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November 3, 2007
Growing up in Hagerstown near Rose Hill Cemetery, Richard Clem couldn't have known back then that it held the key to a Civil War mystery. And that he would be the one to solve it. Clem, 67, was to be at the cemetery today when Bruce Avery, a descendant of a Confederate colonel, came to dedicate a granite marker in his ancestor's honor.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | September 5, 2012
Before learning Wednesday afternoon that the man who has verbally pledged $15 million toward the construction of a downtown multiuse events center is a resident of Pennsylvania, The Herald-Mail contacted a number of people with possible connections to the project to see if they knew the identity of the mystery man. Nobody did. But a lot of people denied they were the potential donors. One of those who denied making the pledge was Vincent Groh, a Hagerstown property owner who donated the building that now houses Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.
NEWS
December 5, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Without a stage while Chambersburg Area Senior High School is undergoing renovations, the CASHS Drama Club has converted the school's cafeteria into a dinner theater. The play "Did Someone Say 'Murder'?" will be served up again tonight and Saturday.
NEWS
by KEVIN CLAPP | March 13, 2003
kevinc@herald-mail.com There has been a murder at the manor, and all manner of mystery is breaking out. Amongst them, what in Columbo's raincoat is up with the candy cigarette-smoking inspector? Yup, this whodunit may have begun with a scream in the night, but it's the audience that'll be howling when all is said and done. At least, that's the idea. A week and a half before the Star Theatre curtain rises on Marcus Steinour's "Scream in the Night," Joe Spirko's cast is still finding the funny.
NEWS
August 8, 1997
By GUY FLETCHER Staff Writer The backyard tombstone has found a new home, but the 140-year-old mystery it is shrouded in remains mostly unscathed. On Wednesday officials with Rose Hill Cemetery agreed to have the tombstone of Julia Anna Schindel placed at the Schindel family plot, said Peggy Schindel Hunt, who spent much of the day trying to find a dignified location for the slab of marble that until recently was being used as second base for neighborhood sandlot ball games.
NEWS
By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | November 3, 2007
HAGERSTOWN ? Growing up in Hagerstown near Rose Hill Cemetery, Richard Clem couldn't have known back then that it held the key to a Civil War mystery. And that he would be the one to solve it. Clem, 67, was among those at the cemetery Saturday when Bruce Avery, a descendant of a Confederate colonel, came to dedicate a granite marker in his ancestor's honor. "He was so excited," Clem said of Avery after he learned this year through an article written by Clem that his fourth cousin, Col. Isaac Erwin Avery, was buried at Rose Hill.
NEWS
March 31, 2009
No one seems to know the exact meaning of the donated fountain that is being installed inside the roundabout at Park Circle in Hagerstown, said Chris Tischer, chairwoman of the Park Circle Fountain and Garden Project. Tischer said she believes, however, that the fountain depicts four muses that represent the quality of water. Under the muses are words that could be the names of rivers or river valleys in France, she said. Tischer said the City of Hagerstown and members of the Hagerstown Garden Club will dedicate the fountain at 3:30 p.m. May 5.
NEWS
by ANDREA ROWLAND | January 8, 2004
andrear@herald-mail.com Interactive mystery game writer Steve Hatherley, founder of www.great-murder-mystery-games.com, gave the following tips for planning and hosting murder mystery games: Allow at least two weeks to prepare - including familiarizing yourself with the game, sending out invitations, arranging for catering and dealing with any last-minute problems that might occur. Choose a game that's suitable for your target audience. "Some of the murder mystery games have drug references, so you need to think about the suitability of the game for your guests," Hatherley said.
NEWS
July 23, 1997
By ELLEN LYON Staff Writer The half-buried stone had served as a handy second base for neighborhood children, but when two Hagerstown boys dug it up, they unearthed a mystery dating back nearly 140 years. Virginia Starliper, of 21 W. Antietam St., said her son Bradley, 6, and his friend Daniel Kane, 8, were looking for worms and bugs about three months ago when they dug up the stone in the back yard of the 105 E. Washington St. apartment building where Daniel lives. Starliper said she turned over the heavy stone, brushed off the dirt and discovered it was an old marble tombstone, clearly inscribed with the words: Julia Anna wife of Samuel Schindel died Oct. 19, 1858 aged 61 years, 3 months & 17 days.
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By DANIEL KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com | March 23, 2013
While North Hagerstown is clearly the team to beat among Washington County girls lacrosse squads in 2013, there is no such sure thing among the county's boys teams. The top county team by record in 2012 - Smithsburg at 8-5 - has two Herald-Mail All-County first team honorees back in juniors Josh Thomas and Kyle Geblein, but must replace five starters and has a smaller squad than usual, making depth a potential issue. “It's always an experiment when you have people in there who haven't played varsity before,” Leopards coach Joe Dietrich said.
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NEWS
February 4, 2013
St. Agnes Church will hold an evening of food, fun and mystery. The Mardi Gras Murder Mystery Dinner will be Saturday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Shepherdstown Community Club, War Memorial Building. The event will be presented by members of St. Agnes Church, including Joe Yates, Samantha Yates, Jen Murphy, Rodica Stoicoiu, Teresa McBee, Caleb McBee, Chuck Pierpont, Fred Dubay and Sandy Sponaugle. Tickets cost $35 per person, which include appetizers, dinner, dessert, beer and wine served by church members.
NEWS
By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | arnoldp@herald-mail.com | October 20, 2012
Most of the Washington County Commissioners said in interviews this past week they are keeping their options open as to how to use the largely empty office building the county bought more than four years ago for $3 million. Commissioners Ruth Anne Callaham, William B. McKinley and Jeffrey A. Cline said that because the downtown building's current tenants, renting about a tenth of the space, paid enough last year to cover the entire building's utility and maintenance costs, there's no urgent need to decide how to fill the rest of the space.
LIFESTYLE
October 14, 2012
Name: Robin Murphy Age: 49 City in which you reside: Sharpsburg Day job: Administrative associate in the Graduate Studies & Continuing Education Division, Shepherd University Book title: "Secret of the Big Easy" Genre: Paranormal Mystery Publisher: Self-published Price: $12.95 Synopsis of book: Dr. Marie Bartek struggles to gain control over the new psychic abilities she experiences while...
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | September 5, 2012
Before learning Wednesday afternoon that the man who has verbally pledged $15 million toward the construction of a downtown multiuse events center is a resident of Pennsylvania, The Herald-Mail contacted a number of people with possible connections to the project to see if they knew the identity of the mystery man. Nobody did. But a lot of people denied they were the potential donors. One of those who denied making the pledge was Vincent Groh, a Hagerstown property owner who donated the building that now houses Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | September 5, 2012
Curiosity ran rampant throughout Hagerstown on Wednesday, as people learned of an anonymous private donor who has verbally pledged $15 million toward the city's proposed downtown multiuse stadium project. “It is the speculative chatter of Hagerstown right now,” said Brien J. Poffenberger, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce. “If I knew, I wouldn't tell you, but I don't know.” Hagerstown City Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said Tuesday that the mystery man is not a resident of Maryland, but does live in the Tri-State area.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | April 8, 2012
Karen Thatcher knew when she saw it that a photograph of a tintype of a young Confederate soldier was of David Miller Thatcher, her husband Larry Thatcher's great-great uncle, who died in the Civil War in 1863. “It was the hands,” she said, looking at an array of 10 tintypes of Civil War soldiers that appeared in an ad for the Library of Congress in the March 4 edition of The Washington Post. Her discovery also solved a mystery for library officials who had received a private collection of more than 700 Civil War ambrotype and tintype photographs of soldiers, many of whom were unidentified.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | February 21, 2011
“Here is where the weary are resting, From toil and care and pain, No sickness or destroying death Shall trouble him again” This epitaph over the grave of Thomas Shepherd III, grandson of the founder of Shepherdstown, who died Nov. 9, 1832, at age 58, is in the Shepherd family graveyard adjacent to the Episcopal parsonage on New Street. Shepherd’s gravestone is among dozens in three town cemeteries that have been and are being found, cleaned, mapped and their inscriptions transcribed into a database.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 2010
The Blue Ridge Theatre Guild will hold open auditions for the Agatha Christie murder mystery "The Unexpected Guest. " Auditions will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, Friday, Jan. 7 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9 at The Greystone Inn, 4882 Charmian Road, Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. The cast consists of seven men and three women. The show will open in April 2011. For more information, contact Tom at 717-377-0422 or bluetheatre@live.com or go to www.brtg.ws
NEWS
December 7, 2009
MIDDLETOWN, Va. -- Productions for Wayside Theatre's 49th season have been announced. The 2010-11 season runs from June 5, 2010, through April 23, 2011. The season opens with the winner of two Tony Awards, "Shenandoah"; continues with the wacky comedy, "Dead Man's Cell Phone"; followed by the musical retelling of the "Little Match Girl, Striking 12," and the fall mystery, "Mark Twain's A Murder, A Mystery and A Marriage. " In 2011, Wayside presents "Southern Cross: The New Orleans Adventure," a prequel musical to the hit about the Green Family Singers.
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