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By DAVE MCMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | November 6, 2011
A Hagerstown man who has spent many hours fishing on the Conococheague Creek in Washington County and considers it his “second home” talked Sunday about what attracts him to the stream. Stephen Lynn Meyers signed copies of his new book, “Walking In Water, A History of, and tales from The Conococheague Creek,” in the town museum in the Springfield Barn Sunday afternoon. The creek extends about 80 miles in Pennsylvania and Maryland, and dumps into the Potomac River in Williamsport.
NEWS
July 1, 2012
The Maryland State Highway Administration will widen and rehabilitate the Interstate 70 bridge over Conococheague Creek west of Hagerstown as part of its bridge preservation and replacement program. During two years of construction, the SHA plans to widen both sides of the bridge by 20 feet, allowing room for drivers to pull over and possibly facilitating the addition of a third lane. The $16.5 million project will extend the life of the bridge by 30 to 50 years, according to a press release from the SHA. Although the bridge is safe for public travel, it is beginning to show signs of deterioration, the SHA said.
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BY MEGAN MOWEN | megan.mowen@herald-mail.com | October 20, 2011
The Conococheague Creek holds a special place in Stephen L. Meyers' life, so he wrote a book about the waterway, titled "Walking In Water, A history of, and tales from The Conococheague Creek. " "The book is a combination of my personal adventures on the creek and the history of the creek, focusing on the outdoors, God's creation and wildlife," Meyers said Thursday at a book signing at the Downtown Hagerstown Visitor Welcome Center on North Potomac Street. But you don't have to read the book's chapters in order, said Meyers, a Hagerstown resident.
NEWS
August 5, 2011
Repair work on the Fairview Road (Md. 494) bridge over the Conococheague Creek just north of Broadfording is expected to be completed today, said Victor Cruz, foreman for Concrete General. The work included repairing the pier, repairing the concrete and patching the surface. Cruz said that the finishing touches would be put on today. That includes finishing the panels and sealing up the joints. Work on the bridge began at the end of June, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration's website.
NEWS
February 17, 2012
Clear Spring Road, also known as Md. 68, is scheduled to close Saturday near the bridge at Conococheague Creek north of Williamsport, according to Kellie Boulware, spokeswoman for the Maryland State Highway Administration.                                                                                                                   The SHA plans can remove tree branches and other debris under the bridge, according to Boulware.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | November 14, 2012
With work on the Interstate 70 cual bridges over the Conococheague Creek continuing, motorists can expect possible single-lane closures at certain times throughout the winter months. “Folks will start to see some off-peak closures from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.,” Maryland State Highway Administration spokesperson Dave Buck said. “The impact to traffic over the winter will be minimal.” The first SafeZones Automated Speed Enforcement system in Washington County has already gone into effect at that location, according to the SHA. Currently the system is in a warning period, but after the period ends on Wednesday, Nov. 28, motorists going 12 mph or more over the speed limit will face a $40 civil citation.
NEWS
by KEVIN G. GILBERT / Staff Photographer | May 8, 2007
Chelcie Botzan casts into a cool Conococheague Creek at Martin's Mill Bridge near Greencastle, Pa.
NEWS
June 26, 2006
As Washington County wrung itself out after back-to-back bouts with sopping rain, the National Weather Service projected "major flooding" of the Conococheague Creek by Wednesday morning. Read the full story in Tuesday's Herald-Mail newspapers.
NEWS
April 17, 2011
Two roads near Conococheague Creek and one near Antietam Creek remained closed Sunday afternoon due to flooding, according to Washington County Emergency Services. West of Hagerstown, a portion of Independence Road near Conococheague Creek was closed as was, farther north, a section of Wishard Road off Fairview Road. In the Sharpsburg area, a portion of Burnside Bridge Road near Antietam Creek was closed. — Julie E. Greene
NEWS
January 10, 2013
Westbound Interstate 70 west of Williamsport was closed for more than three hours Thursday morning after a crane at a construction site at Conococheague Creek tipped over, Sgt. Cain of the Maryland State Police said. No one was injured and no vehicles were damaged when the crane tipped over, Cain said. A worker operating the crane overextended its reach, causing it to tip over at around 12:02 a.m. Thursday, Cain said. Crews are working on a bridge rehabilitation project on I-70 over Conococheague Creek.
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September 10, 2013
Here is the Morning MoJo Report for Tuesday, Sept. 10: * As of 7:30 a.m., traffic was sluggish on I-270 southbound and I-495 in both directions, according to the Maryland Department of Transportation's interactive mapping page on its website, but was running fine on all the other interstates throughout the area. * On the MARC Train, Train 892 is operating two cars short this morning due to a mechanical issue, according to the Maryland Transit Administration's website at http://mta.maryland.gov . * The light rail, local bus service, Metro subway, commuter buses, and mobility service are running on time and operating on their regular schedules, according to the MTA website.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | July 26, 2013
Corey Clopein died doing what he loved - fishing for bass in the Conococheague Creek not far from his Shinham Road home. Corey's father, James Clopein, said Friday afternoon that he believed his 25-year-old son slipped on a rock and drowned in the creek near the Fairview Road bridge. “He fished there the day before, too,” James Clopein said. “He liked to fish for bass. He liked anything that would get on his hook .... It was just a tragic accident.” Corey Clopein's body was found Thursday in shin-deep water, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | July 25, 2013
Authorities responding to a report of a deceased person in Conococheague Creek Thursday afternoon found the body of a 25-year-old Hagerstown man in the stream off Fairview Road in the Fairview area, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said. The body was identified as Corey Adam Clopein, who lived in the nearby area, according to Deputy 1st Class Carly Hose, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.  Clopein's body was found near a bridge that carries Fairview Road across the creek at the intersection of Wishard Road northwest of Maugansville, about a half mile upstream from the span along Wishard Road on the east side of the creek, Hose said.
NEWS
May 4, 2013
It was a school of fisherman - not fish - that huddled in one area of Conococheague Creek at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa., on Saturday. Those anglers, like all of the others standing in the water, were after one thing - the elusive tagged fish that come with prize money. Every year, thousands of fishermen from the Tri-State area come to Chambersburg for the annual Noontime Lions Trout Derby. This is the 16th year for the event, which offered nearly $50,000 in cash and prizes this year.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | January 18, 2013
Starting Monday, PennDOT will close the bridge on the Pa. 75 span over Licking Creek near Claylick for bridge repairs until the end of April. Pa. 75 will be closed to through traffic between Pa. 995 and Shimpstown, according to a news release from PennDOT. For the approximately three months that the bridge is closed, a detour will be in place that follows Pa. 16, Pa 416 and Pa. 995. The existing two-span, steel I-beam bridge was built in 1947 and is classified as structurally deficient, PennDOT officials said in the release.
NEWS
January 10, 2013
Westbound Interstate 70 west of Williamsport was closed for more than three hours Thursday morning after a crane at a construction site at Conococheague Creek tipped over, Sgt. Cain of the Maryland State Police said. No one was injured and no vehicles were damaged when the crane tipped over, Cain said. A worker operating the crane overextended its reach, causing it to tip over at around 12:02 a.m. Thursday, Cain said. Crews are working on a bridge rehabilitation project on I-70 over Conococheague Creek.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | January 3, 2013
Above a western bank of the Conococheague Creek on Williamsport's edge sits a small plot of land, surrounded on three sides by a chain-link fence in various stages of disrepair. Dump trucks rumble by on Md. 68, passing the guardrail on the fourth side. This grassy lot, referred to by Williamsport Town Clerk Donald Stotelmyer as the “one-man grave,” is one of the town-owned areas for which the Williamsport Town Council recently approved a mowing and snow-removal contract. In the center of the lot is a stone bearing a plaque that, in part, reads: “This stone marks the site on 'Swede's Delight' of the family burial plot of Charles Friend.” Charles Friend is “commonly known as the first permanent settler in what is present-day Washington County,” according to a document about the “Charles Friend Memorial.” The document came from the files of Mary V. Mish and was found in a vertical file at the Washington County Historical Society.
NEWS
December 13, 2012
The project to reconstruct and widen the I-70 bridges over Md. 63, also known as Greencastle Pike, will begin this month, according to an emailed release from the Maryland State Highway Administration. Crews will widen the bridges by more than 51 feet in each direction, and will consist of two traffic lanes with a wide inner shoulder, according to the release. Traffic will be shifted to the outer sides of the bridges while crews work on the inner portions, and it will be shifted to the inside while crews work on the outer portions.
NEWS
November 18, 2012
This past weekend, a large crane removed several large trees and other debris that piled up at the Md. 68 bridge over Conococheague Creek near Williamsport. Much of the debris was the result of Superstorm Sandy, which occurred about three weeks earlier. The state closed the stone arch bridge over the creek for several hours Saturday and Sunday so the crane could be positioned to reach the debris. Williamsport resident Calvin Foxwell, 65, was among the onlookers over the weekend.
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