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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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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 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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by PEPPER BALLARD | June 7, 2006
HALFWAY After 120 years in business, Danzer Industries Inc., a small cargo trailer manufacturing plant in Halfway, has been forced to shut down and lay off about 70 employees because it can't keep up with the competition, an official with its parent company said Tuesday. "It had financial difficulties. The market in the trailer business is soft," said Marcus Kennedy, manager of manufacturing services for Obsidian Enterprises Inc., Danzer's parent company in Indianapolis. "We stayed on as long as we could," he said.
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by ANDREA ROWLAND | January 20, 2003
andrear@herald-mail.com Retired Washington County educator-turned-photojournalist Joe Byers said crafting a good story is like drafting a good lesson plan: They both need to catch people's attention and be interesting and informative. Since retiring in 2000 from his 30-year career as a principal and teacher in Washington County schools, Byers has devoted much of his time to writing stories for such outdoors-oriented publications as Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, American Hunter, Safari and Bowhunter.
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By ANGELICA ROBERTS | July 14, 2008
View the Moller Organ Co. slideshow. Editor's note: The following story about the M.P. Moller Organ Co. is one in an occasional series of stories about some of the treasures of Washington County's past. HAGERSTOWN - The M.P. Moller Organ Co., once one of the largest makers of pipe organs in the world, had a turbulent few years before closing its doors in 1992, but the memories and the beautiful music the company made live on. Company founder, Mathias P. Moller, was born Sept.
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