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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | July 11, 2010
CASCADE -- The swimming pool and some of the other fixtures of their childhood years spent at Fort Ritchie are gone, but warm memories of growing up "on post" haven't been forgotten by former residents. "We don't have roots (being children of parents in the military), but everybody felt so connected here," Judy Nakada said. The sentimental ties to the U.S. Army base, which closed in 1998, were shared by more than 40 former residents on Saturday at a reunion that Nakada took the lead in organizing.
NEWS
October 29, 2012
A free conference on marriage will be held Friday and Saturday at the Fort Ritchie Community Center.  The title of the conference is “Love that Lasts: Strengthening Your Marriage God's Way.”  Friday's session will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. with refreshments provided.  On Saturday, the session will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and lunch will be provided. Whether you are struggling in your relationship or you want to make a great marriage even better, this conference is for you. The conference is also appropriate for engaged couples or those wishing to learn more about Biblical marriage.  The event is sponsored by Good News Baptist Church of Cascade.
LIFESTYLE
November 4, 2011
Fort Ritchie Community Center Health Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. A variety of health information and screenings will be available. There will also be demonstrations of exercise classes, prize drawings and food. For more information, call 301-241-5085 or go to www.thefrcc.org .
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By JULIE E. GREENE | June 2, 2010
CASCADE -- Judy Nakada remembers walking around the hilly grounds, swimming in the pool and playing tennis at Fort Ritchie when she was a teenager. She also remembers the sense of family she had living on the Army base in the mid-1970s. "I lived in a lot of places, but it was one of the most intimate posts I ever lived on," Nakada said. Nakada is organizing a July 10 reunion of people who used to live at the fort. The reunion will be held by the former officers' club and at the pavilion by the lake.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | February 21, 2011
Some of the residents who lived near Fort Ritchie when Agent Orange was tested there in the 1960s said Monday they want the government to inform them of potential health risks. Gary Harbaugh, 75, said he has lived in his Wastler Avenue home near the former U.S. Army post since 1955. “I just don’t know to what extent the testing was done,” Harbaugh said. “It does concern me. I want to know what effects it has. Are there any dangers?” The U.S. military sprayed Agent Orange during the Vietnam War to destroy foliage that the enemy used as cover.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | July 24, 2012
The redevelopment of Fort Ritchie appears to be back to square one with the transfer of the former military base from Corporate Office Properties Trust back to PenMar Development Corp. “I would describe it as a new start,” said Dan Pheil, the chairman of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission. As the commission develops a comprehensive economic development plan for the county “the Fort Ritchie property will certainly be listed as an asset,” he said.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | June 13, 2011
The real estate market might remain in the doldrums for a few more years, new development has been stopped by a lawsuit and the work force has been reduced, but an official with Corporate Office Properties Trust said Monday his company is in for the long run at Fort Ritchie. “It's a property we've bought and a property we have a long-term vision to develop,” COPT Senior Vice President for Government Services Charles J. Fiala Jr. said after PenMar Development Corp.'s monthly meeting in the Fort Ritchie Community Center.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | August 31, 2010
In an effort to wrap up the lawsuit that has stalled redevelopment at the former Fort Ritchie, the Washington County Commissioners agreed Tuesday to submit positive comments about a draft document prepared by the Army in response to the lawsuit. The Army is accepting public comment through Sept. 19 on the document, a draft Record of Environmental Consideration (REC) that argues that no additional environmental review of the redevelopment project is needed. The former fort at the northeast corner of Washington County has been transferred to the private development company Corporate Office Properties Trust, which planned a major development there including 1.7 million square feet of office space, 673 homes and apartments, and a hotel and conference center.
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By ANGELICA ROBERTS | June 30, 2008
Editor's note: The following story about the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army Base is one in an occasional series of stories about some of the treasures of Washington County's past. CASCADE - What was to become Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base in Cascade started out as the Buena Vista Ice Co., became a National Guard camp and then was taken over by the U.S. Army to train soldiers in military intelligence and psychological warfare during World War II. It wound up its military years as a command center for Site R, a government installation known locally as the Underground Pentagon, built under Raven Rock Mountain in neighboring Pennsylvania.
NEWS
April 7, 1998
CASCADE - The Maryland Information Technology Center, in conjunction with the High Technology Council of Maryland, has transferred $50,000 to PenMar Development Corp. to be used in part to promote the future of Fort Ritchie, according to a press release. The funding is part of the state's $200,000 commitment to the 1998 World Congress on Information Technology, to be held in June in Northern Virginia. The vision of Fort Ritchie as a future technology and training campus will be enhanced by PenMar's participation in the World Congress by providing an international focus on redevelopment there, the release said.
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August 26, 2013
Eleanor Lorraine Hoover, 87, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at her home. Born Feb. 6, 1926, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Edgar Riley Hoover Sr. and Margie Irene Shreiner Hoover. She was a member of Salem Reformed Church and formerly a member of Bethel United Methodist Church for 50 years. She was employed by the Department of the Army at Fort Ritchie as a supervisor of accounting, retiring in 1986. She is survived by a brother, Ralph C. Hoover of Hagerstown; a sister, Nancy J. Longanecker of Canyon City, Colo.; 18 nieces and nephews; and numerous great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
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NEWS
August 22, 2013
Fort Ritchie Community Center and Moonshadow Harp and Sound Therapy are partnering to offer a free monthly program to help area residents unwind and get their groove back. Lynda Kuckenbrod leads a therapeutic experience that invites attendees to relax or meditate to the sounds of singing bowls and other relaxation-inducing instruments. Fort Ritchie's campus is ideal for the program as it offers a resort-like setting nestled in the mountains and overlooking twin lakes less than 10 minutes from Fairfield, Pa., Smithsburg, Waynesboro, Pa., and Emmitsburg, Md., according to a news release.
NEWS
August 20, 2013
One Mountain Foundation will present the inaugural Gathering of the Arts at Lake Royer at Lakeside Hall on the former Fort Ritchie Army Base in Cascade. The event will be Saturday, Sept. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 8, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The show will feature two- and three-dimensional juried art. The Sept. 7 event will be an opening of the two-day show with a reception for the artists. Admission is $20 and will include wine, coffee, tea and light fare.  The admission for Sept.
NEWS
August 15, 2013
Fort Ritchie Community Center Healthy Family Day will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Fort Ritchie Community Center, 14421 Lake Royer Drive, Cascade. The free event includes massages, health information and screenings, personal trainers, senior health information and more. Kids events and activities include NFL punt, pass and kick competition, moon bounce, face painting, Life Net 81 helicopter,  fire truck and ambulance displays, Smokey the Bear, McGruff the Crime Dog, kids hip hop, nutrition for kids, Fierce Cheer demo and more.
NEWS
August 4, 2013
The Fort Ritchie Community Center in Cascade will offer a free day of health screenings, exercise classes and information for families, children and seniors Saturday, Aug. 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located at the former Fort Ritchie, the community center is along the Blue Ridge, overlooking twin lakes. The Healthy Family Expo will include a Punt, Pass and Kick competition for boys and girls ages 6 to 15. Free registration can be found at www.NFL PPK.com . The event will include massage and sound therapy; Life Net 81 Helicopter; Smokey Bear; McGruff the Crime Dog; fire and rescue displays; blood pressure screenings and hearing tests; exercise classes, including cardio sculpt, body pump, Zumba, pilates and hip-hop for children.
NEWS
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | June 29, 2013
Amid a festival atmosphere on Lake Royer, Patrick X. Burns and Albert Breeden studied decidedly un-festive photos. As part of a living-history demonstration, Breeden, a Vietnam veteran, brought along a photo album depicting images of events in South Vietnam in 1965. Breeden said the album would have been classified information at one time. Burns, 57, of Waynesboro, Pa., took a particular interest in the photos, in part, because his father, now 88, who made a career in the military, once served in the same location.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2013
The Top Five things to do Greek tragedy Friday through Sunday, the Rude Mechanicals Medieval and Renaissance Players bring Sophocles' play, “Electra,” to the stage in Shepherdstown, W.Va. 8 p.m., Friday, June 28, and Saturday, June 29; and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 30. Shepherd University, Reynolds Hall, 213 N. King St., Shepherdstown, W.Va. $5; $2, students; free, Shepherd students. Call 304-876-5208 or email bellzey@shepherd.edu .  'The Price is Right' stage show Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races presents a touring version of the TV game show “The Price is Right” Friday through Sunday.
LIFESTYLE
May 28, 2013
Members of Cub Scout Pack 34 and Boy Scout Troop 412 combined to be part of a service project Saturday for the Make-A-Wish Foundation's Pignic at Fort Ritchie in Cascade. The event was a fundraiser to help terminally ill children have a wish granted.
LIFESTYLE
By AMY DULEBOHN | amyc@herald-mail.com | May 21, 2013
If you ask Eric Forrester, he will say barbecue is an art form. And Forrester, owner of Mason-Dixon BBQ Services near Greencastle, Pa., promised there will be plenty of art at the Memorial Day Pignic on Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26, at Fort Ritchie. The inaugural two-day event will feature its own arts festival, a music festival, and three barbecue competitions. “Barbecue is very American. That's why people enjoy it so much. There are very few American forms of culinary art,” Forrester said.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2013
1. Waiting for the train Railroad Heritage Days will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19, at Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, 300 S. Burhans Blvd., Hagerstown. The event features Thomas the Tank Engine trackless ride, Lego operating train layout, historic railroad equipment, Trains of Christmas layout, trains for kids to operate, G-, O- and HO-scale model railroads; gift shop and more. $5; 50 cents for ages 12 and younger. 2. Tea with the queen Miss Queen State Audreanna Colombo will host an afternoon of tea, table etiquette and entertainment.
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