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By JANET HEIM | July 26, 2010
In June, 12 students from North Hagerstown High School and five Williamsport High School students traveled with their four chaperones to Germany for the Hagerstown-Wesel Exchange. Last year, families from the two Washington County high schools hosted 20 students from Konrad Duden Gymnasium in Wesel, Germany - an advanced high school whose students are all university-bound after graduation - as part of the exchange. The Washington County students who traveled this summer, from June 5 to 28, included Becca Amalfitano, Teddy Beachley, Austin Britner, Ben Bushong, Jacob Coffman, Kari DeVault, Rachel Gouff, Rachel Greenwald, Molly Johnson, Stephen Longnecker, Eric Scott, Luke Smith, Brianna Steich, Alex Unger, Beth Wagner, Laura Wagner and Kelli Wright.
August 17, 1997
A touch of Germany downtown Can you say Augustoberfest? Curious brave heat to check it out By ELLEN LYON Staff Writer The food, the music, the costumes, the dancing - everything at Saturday's second annual Augustoberfest was authentically German except for the oppressively humid weather. Still, that didn't put a damper on the eating, the toasting with beer steins, the cheering and the elaborate footwork on the wooden dance floor under a long white tent covering the North Potomac Street parking lot. "It's warm but it's not a problem.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | December 7, 2007
MONT ALTO, PA. ? At a world pool championship in Germany last week, Richard Barney needed to sink two balls ? the 8 and the 9 ? to win his second straight match. The match was tied: eight games for Richard, eight games for his German opponent, Fabian Breuer. The first to win nine games won the match. Richard, 16, of Mont Alto, Pa., lined up his shot. He drew his arm and his cue stick back, and... "I was ready to shoot and the German coach jumped up and started yelling," Richard recalled on Friday.
by PEPPER BALLARD | September 16, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Jonathan Breehl was in a hospital in Kuwait on Friday, a day after shrapnel struck him while he was on patrol in Habbaniyah, Iraq, said his mother, Melissa Custer. A 2005 North Hagerstown High School graduate and wrestling standout, Breehl, 19, was stabilized and heavily sedated for pain Friday at a holding hospital in Kuwait. He will be transferred to a hospital in Germany, where he will be evaluated, Custer said. Breehl, who joined the Marines last July, sustained injuries to his right wrist and left thigh when shrapnel from a remote-controlled improvised explosive device struck him Thursday morning in Habbaniyah, Custer said.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | December 8, 2007
MONT ALTO, PA. - At a world pool championship in Germany last week, Richard Barney needed to sink two balls - the 8 and the 9 - to win his second straight match. The match was tied: eight games for Richard, eight games for his German opponent, Fabian Breuer. The first to win nine games won the match. Richard, 16, of Mont Alto, Pa., lined up his shot. He drew his arm and his cue stick back, and... "I was ready to shoot and the German coach jumped up and started yelling," Richard recalled on Friday.
August 18, 2008
BEIJING (AP) -- The U.S. Olympic basketball team has completed an undefeated march through pool play with a 106-57 victory against Germany. Dwight Howard scored 22 points and LeBron James had 16 Monday night for the United States (5-0), which will play Australia on Wednesday in the quarterfinals. The Americans beat the Australians by 11 points two weeks ago in an exhibition game, their only close contest yet. Dallas Mavericks All-Star Dirk Nowitzki scored 14 points for Germany, which finished 1-4.
by MARLO BARNHART | February 16, 2005 Since so few highly decorated U.S. Army veterans can say they were active in the Hitler Youth in pre-World War II Germany, Dieter Protsch decided he should write a book about his unique experiences. "Be All You Can Be," is described on its red, white and blue cover as an immigrant's memoirs - from a Hitler Youth to a U.S. Army Green Beret. The title mirrors the Army's familiar advertising trademark. When Protsch was a boy in Germany, he said, he proudly joined the Hitler Youth organization at the age of 10. "I remember Adolf Hitler visiting my battalion when I was 13," Protsch said.
March 27, 2009
JUNE 11, 1919-MARCH 22, 2009 BOONSBORO - Elfriede Maria Culp, 89, of Meadow Lane in Boonsboro, Md., died Sunday, March 22, 2009, at her home. Born June 11, 1919, in Burglauer, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Sebastian and Anna Maria Reininger Kreisheimer. She graduated school in Burglauer. She attended Householding School in Bad Neustadt, Germany. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles R. Culp, who died April 18, 2003. She was Methodist by faith, attended the Fahrney-Keedy Chapel and was a member of the Farhney-Keedy Auxiliary.
August 6, 2002
Navy Midshipman Todd Erkman, son of Nancy C. and Francis J. Erkman of Boonsboro, recently completed six weeks of U.S. Naval Academy Indoctrination (Plebe Summer) in Annapolis. Erkman is a 2001 graduate of St. Maria Goretti High School, Hagerstown. Pfc. Nicholas P. Sholty, son of Terry and Paula Sue Sholty of Boonsboro, received the Army Achievement Medal from the Secretary of the Army on July 2. Sholty is a 1999 graduate of Boonsboro High School and is serving a two-year tour in Germany.
By ERIN HEATH | August 14, 1999
When Hans and Linda Reischl came to Augustoberfest, held Friday and Saturday at the North Potomac Street Pavilion, they got a little taste of home. The Reischls, who live near Munich in Neubeuern, Germany, were in the area to visit some of Linda Reischl's relatives when they heard about the fourth annual celebration of Hagerstown's German heritage. They were among nearly 3,500 people who came to Augustoberfest on Saturday to enjoy German cuisine, live entertainment and activities.
By DAVE McMILLION | | March 26, 2013
Hagerstown Mayor David S. Gysberts got a round of laughs from a group of German students visiting the city Tuesday when he joked about the possibility of a war in the city's past to “clear out” some things. Gysberts and the students were comparing Hagerstown and Wesel, Germany, and Gysberts said he imagined that there were some relatively newer buildings in Germany because of past war damage in the country. “Sometimes I wish we would have had a war here,” Gysberts said as he referred to some of the town's landmarks.
November 24, 2012
Anna Maria Bryan, 88, a resident of Homewood Health Care Center in Williamsport, Md., died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Meritus Medical Center. Born March 14, 1924, in Gernsbach, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Franz and Frieda Pfisterer Schneider. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carter Bryan. Anna was retired from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va., as a physician. She is survived by two sons, Carter Bryan II of Falls Church, Va., and Hugh Bryan of Philadelphia, Pa.; two daughters, Caroline Bryan of Independence, Mo., and Anna R. Bryan of Silver Spring, Md.; three sisters, Gisela Forck of Heidelberg, Germany, Elisabeth Guttenberg of Ulm, Germany, and Gertrud Preisendanz of Heidelberg, Germany; and two grandchildren, Paul Bryan and Elizabeth Bryan.
October 4, 2012
Mrs. Eva Maria (Ludwig) Chase, 81, of Cascade, Md., died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, in the Waynesboro Hospital after a three-year battle with cancer. Born April 24, 1931, in Breslau, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Ernst and Marta (Hauke) Ludwig. She spent her early life in Germany. She was the wife of 60 years to her husband, William L. Chase. They were married at the Lakenheath Chapel on the Air Force base in England in 1952. She was a member of St. Rita's Catholic Church, Blue Ridge Summit, since 1988.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | | December 28, 2011
Dr. Milad L. Pooran is temporarily stepping away from his campaign for Maryland's 6th Congressional District seat because, as an Air National Guardsman, he has been deployed to Germany. During a telephone interview Wednesday, several hours before his overseas flight, Pooran said he will be part of a critical-care air-transport team treating service members with combat injuries, mainly those serving in Afghanistan. Pooran's three-member team will be stationed at Ramstein Air Base in Germany and fly where needed, according to the D.C. Air National Guard.  During their 30-day deployment, the team will accompany patients as far as they need to go, which might mean the United States, then return to Germany to await the next call.
November 20, 2011
Retired U.S. Army Maj. Dieter Protsch accepted a $2,097.54 donation from John Flannery of Flannery's Tavern on the Square in Mercersburg. Protsch will use the money to purchase phone cards for U.S. troops at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. The donation was raised during Flannery's second annual golf tournament, held Aug. 27 at Whitetail Resort. Protsch was inducted into the Hitler Youth when he reached age 10, and escaped World War II Germany as a young man. He has devoted himself to working with veterans' groups.
By CHRIS COPLEY | | May 20, 2011
Walking around the campus of Hagerstown Community College, Seth Chapelle is a tall, mild-mannered student pursuing a registered nursing degree. But put him in a kayak and set him on a whitewater river, and he transforms into a freestyle athlete capable of making his boat do rapid-fire rolls, flips and pirouettes. He becomes a competitive athlete. A world-class athlete, in fact. Chapelle, 22, of Sharpsburg, has qualified to represent the United States at the World Championships in Plattling, Germany, in June.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | April 20, 2011
Mayor Robert Bruchey II helped plant a tree at the City of Hagerstown’s Earth Week ceremony Wednesday morning at Oswald Park. Bruchey also read a proclamation declaring this week Earth Week and April 22 Earth Day in Hagerstown. “For a small town, we are more conscientious than ...  big cities about the environment,” Bruchey said. “We understand that for a city you obviously need schools and hospitals, but you also need to have amenities like clean parks.” Foreign exchange students from Hagerstown’s Sister City of Wesel, Germany, attended the ceremony.
By MARIE GILBERT | | April 9, 2011
They left on a warship, refugees with a few bags that contained all they owned in the world. They had lost their homes, some of their closest kin and were trying to redeem their shattered existence. Lisa Kohlstadt's family lived in Adolf Hitler's Germany. But in January 1945, with defeat imminent and the Russian army at their front door, they fled. Kohlstadt was 9 years old, she said, when her widowed mother decided it was too dangerous to stay on their farm near Danzig, which is now part of Poland.
January 29, 2011
A head-on train crash in eastern Germany killed 10 people and injured at least 33 others, eight of them severely, local firefighters said Sunday, and police feared the death toll could rise. A passenger and a cargo train crashed head-on near Hordorf village, close to Saxony-Anhalt's state capital Magdeburg, and several cars of the train carrying some 45 passengers derailed and overturned, a spokesman for the district's firefighters said. He declined to be named in line with department policy.
January 5, 2011
Retired Col. Orlyn C. Oestereich, 83, of Boonsboro, Md., passed away Saturday, Jan, 1, 2011, at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, Md. Born July 21, 1927, in Corsica, S.D., he was the son of Frederick and Dirkie (Berggaker) Oestereich, and the second youngest of 11 children.   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helene, in 1987. Orlyn proudly and bravely served his country in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps for 37 1/2 years, and retired in 1984. He earned a master’s degree in hospital administration from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
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