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By JULIE E. GREENE | May 12, 2000
After 30 years in the Russian armed forces, Lt. Gen. Valentin Chaika said Friday evening there's little that fazes him. Still, one of the general's companions at Municipal Stadium said Chaika was anxious about throwing out the first pitch before the game between the Hagerstown Suns and Piedmont Boll Weevils. Like a good strategist, Chaika asked for instruction on his pitching technique and got in a few practice throws with Toronto Blue Jays Player Development Director Jim Hoff.
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by MARLO BARNHART | August 10, 2005
Diane Koole met her husband, James "JJ" Koole Sr., over the Internet in 1999 and, after hitting it off, they decided to meet over breakfast in Frederick, Md. "We spent about a half day at that breakfast. Then, on our first date, he brought me three purple roses which I still have pressed," she said. Married on Valentine's Day 2002, the Kooles were living in Greencastle, Pa., when JJ Koole was killed Saturday in a two-vehicle accident near Myersville, Md., as he was coming home from work at Fort Detrick in Frederick.
NEWS
November 14, 2005
Bullying program JEFFERSON, Md. - School counselors, Sharon Joseph and Dana Austin will share the hidden culture of emotional bullying from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Valley Elementary School, 3519 Jefferson Pike. The workshop entitled "Emotional Bullying: How Girls Harass," will focus on the aggression of girls that typically occurs within the dynamics of girl friendships. Child Care Choices continued training credit is available for Maryland childcare providers.
OBITUARIES
February 9, 2013
Rick Socks, 58, of Middletown, Md., passed away peacefully at his home Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Rick was an active member of the Valley known for his amazing woodworking talent, and coaching numerous youth organizations. From the infamous “hammer holder ref” to the motivated security guard at Fort Detrick, Rick touched many people's lives. Outside of his many responsibilities, Rick loved the outdoors. In his free time, he would most likely be found wandering the local mountains in search of a trophy buck, fishing “hidden” farm ponds or simply enjoying nature.
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By MARLO BARNHART | May 12, 2009
CLEAR SPRING - A longtime employee with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources police, Tina White usually spends three days a week at the Town Hill office in Cumberland, Md. The other two days, White - an administrative secretary for the agency - is at the Echo Lake location on South Mountain at the Frederick/Washington county line. For many years, the Clear Spring transplant was a dispatcher for the agency. Those were the exciting years, she said. "You never knew from minute to minute what you would be doing," she said.
NEWS
November 25, 2008
JAN. 30, 1947-NOV. 24, 2008 CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Willard L. "Bill" "Smitty" Smith Jr., 61, of 306 Parkwood Drive, Chambersburg, and formerly of Waynesboro, Pa., died Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, at his home. Born Jan. 30, 1947, in Waynesboro, he was the son of the late Willard L. Smith Sr. and Miriam Paull Smith. He graduated from Waynesboro Area Senior High School with the class of 1964. He worked at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md., from 1985 until his retirement in 2003 as a systems administrator.
OBITUARIES
December 16, 2012
John Francis Brewer, 85, of Braddock Heights, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. He was the husband of the late Barbara Huff Brewer, who died March 8, 2003. Born Oct. 1, 1927, in West Orange, N.J., he was the son of the late Allen F. and Ayame Brewer. John served in the U.S. Navy during  World War II. He was a graduate of University of Kentucky. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service and was a microbiologist at Fort Detrick, Frederick. He was a member of the Lions Club, American Legion Funkstown and the VFW Frederick.
NEWS
May 22, 2009
JAN. 19, 1959-MAY 20, 2009 SMITHSBURG, Md. - Timothy L. Sharpe, 50, of Foxville Road, Smithsburg, Md., passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at the Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, Md. Born Jan. 19, 1959, in Montgomery, Ala., he was the son of Catherine (Webster) Sharpe of Montgomery and the late Gerald Sharpe. He was a graduate of Carver High School class of 1977, a graduate of Auburn University class of 1981 and received his masters degree from the University of Phoenix in 2005.
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April 22, 2010
JAN. 12, 1959-APRIL 17, 2010 GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Carl Calvin Hall II, 51, of 11776 Melrose Ave., Greencastle, Pa., passed away Saturday, April 17, 2010. Born Monday, Jan. 12, 1959, in New Castle, Pa., he was the son of the late Arthur Hall and the late Phoebe Cobbs Hall. He was a graduate of Morgantown High School and received his bachelor of science degree from West Virginia University. He was formerly employed at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md., as a supervisor/computer engineer.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | February 21, 2011
Agent Orange testing at Fort Ritchie in the 1960s was conducted under controlled conditions using a diluted version of the herbicide and posed little risk to the surrounding community then or now, according to a scientist who has studied records of the testing. “The orange formulation was a very concentrated formulation, but you can dilute it when you put it on the vegetation, and that’s what happened at Fort Ritchie,” Alvin L. Young, an environmental toxicologist who compiled a 2006 report on testing of tactical herbicides by the U.S. Department of Defense, said Monday.
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