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by SCOTT BUTKI | December 9, 2003
scottb@herald-mail.com Ben Hart, who was forced to resign as executive director of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau on Oct. 27, was served Monday with a criminal summons charging him with theft. Hagerstown police said Hart allegedly stole $15,526.49 from his former employer. The felony charge of theft scheme over $500 was filed Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court. If convicted on the charge, Hart could face a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison, a fine of $25,000 or both, said M. Kenneth Long, state's attorney for Washington County.
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December 16, 2007
WILLIAMSPORT - The Northeast Campground Association made a stop in Washington County as part of its 2007 Great Escape. Approximately 50 members of the group visited and met at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park as part of an annual conference. The group enjoyed a lunch of Maryland fried chicken, hosted by Ron and Vicki Vitkun, owners of Williamsport Jellystone Park. Lunch was sponsored by Leisure Systems, the campground's franchisor. After lunch, everyone grabbed a golf cart to tour the campground and newly added water zone features.
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By Tom Riford | November 30, 1999
Special to The Daily Mail � By many areas of measurement, 2005 was a terrific year for tourism. As Washington County's second- or third-largest industry ? depending on how the stats are compared ? tourism employs more than 5,700 people in our county in the leisure and hospitality classification. This was an increase this year of about 400 workers, and is about 9 percent of our county's workforce. Overnight visitors spent more than $176.1 million, according to the state of Maryland, and this doesn't include the millions of dollars spent by "day-trippers" who traveled here to shop, and then went home.
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April 14, 2008
Starting in May, the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau will be offering more new walking tours in downtown Hagerstown on a regular basis. A variety of 90-minute tours will be offered on Fridays and Saturdays from May through October. On one type of tour, a guide in period attire will portray one of four historical characters and will discuss Hagerstown's history over the past 200 years. The tour will lead visitors on a ramble through the historic streets of Hagerstown.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | August 21, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Berkeley County Sheriff Kenneth M. Lemaster Jr. said Thursday he was preparing for an expected record turnout next month for the 2009 West Virginia State BBQ & Bluegrass Festival in Back Creek Valley. A scheduled performance by the Charlie Daniels Band at the event, also known as Pickin' in the Panhandle, apparently has boosted interest, Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention & Visitors Bureau board member Ed Cimaglio told county commissioners on Thursday.
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By BOB MAGINNIS | January 15, 2006
Sometimes it's difficult for me to think of Washington County as a major tourist destination. After all, nobody with a guidebook and a foreign accent has brushed by me on the sidewalk lately, or asked me for directions. When I consider traditional tourist venues, we do have the Antietam National Battlefield, but a visit there is more about solemn reflection than it is about fun and entertainment. But if county residents have been spared a crush of visitors or long lines of traffic creeping along local streets, it's not because nobody is visiting.
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by TOM RIFORD | July 6, 2006
Happy July! There are a lot of things happening this month and next in Washington County. One of the things that the CVB has been involved with for a number of years is the soon-to-be-certified Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area. There was a public hearing in late June, and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority meets to announce its decision on July 13. This new heritage area will give Washington, Carroll and Frederick counties the opportunities to access matching grants for capital or operating tourism-related projects.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | November 18, 2003
scottb@herald-mail.com The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau has rejected, at least temporarily, requests for information about Ben Hart, who was forced to resign as the bureau's executive director on Oct. 27. Hart's resignation followed an internal investigation into allegations of misappropriation of bureau funds, CVB board Chairman Ron Vitkun said in a letter he recently made public. The amount of money in question has not been released.
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by Tom Riford | November 4, 2004
It's been asked, "what does the Convention and Visitors Bureau do?" The membership organization is charged with helping market Washington County and to attract visitors. Tourism is a critically important part of our economy. It creates and maintains jobs, and makes a sizable investment in our community. According to Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulations, more than 5,300 of our county's citizens are working in "leisure and hospitality" today. Without tourism, our unemployment rate would double.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | September 9, 2007
INWOOD, W.VA. - The "pigs" were the overall winners of the first professional barbecue competition at the inaugural West Virginia State BBQ & Bluegrass Festival held Saturday in Back Creek Valley. "It's better to be lucky than good," said John Atkins, pit master of the Pigs on the Run competition team, which is an outgrowth of his Charlottesville, Va., area catering business, The BBQ Connection. Atkins' team was one of 24 that participated in the West Virginia BBQ Masters competition held at the daylong festival, which Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention & Visitors Bureau organizers promoted as "Pickin' in the Panhandle.
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