May 1, 2013
The economic development goals accepted by Washington County officials Tuesday have been well-received and provide a workable framework for future growth, according to some community leaders reached for comment Wednesday. “We're grateful for the economic development commission for reaching out to us and other stakeholders in the community,” said Brien Poffenberger, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce. The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission's top priorities include an assessment of current infrastructure needs, workforce development, Hagerstown's City Center, a countywide marketing plan and leaving the EDC as the lead agency for economic development efforts within the county.
April 22, 2013
Garman “Bob” L. Bowers Sr., 85, of Fairplay, Md., passed away Monday, April 22, 2013, at the home of his daughter. Born Oct. 11, 1927, in Sharpsburg, Md., he was the son of the late Kenneth W. and Nora (Benner) Bowers. His wife of 46 years, Wahneta F. Bowers, preceded him in death in 2002. Garman worked at Brandt Cabinet Works, Vertol Aircraft, Custer Channel Wing, Fairchild Industries, and retired from Mack Trucks, Inc. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Funkstown, Md. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. He is survived by one son, Garman L. Bowers Jr.; one daughter, Karen W. Pierce and husband, Michael A.; two grandsons, Michael A. Pierce II and wife, Kelly G., and Garman L. Bowers III and fiancée, Olivia F. Tomsic; one great-grandson, Joseph B. Pierce; and one great-granddaughter, Chloe M. Pierce.
April 17, 2013
Smithsburg Emergency Medical Service provided lunch to the staff at the Washington County 911 Center as a token of appreciation for National Public Safety Telecommunications Week on Wednesday, but workers had no time to relax. Dispatchers grabbed food, went back to their desks and continued working as they ate. Washington County Emergency Communications Center Assistant Supervisor Tina Bowers described a lunch in the call center room as “one of the best things” the staff could get. “There are a lot of times during the day we get busy, and people don't even have time to step out and go to the bathroom, much less eat,” Bowers said.
April 9, 2013
Eugene E. "Joe" Bowers, 70, of Mercersburg, Pa., died Tuesday, April 9, 2013. The viewing will be Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home Inc., Mercersburg. The service will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Welsh Run Church of the Brethren Cemetery near Mercersburg.
March 7, 2013
Marvin Taylor Bowers, 88, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., died Thursday, March 7, 2013. The family will receive friends Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg, W.Va. The service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Military graveside services will be in Harmony Cemetery, Falling Waters, W.Va.
January 27, 2013
Ron Bowers was inducted as the new president of the Rotary Club of Long Meadows at the first club meeting of 2013. Bowers was unanimously elected to the office at the club's annual meeting in December. Bowers' term begins earlier than the customary July 1 starting date since the previous president, Magnus Dahlgren, had to take a leave of absence to tend to work-related duties. Donna Long, club treasurer and sergeant-at-arms, was elected to serve as Bowers' vice president. She is expected to serve as club president in the 2014-15 Rotary year.
December 15, 2012
Leon R. Bowers, 78, of Dargan, Md., passed away peacefully on Thursday evening, Dec. 13, 2012, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, Md. Born Oct. 2, 1934, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Samuel and Viola (Shaw) Bowers. Leon attended Dargan schools. He was a lifelong member of Samples Manor Church of God in Dargan. Leon was a farmer all of his life, and owned and operated Clearview Farm in Samples Manor, Md., and Lakeview Farm in Rohrersville, Md. When not working on the farm, Leon loved spending time with his family and hunting.
December 11, 2012
Elizabeth Frances Bowers, 67, of Falling Waters, W.Va., and formerly of Sharpsburg, Md., passed away peacefully Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, surrounded by her family and friends at Williamsport Retirement Center, Williamsport, Md. Born, Jan. 31, 1945, in Sharpsburg, to the late Francis Reid and Ida Faith Mongan Saunders. She was a homemaker. She worked part-time with H&R Block in Hagerstown, Md. She attended St. John's Episcopal Church, Hagerstown. She was also a longtime member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church Sharpsburg.