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February 14, 2013
The Top Five Zydeco Louisiana comes to Chambersburg, Pa., when Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas perform zydeco music Friday at Wilson College. 7:30 p.m. Wilson College's Laird Hall, 1015 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg, Pa. $15. For tickets, call 717-262-2003 or go to . Fairy tale detective story Potomac Playmakers present "Nick Tickle, Fairy Tale Detective," a story about missing fairy tale props. The show opens Friday at Women's Club in Hagerstown.  Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 15 and 22, and Saturday, Feb. 16 and 23; and 3 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 17 and 24. Women's Club, 31 S. Prospect Street, Hagerstown.
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | | February 11, 2013
Spectacular robberies of two passenger trains in Jefferson County by Confederate partisan raiders in 1864 will be the subject of a lecture Wednesday in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., by Steve French, an award-winning Civil War historian and author from Hedgesville. French, 60, who teaches West Virginia history at South Middle School in Martinsburg, W.Va., details those robberies plus a third one near Cumberland in March 1865 in “Rebel Chronicles,” his latest book on the war. Subtitled, “Raiders, Scouts and Train Robbers of the Upper Potomac,” the 300-page book's forward was written by historian Edwin Bearss.
By DON AINES | | February 4, 2013
For the past quarter of a century, Dolly Gray lived in a second-floor apartment in a historic building on Williamsport's Town Square. That changed Monday morning when a five-alarm fire ripped through the Civil War-era building. Gray, 89, said she was sleeping when she was roused by the smell of smoke at about 7:30 a.m. She grabbed her coat, purse and medication and fled. Later, she watched through the window of a neighbor's home as the rest of her belongings were consumed by flames.
Linda Irvin-Craig | January 24, 2013
Ezra Baker owned a farm with a front gate that opened along the pike between Boonsboro and Keedysville near the Great Cave, or what we know today as Crystal Grottoes.  The family cemetery, located on the farm, is the final resting place of his two wives, Rosanna and Ann Barbara, and his grandfather, John Samuel Baker (born May 12, 1729-died April 12, 1819). It was to this farm that Henry Stanley "stumbled on his quest for Hagerstown after being dismissed from a prisoner of war camp near Harpers Ferry," according to descendants of the Baker family.
January 17, 2013
The Top Five Make Me Laugh Comedy Tour Hosted by Chad Beadle and featuring C.J. Burney, Stacey Carver and Jennifer Nelson. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Majestic Restaurant, 908 Dual Highway, Hagerstown. $15 at the door. Call 240-367-5052. Go to . Squeeze the Bag A bagpipe concert with E.J. Jones, Ivan Goff, Ian Lawther and Matt and Shannon Heaton, featuring music of various types of bagpipes. 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Shepherd University's Reynolds Hall, King Street, Shepherdstown, W.Va.
By DAVE McMILLION | | January 13, 2013
If Scott Bragunier has his way, cannon tubes that sat for more than a century on Doubleday Hill, a spot in Riverview Cemetery named for Union Gen. Abner Doubleday, will be returned to the same spot by spring. The cannon tubes - the barrels of a cannon - were procured for the town in 1896 to honor local men who fought and died in the Civil War. They were dedicated on Doubleday Hill on July 4, 1897, said Bragunier, a Williamsport native and local firefighter who has spent a lot of time studying local Civil War history.
January 11, 2013
Age: 54 City in which you reside: Smithsburg Day job: Web developer, High Rock Studios, Hagerstown Book title: "Rare Images of Antietam and the Photographers Who Took Them" Genre: Historical nonfiction, Civil War Synopsis of book: "Rare Images of Antietam" is the beginning of my attempt to document, organize and interpret, in a comprehensive fashion, the historical photographs and photographers associated with...
January 3, 2013
1. Civil War 'journals' “Union: The Courier Journals” is a mixed media and journal exhibit by Michael Douglas Jones commemorating the Civil War. The exhibit is open now and continues through Sunday, Feb. 3. Thurmont Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Road, Thurmont, Md. Call 301-600-7212. 2. Art demo Franklin County Art Alliance will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Grove Family Library, 101 Ragged Edge Road, Chambersburg, Pa. Dan Weeks will give a demonstration in acrylics.
December 28, 2012
Age: 79 City in which you reside: Hagerstown Day job: Retired Book title: "Drummer Boy for the Bonnie Blue" Genre: Children/adolescents, for ages 9 to 16 Synopsis of book: The Civil War experienced through the eyes of a boy, Thad. His adventures as a drummer boy and the war's impact. Publisher: White Mane Kids, Shippensburg, Pa. Price: $12.95 What inspired you to write the book? The 150th (sesquicentennial) anniversary of the Civil War, with desire to have young students be informed/knowledgeable of the real war. Why did you want to tell the story with young readers in mind?
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | | December 26, 2012
The American Civil War has been very good for a Charles Town author who, in the last six years, has been researching the area's history for material for historical novels based on real people and real situations connected with that conflict. Bob O'Connor has just finished his fifth novel, “The Return of Catesby,” the story of a slave who was born in Jefferson County. The latest is a sequel to “Catesby: Eyewitness to the Civil War,” which O'Connor published in 2008. The new book comes out in January.
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