September 27, 2012
A Franklin County, Pa., business leader with humble beginnings recently won an industry award for his accomplishments. Dave George, of D.L. George & Sons, started his career five decades ago in a ramshackle building on his family's farm. He is the latest recipient of the Franklin County Area Development Corp.'s Zane A. Miller award. “I never expected to be more than a two-man operation, or when my sons came along be a three- or four-man operation,” George said. Today, D.L. George & Sons employs 250 people in three segments - construction, trucking and manufacturing.
July 1, 2012
Ron Ingram's retirement from Frostburg State University's downtown Hagerstown location at the end of May marks the end of an almost 42-year career in education. “It's been real rewarding. I've seen the whole spectrum,” said Ingram, 62. For nine years, the Washington County native helped students earn their master's degrees in teaching. Prior to that, he was a teacher and principal at various Washington County public elementary and middle schools. He taught at Sharpsburg Elementary and Western Heights Middle School, then was principal at Potomac Heights Elementary, Fountain Rock Elementary and Smithsburg Elementary.
July 1, 2012
Three small businesses in the Eastern Panhandle were recognized in June in local ceremonies as recipients of the 2012 U.S. Small Business Administration's West Virginia Small Business Week awards program. They also were honored at the annual awards celebration May 30 at the Waterfront Hotel in Morgantown, W.Va. • 2012 Entrepreneurial Success Award: Michael P. and Peter M. McKechnie, Mountain View Solar, Berkeley Springs, W.Va. Mountain View Solar is owned by Michael P. McKechnie, president, and Peter M. McKechnie, vice president.
June 26, 2012
The Maryland Farm Bureau has announced the hiring of Michael Amoss as a regional director in field services, covering Howard, Montgomery, Anne Arundel, Prince George's, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties. Amoss grew up on a family farm in Harford County, Md., and recently graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics. His farm bureau roots run deep as he has been involved in the Maryland Farm Bureau Young Farmer program, worked at the Maryland State Fair as a U-Learn Farm coordinator and a Dairy Bar manager, and interned with Maryland Farm Bureau assisting in the government relations and field services areas.
June 18, 2012
Kathleen Virginia (Smith) Newcomer, 96, of Benevola, Md., passed peacefully from this life, Sunday, June 17, 2012, at Somerford House Assisted Living in Hagerstown. Born June 12, 1916, in Mapleville, Md., she was the daughter of the late Harry Mumma Smith and Sadie Estelle Cline, and stepdaughter of J. William Stine. Kathleen was a 1935 graduate of Boonsboro High School, where she worked as a secretary for three years after graduation. On Nov. 23, 1938, she was married to Richard H. Newcomer, and they lived on and farmed the Newcomer family farm at Benevola.
May 29, 2012
We are quite sure Shakespeare was thinking of our Mother when he said, "Though she is but little, she is fierce. " Tiny in stature, she was mighty in life and left to all who were blessed to know and love her, a mighty legacy. Betty Fairbourn of Hagerstown, Maryland, died peacefully, May 28th early in the morning on one of her favorite holidays - Memorial Day. Having been blessed with a long, full, healthy life she amazed her friends and family with the strength and dignity she displayed as she went through several major health issues over the course of a few short weeks.
May 15, 2012
Irving A. "Bob" Toms, 83, of Ridenour Road, Smithsburg, Md., passed away May 14, 2012, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown. Born April 7, 1929, in Foxville, Md., he was the son of the late Henry C. and Velma R. (Lewis) Toms. He attended Foxville area schools. He was a member of the South Mountain Rod and Gun Club of Smithsburg and the National Rifle Association. He worked on the family farm and was retired from Moore's Business Forms of Thurmont, Md. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Esther V. (Tracey)
May 3, 2012
William C. Meyers of Hondo, Texas, was born in Hagerstown, Md., on Nov. 15, 1928. He passed away April 27, 2012, in San Antonio at the age of 83. He was raised on the family farm at the edge of Hagerstown, where he attended Antietam Street School and Hagerstown High School, Class of 1946. He continued his education at the University of Maryland. He was employed by the Maryland Cooperative Milk Producers Association, followed by a 30-year career with Economics Laboratories, and retired to Hondo in 1999.
May 2, 2012
Robert Warren Cline II, 58, of Hagerstown, died Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at his home. Born Aug. 28, 1953, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Robert W. Sr. and Grace (Mercereau) Cline. Robert was a 1971 graduate of South Hagerstown High School and a 1975 graduate of Western Maryland College, where he received a degree in economics. Before owning his own accounting business, he worked for more than 15 years in the family farm implement business, ET Cline & Sons. Rob was a member of the Williamsport Red Men Tribe No. 84. He also volunteered at Hagerstown Community College for more than 20 years as an assistant coach, and was inducted into the HCC Sports Hall of Fame.
April 28, 2012
With spring, tractors return to the fields and with them arrives a fading conflict of contrasting lifestyles - the slow, rural pace of our agricultural heritage up against a rat race of harried people who are so busy that a few minutes spent behind a piece of farm machinery can send them around the bend. We say the conflict is fading because the rats are winning. Agriculture is becoming a large-scale industry in sprawling complexes, while the storied family farm is in danger of extinction.