April 30, 2013
John Sylvester Kennedy, 76, of Cumberland, Md., passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Western Maryland Regional Hospital in Cumberland. Born Feb. 23, 1937, in Hagerstown, Md., he was the son of the late John F. and Catherine I. (Ricketts) Kennedy. He was a 1956 graduate of Hagerstown High School. John had worked for Dow Jones in Silver Spring, Md., and was a machinist at The Herald-Mail for more than 20 years. John retired in 2001 from Canteen, where he repaired vending machines.
April 24, 2013
A Fairplay woman accused of breaking the arms and legs of her 8-month-old daughter told investigators the injuries occurred while exercising the infant, a charging document filed with Washington County District Court said. The documents alleged that Stacey Renee Reese, 25, told investigators “I've always been rough, and I don't mean to hurt her.” Reese, of 7821 Sharpsburg Pike, is charged with six counts, including first-degree child abuse resulting in severe physical injury and first-degree assault.
April 17, 2013
First-responder emergency service coverage was re-established to the Fairplay area as of Saturday afternoon through a new volunteer program known as Neighbors Helping Neighbors. James Ulrich, acting chairman of the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association's EMS Committee, said the plan will provide EMS coverage using certified volunteer EMTs in the wake of the indefinite closure of the Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co. The interim plan initially includes 24 volunteers from companies and agencies throughout the county, including Sharpsburg, Hagerstown, Smithsburg, Williamsport and Boonsboro, according to Damien Teal, assistant chief and operations manager for Sharpsburg EMS. “We have a good number of people who are stepping forward, and I think once we get more people involved, I think more people will want to help out as well,” said Ulrich, chief of operations for Smithsburg EMS. Sharpsburg EMS and Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Co. were two of the lead agencies in implementing the plan, under which a vehicle will be stationed at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center on Sharpsburg Pike or at other residences in the Fairplay area to respond to fire and medical calls.
April 15, 2013
“Is the City of Hagerstown out of its mind? Are they really paying $320,000 for a rundown building with a collapsed roof and numerous code violations? Why wasn't the owner forced to comply with the code, rather than rewarded with a nice, fat check?” - Hagerstown “Has anyone heard - including the new mayor - has anyone heard anything about the senior center in Hagerstown? I have not seen anything in The Herald-Mail since last December.” - Hagerstown “I wish to put a good word in for the MVA. The recent experience was appreciated.
April 10, 2013
Birthday Today - Andrew Bohan, Smithsburg, turns 25. Anniversary Today - Joshua and Gaynell Myers, Fairplay, are celebrating their 59th anniversary.
April 8, 2013
Margaret Arlene Stevens, 91, went home to be with her Lord on Sunday, April 7, 2013. She passed away at her daughter's home in Hagerstown, where she lived for the past seven years. Formerly, she lived at 7701 Sharpsburg Pike for more than 50 years. She was born Jan. 20, 1922, to Lottie Ruth and Omar Joseph Hennesy of Fairplay. She worked in several factories in her early life. During World War II, she volunteered to work at Fort Meade, Md., in a gun factory. This is where she met the man she would fall in love with and was married to for more than 56 years, James Clayton Stevens.
March 26, 2013
Dale Eugene Frushour, 76, of Hagerstown, passed from this life on Monday, March 25, 2013, at his daughter's home in Fairplay while surrounded by his family. Born July 18, 1936, in Wolfsville, Md., he was the son of the late Edgar Martin and Ethel Irene (Winfield) Frushour. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Mae (Henson) Frushour, in 1984. Dale was a 1954 graduate of Middletown High School and attended Hagerstown Business College. He grew up as a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Wolfsville, and later was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Boonsboro.
March 22, 2013
With the Fairplay fire company out of service, a plan spearheaded by Sharpsburg Area EMS has been approved by the Washington County Vol. Fire & Rescue Association to provide interim emergency medical services to that coverage area, association President Dale Hill said Friday. Hill said the proposal, unanimously passed by WCVFRA membership during a meeting Thursday night, would call for a Sharpsburg EMS ambulance and a corresponding chase vehicle to respond to calls for service in the Fairplay area.
March 21, 2013
A Fairplay man who stole a neighbor's van, unsuccessfully tried to rob a pharmacy and then was caught by the son of the van's owner was sentenced to five years in state prison after pleading guilty Thursday in Washington Circuit Court to attempted robbery. Bradley Steven Lapp, 43, formerly of 8617 Sharpsburg Pike, also pleaded guilty to fourth-degree burglary. In exchange for the plea, charges including theft, motor vehicle theft and assault were dismissed. On the morning of Oct. 13, 2012, Lapp entered the unlocked apartment of a neighbor and removed the keys to the van, Assistant State's Attorney Michele Hansen said, reading from the statement of facts in the case.
March 7, 2013
Four generations of a local family are shown. Pictured from left are, great-grandmother, Betty J. Thomas of Hagerstown; grandfather, Gary E. Thomas Jr. of Fairplay, holding Ethan Howard, age 5; mother, Courtney Thomas Howard, holding Morgan May Howard, 17 months of Gilbert, Ariz.