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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | October 3, 2012
The tombstones of an infant and a few World War II veterans were among about a dozen grave markers that were vandalized recently at the cemetery neighboring the Manor Church of the Brethren near Boonsboro. Pastor Joy Zepp said she received a call on Monday morning notifying her that vandals had pushed over the headstones. “I'm disgusted,” she said. “I don't understand why people have to destroy other people's property.” Roughly 12 tombstones, including those marking the graves of World War II veterans and an infant who died in 1918, were lying on the rain-soaked ground Tuesday.
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By LAURA ERNDE | September 12, 1998
When Beverly Reeder went to visit her husband's grave Sunday, she was shocked to discover that it wasn't in the same place it had been for 14 years. It turns out that Lee G. Reeder was buried in the wrong plot in February 1984, said Geoffrey and Rick Freeman, president and vice president of Cedar Lawn Memorial Park. The cemetery superintendent thought he would spare the family's feelings by not telling them about the mistake and putting Reeder in his rightful resting place, about 10 feet away, the Freemans said.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | June 1, 2000
HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Seventeen-year-old Will Stuller didn't need to think too long or hard for an Eagle Scout project, because an idea was right at hand. His family's church, Harmony United Methodist in Marlowe, W.Va., was hoping to clean up its dilapidated former cemetery, so Stuller took on the task. After more than a year of planning, Stuller and a work crew set out about six weeks ago to clear overgrown brush, cut down trees and dig up stumps at the Little Georgetown Cemetery, the site of about 75 graves.
NEWS
April 22, 1998
For the relatives of those who've died, the final resting place of their loved ones is sacred ground, meant for quiet reflection, prayer and memories. But for a group of young people in Martinsburg, W.Va., the Old Norborne Cemetery is a place where they can drink, party and tip over tombstones, their mindless deeds concealed by darkness. We urge police to round up this crew and make an example of them. To those who might argue that police have more important things to do, we say this: Recent research has shown that in areas where law-enforcement officials ignore the small things, perpetrators are emboldened to do worse.
NEWS
March 26, 2007
ROHRERSVILLE - Pleasant View Cemetery Company will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in the social hall of Central United Brethren Church, Main Street. The meeting is open to all voting members who include stockholders, plot owners, descendants of stockholders and plot owners and those who have donated $100 to the trust fund. Nomination and election of company officers and board members will be held along with a report of the finances for 2006. For information, call the Rev. Charles R. Holder at 301-739-5034.
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By SCOTT BUTKI | April 30, 1999
Descendants of those whose bodies may be disinterred from a cemetery on property slated to become a Washington County landfill have been using genealogy and historical sites on the Internet to exchange information and organize opposition. Washington County Public Works Director Gary Rohrer said he has been planning the move for five years, but several descendants of those buried in the small private family cemetery said they did not know about the county's plans until they read stories about it last week in The Herald-Mail and on the newspaper's web page.
NEWS
October 17, 2007
A federal judge on Wednesday ruled in favor of a Hagerstown cemetery owner challenging Maryland's restrictions on funeral home ownership, according to the plaintiffs' attorneys. However, the extent of the plaintiffs' victory wasn't clear, said Charles Brown, who owns Rest Haven Cemetery in Hagerstown. Brown was one of four plaintiffs suing to overturn Maryland's requirement that funeral home owners be licensed directors. Members of the Maryland State Board of Morticians, which regulates the state's funeral industry, were defendants.
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By LAURA ERNDE | December 18, 1999
Cindy Jones, standing by her father-in-law's grave, couldn't help but get emotional as the sun went down and Rest Haven Cemetery began to glow with the light of 8,700 luminaires. "I just miss him. It's just going to be bad without him," said Jones, 53, of Falling Waters, W.Va. Jones has come to the cemetery's Festival of Lights before, but this was the first time since the death of Harry Jones last year. "It's really nice. All these people give up their time," she said.
NEWS
November 19, 2002
Trucker says he was robbed at gunpoint Maryland State Police are investigating reports from a trucker that he was robbed at gunpoint Monday evening along Interstate 70 just east of Clear Spring. Sgt. Steve McCarty said the trucker told troopers he pulled over at the 19-mile marker around 8:45 p.m. because he wasn't feeling well. Once outside his rig, the trucker said three men in a dark-colored Ford Mustang approached him, pointed a handgun at him and took the money from his wallet, McCarty said.
NEWS
May 25, 2009
More than 300 American flags that will line Rest Haven's "Avenue of Flags," according to Rest Haven's Web site. Each has been donated by the family of a veteran buried in the cemetery. The cemetery offered a commemoration with a bagpipe rendition of "Amazing Grace. " Local trumpeters played echo taps. The Appalachian Wind Quintet was scheduled to perform a concert of classic patriotic music.
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August 24, 2013
Pansy Elizabeth Butts Morrison, 89, of Martinsburg, W.Va., died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at Shenandoah Center in Charles Town, W.Va. The family will receive friends Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg. The service will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Bunker Hill (W.Va.) Cemetery.
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July 30, 2013
Hugh Samuel Hutsler Jr., 69, of Bunker Hill, W.Va., died Monday, July 29, 2013, at his residence. The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at South Berkeley Chapel, Inwood, W.Va. The service will be Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Gerrardstown (W.Va.) Cemetery.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | July 29, 2013
A second man has been arrested in a crypt-tampering case at Rosedale Cemetery near Martinsburg. Richard Rowland Ruffner, 29, of 818 Near Bethels Way, Martinsburg, was arraigned Sunday by Berkeley County Magistrate JoAnn Overington on 23 counts of disinterment of a dead body and one count of destruction of property, according to magistrate court records. Ruffner was being held in Eastern Regional Jail Monday night on $470,000 bond, according to jail and court records. His arrest comes after police said David P. Bowers III of Hedgesville, W.Va., told authorities that he helped Ruffner and a third, unidentified male open crypts from a mausoleum in the cemetery and take jewelry from the bodies, court records said.
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BY KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@heraldmail.com | July 23, 2013
Rectifying what one organizer called a “historical oversight,” a groundbreaking ceremony for a memorial to honor African-American veterans of Lyon Post No. 31 of the Grand Army of the Republic was held Tuesday at Hagerstown's Rose Hill Cemetery. The Grand Army of the Republic was a veterans organization for those who battled for the Union during the Civil War. “Hagerstown had two posts of this organization [the Grand Army of the Republic] ... Because Maryland was mostly segregated at the time we had two posts - one for white veterans and one for black veterans,” said local historian Stephen Bockmiller, who also works for Hagerstown city government as a zoning administrator and a development review planner.
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Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville | July 18, 2013
Local historian and author Stephen Bockmiller will lead a tour of Rose Hill Cemetery with the Sons of Confederate Veterans Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m. Members of Battle of Sharpsburg Camp 1582 will meet at the cemetery parking lot, 600 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown. The tour is free and open to the public, but donations are accepted.  For more information, call Michael Wasiljov at 301-992-3122 or email mike24745@aol.com . Peaceable Paws teaches old dogs new tricks Dog owners can teach old dogs new tricks, and it's usually only a little more challenging than teaching a puppy.
OBITUARIES
May 29, 2013
Edward G. Barkdoll, 90, of Edgemont Road, passed away Sunday, May 26, 2013, at Quincy Nursing Home. Edward was born Nov. 27, 1922, in Edgemont, Md. He was the fourth of 13 children born to Lois (Stouffer) Barkdoll and Delbert S. Barkdoll. He was a member of Blue Mountain Church of God in Smithsburg, Md. Edward was a veteran of World War II, where he served with the 313th Transport Squadron in Europe from 1943 to 1945. He was a parachute rigger and repairman. He received the Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, American Theatre Service Ribbon and European African Middle Eastern Service Ribbon.
LIFESTYLE
May 23, 2013
The City of Hagerstown, in partnership with the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau has launched a public art project-- which will honor the service of the city's long-forgotten black Civil War veterans, who belonged to the Lyon Post No. 31 of the Grand Army of the Republic. The project will result in a monument, which will be erected at Rose Hill Cemetery. A special dedication ceremony is planned for September. The project partners are hoping to raise the necessary funds for the monument and site preparation through Kickstarter.
NEWS
May 15, 2013
The Fort Loudon Historical Society is sponsoring a self-guided tour of local cemeteries from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Visitors are asked to come to the Patton House Museum at the fort site to pick up a brochure and map, and enjoy some light refreshments. The tour is free and begins at Stenger Hill Cemetery on Main Street/Old Route 30, then proceeds to the lower cemetery. The next stop is the Old German Reformed Church Cemetery on Mill Street in the center of the village. Grave sites listed in the guide include: Rose Vance, Johnny Rotz, Stanley Hawbaker, Joseph Rotz Sr., Raymond Rotz, Jack Hassler, Alcesta Lininger, Unknown Confederate Soldier, Hezekiah Easton and Gen. James Patton.
NEWS
May 14, 2013
Authorities are investigating incidents at two cemeteries in Martinsburg, where approximately 50 to 60 crypts have been tampered with, according to a news release from the West Virginia State Police. According to the release, Trooper 1st Class R.D. Eshbaugh on Tuesday responded to the Pleasant View Cemetery on Charles Town Road, where a caretaker at the facility noted damage to the mausoleum buildings on the south side of the property. Further investigation revealed approximately 50 crypts between two buildings had been tampered with, according to the release.
NEWS
May 14, 2013
The Fort Loudon Historical Society is sponsoring a self-guided tour of local cemeteries Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. Visitors are asked to come to the Patton House Museum at the fort site to pick up a brochure and map, and partake of light refreshments. The tour is free and begins at the Stenger Hill Cemetery on Main Street/Old U.S. 30, then proceeds to the lower cemetery (Fort Loudon Graveyard Association).  Next, the tour moves to the Old German Reformed Church Cemetery on Mill Street in the center of the village.
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