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May 16, 2008
Hagerstown Community College's Center for Continuing Education is offering a Great Falls C&O Canal boat ride on Saturday, June 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The course begins with a lecture on C&O Canal history by instructor John Frye at HCC's Valley Mall Center. From there, students will board a motor coach and travel to the National Park Service Visitors Center at Great Falls and ride in a newly restored National Park Service C&O Canal boat. The course costs $60, which includes fully equipped motor coach transportation and gratuity, historical lecture by Frye, entrance fee and canal boat ride.
NEWS
March 9, 2006
HANCOCK - The town is at the top of the list to receive a canal boat from Great Falls near McLean, Va., Mayor Daniel Murphy said Wednesday. The boat is about 90 feet long and weighs about 35 tons, he said. Murphy said a group has bought a new barge for Great Falls and is expecting to get it June 6. The town expressed interest in getting the old boat, but didn't expect that it so quickly. Hancock needs to "crank it up a notch" to figure out how it might transport the old barge, he said.
NEWS
February 16, 2000
While visiting her grandparents, Thomas Francis and Susan Donegan at Pearre west of Hancock during the C&O Canal era, Mary Donegan Howe notes, "We would bum a ride on a canal boat. The families that were on them were very happy to have us aboard. We would ride a few miles, and the captain would stop the mules, and he would help us off. We would then walk back the towpath to the lock and hang around the store (Pearre). " - The Maryland Cracker Barrel
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Paula Green Shupp | Around Williamsport | April 26, 2011
There is still time to reserve a space at the giant community yard sale Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Byron Memorial Park. Space rental costs $25 and can be reserved through Friday by calling Penny Fraker at 301-991-1250 or 717-643-0900. Proceeds from rental fees will benefit resident Kristy Danfelt, who is battling cancer.   Come early for a pancake breakfast in the Community Building from 6 to 10 a.m. Enjoy entertainment by Dogfoot from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and Back Creek Valley Boys from noon to 3 p.m. The Williamsport High School Blue Band's Relay for Life team debuts at the yard sale.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2012
1. Revolutionary re-enactment National 50th anniversary event for Brigade of the American Revolution. Throughout the weekend, activities will take place in both the American and British camps. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday , June 23, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 24. Civilian and military members of the Brigade talk at 11 a.m. and battle re-enactments at 1:30 p.m. Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Road, Big Pool. $3; $2, children. Call 301-842-2155. 2. Canal boat tours The Chesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park offers canal launch boat tours from Cushwa Basin to Lock 44. 10:30 a.m. and 12:15, 1:30 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through summer.
NEWS
By CHERYL WEAVER / 301-842-0087 | September 7, 2009
o Read more Cheryl Weaver columns at washingtoncountyliving.com Class of 1978 The Clear Spring High School class of 1978 will gather for lunch Saturday at noon at the Clear Spring Legion pavilion. No reservation is necessary and there is no charge. Everyone attending is asked to bring a dish to share and bring their own place settings and drinks. For more information, contact Donna Spickler at 301 223-7841 or dkspickler@myactv.
NEWS
November 8, 2003
POTOMAC, Md. - Former Washington Aqueduct Chief Harry C. Ways will present an illustrated lecture, "Montgomery Meigs and the Washington Aqueduct, 1853-1863," today from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the C&O Canal Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center. Ways is the author of "The Washington Aqueduct 1852-1992. " The lecture is being presented on the 150th anniversary of the groundbreaking ceremony for the first public water supply system established to serve the nation's capital, held on Nov. 8, 1853.
NEWS
August 23, 2000
Schedule of Events Twenty Fourth Annual Williamsport C&O Canal Days Schedule of events Free parking available, U.S. 11 at Springfield Lane Friday, Aug. 25 5 to 8 p.m. - Crocker Nye Road Band at the Visitor's Center 7 to 10 p.m. - Street dance corner of Conococheague and Salisbury streets Saturday, Aug. 26 Trolley rides to the canal basin. Tickets available at information booth. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Arts and crafts market Byron Memorial Park, Visit the fire prevention trailer sponsored by Williamsport Volunteer Fire Company 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - South Mountain Relic & Coin Club Community building display of local artifacts Williamsport Visitor Center Activities and demonstrations: 10:30 a.m. to noon - Lock 44 dedication ceremony 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Mike Myers, blacksmith 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Frank Galvin, wildlife rehabilitator 1 p.m. - Stanley Dickinson, "The Driving Force of Iron" 2 p.m. - Mike High, author of "C&O Canal Companion" (Book signing at 1:30 p.m.)
NEWS
by TAMELA BAKER | March 28, 2007
The 100th anniversary of the National Park Service isn't until 2016, but the Department of the Interior is already getting ready for the party. Beginning next year, the NPS Centennial Initiative has been designed to generate up to $300 million per year for projects to improve the country's national parks. And administrators of the C&O Canal National Historical Park are looking for partners for projects they've already chosen. Part of the money would be donated, and part would be matched by the Department of the Interior.
NEWS
Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville | December 7, 2012
The Sharpsburg Lions Club still has 10, 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Antietam five-color, 48-by-68-inch throws for sale. The throws are designed by Sharpsburg artist Mark Kretzer and feature 14 buildings and monuments in Sharpsburg and the surrounding area. Five of the oldest houses in Sharpsburg are pictured on the throws, as well as other local attractions of historical interest such as a canal boat, Dunker Church, Maryland Monument, Bloody Lane, the Great Spring, Old Main Street and the “Wounded Lion.”  The throws, made in the U.S, sell for $60 (including tax)
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 2013
1. C&O Canal Days at Cushwa Basin C&O Canal National Historical Park celebrates C&O Canal heritage on Saturday, Aug. 24, and Sunday, Aug. 25. Activities include: visitor center and trolley barn open; nature display at trolley barn; visits to Lock House 44; canal boat tours; and canal dress up and photo time in the trolley barn; “Meet the Mules” on Saturday; canal music by Matthew Dodd on Sunday; and canal family reunion at the trolley barn...
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Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville | December 7, 2012
The Sharpsburg Lions Club still has 10, 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Antietam five-color, 48-by-68-inch throws for sale. The throws are designed by Sharpsburg artist Mark Kretzer and feature 14 buildings and monuments in Sharpsburg and the surrounding area. Five of the oldest houses in Sharpsburg are pictured on the throws, as well as other local attractions of historical interest such as a canal boat, Dunker Church, Maryland Monument, Bloody Lane, the Great Spring, Old Main Street and the “Wounded Lion.”  The throws, made in the U.S, sell for $60 (including tax)
NEWS
By BETH ROWLAND | Special to The Herald-Mail | August 22, 2012
For more than 35 years, the town of Williamsport has held a festival in late August that has been called by various names - first C&O Canal Days, then Williamsport Days.  This year, though, the festival has a new name, C&O Canal Days of Williamsport, and is new and improved, according to festival organizers. C&O Canal Days run today through Sunday, Aug. 26, with most activities Friday night through Sunday.  Joyce Kramer, co-chairwoman of the organizing committee, said it's a new day for the festival.
LIFESTYLE
By MYLINH A. HOANG | mylinh.hoang@herald-mail.com | July 6, 2012
If you have never been on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal launch boat tour, then schedule it into your weekend plans. There really is no better way to experience the canal, then on a canal boat. Being that I am a New Orleans native, it was unheard of to actually go on a boat tour down the canal. I grew up thinking about canals in a negative perspective because they just seemed so dirty and unlively. The C&O Canal was beautiful beyond my expectation. It wasn't the smelly experience I expected.
NEWS
June 29, 2012
Jazz concert Jazz legends Ben Tucker and Lou Donaldson will perform. 6 p.m. today. Mather Training Center lawn, Filmore Street, Harpers Ferry, W.Va. Free. For information and directions, call 304-535-6298. Union artillery Living history volunteers will portray Battery B, 4th U.S. Artillery, while demonstrating loading and firing of Civil War cannons. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. today. Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg Pike, Sharpsburg. Go to www.nps.gov/anti . Mount Misery Friends of Monterey Pass Battlefield, historical interpreters from the Cornstalk Mess and the Citizens of Cumberland Valley to commemorate the 149th anniversary of the Battle of Monterey Pass and the Confederate retreat from Gettysburg, Pa. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.
NEWS
June 9, 2011
The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park boat ramp facility near Brunswick will be from June 13 through June 15, the National Park Service said in a news release. The temporary closure is a result of CSX closing the South Maple Crossing closest to the C&O Canal National Historic Park to replace rails and ties, and install a geometry change to improve train safety, the release said. Due to the temporary closure of Maple Avenue, the C&O Canal boat ramp facility and parking area near Brunswick will be inaccessible by motor vehicle traffic, according to the release.
NEWS
Paula Green Shupp | Around Williamsport | April 26, 2011
There is still time to reserve a space at the giant community yard sale Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Byron Memorial Park. Space rental costs $25 and can be reserved through Friday by calling Penny Fraker at 301-991-1250 or 717-643-0900. Proceeds from rental fees will benefit resident Kristy Danfelt, who is battling cancer.   Come early for a pancake breakfast in the Community Building from 6 to 10 a.m. Enjoy entertainment by Dogfoot from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and Back Creek Valley Boys from noon to 3 p.m. The Williamsport High School Blue Band's Relay for Life team debuts at the yard sale.
NEWS
By DON AINES | September 7, 2010
HANCOCK -- There is no pile of money set aside to make improvements to a two-mile section of the C&O Canal outside Hancock, but a realistic plan for its future could include an extension of the rewatered portion of the canal with an excursion barge or two plying its waters. Hancock-area residents and canal supporters have until Sept. 13 to submit suggestions to be included in an environmental assessment that would form the basis for preservation, restoration or reconstruction of its features in the years to come.
NEWS
By CHERYL WEAVER / 301-842-0087 | September 7, 2009
o Read more Cheryl Weaver columns at washingtoncountyliving.com Class of 1978 The Clear Spring High School class of 1978 will gather for lunch Saturday at noon at the Clear Spring Legion pavilion. No reservation is necessary and there is no charge. Everyone attending is asked to bring a dish to share and bring their own place settings and drinks. For more information, contact Donna Spickler at 301 223-7841 or dkspickler@myactv.
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