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By MARIE GILBERT | February 14, 2009
BOONSBORO - The Robert Martz dairy farm seems like a regal outpost along a straight swath of Mapleville Road. A long lane leads up to the house, and barns and outbuildings are spread across the property. This has been his home since 1951, Martz said. He was 7 years old when his family moved here - another generation raised on a farm. "We've been farmers since Adam and Eve," he joked. Now, at the age of 64, Martz has decided to step aside and let his son take over.
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By KERRY LYNN FRALEY | June 26, 1999
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Watching as Depression-era farm equipment drawn by a team of two horses and two mules was used to cut a field of wheat Saturday, Albert Williams figured his modern equipment saved him two hours in the morning and many more in the evening. But while it illustrated how much more work it used to be to cut grain, the public demonstration at Renfrew Museum and Park also made Williams nostalgic. "They quit this kind of stuff just about the time I was getting started," said Williams, 58, who farms a beef cattle and grain operation in Downsville.
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December 12, 2006
HARRISBURG - Hundreds of thousands of visitors will gather for the 2007 Pennsylvania Farm Show, which opens Jan. 6 at the Farm Show Complex & Expo Center here, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said. "The farm show's appeal is broad as it offers something for everyone, while showcasing our state's number one industry, agriculture," Wolff said. "Show exhibitors compete in everything from cows to cooking to floral arranging, with the added bonus of providing an educational experience for visitors who have not experienced life on the farm.
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By JOSHUA BOWMAN | November 6, 2007
County officials broke ground Tuesday on a second building for the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum. The building will house all of the museum's large farm equipment, a threshing machine and several exhibits, according to Richard Schukraft, fundraising coordinator for the Agricultural Education Center. The museum owns corn shellers, mowers and rakes, corn crackers, plows, planters and many other items that are crowding the museum's single building, Schukraft said. The Washington County Commissioners attended the event and participated in the groundbreaking ceremony.
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by KAREN HANNA | June 27, 2006
About 80 firefighters from departments in Funkstown, Boonsboro, Williamsport and Halfway responded to a barn fire at 18218 Rench Road south of Hagerstown late Monday, Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Paul Hottinger said. With the owner's permission, Hottinger said firefighters intended to let the fire consume the barn. "We're just going to let it burn. I'm sure we'll probably be out here again (Tuesday). I'm sure it will rekindle, but thank the Lord for giving us rain," Hottinger said.
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July 1, 2006
Man charged with abusing girl, 5 CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Jefferson County, W.Va., man was arraigned Friday on a charge of sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl who was visiting her father at a neighboring residence, according to magistrate court records. Thomas E. King, 51, of P.O. Box 21 in Kearneysville, W.Va., was charged with first-degree sexual abuse by State Police Trooper D.R. Smith, according to court records. The encounter between King and the child allegedly happened June 16 at the residence of the accused off Old Creamery Place near W.Va.
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July 5, 1999
QUINCY TOWNSHIP, Pa. - More than two acres of wheat were destroyed in a Monday afternoon fire that started when a farmer was baling the straw, a Greencastle fire department spokesman said. Chief Robert Ebersole of Rescue Hose Co. No. 1 said the cause of the fire, which burned a total of four acres of fields, is unknown. The farmer was moving a newly round bale of straw when it caught fire, Ebersole said. He dumped it off the farm equipment he was operating to keep the vehicle from catching on fire.
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March 17, 2009
Alan Hurst, farm loan manager for USDA's Farm Service Agency in Maryland, has announced the FSA on the national level will use $145 million of the $173 million provided in the Recovery Act for its Direct Operating Farm Loan Program, which will give 2,042 farmers direct loans from the agency. "These loans will be used to purchase items such as farm equipment, feed, seed, fuel and other operating expenses and will stimulate rural economies by providing American farmers funds to operate," Hurst said.
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April 18, 2006
SHARPSBURG - About 40 children, with some guidance from parents, planted potatoes the old-fashioned way near here Saturday. The Friends of the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum held its annual potato-planting event. Percheron Draft horses Sam and Molly were loaned to help plow, harrow, furrow and cover over the planted potatoes. The horses are owned by Jamie and Cristi Baker of Big Pool. Also donating to the effort was Wm. Gower & Son, which gave 100 pounds of seed potatoes.
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March 7, 2008
SMITHSBURG - Dennis A. "Denny" Stouffer, a leader in the auction industry and a mentor to his peers, recently received the Auctioneers Association of Maryland (AAM) Auctioneer of the Year Award. Stouffer was honored at the president's gala during the 50th Maryland Auctioneers Conference in Cambridge, Md. Stouffer has obtained most designations offered in the industry, including the prestigious Certified Auctioneer's Institute, which is awarded after attending three years of classes at Indiana University.
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