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September 29, 2011
The 69th annual Franklin County 4-H Pig Club Show and Sale was held Aug. 13 at the Greencastle Livestock Market. A total of 48 4-H project animals were shown, and the animals sold for a total of $32,797. The grand champion hog, weighing 258 pounds, was shown by Esdon Yeager of Greencastle. It was bought for $900 by Four Season Crop Care and 3D Stock Farm for $900. The reserve champion hog, weighing 260 pounds, was shown by Chase Cashell of Chambersburg, Pa. It was bought for $675 by Meyers Bus Lines Inc. and Meyers Construction.
NEWS
By KAREN MAWDSLEY | kmawdsley@schurz.com | July 22, 2013
Amid a frenzy of oinks, hay and driving tools, dozens of children took to the ring Monday to showcase their prize hogs at this year's 4-H/FFA and Open Class Swine Show at the Washington County Ag Expo and Fair. Participants could showcase both their showmanship and their market hogs in the two sections of the competition. Each section was further divided into classes, which usually contained between four and six entrants. For showmanship, those classes were grouped into junior, for ages 8 to 10; intermediate, 11 to 13; and senior, 14 to 18. For the market swine show, they were grouped into weight divisions: light, 176 to 237 pounds; medium, 240 to 263 pounds; and heavy, 264 to 288 pounds.
NEWS
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | November 18, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Thick puffs of pungent smoke arose from 30-gallon cast-iron kettles atop fires contained by halved 55-gallon drums. Two-inch-square slices of pig fat boiled inside one kettle, head meat boiled in another. Various cuts of pork lay tidily on a nearby table, while two backbones dangled and wafted from a line in the chilly breeze. Bill Poffenberger provided a butchering demonstration Saturday on the grounds of the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum. As he was demonstrating, Poffenberger said he remembered the advice his grandfather gave him. "Boy, always learn something you can do and somebody else can't," Poffenberger said.
NEWS
February 9, 2009
Hogs stolen from Franklin County barn CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Six hogs were stolen from a barn on Flank Drive in the last few weeks, police said. The hogs were loaded onto a truck, Pennsylvania State Police said. The theft happened between Jan. 23 and Feb. 5, police said. The Newsham breed hogs were valued at $280 apiece. Guns, jewelry stolen in Pa SOUTH MOUNTAIN, Pa. - A home in the 5000 block of Spruce Road was burglarized Friday, Pennsylvania State Police said.
NEWS
By JOSHUA BOWMAN | February 17, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Jim Starliper was 6 years old when he first took part in the annual Spring Swine Show. A member of the 4-H Club, Starliper remembers his father taking him to Four States Livestock Auction on First Street in Hagerstown to show and sell hogs to the highest bidder. Now, 50 years later, Starliper owns Four States, and he said it is only natural that he continues to host the event. "As long as I can remember, this place has been available for the spring show," Starliper said.
NEWS
March 4, 2008
The 72nd annual Spring Swine Show took place Feb. 16 at Four States Livestock Sales in Hagerstown through the generosity of Jim and Barb Starliper. Blaine Brown of Elizabethtown, Pa., served as the judge for the event, which drew 100 spectators. Fifty-six hogs were exhibited by 17 Washington County 4-H/FFA exhibitors. Brown began the day evaluating the youth on their showmanship abilities, followed by the market show. Fourteen exhibitors showed in the showmanship categories.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | August 3, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- It was pig pandemonium whenever a new class of hogs entered the judge's ring at the swine judging Monday morning at the 63rd annual Berkeley County Youth Fair. It was run, root and squeal as the pigs, fresh from the confines of their pens, ran helter-skelter across the big indoor arena. Their young owners, wielding canes and sticks, had a devil of a time getting their porkers to settle down so Judge Todd Brown could get a good look at them. Brown of Culpeper, Va., judged 118 pigs Monday in showmanship, market and breeding.
NEWS
by ERIN JULIUS | July 25, 2006
SHARPSBURG - Everyone at the Washington County Ag Expo screams for raspberry ice cream. Raspberry is by far the most popular ice cream flavor this year, followed closely by strawberry, said Charles Wiles of the Washington County Farm Bureau. Wiles was selling ice cream early Monday afternoon. Money made from the farm bureau's ice cream sales supports its scholarship program and the Ag Expo, Wiles said. Go hog wild Teenagers wearing khaki pants, white, button-down shirts and dark ties herded their hogs around the small show ring Monday morning at the Washington County Ag Expo.
NEWS
August 24, 1997
By JULIE E. GREENE Staff Writer HALFWAY - Hundreds of people, a baby bear and a 1-month-old bobcat attended an open house Saturday for the $5.5 million Purina Mills Inc. chow plant on Hopewell Road. Customers on hand included Clear Spring area resident Gary Shank who exhibits several exotic animals at his five-acre zoo and brought a few for visitors to see and pet at the open house. When the 5-month-old Himalayan black bear he was walking around the plant's grounds grows up she will probably get her share of Purina Mills dog chow, which Shank said he feeds the bears at his zoo. He said he feeds his lambs and goats Purina Mills chow as well.
NEWS
By JANET HEIM | July 15, 2008
SHARPSBURG - When Hal Spielman was growing up, going to the Maryland State Fair was a big deal. "That was my vacation. I got to go to the state fair and show hogs," the 59-year-old Spielman said. The Boonsboro High School graduate said that when he showed hogs, most of the competition was other Boonsboro youth who also showed the Ohio Improved Chesters that Spielman showed. He considered the local and state fairs a chance to compete and hang out with friends. Growing up on the Mumma Farm in Sharpsburg, Spielman's life has revolved around agriculture.
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NEWS
By KAREN MAWDSLEY | kmawdsley@schurz.com | July 22, 2013
Amid a frenzy of oinks, hay and driving tools, dozens of children took to the ring Monday to showcase their prize hogs at this year's 4-H/FFA and Open Class Swine Show at the Washington County Ag Expo and Fair. Participants could showcase both their showmanship and their market hogs in the two sections of the competition. Each section was further divided into classes, which usually contained between four and six entrants. For showmanship, those classes were grouped into junior, for ages 8 to 10; intermediate, 11 to 13; and senior, 14 to 18. For the market swine show, they were grouped into weight divisions: light, 176 to 237 pounds; medium, 240 to 263 pounds; and heavy, 264 to 288 pounds.
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LIFESTYLE
December 27, 2011
Sylvia Hutzell Poffenberger celebrated her 100th birthday Nov. 5 at a family celebration at Reeders Memorial Home, where she lives. Poffenberger has spent her entire life in the Boonsboro area. She learned early in life about hard work and living off the land. She grew up on a truck farm on Mousetown Road, where she helped raise the garden produce that was taken to market. She married Clarence Poffenberger, whom she knew from attending Zittlestown School and Zittlestown Church of God. In 1931, the couple moved to her husband's family farm on Reno Mountain Road.
NEWS
November 7, 2011
The children of Northern Cross Children's Learning Center in Hagerstown recently hiked Hog Rock Nature Trail in the Catoctin Mountains with their teachers and families. After snacking and viewing the scenery at the overlook, the students continued their interpretive hike, trail maps in hand, down the mountain. The finale to the day was a singalong with guitar accompaniment. Northern Cross Children's Learning Center is a preschool program for 3- and 4-year-old children at First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave. in Hagerstown.
NEWS
September 29, 2011
The 69th annual Franklin County 4-H Pig Club Show and Sale was held Aug. 13 at the Greencastle Livestock Market. A total of 48 4-H project animals were shown, and the animals sold for a total of $32,797. The grand champion hog, weighing 258 pounds, was shown by Esdon Yeager of Greencastle. It was bought for $900 by Four Season Crop Care and 3D Stock Farm for $900. The reserve champion hog, weighing 260 pounds, was shown by Chase Cashell of Chambersburg, Pa. It was bought for $675 by Meyers Bus Lines Inc. and Meyers Construction.
OPINION
By TIM ROWLAND | September 12, 2011
“Oh” is such an innocent-sounding word. Used in casual indifference, mainly, it's the verbal equal to the ellipse. Except at Little Farm by the Creek, where “Oh,” as it is generally exclaimed by Beth, is an indicator that the world as I know it is about to cave in. “Oh” can mean anything from the water softener sheared a line and the basement is full of water to three pistons just fell out the bottom of the pickup tuck. So when Beth took two steps out of the office last week, gave a little start and said “Oh,” I sensed trouble.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | August 27, 2011
A new hog barn will be built at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds thanks in part to Lucy, a 236-pound market hog that sold for $885 Saturday at the Jefferson County Fair's livestock auction. Ten percent of Lucy's selling price is being donated to the H. Hart Bennett Foundation by her owner, Samantha Cogle, 18, of Kabletown, W.Va. The foundation is named for the late H. Hart Bennett, former fair board member who died in a hunting accident two years ago, Cogle said. "Hart showed animals when he was young and was a great supporter of the fair," she said.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | August 6, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. --Ben Byers III got to sell his calf and keep it, too. Byers' steer at the Berkeley County Youth Fair's livestock auction was bought by a Hedgesville businessman for $12,000 Friday night in the baby beef sale. The price was not a record, but it was close to one, auction officials said. The steer, which sold for $10.25 a pound, weighed in at 1,172 pounds, according to auctioneer Ed Bohrer Jr. The animal was one of 168 lambs, goats, steers and hogs sold under Bohrer's hammer at the sale.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | August 3, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- It was pig pandemonium whenever a new class of hogs entered the judge's ring at the swine judging Monday morning at the 63rd annual Berkeley County Youth Fair. It was run, root and squeal as the pigs, fresh from the confines of their pens, ran helter-skelter across the big indoor arena. Their young owners, wielding canes and sticks, had a devil of a time getting their porkers to settle down so Judge Todd Brown could get a good look at them. Brown of Culpeper, Va., judged 118 pigs Monday in showmanship, market and breeding.
NEWS
February 9, 2009
Hogs stolen from Franklin County barn CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Six hogs were stolen from a barn on Flank Drive in the last few weeks, police said. The hogs were loaded onto a truck, Pennsylvania State Police said. The theft happened between Jan. 23 and Feb. 5, police said. The Newsham breed hogs were valued at $280 apiece. Guns, jewelry stolen in Pa SOUTH MOUNTAIN, Pa. - A home in the 5000 block of Spruce Road was burglarized Friday, Pennsylvania State Police said.
NEWS
By TIM ROWLAND | August 7, 2008
We hit a couple of animal-related auctions in Virginia over the weekend, which were quite different, yet eerily similar in the sense that if you scratched your head in the wrong way you could find yourself with one feed bucket too few. The first was at the Frederick County (Va.) Fair, where all the old farmers walked with limps and grinning little tikes entered the ring carrying roosters too big for them to fully wrap their arms around. The second was the "2008 National Elite Alpaca Auction" near Leesburg on an elegant, manicured farm where waiters wandered through the crowd with silver trays of hors d'oeuvres, and the excellent hosts left no detail unattended to. Frankly, owing to my inherent trashiness, I was more comfortable at the county fair.
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