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July 14, 2011
OCT. 17, 1924-JULY 13, 2011 Hazel M. Bender, 86, of Crawford Avenue in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at Hillhaven Healthcare in Adelphi, Md. Born Oct. 17, 1924, in Tripoli, Wis., she was the daughter of the late John and Fern (Carpenter) Larson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Uriah Schmidt. She was a graduate of Bethel Academy. She was employed as an executive assistant by the federal government. She attended Ringgold Church of Christ.
July 12, 2011
JUNE 26, 1946-JUNE 15, 2011 Thomas Gregory Hays, 64, of Hagerstown, died on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at North Hampton Manor in Frederick, Md. Born June 26, 1946, in Summit, N.J., he was the son of the late Harry W. and Elsa C. (Lutz) Hays. He attended the Washington County Human Development Council Day Program. Greg was of Lutheran Faith. He loved to bowl and was a former member of the "Happy Go Lucky" Bowling League. He enjoyed music and was an avid Elvis devotee and his No. 1 fan. He loved to travel, and his favorite destinations were Graceland and the beach.
June 24, 2011
Megan Dianele (Brill) Gonzales and Joseph Sinchak Jr., of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., announce the birth of a son, Kamdyn Joseph Sinchak , June 8, 2011.
June 6, 2011
Mrs. Catherine C. “Katie” (Kane) O’Kelly, 91, of 13580 Summit Ave., Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., passed away at 11:54 a.m. Monday, June 6, 2011, in the emergency room of Waynesboro Hospital. Born April 17, 1920, in Baltimore, Md., she was the daughter of the late James J. and Catherine (McCabe) Kane. She lived in Baltimore before moving to Blue Ridge Summit when she was 4 months old, where she was raised by John and Ida Gearhart. Mrs. O’Kelly attended Monterey School in early years, later graduating from Shippensburg High School with the class of 1939.
May 17, 2011
Dorothy Mae Gochenour, 83, of Raven Rock Road, Lantz, Md., died Monday, May 16, 2011, at her home. Born Jan. 11, 1928, in Pondsville, Md., she was the daughter of the late George F. and Edith M. (Roof) Kuhn. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Albert C. “Chetty” “Buck” Gochenour, on March 5, 2009. They were married April 14, 1947. She was a graduate of Smithsburg High School, Class of 1946. She was formerly employed by Rexall Drug Store of Blue Ridge Summit and was a very active volunteer at the Fort Ritchie Thrift Shop until its closing.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | April 21, 2011
The looks of disbelief and comments like “Really?” were to be expected. The sign at Sheetz on Pa. 16 indicated regular-grade gasoline was $3.85 a gallon, but the people in red shirts with homemade signs were offering up the fuel free of charge Thursday afternoon. “What’s the catch?” a woman in a sport-utility vehicle asked. “No catch,” Eric Beck said, removing her vehicle’s fuel cap. “We just love you.” Experience Life Church of Waynesboro, Pa., started its outreach effort shortly after 4:30 p.m. People from the church offered $10 worth of gas to the first 200 customers who stopped by pumps Nos. 1 through 4 at Sheetz.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | April 7, 2011
A Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., man convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the May 2010 shooting death of his neighbor was sentenced Thursday in Franklin County (Pa.) Court to five years in state prison. Judge Douglas Herman gave Michael Harrigan, 30, credit for time served in jail since Harrigan shot 47-year-old Steven Wetzel on Blue Ridge Avenue on May 27, 2010. The two had argued earlier in the night, and Harrigan's defense claimed he acted in self-defense. Wetzel's son, Nathan, told the judge Thursday that he didn't care what sentence Harrigan received, because nothing would change what happened.
February 25, 2011
SEPT. 21, 1949-FEB. 23, 2011 WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Gregory Albright, 61, of Old Route 16, Waynesboro, Pa., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at his home after succumbing to his fight with cancer. Born Sept. 21, 1949, in Dearborn, Mich., he was the third son of the late Aaron and Helen (Janik) Albright. He was a 1968 graduate of Fordson High School in Dearborn, Mich. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving for 18 months in communications as part of the Korean Conflict from 1969 to 1970.
February 22, 2011
AUG. 25, 1924-FEB. 22, 2011 SMITHSBURG, Md. — Basil H. Kuhn, 86, of Wolfsville Road, Smithsburg, Md., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at the VA Medical Center Martinsburg, W.Va. Born Aug. 25, 1924, in Garfield, Md., he was the son of the late Chester and Bessie (Draper) Kuhn. He attended Wolfsville Schools. He retired from the U. S. Navy and was a veteran of W.W.II. He was a member of South Mountain Rod and Gun Club Smithsburg, Funkstown American Legion Post 211, VFW Post 1936 and Amvets Post 10, both of Hagerstown and life member of the Disabled American Veterans.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | February 10, 2011
Closing arguments have wrapped up in the Franklin County, Pa., trial of Michael Harrigan, who is charged with shooting his neighbor in the early morning hours of May 27, 2010. Harrigan, 30, was charged with criminal homicide after police found Steven Wetzel lying dead in the street near Harrigan's home on Blue Ridge Avenue near Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. Harrigan' attorneys argued it was self-defense. The jury received the case around noon Thursday. Harrigan took the stand in Franklin County (Pa.)
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