suburban ballpark in a single-use zone.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | July 1, 2008
BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. -- The Rockville, Md., developer proposing a cell phone tower in Blue Ridge Summit has submitted an alternate site for consideration, with the original one still on the table amid a maelstrom of local criticism regarding its location. The Washington Township Supervisors recently told Liberty Towers that the company's application for a cell tower at the intersection of Jacobs Church Road and Pa. 16 could be put on hold until September. That site failed one test regarding its visibility from historic structures.
NEWS
by DAN KAUFFMAN | September 16, 2004
Apparently, the term "common sense" is an oxymoron these days. There's nothing common about it anymore. On Tuesday, ESPN.com ran a poll asking who was at fault for the ugly brawl at Oakland Coliseum on Monday night: Rangers reliever Frank Francisco, who threw a chair into the stands - apparently at one or more hecklers - and broke the nose of an innocent woman; the hecklers; or ballpark security. Uhmm ... oh, I dunno ... maybe, just maybe, it was the guy who threw the chair?
NEWS
November 12, 1997
Stadium's Marlboro Man coming down By BRENDAN KIRBY Staff Writer Hagerstown Suns owner Winston Blenckstone saw the handwriting on the billboard for months. On Tuesday, the minor league baseball team announced the Marlboro Man advertisement would come down from its perch in left field at Municipal Stadium. "It's just been here for so long and has been such a recognizable part of the ballpark. It's a shame that this specific advertisement has to come down," said David Blenckstone, the team's general manager.
NEWS
by TAMELA BAKER | March 25, 2005
tammyb@herald-mail.com ANNAPOLIS - Last month, Richard Phoebus told the Washington County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly that the Hagerstown Neighborhood Development Partnership was developing a report on potential development in the city's east end. On Thursday, Phoebus revealed the results of that report to an enthusiastic group of high-level state officials, hoping to generate support. They included representatives from half a dozen state departments.
NEWS
May 18, 2000
Winston R. Blenckstone is owner of the Hagerstown Suns, a Class A minor league baseball team affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays. Blenckstone, 56, first bought the team in 1986 when it was located in Florence, N.C., and moved it near his Myrtle Beach, S.C., home for the 1987 season. The team won two South Atlantic League championships while playing at Coastal Carolina College in nearby Conway, S.C. He moved the team to Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown for the 1993 season after he couldn't get a new stadium in Myrtle Beach.
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OPINION
July 10, 2013
'Bucky' remembered with memorial at ballpark To the editor: On Sunday, June 30, a memorial service was held at the Sharpsburg ballpark for our beloved “Bucky,” the Sharpsburg-area deer who died so tragically, with 83 people attending. A monument was put in place honoring “Bucky” and 30 trees were planted along a dangerous fence row. The ballpark was one of the places that “Bucky” visited quite often to see the kids and enjoy the treats that were offered.
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OPINION
June 27, 2013
It's summer and it's the season for all-star tournaments. Sadly, this means it's also the season for parents acting badly. This ugliness has manifested itself in Washington County, but we by no means have a monopoly on boorish behavior. It pops up across the country again and again. Each year, it seems that a parental outburst to top all outbursts will shame us into leaving our anger at home when watching our children compete. Yet screaming at umpires, coaches and even other kids never seems to go out of fashion.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | April 23, 2013
Ripken Design representatives went over its newest multiuse stadium feasibility study with Hagerstown officials Tuesday, and a long discussion ensued about the three alternative sites in the city's East End. “I want to see this get done,” Mayor David S. Gysberts said toward the end of a Hagerstown City Council work session at City Hall. “I think the citizens are looking for us to provide leadership.” Assuming a facility costing about $30 million, the new study examines the former Washington County Hospital site and two locations adjacent to the Hagerstown Suns' current ballpark on East Memorial Boulevard.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | September 16, 2012
City of Hagerstown officials have all but ruled out the renovation of Municipal Stadium as they continue to look into building a downtown multiuse sports and events center that would be the new home of the Hagerstown Suns. As a way to show their concerns with the 82-year-old ballpark, the city has invited the public come out for a tour of Municipal Stadium on Wednesday, Sept. 19, to get a look at the challenges of renovating the facility, according to a news release from the City of Hagerstown.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | December 29, 2011
Rumors that Winchester, Va., is trying to lure the Suns minor league baseball team out of Hagerstown might not be off base. The facility planning company Brailsford & Dunlavey lists on its online portfolio that it was hired by the Winchester Economic Development Authority for a "minor league ballpark market analysis and financial analysis. " And The Winchester Star has reported that Winchester City Council members met with two men and a woman for about an hour during an executive session on Dec. 20. "One of the men strongly resembled Bill Farley, general manager of the Suns," The Star reported.
NEWS
November 3, 2009
Wayne Rippeon pounds bolts through new planks Tuesday at Hagerstown Municipal Stadium. Grandstands in the ballpark are getting repaired.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | July 1, 2008
BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. -- The Rockville, Md., developer proposing a cell phone tower in Blue Ridge Summit has submitted an alternate site for consideration, with the original one still on the table amid a maelstrom of local criticism regarding its location. The Washington Township Supervisors recently told Liberty Towers that the company's application for a cell tower at the intersection of Jacobs Church Road and Pa. 16 could be put on hold until September. That site failed one test regarding its visibility from historic structures.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | October 29, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - A wild-haired Pittsburgh Steeler and a juice box were represented Saturday as the Hagerstown Suns threw open Municipal Stadium's gates for a Halloween celebration. Among the familiar faces were Elmo from "Sesame Street," SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer. There were skeletons, a gorilla and a Spider-Man or two. "We just wanted to do something for kids," Suns General Manager Will Smith said after taking off his Darth Vader mask. The result was a few hours of free, safe trick-or-treating and partying.
NEWS
June 3, 2005
In March, when a group called the Hagerstown Neighborhood Development Partnership announced its intention to redevelop the city's East End, we urged citizens to give the plan a fair hearing. Now that we're getting more details about a part of that plan, we again urge local citizens to keep an open mind about the latest proposal for a new minor league baseball stadium. Rich Neumann, vice president of development for Mandalay Sports Entertainment, which owns the Hagerstown Suns, on Wednesday revealed details of his firm's plans for a stadium.
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