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By JULIE E. GREENE | March 14, 2000
Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II touched on several accomplishments and upcoming projects involving city government during Tuesday's State of the City address. - The city kicked off a corporate sponsorship project in 1999 to help fund Fairgrounds Park. Citicorp Credit Services Inc. donated $100,000 toward a $350,000 center pavilion to be built at the park. It will house concessions and restrooms. Construction is to begin in July and be done by the end of summer. - The Hagerstown Fire Department was a national winner of the 1999 Lowe's Heroes program for visiting 3,670 homes in June and educating the public about safe cooking.
April 3, 2000
Great chances for Hagerstown To the editor: What an exciting time for Hagerstown and Washington County! A new university. An innovative Civil War Museum. An attractive arts and entertainment district. An exciting sports complex. A museum to herald our distinctive railroad history. These projects, combined, represent $80 million in new investments in our community - $80 million! To give proper perspective, that's equivalent to the Prime Outlets development. Each project brings new opportunities.
October 13, 2000
It's time to tell state lawmakers that they need to bring home the bacon Twenty years ago the pre-season Philadelphia 76ers basketball team thought the odds were in its favor. Later, the season over with no championship in hand, the team promised the city "We owe you one. " Although it would never own up to any shortcomings on its part, such could have been the reprise of the Washington County legislative delegation after the 2000 session. Huge surpluses in the state treasury made success almost a certainty, but one by one our projects went down and lawmakers wound up having to scramble to preserve preliminary funding for something the governor actually wanted as much or more than they did - the University of Maryland branch campus.
By GEORGE MICHAEL | October 30, 2011
Harrisburg, Pa., is broke. The city is not just in trouble financially, it is bankrupt. Its plight serves as a wake-up call for cities and states all across the nation.   Three weeks ago, facing a number of lawsuits from vendors and creditors, the Harrisburg City Council voted to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy to skip making past due payments. Current debt is estimated to be $458 million.   Daniel Schwartz, an attorney hired by the council to deal with the mess was quoted as saying, "The city does not have the ability to pay those money judgments or any significant portion thereof and still provide health and safety services to its citizens and other essential government services.
By BRENDAN KIRBY | June 19, 1999
A proposed Civil War museum in downtown Hagerstown, as envisioned by its proponents, would attract tens of thousands of visitors each year, feature hundreds of exhibits and "tell the traumatic story of the most trying moment in our nation's history. " Dennis E. Frye, a leader of the effort, said last week that the group is seeking a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian's 2-year-old Affiliations Program lends artifacts to new and existing museums all over the country.
By BRYN MICKLE | June 16, 1999
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - It will take millions of dollars to transform the Berkeley County roundhouse complex from a series of crumbling buildings to a historical showplace, according to one of the committee members working to raise money for the project. [cont. from news page ] Renovation of the B&O Roundhouse property off Martin Street in Martinsburg moved a step closer to reality Monday when the county learned it would receive $300,000 from the state of West Virginia to purchase the property.
By TIM ROWLAND | May 6, 2008
I vaguely remember a plaque in the lobby of my old junior high school that listed the names of the old fossils who were on the board when the building was constructed back in who knows when. Obviously, I don't remember any of these names. And if I had, I would have hated them for facilitating those prison walls that kept me from more interesting and useful pursuits. I guess, at some level, that I understand why school board member Donna Brightman is upset that her name was not to be included on the self-congratulatory plaques of three elementary schools opening in August.
October 6, 1999
By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer If all goes well, a Civil War museum could open in downtown Hagerstown around September 2002, Dennis E. Frye, the local member of a group pushing for a museum in the city, told members of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce Wednesday. Questions remain about where $30 million to $40 million would be found to fund a museum, where a museum would be located and whether the Smithsonian Institution would lend its name to the project.
By SCOTT BUTKI | April 3, 2000
Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening has wounded, and perhaps killed, the planned Civil War museum in downtown Hagerstown by refusing to provide money needed for planning, a project spokesman said Monday. cont. from front page The project can't go forward unless it finds an another source for the $450,000 developers need for site planning and to pursue an affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution, said Dennis E. Frye, spokesman for the project. Glendening did not include any money in his annual supplemental budget for the $46 million museum, which the nonprofit Antietam Creek Coalition wants to build on the corner of Antietam and Potomac streets.
By SCOTT BUTKI | June 22, 1999
The spokesman for a group that hopes to win Smithsonian Institution affiliation for a Civil War museum it wants to open in the Baldwin House Complex says a July 13 joint meeting between the City Council and the Washington County Commissioners is "D-Day. " [cont. from front page ] "The team is in place. We are at the starting line. We are simply waiting for the city and county to drop the green flag," said Dennis E. Frye, spokesman for the Antietam Creek Coalition, a nonprofit group developing and designing the museum.
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