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By BOB MAGINNIS | September 12, 2007
When the Base Realignment and Closure Commission took action to close the Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base in 1998, Washington County took an economic wound that has taken almost a decade to begin to heal. Now BRAC has made some other decisions and although they affect bases in other states - including Fort Monmouth, N.J. - Donna Brightman, a member of the county School Board, said this week she's worried that the transfer of jobs to Maryland might actually cost this county money. Why?
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by CANDICE BOSLEY | May 14, 2005
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Officials with the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg can uncross their fingers and release their pent-up breaths of anxiety since the Department of Defense announced Friday that the base would not lose any personnel or be forced to close. Still, though, news from the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) report left officials with the West Virginia Air National Guard unit scratching their heads. The report indicates that the base will gain 10 new employees - seven military personnel and three full-time civilians - but does not indicate who the personnel are or where they're coming from.
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by DON AINES | August 25, 2005
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. chambersburg@herald-mail.com The Base Realignment and Closure Commission voted Wednesday to reject the U.S. Department of Defense recommendation to close Red River Army Depot in Texas, which could cut in half the number of new jobs that were expected to come to Letterkenny Army Depot. On May 13, the department released its list of recommendations for closing and realigning military bases around the country. Letterkenny, which lost hundreds of jobs as a result of a 1995 BRAC decision to realign the depot, ended up a winner this time, with U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster announcing the depot would gain 409 jobs.
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by RICHARD BELISLE | April 16, 2003
waynesboro@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter gave workers at Letterkenny Army Depot a pat on the back Tuesday morning for their efforts in getting weapons and equipment to the soldiers fighting the war in Iraq. "My hat is off to you," Specter, R-Pa., told the 200 or so assembled workers. Known among depot employees as the old vehicle shop, employees in Building 15 are building the large metal cases, called Joint Biological Point Detection Systems, for the army, said John Gray, the depot's deputy commander and highest ranking civilian employee.
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by DON AINES | July 28, 2004
chambersburg@herald-mail.com An $11.4 million appropriation to modernize missile storage magazines at Letterkenny Army Depot is a good indicator that Congress wants it to remain open, U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter said Tuesday. Specter, R-Pa., said the decision on whether to close Letterkenny should not be in the hands of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission. "It ought to be up to Congress to decide which bases to close," Pennsylvania's senior senator said Tuesday during a meeting with members of the Opportunity '05 Committee, formed more than two years ago to press the case for retaining and expanding the depot.
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by DON AINES | February 7, 2006
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Looking toward future expansion, Letterkenny Army Depot wants to lease from the Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority approximately 260 acres that the Department of Defense declared excess property a decade ago. On Monday, the board of directors of LIDA approved a motion to establish a Defense Support District in areas requested by the depot at the authority's January meeting....
NEWS
May 17, 2011
State Sens. Richard Alloway II and John Blake announced last week the formation of a legislative caucus to help preserve the state’s 11 military bases and defense jobs in the face of potential base realignment. The primary goal of the Military Installations and Base Development Caucus will be the preservation of Pennsylvania’s 11 military bases and more than 164,000 defense-related jobs, according to a news release. The caucus will work to strengthen the dialogue with federal lawmakers and military and civilian leadership at military facilities throughout the state, and prepare and plan for future Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC, activities, the news release said.
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By DON AINES | August 28, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. -- Demographics and economics influenced by defense spending are pushing people from Maryland into the border counties of Pennsylvania, but many new residents will continue working south of the Mason-Dixon Line. About 60 people attended a seminar Wednesday on growth pressures from Maryland to learn what to expect as that state adds thousands of Department of Defense and related jobs in the next few years. "They're coming," said L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp.
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By BOB MAGINNIS | October 5, 2007
A group of Washington County businesspeople met for dinner with Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch for dinner Wednesday at the Fountain Head Country Club. According to Brien Poffenberger, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, many local issues were discussed during the session, which was not open to the public. Poffenberger said he did not initiate the meeting, but "I sort of directed the agenda .. it was a team effort. " Poffenberger said that "It was a very convivial meeting," but added that the assembled group "hit hard" on the agenda of the community coalition formed to lobby on local issues.
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by DON AINES | November 19, 2004
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Letterkenny Army Depot lost land when it was realigned in 1995, but the authority that runs the Cumberland Valley Business Park might decide Monday to make some of it available to the depot in an effort to keep the installation from closing. U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., on Monday will ask the board of directors of the Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority, or LIDA, to make 243 acres of the business park available to the depot for future expansion, according to L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp.
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May 17, 2011
State Sens. Richard Alloway II and John Blake announced last week the formation of a legislative caucus to help preserve the state’s 11 military bases and defense jobs in the face of potential base realignment. The primary goal of the Military Installations and Base Development Caucus will be the preservation of Pennsylvania’s 11 military bases and more than 164,000 defense-related jobs, according to a news release. The caucus will work to strengthen the dialogue with federal lawmakers and military and civilian leadership at military facilities throughout the state, and prepare and plan for future Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC, activities, the news release said.
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December 16, 2009
Hagerstown Community College has received one of 12 BRAC Higher Education grants. The grant, made available through legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly in 2008, will help HCC develop the InnovaBio-MD program, an innovative internship program in collaboration with Fort Detrick research agencies that involves students in actual research projects on the HCC campus, according to a release from the college. InnovaBio-MD is a state-of-the-art biotechnology laboratory housed in the Technical Innovation Center at HCC. The program, modeled after a program at Salt Lake Community College, trains students for technician positions in the biotechnology industry or research.
NEWS
December 15, 2008
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown announced Monday five areas where the state will encourage economic development amid growth expected from U.S. military agencies and units moving to Maryland. The state is trying to prepare for tens of thousands of jobs slated to arrive in the state over the next several years due to decisions made the federal Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission to consolidate military operations. Brown is the leader of Maryland's BRAC preparation effort.
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By DON AINES | August 28, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. -- Demographics and economics influenced by defense spending are pushing people from Maryland into the border counties of Pennsylvania, but many new residents will continue working south of the Mason-Dixon Line. About 60 people attended a seminar Wednesday on growth pressures from Maryland to learn what to expect as that state adds thousands of Department of Defense and related jobs in the next few years. "They're coming," said L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp.
NEWS
July 6, 2008
Extra Innings Extra Innings in Hagerstown has added instructors Sarah Signore and Trey Cobb to its team. Signore, a student at St. Bonaventure University, is a right-handed fast-pitch pitcher, with expertise in more than 10 different pitches. In high school, Signore compiled 716 strikeouts, while maintaining an 0.99 ERA. She led her team to several championships and will provide Extra Innings with expertise in pitching, slap hitting and bunting. Cobb played two years at Hagerstown Community College and two years at Salisbury University, where he served as a senior captain.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | May 15, 2008
HALFWAY -- While reviewing the past Maryland General Assembly session Wednesday, some of Washington County's state representatives talked a little about what lies ahead. Six of the eight county delegation members attended a legislative forum sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce at the Plaza Hotel. State Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, said he's convinced the state will fund a new state police barrack in Washington County. The state's fiscal year 2009 capital budget included $14.8 million for the project, but the money was cut - although funding tentatively was approved for fiscal year 2010.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | March 9, 2008
The Herald-Mail asked Del. Andrew Serafini, a Republican sworn in on Friday, for his positions on some broad issues prominent in the Maryland General Assembly: · The death penalty: "I think it should be something that's available. I trust our judiciary. " · Legalizing slot machines: "I'm very concerned about that," partly because of the social costs of gambling. "I would be opposed. " · Same-sex marriage: "I'm a supporter of traditional marriage. I would want marriage to be one man, one woman.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | March 8, 2008
The Herald-Mail asked Del. Andrew Serafini, a Republican sworn in on Friday, for his positions on some broad issues prominent in the Maryland General Assembly: · The death penalty: "I think it should be something that's available. I trust our judiciary. " · Legalizing slot machines: "I'm very concerned about that," partly because of the social costs of gambling. "I would be opposed. " · Same-sex marriage: "I'm a supporter of traditional marriage.
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By BOB MAGINNIS | October 5, 2007
A group of Washington County businesspeople met for dinner with Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch for dinner Wednesday at the Fountain Head Country Club. According to Brien Poffenberger, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, many local issues were discussed during the session, which was not open to the public. Poffenberger said he did not initiate the meeting, but "I sort of directed the agenda .. it was a team effort. " Poffenberger said that "It was a very convivial meeting," but added that the assembled group "hit hard" on the agenda of the community coalition formed to lobby on local issues.
NEWS
By BOB MAGINNIS | September 12, 2007
When the Base Realignment and Closure Commission took action to close the Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base in 1998, Washington County took an economic wound that has taken almost a decade to begin to heal. Now BRAC has made some other decisions and although they affect bases in other states - including Fort Monmouth, N.J. - Donna Brightman, a member of the county School Board, said this week she's worried that the transfer of jobs to Maryland might actually cost this county money. Why?
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