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Washington County Museum of Fine Arts | March 18, 2011
Special to The Herald-Mail "In painting the Grand Canyon ... I have to be full of my subject," the famous American landscapist Thomas Moran (1837-1926) told reporters in 1912. Something of a character but a learned one, Moran went on to reassure his fans that he was a scientist. He knew the geology of the canyon, the atmosphere that hovered over it, the torrents of the Colorado River far below and even the wildlife that inhabited the area. Tourism to the famous landmark had come into its own by the turn of the century, and Moran was the artist who assisted it. Born into a family of painters in Philadelphia, he fell in love with the American West after his first trip across the Mississippi in 1871.
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By JANET HEIM | August 30, 2009
While Everybody's Day at Pen Mar Park is an annual celebration designed to offer something for people of all ages and tastes, this year's event was special for one person in particular -- Edith Sweigert. Sweigert, 87, was honored Sunday for helping Washington County purchase and develop Pen Mar Park. Sweigert was an administrator for the Washington County Parks Department from 1971 to 1992. "Edith was instrumental in securing Open Space funds to purchase the park up there," said Jaime Dick, recreation director for the Washington County Recreation Department.
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by KATE COLEMAN | August 10, 2003
katec@herald-mail.com Ed Mahoney majored in history in college but didn't get to use it much in his marketing career. Since he retired from J.C. Penney Co. Inc. three years ago, he's put his history degree to good use. This summer, he and his wife, Kaaren - who live in Rockwell, Texas, eight months a year - are volunteers at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in Harpers Ferry, W.Va. The couple did their first tour of volunteer duty at Harpers Ferry in 2000. They were back in 2001 and spent last summer in northern California volunteering at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.
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by DAVE McMILLION | July 4, 2003
charlestown@herald-mail.com A popular fireworks show near Bolivar that usually attracts tens of thousands of people during the Fourth of July holiday will not be held this year, officials said Thursday. The fireworks show, which usually is conducted by the National Park Service in a field near Bolivar Heights, had to be canceled this year because of budget constraints, according to Harpers Ferry (W.Va.) National Historical Park spokeswoman Marsha Wassel. Part of the reason the fireworks could not be held is due to a pay raise for national park employees, Wassel said.
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by TRISH RUDDER | July 27, 2005
trishr@herald-mail.com BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - More special events like wedding functions and wine and cheese receptions could be held on the grounds of Cacapon State Park if a rule change being considered by the state is approved. At the Morgan County park, and in most West Virginia state parks, events at which alcohol are served are allowed only in the conference centers or in restaurants. The Parks and Recreation Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR)
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | July 20, 2013
Berkeley County's almshouse - a historic mansion, where widows, orphans and disabled Civil War veterans once stayed - is about to get a much-needed roof repair. The work is being funded in part by a $27,500 State Historic Preservation Office development grant that will be formally announced Wednesday in Charleston, Caryn S. Gresham, deputy commissioner of the Division of Culture and History, said Friday. Began as a loghouse in the 1780s by John and Elizabeth Emmert, the home was transformed into a large stone mansion by the 1840s, and now overlooks a 5-acre lake in Poor House Farm Park west of Martinsburg.
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By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town | December 11, 1998
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Superintendent Donald Campbell has been named Superintendent of the Year for the National Capital Region, officials said. The National Capital Region is the local arm of the U.S. park system that includes Harpers Ferry along with 13 other major parks. The region, which reaches about 60 miles from Washington, D.C., includes U.S. park monuments and properties in the Washingtonarea and such other regional attractions as Manassas National Battlefield and Prince William Forest Park near Triangle, Va. Nominations for the award are made every year by parks in the region.
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | June 21, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Harpers Ferry National Historical Park's visitors center wasn't designed to be a visitors center at all, and according to Park Superintendent Donald Campbell it could be the smallest of any such facility in the nation's park system. "It's just undersized and over-utilized," Campbell said Wednesday, a few hours after staff for U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., announced that $1.35 million for expanding the facility was included in a spending bill approved by a Senate Appropriations subcommittee.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | March 20, 2012
The unusually mild winter has scrambled the traditional end of the Berkeley County school year for students who will finish classes on May 22 before the seniors graduate, according to Schools Superintendent Manny P. Arvon. “This is the first time in Berkeley County (that I can recall) that we've haven't had at least one snow day,” Arvon said Tuesday, the official beginning of spring. In fact, the last day for teachers - May 25 - will come before Martinsburg and Hedgesville High schools' evening graduation ceremonies, Arvon said.
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September 26, 2000
City to take feral cats from park By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer The City of Hagerstown is looking for homes for about 20 wild cats that have been living in City Park. The cats primarily live near Highland Way. For years a few people have been bringing the cats food, and taking them to a veterinarian for shots and to be spayed or neutered. But City Project Coordinator Austin Abraham said that this year and in previous years some residents have complained about the cats, which sometimes wander into the nearby neighborhoods.
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August 7, 2013
The City of Hagerstown and the Rotary Club of Long Meadows hosted a rededication ceremony July 1 for the Rotary Club of Long Meadows Park. Rotarians, Antietam Garden Club, Morris Frock Post 42 American Legion members, city officials, Boy Scout Troop 103, Cub Pack 103 and community neighbors assembled for the ceremony. The rededication celebrated the successful public-private partnership that has contributed to the park's success throughout the last several years. The Rotary Club of Long Meadows Park was approved by the mayor and city council in July 2000 under the city's previous Adopt-A-Park program.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | July 20, 2013
Berkeley County's almshouse - a historic mansion, where widows, orphans and disabled Civil War veterans once stayed - is about to get a much-needed roof repair. The work is being funded in part by a $27,500 State Historic Preservation Office development grant that will be formally announced Wednesday in Charleston, Caryn S. Gresham, deputy commissioner of the Division of Culture and History, said Friday. Began as a loghouse in the 1780s by John and Elizabeth Emmert, the home was transformed into a large stone mansion by the 1840s, and now overlooks a 5-acre lake in Poor House Farm Park west of Martinsburg.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 10, 2013
The Berkeley County Council voted Thursday to take ownership of a 1.7-acre parcel that is being donated for a park in the community of Bedington, W.Va. The new recreation site, which is proposed to be named Goldie Gibbons Park, is along Bedington Road across from the Bedington Volunteer Fire Department's main station. The land also borders the Winchester & Western Railroad. “It's too nice of a piece of property to say no to,” R. Stephen “Steve” Catlett, executive director of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks & Recreation Board, told council members Thursday.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | March 20, 2012
The unusually mild winter has scrambled the traditional end of the Berkeley County school year for students who will finish classes on May 22 before the seniors graduate, according to Schools Superintendent Manny P. Arvon. “This is the first time in Berkeley County (that I can recall) that we've haven't had at least one snow day,” Arvon said Tuesday, the official beginning of spring. In fact, the last day for teachers - May 25 - will come before Martinsburg and Hedgesville High schools' evening graduation ceremonies, Arvon said.
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Washington County Museum of Fine Arts | March 18, 2011
Special to The Herald-Mail "In painting the Grand Canyon ... I have to be full of my subject," the famous American landscapist Thomas Moran (1837-1926) told reporters in 1912. Something of a character but a learned one, Moran went on to reassure his fans that he was a scientist. He knew the geology of the canyon, the atmosphere that hovered over it, the torrents of the Colorado River far below and even the wildlife that inhabited the area. Tourism to the famous landmark had come into its own by the turn of the century, and Moran was the artist who assisted it. Born into a family of painters in Philadelphia, he fell in love with the American West after his first trip across the Mississippi in 1871.
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By DANA BROWN | September 6, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Close to 500 people gathered for a longstanding Labor Day community breakfast to benefit War Memorial Park in Martinsburg early Monday. "It's kind of the unofficial end-of-summer event," Parks and Recreation Director Steve Catlett said. "You get a good meal, but you are contributing back to the improvement of the park. " The Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation Association hoped to raise about $10,000 from the traditional breakfast of grilled steak, country ham, scrambled eggs, toast, juice and coffee.
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By JANET HEIM | August 30, 2009
While Everybody's Day at Pen Mar Park is an annual celebration designed to offer something for people of all ages and tastes, this year's event was special for one person in particular -- Edith Sweigert. Sweigert, 87, was honored Sunday for helping Washington County purchase and develop Pen Mar Park. Sweigert was an administrator for the Washington County Parks Department from 1971 to 1992. "Edith was instrumental in securing Open Space funds to purchase the park up there," said Jaime Dick, recreation director for the Washington County Recreation Department.
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | June 21, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Harpers Ferry National Historical Park's visitors center wasn't designed to be a visitors center at all, and according to Park Superintendent Donald Campbell it could be the smallest of any such facility in the nation's park system. "It's just undersized and over-utilized," Campbell said Wednesday, a few hours after staff for U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., announced that $1.35 million for expanding the facility was included in a spending bill approved by a Senate Appropriations subcommittee.
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by TRISH RUDDER | July 27, 2005
trishr@herald-mail.com BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - More special events like wedding functions and wine and cheese receptions could be held on the grounds of Cacapon State Park if a rule change being considered by the state is approved. At the Morgan County park, and in most West Virginia state parks, events at which alcohol are served are allowed only in the conference centers or in restaurants. The Parks and Recreation Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR)
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by KATE COLEMAN | August 10, 2003
katec@herald-mail.com Ed Mahoney majored in history in college but didn't get to use it much in his marketing career. Since he retired from J.C. Penney Co. Inc. three years ago, he's put his history degree to good use. This summer, he and his wife, Kaaren - who live in Rockwell, Texas, eight months a year - are volunteers at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in Harpers Ferry, W.Va. The couple did their first tour of volunteer duty at Harpers Ferry in 2000. They were back in 2001 and spent last summer in northern California volunteering at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.
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