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May 23, 2009
Ollie M. "O.J. " James, 93, of Martinsburg, W.Va., died Friday, May 22, 2009, at City Hospital, Martinsburg. The family will receive friends Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg, and Tuesday at Westview Baptist Church before the service, which will be at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Westview Baptist Church, Building Fund, 301 S. Louisiana Ave., Martinsburg, WV 25401.
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by DORRY BAIRD NORRIS | May 22, 2005
People often ask how I come up with column ideas. The answer is: I'm not sure. Writing a weekly column is fraught with temptations and diversions - rather like finding one's way through a maze. There, in the middle, is an idea. I turn this way and that, trying to get to the center, sometimes the wrong turn proves to be far more interesting than the original idea in the middle. This journey along unfamiliar pathways is made difficult by the lure of more than 600 garden books that crowd the shelves in my office and the infinite number of plant Web sites on the internet.
OBITUARIES
October 19, 2012
Eunice Irene Lesher Renicker, 90, formerly of South Main Street, Chambersburg, Pa., died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. The family will receive friends Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Browns Mill Meeting House, Chambersburg. The service will be Monday at 2 p.m. Browns Mill Meeting House. Burial will be in Browns Mill Cemetery, Kauffman, Pa. The family requests that flowers be omitted. Arrangements are by Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home, Greencastle, Pa.
OBITUARIES
October 2, 2012
Beryl V. (nee Lyons) Light, age 87, of Timonium, Md., formerly of Hagerstown, Md., died Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late William T. Light Sr.; devoted mother of William T. Light Jr. and his wife, Linda, of Cockeysville, Md.; and grandmother of Erika L. Carpenter of Cockeysville. A memorial service is being planned for a future date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hagerstown VFW.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.peacefulalternatives.com .
NEWS
February 28, 2009
Dolores A. "Dee" Pyles SHARPSBURG - Dolores A. "Dee" Gibson Pyles, of Sharpsburg, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009. Born Nov. 16, 1956, in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of Lena Gibson and the late Ransom Gibson. She was a graduate of St. Mary's Catholic School, Alexandria, Va. She is survived by her husband, Bill, whom she married in 1995; two sons, Cole and Cory; one sister, Darlene Gibson; five brothers, Bob, Michael, Steve, John and Bill Gibson; one grandson; nieces; and nephews.
OBITUARIES
December 2, 2012
Helen Hammer, 93, formerly of Hagerstown, died Nov. 24, 2012, at Green Valley Nursing Home in Perry, Okla. She was married to Elwood Hammer, who preceded her death in 1987. She is survived by two daughters, Sandy Bilby, and Jo Ahalt and husband, Rudell; and a son, Kenneth Hammer and wife, Cindy. There will be a celebration of remembrance Dec. 8, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Bethel UCC in Elkton, Va. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bethel United Church of Christ, 2451 Bethel Church Road, Elkton, VA 22827.
NEWS
May 20, 2013
Drying flowers workshop set for June 1 The Washington County Master Gardeners will offer a hands-on workshop on drying flowers Saturday, June 1, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center at 7303 Sharpsburg Pike in Boonsboro.  The cost is $10.  Learn more by contacting Diane Woodring at 301-791-1504 or send an email to dwoodrin@umd.edu . Master Gardeners are volunteer educators with the University of...
NEWS
January 9, 2009
SEPT. 1, 1919-JAN. 8, 2009 MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Charles W. McGill Jr., 89, of Martinsburg, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at the VA Medical Center Nursing Home. Born Sept. 1, 1919, in Martinsburg, he was the son of the late Charles W. McGill and Mary Burns McGill. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army. He is survived by two daughters, Charlene Holmes of Dunn, N.C., and Debra McGill of New York; one son, Charles W. McGill III of Orlando, Fla.; one sister, Betty Cowsen of Philadelphia; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; nieces; and nephews.
NEWS
December 14, 2012
Doris M. Poffenberger, 80, of Myersville, Md., died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown. Born Jan. 18, 1932, in Kitzmiller, Md., she was the daughter of the late Leighton H. and Lillian Evans Harvey. Doris was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, (Church Hill) in Myersville. Doris taught various grades at Lincolnshire and Surrey elementary schools in Hagerstown, and was on staff at the Fairview Outdoor Education Center in Clear Spring. She retired after 34 years with Washington County Public Schools.
OBITUARIES
November 5, 2011
Mrs. Betty Lucille (Smith) French, 84, of Brunswick, Md., passed away Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at Frederick (Md.) Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of the late Earl French, who passed away Aug. 5, 1972. Born April 12, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Ruth (Souders) Smith. She was the past auxiliary president of the Frederick Eagles. She was a member of Brunswick Moose and Eagles as well as AARP. She enjoyed feeding the birds at her house, NASCAR, bingo, watching TV and growing flowers.
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