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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.
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By DAN DEARTH | October 24, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The Army National Guard Armory in Martinsburg was converted into a grocery store Saturday as hundreds of people associated with the U.S. military gathered there to enjoy savings on dozens of name-brand items. Rena Dial, store director of the Andrews Air Force Base Commissary, said three truckloads of meat, produce and grocery items were shipped to the armory so past and present members of the military and their dependents could receive 32 percent to 60 percent savings on everything from beef to laundry detergent.
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By MARLO BARNHART | November 6, 1998
On the day Tom DiGirolamo was admitted to the Maryland bar 17 years ago, he was told to remember four things - treat everyone well, be honest, help people and better yourself every day. When he was sworn in Friday as the new U.S. District Court magistrate judge in Western Maryland, DiGirolamo said he will continue to live by those rules. "This is an incredibly humbling experience," DiGirolamo said to a packed Washington County courtroom, filled with fellow attorneys, state and federal judges, family and friends.
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.
NEWS
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.
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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.
NEWS
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.
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