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OPINION
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.
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NEWS
by DON AINES | November 3, 2005
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg School Board member Robert Helman on Wednesday produced three bills and a copy of a canceled check indicating that his family farm had paid for work done at the Franklin County Career and Technology Center. At the Thursday, Oct. 27, meeting of the career center's Joint Operating Committee, Marlin Wagner of Chambersburg produced copies of three bills totaling $1,219.92 he said he received anonymously. Wagner said the three bills were not among the six the center had turned over after he and Carl Barton of the Chambersburg Area Taxpayers' Association filed a Pennsylvania Right to Know request for all unpaid vouchers from committee members.
OPINION
By BRIEN POFFENBERGER | July 17, 2013
This time of year, agriculture has a built-in marketing hook. All outdoors becomes a giant billboard for one of our community's biggest economic drivers. The pastures and bank barns, orchards and farm fields paint the very picture of summertime in Washington County. It was fitting, then, that the Economic Development Commission (EDC) spent so much time last week talking about farming.    Every year, the EDC gives the business community an update at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast, and in his presentation last week, EDC President Dan Pheil had a great story to tell.
BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
February 19, 2008
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Daryl E. Cowles will seek re-election to a second two-year term to the West Virginia House of Delegates. In 2006, Cowles was elected to the state Legislature representing the 51st Delegate district, which covers most of Morgan County and a portion of Hampshire County. "Although the state government is moving in a positive direction, there remains much work to be done," Cowles said in a news release. "Tax reform and stimulating the West Virginia economy are critical to improve the daily lives of our citizens, especially in the Eastern Panhandle.
NEWS
February 4, 2009
JULY 25, 1925-FEB. 2, 2009 BOONSBORO - Ralph Leon Jones, 83, of Amos Reeder Road, Boonsboro, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, at Reeders Memorial Home in Boonsboro. Born July 25, 1925, at Zittlestown, Ralph was a son of the late Luther Martin and Mary Etta Long Jones. He had attended Park Hall School. Ralph had helped farm his family farm and was then employed by R.F. Kline in Frederick, Md. He retired in 1992 as a custodian at Boonsboro High School.
NEWS
January 23, 1998
To Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening, for his commitment of $13.5 million to upgrade the Interstate 81 intercharge at Halfway Boulevard. The economic benefits will be tremendous. To Rosemary Burtner, who taught for 45 years in the Washington County schools, touching the lives of countless local youngsters with her caring nature and her exuberant attitude toward life and all that can be learned. To James Michael Borum, a 25-year-old Hagerstown man who stole more than $20,000 in jewelry from his own grandmother.
OBITUARIES
September 20, 2011
Lorraine A. (Baker) Baechtel, 84, of East Wilson Boulevard, Hagerstown, passed from this life Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown. Born April 24, 1927, in Downsville, Md., she was the daughter of the late Raymond L. and Lillian R. (Davis) Baker. Lorraine attended the old Fairplay School and Boonsboro High School. When she was younger, she worked on the family farm in Tilghmanton, Md., and later was employed as a presser at the Londontown Corporation factory in Boonsboro.
NEWS
March 13, 2009
MAY 29, 1929-MARCH 11, 2009 CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Betty E. Sollenberger, 79, who had been living with her daughter and son-in-law, Mary Alice and James Eaton of 4625 Railroad Road, and formerly of 3583 Buchanan Trail West, Greencastle, Pa., died Wednesday March 11, 2009, at her home. Born May 29, 1929, in Chambersburg, she was the daughter of the late Edgar Bruce and Mary Jones Rupert. Her husband, Roy L. Sollenberger, died May 29, 2006. They were married Nov. 18, 1949.
OBITUARIES
January 3, 2011
MARCH 2, 1914-JAN. 2, 2011 Gareth S. Flook, 96, of Myersville, Md., went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at Meritus Medical Center, Hagerstown. Born March 2, 1914, in Myersville, he was the son of the late Jacob E. and Vergie I. Pettingall Flook, and was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Gareth attended the New Well Ministry Church in Myersville. In the late 1930s and early 1940s, as a construction worker, he helped build the Washington National Airport, Pennsylvania Turnpike and U.S. 40 in the Frederick County area.
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