April 11, 2013
A Sharpsburg man planting trees at his Powell Road home Thursday unearthed a live Civil War-era shell that authorities later disposed of by setting it off at a neighboring farm. “When I saw it I knew what it was,” J.D. Taylor Jr. said. “It was the second one I found here. “It was some kind of experience.” Taylor said he at first thought he hit a rock with his steel shovel while digging in his yard about a mile from Antietam National Battlefield sometime between 8:30 to 9 a.m. He pushed the shovel under the object, which was five or six inches deep, and knelt to pry it out. The Maryland State Fire Marshal's office said in a news release that the object was a 3-inch Federal Navy Schenkl that had not been fired and had an intact fusing mechanism.
March 8, 2013
Jean William Showe, 96, born July 2, 1916, in Hagerstown, Md., passed away peacefully Thursday, March 7, 2013, in Severna Park, Md. A longtime resident of Pines-on-the-Severn in Arnold, Md., he was preceded in death by his wife of more than 60 years, Esther Showe. He was the beloved father of Linda (Mike) Baker of Bowie, Md., and beloved grandfather of Craig Baker of Galion, Ohio, and Courtney (Stephen) Kenney of Chicago, Ill. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
March 3, 2013
When George Bernardino needed something in the U.S. Navy clinics he ran over the years, all he had to do was sign a requisition. Bernardino is not in the Navy anymore. Two weeks ago, chosen from a slate of 56 applicants, he took over as public health administrator for the Jefferson County Health Department. Now when he wants something that exceeds his budget, he'll fill out grant applications. “Finding the funds to improve things will be my biggest challenge,” he said. Bernardino, 39, retired in August, ending a 20-year Navy hitch, almost all as a hospital corpsman.
December 4, 2012
Mackenzie Riford, a native of Hagerstown and a member of the U.S. Military Academy's marathon team, will be part of the team that runs the ceremonial game ball from West Point to Philadelphia for the 113th Army-Navy football classic scheduled for Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. The 19-member cadet team will accept the game ball at approximately 7 p.m. Thursday during the bonfire activities. The team will depart West Point, passing through several towns and cities during the two-day run to deliver the game ball for opening ceremonies at 2 p.m. This year marks the 84th time the Cadets and Midshipmen have met in Philadelphia for this longstanding rivalry.
November 4, 2012
A retirement celebration for retired Chief Warrant Officer Richard F. Jordan of Hagerstown was held Aug. 26 at American Legion Post 183 on Putty Hill Road in Parkville, Md. Jordan was recognized for more than 70 years of service to the state and nation. His military career began when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in April 1942. He served on cruisers, destroyers and at various Naval bases in Navy communications during World War II and the Korean War. In March 1951, he entered the Maryland Army National Guard, serving in many leadership positions.
August 25, 2012
The Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association will host the U.S. Navy Commodores as part of its annual Red, White and Blue Summer Concert Series on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 4:30 p.m., at HCC's Alumni Amphitheater. The band features 18 of the Navy's premier jazz and big band musicians playing under the direction of Senior Chief Musician Philip M. Burlin. Since the band's founding in 1969, the Commodores have played with a variety of well-known jazz musicians, including Ray Charles, Louie Bellson, Terry Gibbs, Bruce Johnstone, Bob Mintzer, James Moody, Clark Terry and Eugene "Snooky" Young.
February 23, 2012
The recognition was 60 years in coming, but the Marine receiving it was no less proud. Still trim and fit in the U.S. Marine Corpsuniform he had custom-made in Okinawa in 1966 on his way to Vietnam, retired Capt. Robert “Bob” Glausier, 80, proudly wears the Gold Star he finally received for combat action in the Korean War. It is the second combat action award he has received. Still, Glausier is hesitant to make much of his latest recognition. “Bob is awfully modest.
January 1, 2012
Retired Commander USN, Jay H. Wilkinson, 70, of 6 Grouse Wing Court, Biltmore Lake, N.C., entered into rest at 12:02 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at the John F. Keever Jr. Solace Center in Asheville, N.C., following a short illness. He was born Nov. 23, 1941, in Waynesboro, Pa. He was the son of the late John S. Wilkinson, who was raised in Fayetteville, Pa., and Elinor (Perreida) Wilkinson, who was raised in Hawaii. He lived his early life in Waynesboro. Mr. Wilkinson graduated from Mercersburg Academy in 1959 and received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Notre Dame in 1963.
September 8, 2011
Hagerstown Community College announced that the final concert of the Red, White and Blue Summer Concert Series has been canceled. The U.S. Navy Sea Chanters, originally scheduled to perform on Sept. 22, have canceled the concert due to a conflicting engagement at the White House.
August 12, 2011
Decades from now when Jeremy Harbaugh reflects on his life journey, he will probably remember one day in particular that set him on the right path. It was the day he decided to attend the U.S. Naval Academy. Harbaugh was a sophomore at Smithsburg High School when he developed an interest in becoming a midshipman, he said. His parents, Steve and Carmen Harbaugh, had visited the military college as chaperones on a field trip with his younger brother and sister. "They returned home excited and told me I needed to take a trip to Annapolis," he said.