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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 JOSHUA BOWMAN | February 4, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Air Force One landed Friday at Hagerstown Regional Airport, marking the first time a Boeing 747 has touched down at the airport since the runway extension was built, airport officials said. President Bush was on his way to Camp David when his plane landed at the airport just before 5 p.m. because of the threat of inclement weather, said Greg Larsen, the airport's business development manager. Bush, who was at the airport for less than 10 minutes, was transferred to a motorcade for the rest of the trip, Larsen said.
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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 C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | April 4, 2013
Without a staffed air traffic control tower, “there is going to be an incident” involving aircraft at or near Hagerstown Regional Airport, one concerned business owner said Thursday. “I feel very strongly that we are going to have an incident, and it's going to impact people on the ground as well as the crew in the aircraft when that happens,” said Austin Heffernan, owner of Royal Aircraft Services LLC on Airpark Road. Heffernan was one of five airport business officials who spoke Thursday during a news conference at the airport terminal, highlighting the local impact of proposed FAA cuts that would eliminate federal funding to 149 air control towers due to across-the-board cuts known as sequestration.
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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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