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October 13, 2012
A Fairplay man has been charged with robbing the Williamsport Pharmacy, according to a Washington County Sheriff's Office news release. Bradley Steven Lapp, 42, of 8617 Sharpsburg Pike, Apt. B, was charged with robbery, deputies said. Deputies said they were called to the pharmacy Saturday after employees there reported that a man told them he had a gun and wanted narcotic pills. However, the man later said he did not have a gun and the pharmacist did not give him pills, deputies said.
OPINION
February 3, 2013
Lawyers are paid to say such things, but even so it is hard to swallow Fairplay Fire Co. attorney Ed Kuczynski's assertion that his embattled client has failed to receive due process. Fairplay had a response-failure rate of 26.3 percent. This could have been grounds, not for a lengthy inquiry, but for a summary judgment against the department, and a hasty change in management and practices. But the Washington County Commissioners chose a more conservative route, appointing a task force that spent months investigating what went wrong before recommending that the department receive a top-to-bottom overhaul, including the dismissal of its current leadership.
OPINION
June 3, 2013
In a county not always known for bold, speedy moves, one group is deviating from the norm. Men and women seeking to re-establish fire and rescue service to the Fairplay area are moving ahead with paperwork and fundraising that they hope will allow them to take legal control of the old department, which was decommissioned for unacceptable response times. Failing that, the group plans to start a new station from scratch. We applaud this group for taking control of a bad situation and making every effort to right the ship.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | August 20, 2012
Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co.'s chief and president faced questions Monday from other members of a task force working to revive the suspended company. This was the task force's first time hearing directly from officials with firsthand knowledge of the company's problems. More than 40 people sat in the audience at Washington County Agricultural Education Center for Monday's meeting, listening to Chief Leonard Heller and President Bill Pennington field a number of questions about the company's operations, membership and shortcomings.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | February 9, 2013
“We will be back!!” - underlined twice - is the message in red on the white board in Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co.'s main bay area. Despite the Washington County Commissioners' 4-1 vote Jan. 29 to no longer recognize the Fairplay fire company, and to no longer provide it funding or in-kind services, the fire company has members who continue to work to raise funds and who still are receiving training for emergency services. “We think we should be reinstated,” President Bill Pennington said Wednesday night.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 16, 2012
A man who became trapped in a trench that collapsed Thursday afternoon behind a Fairplay home was able to free himself about one hour after emergency crews arrived, according to a fire official. About 40 Washington County emergency personnel responded to a home at 17802 Spielman Road about 10 minutes after the 2 p.m. dispatch for the reported trench collapse, said Jay Morgan, assistant chief of the Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Co. While crews worked to stabilize the ground around the trench, the man, who was trapped from the knees down about 10 feet below ground level, continued to dig himself out using a metal coffee can, Morgan said.
LIFESTYLE
By TAYLOR ECKEL | taylor.eckel@herald-mail.com | June 10, 2011
Holly Kays loves writing, the outdoors and building relationships with people. This year's Outstanding Graduating Senior in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va., Kays has been involved in campus publications and has served her community through inner city and trailer park ministries. According to information provided by Virginia Tech, the Outstanding Graduating Senior is awarded on the basis of grade point average (3.4 or higher on a 4.0 scale)
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | July 29, 2012
Amid concerns about Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co.'s ability to respond to emergency calls, the Washington County Commissioners will consider on Tuesday whether to suspend the fire company's operations, according to county officials and a presentation document for the commissioners' meeting. The concerns are mostly about Fairplay's ability to respond to daytime weekday and emergency medical service calls, something fire company officials expect to improve by paying to have an emergency medical technician/driver work out of the fire hall from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting Monday, Fairplay Fire Chief Leonard Heller said Sunday.
NEWS
July 21, 2012
Hagerstown police are looking for a Fairplay man who allegedly stabbed another man in the neck after a party Friday night, according to a Hagerstown Police Department news release. Robert Wayne Brechbill, 25, of 17920 Lappans Road is wanted on charges of second-degree attempted murder, first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, police said. Police were dispatched to 1344 Jay Drive for a report of a male who had been stabbed at 3:43 a.m. Officers learned that several people had been at the residence Friday night for a party.
NEWS
July 25, 2013
The driver of a truck kept on going after the vehicle struck the garage of a home early Thursday at 17702 Spielman Road in Fairplay, Maryland State Police said. The incident happened at about 2:30 a.m., when what is believed to be a dark, older model Dodge truck struck the right brick wall of a garage that was attached to the residence, according to a state police news release. Troopers said the driver of the vehicle failed to remain at the scene and drove away. No one in the house was injured, according to police.
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OBITUARIES
August 26, 2013
Genevieve Elizabeth McNamee, 86, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center, Hagerstown. She was born June 14, 1927, in Hagerstown to the late Fred Rodney and Mary Ann Mayhue Palmer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert McNamee, in 1996. She was employed by E.J. Fennel of Hagerstown until her retirement. She was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Boonsboro, Md. She was a member of Red Feather Council No. 59 Degree of Pocahontas Williamsport, Md., and Eagles Club of Hagerstown.
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NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | August 18, 2013
Memories of the old Fairplay School included teachers, activities such as Field Day at Hagerstown's City Park, having three grades in one room and the long walk to school. “And it was, for me, it was a long walk. I had 2 1/4 miles to walk,” said Virginia (Bowers) Duttinger, who attended the three-room school in the late 1930s. Louise (Skelton) Hartle said it was a long, hard walk of more than a mile from her home, halfway between Fairplay and Bakersville, to school in all kinds of weather.
OBITUARIES
August 17, 2013
Edward Charles Wurmb III, 71, of 20024 Babylon Court in Hagerstown, Md., passed away Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at his home. Born Monday, Sept. 29, 1941, in Pittsburgh, Pa., he was the son of the late Edward Charles Wurmb Jr. and Evelyn May (Smith) Wurmb. He graduated from Penn Technical Institute in 1960 and went right to work with the Department of Defense. While working, he attended Johns Hopkins University. He worked for the Defense Department for 35 years with deployments overseas, and he retired in 1991.
OBITUARIES
August 12, 2013
James Cay Russell Sr., 78, of Fairplay, Md., passed away Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at his home. Born Jan. 22, 1935, in Adairville, Ky., he was the son of the late Roy and Fannie Wilson Russell. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara F. Russell, in 2011. He was employed by Handy & Harman in Martinsburg, W.Va., until his retirement. He was previously employed by Roper Eastern, Hagerstown, Md. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving in Korea. He was of the Protestant faith.
NEWS
July 25, 2013
The driver of a truck kept on going after the vehicle struck the garage of a home early Thursday at 17702 Spielman Road in Fairplay, Maryland State Police said. The incident happened at about 2:30 a.m., when what is believed to be a dark, older model Dodge truck struck the right brick wall of a garage that was attached to the residence, according to a state police news release. Troopers said the driver of the vehicle failed to remain at the scene and drove away. No one in the house was injured, according to police.
OBITUARIES
June 23, 2013
Catherine Ann “Katie” Lesznar died Monday, June 17, 2013, surrounded by her family. She was born Jan. 12, 1959, in Wheaton, Md. She was the daughter of Gerald Murphy and Mary McKenzie Murphy. She grew up in Wheaton/Montgomery County, Md., and relocated to Hagerstown, Md., in 1994. She is survived by her husband, Ross Lesznar Sr.; her two sons, Timothy Dolman of Hagerstown and John Dolman of Germantown, Md.; and her daughter, Megan Lesznar of Hagerstown. She also is survived by her sister, Molly Murphy Ingraham of Fairplay, Md.; her brothers, Michael Murphy of Wheaton and Patrick Murphy and his wife, Stephanie, of Fairplay; and two stepsons, Ross Lesznar Jr. and Joseph Lesznar, both of Fredericksburg, Va. A celebration of her life will be Sunday, June 30, at 2 p.m. at Ramada Plaza, 1718 Underpass Way, Hagerstown, MD 21740.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | June 8, 2013
Two former and two current members of the Fairplay Volunteer Fire Department are asking a judge to take control of the fire company away from its executive committee, according to a lawsuit filed last month in Washington County Circuit Court. The lawsuit was filed by Fairplay fire company members Douglas Moyers and Stephanie Clipp, and former members Mark Kopp and Cory Lescalleet, court records show. The lawsuit asks the court to appoint one or more receivers to manage the Fairplay company and to protect its assets pending dissolution.
OPINION
June 3, 2013
In a county not always known for bold, speedy moves, one group is deviating from the norm. Men and women seeking to re-establish fire and rescue service to the Fairplay area are moving ahead with paperwork and fundraising that they hope will allow them to take legal control of the old department, which was decommissioned for unacceptable response times. Failing that, the group plans to start a new station from scratch. We applaud this group for taking control of a bad situation and making every effort to right the ship.
OBITUARIES
May 31, 2013
Jacquelyn "Jackie" Joyce Lester, 84, of Fairplay, Md., departed from this life on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center. Born Nov. 10, 1928, in Brookville, Pa., Jackie was the daughter of the late Frank A. Deemer and Mildred L. Dempsey. During her active years, Jackie was a member of Funkstown American Legion Post 211, and she enjoyed playing bingo with many of her local friends and acquaintances. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Joseph Lester; and two sisters, Betty Morgo and Mona Lira.
NEWS
May 30, 2013
An accident involving a school bus with children aboard was reported Thursday morning in the 8000 block of Sharpsburg Pike near Fairplay, according to a supervisor for Washington County Emergency Services. A Maryland state trooper said there were no injuries when a car struck the back of the bus at 6:48 a.m. There were six students and a driver aboard the bus when the accident occurred, the trooper said. The students were being taken to Rockland Woods Elementary School, Washington County Public Schools spokesman Richard Wright said.
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