May 18, 2013
Employees at Letterkenny Army Depot are facing fewer furlough days than originally expected - workers are looking at 11 days without pay rather than 14. The 11 days are down from the 14 that the Pentagon advised would be needed, and only half of the 22 days originally anticipated, according to a statement released by the depot. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced in a town hall Tuesday that Department of the Army civilians will be furloughed up to 11 days, beginning no earlier than July 8. The furlough is scheduled to begin July 8 at the rate of one furlough day per week through the end of the current fiscal year, Sept.
November 10, 2012
The JFK 50 Mile began as more of a forced march, with 11 male participants, four of whom finished the grueling trek. Almost half a century later, the ultramarathon draws more than 1,000 men and women, some of them elite runners from across the country and around the world. As the level of competition increased, winning times have been cut in more than half - from 13 hours and 10 minutes the first year to a record 5 hours, 40 minutes, 45 seconds last year. Saturday is the 50th running of the JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon, which takes participants from Boonsboro to Williamsport along paved roads, the Appalachian Trail and the C&O Canal towpath.
September 22, 2012
Obama has ignored fundamental problems To the editor: I am appalled after watching the Democratic National Convention. President Obama ignored fundamental problems: 1) Wall Street and top banks dominating politics; 2) the economy; 3) $16 trillion national debt that keeps rising; 4) America's credit rating dropped; 5) jobs and home foreclosures; 6) security leaks. Instead, Obama takes facts out of context and throws up smoke screens - gay rights, Social Security, Medicare, Romney raising taxes on the middle class.
July 7, 2012
Jo Ann Rankin is a woman who heeds that tug on her heart. A couple years ago, when her husband, William Rankin, closed his golf cart shop on National Pike, Jo Ann felt inspired to convert the building into a flea market. William Rankin was apprehensive, he said, but Jo Ann made a go of it. Right off the bat, having the market wasn't enough. Jo Ann, who William said has “a heart for community service,” began hosting fundraisers at the shop to benefit various organizations.
December 20, 2011
A private university with a branch campus in Martinsburg announced Tuesday that it has signed a formal agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense that makes the college's programs more accessible to military service members. For example, the memorandum of understanding allows for the college to provide college credit for military training, Mountain State University President Charles H. Polk said in a news release. “We take great pride in being a military-friendly institution, and this MOU takes our long-standing relationship with the military to the next level,” Polk said.
July 12, 2011
“This is to the person or persons who stole the road sign from the Indian Springs Road and Lanes Run Road over the weekend. The Indian Springs sign also had a memorial for a veteran — that happened to be my dad — bolted onto it, and how apropos of you to pick the Fourth of July weekend to do your dastardly deed, on a weekend that should be for all military personnel. If you need the road sign, so be it, but please return the veteran’s (memorial).” — Indian Springs area “I see in the paper that Congressman Roscoe Bartlett is going to run for his 11th term in Congress.
May 2, 2011
Tom Gorzelanny allowed only three hits in eight sharp innings against a struggling San Francisco lineup, and Michael Morse and Jerry Hairston Jr. drove in runs for Washington, helping the Nationals beat the Giants 2-0 Monday on Military Appreciation Night. Gorzelanny (1-2) hadn’t lasted eight innings in a game since Aug. 12, 2007, when he threw a shutout for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Giants. On Monday, he gave up Aaron Rowand¿s double leading off the game and single in the third, as well as Cody Ross¿ single in the eighth.
April 13, 2011
The Washington County chapter of the American Red Cross kicked off its annual Heroes fundraising campaign Wednesday morning during a breakfast at its headquarters on Conrad Court in Hagerstown. Maria I. Johns, director of financial development for the Red Cross of Washington County, said 21 people pledged to raise $12,716 toward the organization's $30,000 goal. The money will be used to support Red Cross services, including disaster relief, assistance for fire victims, emergency military communications, and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and first-aid training.
March 20, 2011
AMVETS, Department of Maryland, will present the PNC A. Leo Anderson Memorial Free State Award of Excellence to CSM Bran Thompson, president of the Maj. Gen. Boyd Cook Memorial Foundation Inc., at a ceremony April 2 at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Md. The award honors Thompson’s more than 10 years of advocating for veterans and 9/11 military personnel and for those of their family members. Thompson spent more than 38 years in the U.S. Army Air Force Reserves and Army Reserves before retiring.
April 8, 2009
HANCOCK - Daisy Girl Scout Troop 903 began last week with a simple advertisement in the local paper asking for names of local military personnel serving overseas. "We had cookies that we did not sell and wanted to send them to military personnel serving our country as a service project for our troop," said Heather Unger, troop leader. After two phone calls that night, Unger said she began to realize just how important these care packages are and how the military personnel really look forward to getting them.