August 30, 2012
Each Labor Day weekend for at least five decades, Donny Gossert has cooked large quantities of beef as a fundraiser for his community. He will return to the roasters this morning to start 200 pounds of meat for the 78th annual Quincy Ox Roast. By the event's end, more than 2,200 pounds of top ground will have been prepared. A seemingly reasonable assumption could be that Gossert would not have an appetite for the beef after all this time. However, he still enjoys sampling pieces as the food steam cooks.
August 28, 2012
Breese Morse Dickinson IV received his Eagle Scout award at Saint James Chapel on May 20. Breese is the 45th Eagle Scout under T. Hunt Hardinge's leadership in Troop 10 at Trinity Lutheran Church. For his Eagle Scout leadership service project, Breese created a wildlife habitat area and rehabilitated wetland area for Saint James School. As part of a leadership role requirement, Breese supervised local Cub Scouts in the making of 15 birdhouse boxes, which were installed by a few of his Saint James classmates along an existing fence line shaded by pine trees on campus.
August 27, 2012
Sharpsburg Boy Scout Troop 51 returned recently from a trip to the Northern Tier National Boy Scout high-adventure base in Ely, Minn. The trip consisted of a six-day canoe trek within the remote 1 million acre Boundary Water Canoe Area between Minnesota and Canada. In addition to the canoe trip, the Scouts visited the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, the Soudan underground mine and high energy physics lab, and the Mall of America.
August 16, 2012
Sean and Ryan Maguire earned Boy Scout religious awards at Paramount Baptist Church on Aug. 12. Sean, of Pack 34, was awarded the God and Family award. Ryan, of Troop 10, was awarded the God and Church award.
August 5, 2012
R. Scott Smith, son of Barbara and Ronald Smith of Hagerstown, was the lead adviser for a group of Scouts attending Philmont Scout Ranch. He attended as a youth in 1978 with Boy Scout Troop 100 of Williamsport, and was thrilled to return as a leader and to share the trek with his son, Cameron Smith, the grandson of Barbara and Ronald. A crew of teenage Scouts and their leaders, from St. Augustine Boy Scout Troop 1111 in Elkridge, Md., went on the life-changing summer trip through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M. Philmont covers 214 square miles of vast wilderness with trails that climb from 6,500 feet to as high as 12,441 feet.
August 2, 2012
“First, let me say that I am a 60-year-old heterosexual woman who's been happily married for 38 years. This call is for the person comparing gay Scoutmasters to Jerry Sandusky. Could you possibly be any more ignorant or bigoted? To everyone else, enjoy your day.” - Washington County “I enjoyed the column by Tim Rowland on July 26, about Pen Mar/Fort Ritchie. It was very good, very tongue-in-cheek and, I think, right to the point. But also Mr. Rowland, if you have any serious suggestions for what to do with Pen Mar and how to do it, it would really be appreciated.
July 18, 2012
John Preston Turner, 65, of Richland, Texas, and formerly of 13905 Weaver Ave. in Maugansville, Md., died Tuesday, June 19, 2012, of health complications. Born Feb. 7, 1947, in Hagerstown, Md., he was the son of the late Norman P. and Dorothy L. Turner. John graduated from North Hagerstown High School in 1965. He was also a U.S. Army veteran of 18 years. He was a member of local Boy Scouts of America Troop 2, and also held the position of Cubmaster in Texas. John retired from Siemens, where he was a computer programmer.
July 18, 2012
Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from the Mason-Dixon Council of Boy Scouts of America took part in a local flag ceremony for the Hagerstown March of Dimes Walkathon at Hagerstown Fairgrounds on April 30.
June 27, 2012
Downsville Boy Scout Troop 58 will hold a car wash Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sears Automotive Center at Valley Mall. Cost is by donation. Library book sale needs volunteers The Williamsport Memorial Library book sale will be held in the basement of the library on Aug. 24, 25 and 26, in conjunction with Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Days. The library will be accepting donated books until the end of July. A schedule for volunteers will begin Aug. 1. Anyone interested in supporting the sale by volunteering two hours, contact the library.