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BREAKINGNEWS
June 26, 2011
An 8-year-old boy and his mother were taken to different hospitals Sunday with nonlife-threatening injuries after the personal watercraft on which they were riding went over Dam No. 5 on the Potomac River, Clear Spring Fire Sgt. Cody Hunter said. The incident was reported around 3:10 p.m. at Dam No. 5 south of Clear Spring, according to Washington County Emergency Services. Despite signs in the area warning people of the dam, the 28-year-old Germantown, Md., woman — who was operating the watercraft — was unfamiliar with the structure, Sgt. Brian Albert of the Maryland Natural Resources Police.
NEWS
March 3, 2013
A 17-year-old female from Williamsport was taken to Meritus Medical Center with minor injuries Sunday morning after the car she was driving hit a concrete bridge on Dam No. 4 Road, said Deputy 1st Class Josh McCauley of the Washington County Sheriff's Office. The accident, in the 3200 block of Dam No. 4 Road, was called in at 9:58 a.m. Sunday, McCauley said. The accident occurred near Dellinger Road, he said. That area, south of Williamsport, is a couple of blocks after Downsville Pike turns into Dam No. 4 Road.
NEWS
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | July 18, 2010
A year after a teenager nearly drowned at an Antietam Creek dam behind the old city light plant, little has been done to deter people from venturing into the turbulent waters. Signs warning of danger were installed on each end of the dam last year, the only safety measure that was taken, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said. And until recently, at least one of those signs was missing. "I went out there ... and the sign was gone," Mike Weller, fire safety educator for the Hagerstown Fire Department, said earlier this month.
NEWS
April 7, 2010
ANNAPOLIS -- The House of Delegates voted Wednesday to pass a capital budget bill that includes an amendment that strikes a $550,000 grant to fund repairs to the dam at Devil's Backbone Park. The bill passed, 108-33. Dels. Charles A. Jenkins, R-Washington/Frederick; Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Washington/Allegany; Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington; and Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, voted against the bill. Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, voted for it. Some local lawmakers had speculated an amendment restoring the funding would be offered Wednesday on the House floor, but no such amendment was offered.
NEWS
By JOSHUA BOWMAN | August 8, 2007
w/art and video WASHINGTON COUNTY Officials from the National Park Service and Bureau of Reclamation were out early Wednesday, snapping pictures and taking notes at Dam No. 4 in Sharpsburg. The work was part of a routine dam inspection, which is conducted by the two agencies every four or five years, according to Chris Danley, civil engineer with the Bureau of Reclamation. "We're basically out here making observations, looking at the dam to see if anything has changed or if there's anything we should be concerned about," Danley said.
NEWS
April 14, 2012
Rescue workers responded Saturday night to the Potomac River near Dam No. 4 Road to help two people who were stranded on a barge, a Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said. The call was reported at 8:38 p.m. Further details were not immediately available.
NEWS
November 27, 2011
Emergency crews towed a disabled boat back to the ramp near Dam No. 4 on the Potomac River around 11:40 a.m. Sunday, according to Washington County Emergency Services. A man and woman were in a boat when the motor quit about half a mile upstream from Dam No. 4, a 911 dispatcher said. No one was injured, the dispatcher said. A Washington County Special Operations boat and Williamsport Volunteer Fire & Emergency Medical Services responded to the call, which came in at 10:38 a.m., the dispatcher said.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | May 2, 2003
tarar@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY, MD. - Antietam Creek flows over the top of Washington County's Devil's Backbone Dam, hitting the rocks below and creating a calming effect for those picnicking and fishing just downstream. But while the stone structure may be visually pleasing, it's what can't be seen that's causing concern for county officials and historic groups, County Director of Public Works Gary Rohrer said this week in an interview. Rohrer said the dam, which possibly dates back to the late 1700s, is full of holes and probably will break if it's not repaired.
NEWS
July 15, 2010
The Washington County Division of Public Works will close Dam No. 5 Road at the CSX railroad crossing to enable CSX to repair the existing crossing, the county said in an e-mailed release. The section of road will be closed from Monday, July 19, at 8:30 a.m. through Thursday, July 22, at 5 p.m., weather permitting. Weather may prolong the opening time and date, the release said. The release provided the following information: Dam No. 5 Road will be closed to all through traffic at the railroad crossing during improvements.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | June 23, 2013
Heartbreaking. That was the word Dayton Tweedy used as he surveyed what remained of Meadow Grounds Lake after the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, or PFBC, drained the 204-acre lake just southwest of McConnellsburg. “We have lost our lake. It means a lot to the people of the area,” said Tweedy, interim secretary of the community group Friends of Meadow Grounds Lake. The fish and boat commission announced in February that it would drain the lake because of deficiencies in its dam. The drawdown began March 4. During an inspection in December, the PFBC and the state Department of Environmental Protection found that existing seepage in the dam had worsened, according to the PFBC.
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NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | March 31, 2013
Area high school baseball coaches whose teams competed against those coached by Ronald Clatterbuck knew they were often in for a hard-fought battle. Clatterbuck, a former Berkeley Springs, W.Va., High School baseball coach, came at games with “every ounce of energy he had” and the enthusiasm was evident in his players, some of those coaches said Sunday. Clatterbuck, 75, of Berkeley Springs, died Saturday afternoon in a boating accident while he and his son, Ross, and grandson, Chasen, were fishing on the Cacapon River, according to Morgan County Sheriff Vince Shambaugh.
NEWS
March 3, 2013
A 17-year-old female from Williamsport was taken to Meritus Medical Center with minor injuries Sunday morning after the car she was driving hit a concrete bridge on Dam No. 4 Road, said Deputy 1st Class Josh McCauley of the Washington County Sheriff's Office. The accident, in the 3200 block of Dam No. 4 Road, was called in at 9:58 a.m. Sunday, McCauley said. The accident occurred near Dellinger Road, he said. That area, south of Williamsport, is a couple of blocks after Downsville Pike turns into Dam No. 4 Road.
NEWS
October 11, 2012
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NEWS
September 12, 2012
Rescue crews in three boats responded to a boat in distress on the Potomac River at Dam No. 3 Wednesday night, according to a fire official. People on the boat were taken to the West Virginia side of the river, according to Roger Otzelberger of the Potomac Valley Volunteer Fire Co. People on the pontoon boat were able to drop anchor in the river at the dam up from Harpers Ferry after they experienced problems at about 8 p.m., Otzelberger said....
NEWS
April 14, 2012
Rescue workers responded Saturday night to the Potomac River near Dam No. 4 Road to help two people who were stranded on a barge, a Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said. The call was reported at 8:38 p.m. Further details were not immediately available.
NEWS
November 27, 2011
Emergency crews towed a disabled boat back to the ramp near Dam No. 4 on the Potomac River around 11:40 a.m. Sunday, according to Washington County Emergency Services. A man and woman were in a boat when the motor quit about half a mile upstream from Dam No. 4, a 911 dispatcher said. No one was injured, the dispatcher said. A Washington County Special Operations boat and Williamsport Volunteer Fire & Emergency Medical Services responded to the call, which came in at 10:38 a.m., the dispatcher said.
NEWS
August 9, 2011
Lappans Road (Md. 68) remains closed to through traffic at Devil's Backbone Park as part of the rehabilitation of Devil's Backbone Dam across Antietam Creek. The road is expected to reopen in about two weeks, according to Robert Slocum, deputy director of Public Works for Washington County. Lappans Road closed Tuesday, July 5, so the streambank of the roadway along Antietam Creek could be stabilized, according to a published report in July. Parts of the road, including some of the guardrail, began falling in the creek, Slocum said.
BREAKINGNEWS
June 26, 2011
An 8-year-old boy and his mother were taken to different hospitals Sunday with nonlife-threatening injuries after the personal watercraft on which they were riding went over Dam No. 5 on the Potomac River, Clear Spring Fire Sgt. Cody Hunter said. The incident was reported around 3:10 p.m. at Dam No. 5 south of Clear Spring, according to Washington County Emergency Services. Despite signs in the area warning people of the dam, the 28-year-old Germantown, Md., woman — who was operating the watercraft — was unfamiliar with the structure, Sgt. Brian Albert of the Maryland Natural Resources Police.
NEWS
June 3, 2011
 Devil's Backbone Park was closed to the public, effective Friday, for a period of 180 days, Washington County  officials announced. The historic dam across Antietam Creek in that park is being rehabilitated for safety purposes and to comply with state and federal regulations, according to an emailed news release from the county Division of Public Works Department of Engineering and Construction and the Department of Parks and Facilities....
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