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.
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.
April 27, 2013
The first ever Backyard BBQ Bash will be Saturday, May 25, at Fort Ritchie. The bash is open to any skill level and will coincide with the Memorial Day "Pignic. " The former Kansas City Barbecue Society-style judging will cover ribs and chicken. Cost is $100 per team to enter. There will be more than $1,300 awarded in prizes and trophies. A Kids Q' barbecue competition will be held the same day. Kids can compete in two age groups: 11 and younger and 12 to 16 in beef and dessert.
April 11, 2013
Washington County will play host to a professional barbecue competition Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26, at Fort Ritchie in Cascade. Dubbed “The Memorial Day Pignic,” the competition will feature 45 to 60 professional barbecue teams from the East Coast competing for more than $7,500 in cash prizes and awards. Many of the teams competing have been featured on the TV show “BBQ Pitmasters” and include the KCBS National Team of...
February 19, 2013
Fort Ritchie Community Center invites the community to its Last Chance Bonanza Saturday in the gymnasium at Fort Ritchie Community Center, 14421 Lake Royer Drive, Cascade. Only 139 tickets will be sold for the event, which includes dinner, dessert, games of chance, silent auction, cash bar, tip jars and dancing. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., the bonanza starts at 7:30 p.m., and music and dancing will be from 9 to 11 p.m. Tickets cost $35 and offer a chance at more than $2,000 in cash and door prizes.
January 13, 2013
A blog primarily dedicated to the mountain wilderness might seem an odd place for a debate about telecommuting, but on John Warren's excellent Adirondack Almanack site, the issue has rubbed elbows with ice fishing and the virtues of winter camping. The mountains of New York and the mountains of our Tri-State area share some similarities, most notably a distancing from the maddening crowds, which is good for scenery and somewhat bad for business. Both spots are popular weekend/vacation spots, but have had trouble attracting industry beyond uninspiring service and warehousing work.
January 8, 2013
The PenMar Development Corp. plans to hire a real estate consulting firm in the near future and have a strategic redevelopment plan later this year, Executive Director Dori Nipps told the Washington County Board of Commissioners. The board held an evening meeting at the Fort Ritchie Community Center on Tuesday and Nipps told the commissioners that PenMar will meet with a consultant later this month. “We would really like to have a plan to work from in April or May,” Nipps said after the meeting.
January 1, 2013
A large sheet of ice covered part of Lake Royer on Tuesday, but that did not stop a group of daring souls to try to swim out and touch it at the second annual Polar Plunge Party at Fort Ritchie Community Center (FRCC) in Cascade. “I can't feel anything from the waist down,” Emily Grimes, 13, said after taking the plunge. “I did it last year and had a great time, but it was definitely colder this year. There wasn't ice last year.” Grimes, who is from Frederick, Md., did the plunge with her friend Megan Gutierrez, 14, last year.
December 19, 2012
Registration for the Fort Ritchie Community Center's second annual Bass Fishing Tournament is under way. The tournament will consist of three heats on March 16, April 13 and May 11, and anglers will compete for more than $15,000 in possible cash prizes. Winners of each of the three heats will be invited to compete in a championship fish-off on June 22, when boat fishing will be allowed on Lake Royer for the first time in 15 years. Fort Ritchie's Lake Royer is a 22-acre privately owned lake that restricts fishing during all other times of the year.
December 16, 2012
James Edward Proctor, 89, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore, Md. Born Monday, Oct. 29, 1923, in Weaverton, Md., he was the son of the late Ralph Alexander Proctor and the late Elizabeth (Barger) Proctor. He was preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife, Dorris E. Proctor, on April 20, 2012. He graduated from Brunswick High School in 1941 and later served in the U.S. Navy during World War II onboard a sub chaser.