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by MARLO BARNHART | December 10, 2003
marlob@herald-mail.com SMITHSBURG - The second annual Christmas church tour of a dozen historic houses of worship in Washington and Frederick counties will be Dec. 28. The tour, which has been sponsored each year by the Smithsburg Area Church Association, will run from 2 to 6 p.m. Last year, 14 churches participated and several dozen people turned out, some hoping to extend the holiday season and enjoy some good Christmas music,...
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January 17, 2002
Counties' security expenses addressed By LAURA ERNDE laurae@herald-mail.com Washington County was in the flight path of the hijacked airplane that crashed in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, Washington County Emergency Services Director Joe Kroboth told a state senate committee Wednesday. "It was only a matter of minutes before that would have been a Maryland disaster," he said. Kroboth wanted to make the point that rural areas like Washington County aren't immune to the threat of terrorism.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | April 11, 2012
Winter left a few late memories Wednesday when an icy substance known as “graupel” fell across portions of Western Maryland, according to the National Weather Service. Graupel is formed when snow starts to evaporate when it is falling, but then picks up moisture as it nears the ground, said Stephen Konarik, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va. When graupel hits the ground, it looks like a pellet. But unlike sleet, which is clear, graupel is white, Konarik said.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | June 4, 2004
scottb@herald-mail.com Two area hospitals have received grants from the Department of Homeland Security for decontamination chambers that could be used in the event of a chemical or biological weapons attack. Washington County Hospital received a grant of $103,540 to pay for three decontamination tents and equipment, spokeswoman Kelly Redmond said. City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., received one decontamination tent valued at about $30,000, spokeswoman Teresa McCabe said.
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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | September 6, 2011
There was the walk-through metal detector. There was the X-ray machine for carry-on bags. There were even patdowns for passengers who preferred not to walk through the detector. But in other ways, airport security in that now long-ago world of "pre-9/11" was a different animal, said Barry Waggy, a former station manager for US Airways Express at Hagerstown Regional Airport. "Back then, you could carry a pocket knife, as long as the blade was less than 4 inches," Waggy recalled.
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July 19, 2000
Can we afford a baseball accord? A couple of weeks ago a nice reporter from CBS "Sportsline" called up to ask how Hagerstown's plans for a new minor league baseball stadium were progressing. He said he'd researched the story about a year ago, and wanted to see what had changed since then. After I stopped laughing I said "Not much. In fact, you could have researched this story five years ago and it would still be just as salient today as it would have been in 1995.
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by ANDREA ROWLAND | November 7, 2004
andrear@herald-mail.com THURMONT, Md. - The area that is now Catoctin Mountain Park in the northwest corner of Frederick County, Md., boasts an industrious, illustrious - and sometimes contentious - history. It was a hunting ground for American Indians and the homeplace of early settlers to Western Maryland; the site of bountiful resources for tanneries, sawmills, an iron furnace and other industries; a farming community in its high valleys; an early hot spot for tourists; a retreat for presidents; a training ground for spies; and a mecca for making moonshine.
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By DAN DEARTH | November 10, 2008
WOLFSVILLE, Md. -- Mark Lewis vowed he would never surrender when he saw dozens of American soldiers lying dead in the snow during the Battle of the Bulge. Lewis said he witnessed that grim sight when his unit, the 17th Airborne Division, was rushing to the front to help stall the German advance. As the men approached their positions, Lewis said, they passed the frozen bodies of nearly 100 American soldiers who had been shot after they surrendered to the German army. The incident became infamously known as the Malmedy Massacre.
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by TAMELA BAKER | October 12, 2003
tammyb@herald-mail.com The first thing to strike a visitor arriving at Trout Run is the soothing rush of the waters of Little Hunting Creek as they cascade over the rocks. It is striking because it's the only audible sound, even though busy U.S. 15 is only a mile away. The almost instant transformation from freeway interchange to primeval forest nearly takes one's breath away. The seclusion of the retreat has made Trout Run a favorite hideaway for a number of well-heeled visitors, including several U.S. presidents.
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April 8, 2004
CLEAR SPRING - The Fairview Outdoor Education Center, nestled along the slopes of the mountain that bears its name, is opening its gates to the public Saturday, April 24, for a celebration marking 25 years of bringing together youngsters and nature. An open house will be held at the 100-acre site at 12808 Draper Road beginning at 9 a.m. The intent is to introduce the school to newcomers and to reacquaint former students with the facility. Activities begin at noon with bird hikes, nature hikes, geology hikes, reptile displays, a rain barrel workshop and singing by Todd Vogtman.
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