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By KATE COLEMAN | | June 29, 2011
The SOS went out, donations came in and on Saturday, July 2, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra will present the 26th annual “Salute to Independence” at Antietam National Battlefield. Just a few months ago, the yearly extravaganza — which draws as many as 35,000 people — was in danger of not happening. The MSO learned that the loss of a major sponsor, reductions in other sponsorship levels and expected reduction in the battlefield’s contribution put the annual event at risk.
June 29, 2011
Fireworks displays scheduled July 1 through July 4 in the Tri-State area: Boonsboro Shafer Park | July 1 Independence Day celebration features Rohrersville Band, activities and food. Starts at 5 p.m. Fireworks start at dusk. Raindate is July 3. Smithsburg Carnival | July 1 Carnival rides, concert by Elvis tribute artist Kevin Booth. Fireworks at dusk. Smithsburg Community Volunteer Fire Co. grounds. Call 301-824-2889. Salute to Independence | July 2 Annual Maryland Symphony Orchestra concert followed by fireworks.
Susie Hoffman | Around Funkstown | June 28, 2011
A Fourth of July event is planned at Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown on Monday, July 4, from 6 to 10 p.m. Entertainment by Bill Haley’s Comets will take place at 6 p.m. and a fireworks display will begin at 9:30 p.m. Take a lawn chair along. Hager House tour The Jonathan Hager House and Museum in Hagerstown City Park will be open Thursday, July 14, at 7 p.m. for free tours, lectures and slideshows. Learn about some of the history behind some of Hagerstown’s still-standing historic structures at the event titled, “Hagerstown’s Historic Homes and Buildings.” Downtown music series continues Thursday City Center Jazz Nights, a free music series at University Plaza on West Washington Street, will be Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The event will feature a variety of regional performers.
June 15, 2011
Salute to Independence | July 2 Annual Maryland Symphony Orchestra concert followed by fireworks. 7:30 p.m. Free. Antietam National Battlefield, off Md. 34, Sharpsburg. Go to . Clear Spring Independence Day Celebration | July 3 Patriotic celebration includes live bands, children's games, house tour, food. Event begins at 4:30 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Clear Spring Independence Jam Committee. Plumb Grove Mansion and Museum, off Broadfording Road, Clear Spring.
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | | February 3, 2011
Brilliance and bangs will explode in the dark over Job Corps Road when Fourth of July fireworks return to Jefferson County this summer after a three-year absence. Toni Milbourne, managing editor of the Spirit of Jefferson Farmer's Advocate, and Jimmy Pierson, executive director of the Ranson (W.Va.) Parks and Recreation Commission, are heading up a committee of local officials, including Ranson Police Chief William Roper, to bring Independence Day fireworks back to the county. The weekly newspaper and parks and recreation commission are co-sponsoring the event.
By ROXANN MILLER | | January 29, 2011
People packed the streets of downtown Chambersburg on Saturday to take advantage of IceFest's long list of activities. The scents of chili seasoning and onions lured many into the chili cook-off and others happily posed by the ice sculptures while the more adventurous crowd sought out the 40-foot ice slide. Barb Graham of Waynesboro, Pa., planned to throw caution — and her Atkins Diet — to the wind for one day and sample some chili. "I can't eat the beans, but I'm going to eat them anyway today," Graham said with a smile.
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | | January 26, 2011
The Hagerstown City Council Tuesday gave thumbs up to the Hagerstown Suns to hold 12 fireworks displays at Municipal Stadium in 2011.   The Suns minor league baseball team earlier this month provided the council with a list of 13 dates for fireworks shows, one of which had yet to be determined. The council approved the 12 confirmed dates during its regular meeting on Tuesday. Hagerstown's lease for the stadium requires the Suns to notify neighbors of the fireworks schedule, according to city documents.
July 17, 2010
Thumbs up to all of the Washington County teams that won Maryland District 1 Little League Baseball tournaments over the past several weeks. The winners were Clear Spring (9-10 Division), Halfway (10-11 and 11-12 divisions), Conococheague (Junior Division) and Maugansville (Senior Division). Thumbs up to U.S. Army Col. John Thomas Smith, a Hagerstown native who will attend the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. The assignment is the latest in Smith's more than 25 years with the Army, which included a stint as an artillery officer in operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and two tours of duty in the more recent conflict in Iraq.
By DAN DEARTH | July 6, 2010
Smoldering fireworks caused a blaze that resulted in $1.3 million in damages to a house at 11006 Shalom Lane in Black Rock Estates east of Hagerstown early Tuesday. Maryland State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst said the spent "ground-based sparkling devices" were put into a plastic trash can near the house and next to a gas grill, which did not explode but helped the fire spread. The fire "traveled up the side of the house and across the roof," Ernst said. Damage to the two-story brick house was estimated at $1.3 million, according to Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Dave Fraley.
By DON AINES | July 5, 2010
HAGERSTOWN -- Under an uninterrupted sun and cloudless sky, canopies sprang up above the crunching brown grass Sunday as vendors and early birds set up for the Fourth of July fireworks at Fairgrounds Park. By 5 p.m., as the pace of people entering the park began to pick up, the temperature was 96 degrees, but several families had been set up for hours. "This is the best thing Hagerstown does for free," said Donna Thompson, who was with a couple dozen family members under four canopies.
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