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NEWS
November 5, 2002
To the editor: Please pass this question on to all Candidates for Washington County Commissioner. I would like to know the candidates plan for dealing with the PenMar Development Corporation (PMDC). PenMar Development Corp. was created by the Maryland General Assembly in 1997 to redevelop the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base for business use. Some 2,000 jobs were lost when Fort Ritchie closed in September 1998. (From The Morning Herald) Since Fort Ritchie (which, by the way is in Washington County, if you need directions to our corner of the county, please contact me)
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NEWS
September 19, 1998
By LAURA ERNDE / Staff Writer photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer FORT RITCHIE - They all came together for one last time Friday, a work force that once numbered 2,000 people now down to less than 200. There weren't even enough people to fill half of the Army post's auditorium. For the last three years, Fort Ritchie employees have been focused on one thing - closing the post at the end of this month. On Friday, the spotlight was focused on the people.
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.
NEWS
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 20, 2010
CASCADE - One Mountain Foundation will host "Memories of Pen Mar" and a member appreciation day at the Fort Ritchie Community Center May 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is open to the public. The event will include the following: o Pen Mar Park collectors displaying memorabilia and artifacts of Pen Mar Park and of the heyday of the railroad and hotels in and around the Cascade/Blue Ridge Summit mountaintop o Displays of historic artifacts of the Pen Mar area o Premier of a new Historical Entertainment DVD titled "Greetings from Pen Mar: The Grand Hotels of the Blue Ridge" ($5 admission fee for nonOMF members; free for OMF members)
NEWS
July 19, 1998
photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer enlarge By SHEILA HOTCHKIN / Staff Writer FORT RITCHIE - Before Fort Ritchie's closing ceremonies Friday, Lt. Col. Francis D. Clepper Jr. surveyed an appropriately gray, overcast sky covering the installation's 638 acres. "But quite frankly, the fog lifted and the sun broke through," he said, calling the weather a harbinger of the base's bright future in civilian life. Doggedly overlooking the somber occasion at hand, organizers set the scene for Fort Ritchie's inactivation ceremony with lively music and speakers focused on upcoming opportunities for the installation.
NEWS
July 16, 1998
FORT RITCHIE - The military base that has served the U.S. Army and the National Guard over the years will have one last bash on Friday. Fort Ritchie will stage an hour-long closing ceremony at 5 p.m. followed by a "Twilight Tattoo," according to Army spokesman Steve Blizard. The base will not officially close until Sept. 30, when the post will be handed over to civilian authorities. The featured speaker for the closing ceremony will be retired Lt. Gen. Vernon Walters, a former U.N. ambassador who received military intelligence training at Fort Ritchie during World War II. During the Twilight Tattoo, 300 troops from the 3rd U.S. Infantry and 60 musicians from the U.S. Army Band will demonstrate drills, Blizard said.
NEWS
January 17, 1997
By STEVEN T. DENNIS Staff Writer The Washington County Commissioners plan to create a nonprofit PenMar Development Corp. to oversee development at Fort Ritchie once the Army turns the site over to the county in October 1998, officials said Thursday. The details haven't been worked out, said Commissioner Ronald L. Bowers, the commissioners' representative on the Fort Ritchie Local Redevelopment Authority. Bowers said the commissioners plan to study other, similar development corporations, including the Baltimore Economic Development Corp.
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