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.
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.
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.
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.
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.