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by ERIN JULIUS | October 20, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - Brandi Koontz doesn't think that women get recognized for all of their accomplishments. "I don't think women are treated equally," she said. That's why she recently joined the Washington County Commission for Women. At 14 years old, Brandi is the youngest person to ever join the commission. Brandi applied because she wanted a way of "equalizing women's rights," she said. She and her grandmother, Mary Jane Koontz, went through the application and interview process together, and were appointed to the commission on Sept.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | | November 11, 2011
As a nation gives thanks to its veterans, the guest speaker at a ceremony in Hagerstown Friday suggested that appreciation flows both ways. Charles D. Stimson said Veterans Day also is a chance for veterans to express how much they appreciate the support of their fellow Americans. "Thank you for letting us serve this noble country," Stimson told a crowd gathered outside the Washington County Courthouse for a ceremony held by Morris Frock Unit 42 of the American Legion Auxiliary.
By MARLO BARNHART | July 26, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- The uniforms have been cleaned and pressed, and confidence is high as seven members of the Hagerstown Fire Department Honor Guard prepare to strut their stuff Saturday on a grand scale. The group will present the colors for the Baltimore Orioles/Boston Red Sox game that night at Camden Yards. "We find this a great honor to be on such a grand stage at a Saturday night game against a premium team," said Jim Kershner, a career Hagerstown firefighter. A bus has been chartered for the occasion and a few seats remain, but there are no tickets for the game to go along for the ride, Kershner said.
July 14, 2008
FROSTBURG, Md. - Six Washington County students were awarded scholarships to study at Frostburg State University. · Rebecca Ardinger, a 2008 graduate of Clear Spring High School and member of the National Honor Society, was awarded the University Scholarship. Ardinger, daughter of Sarah and John Ardinger, participated in her high school's band, was on the varsity soccer, varsity indoor and outdoor track teams, is an assistant coach for Clear Spring soccer club and volunteers at St. Paul's Vacation Bible School.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | May 29, 2005
As the United States loses many World War II veterans to old age, it also loses people to fire rifles, fold the American flag and play taps at veterans' funerals ? the honor guards. Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 in Hagerstown has about five or six members in its honor guard, down from 20 to 30 at its peak, said Ivan "Pete" Young, the guard's commander. "We're going downhill ... " said Young, who joined the guard in 1969. "The active ones have died. The younger ones don't want to do it. " As one honor guard fades, demand increases on those who stay active, spurred by interest and energy.
by TAMELA BAKER | June 22, 2003 The last time Gen. Robert E. Lee came to Sharpsburg, the distant roar came from muskets and cannon. This time, the noise was only thunder. Civil War buffs huddled Saturday evening on the porch of the new Newcomer Museum on Md. 34 east of Sharpsburg to dedicate a controversial monument to the Confederate general. On a rise to the left of the building, the 24-foot statue of Lee astride his legendary mount, Traveller, cut a solitary figure in the rain.
by MARLO BARNHART | July 25, 2004 WILLIAMSPORT - As Art Bachtell watched the Maugansville Little League All-Stars parade onto Ebersole Field Saturday morning for opening ceremonies of the Maryland Little League Baseball tournament for 11- and 12-year-olds, it was like the 1970s again, when he was a player instead of a coach. "This really takes me back," Bachtell said. In his youth, Bachtell played for the Smithsburg team. Now, he is one of the coaches for Maugansville, the District I representative in the seven-team tournament hosted by Conococheague Little League.
by MARIE GILBERT/Staff Writer | July 17, 2005
SMITHSBURG - A covered wagon creaked and swayed down Water Street, a small bucket clanging against its sideboards. Following close behind, flanked by a color guard, a group of sequined majorettes twirled and waved to spectators lining the sidewalks. It was a parade with something for everyone and the crowd loved it. Music, craft exhibits, food and the parade all were part of Smithsburg Pride Days, a community event held annually to celebrate the town's history, people and businesses.
By JANET HEIM | | January 12, 2013
Betty Rockwell was a survivor. She outlived two husbands, the first who died of cancer just weeks before the birth of their child, leaving Betty a widow at age 18. They met through Betty's sister, Kate, who was married to Jack Morris' brother. Jack was a horse trainer at Hagerstown Raceway and was 29 when he died. “She definitely was an independent woman, even when married. She had no qualms about being able to take care of herself,” said youngest son, Edward “Ed” Rockwell of Hagerstown.
May 29, 2011
Holidays are like rules and records. They all seem to be made to be broken. We give them literal and figurative definitions and then choose the one that benefits our situation the most. Holiday, by literal definition, is a day when work is suspended to commemorate an event. Holiday, by figurative definition, is when work is suspended for an extra day off that gives us time to do the things we tend to ignore. Figuratively, that’s why Christmas and Easter have changed over time.
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