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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 ANDREA ROWLAND | May 12, 2003
andrear@herald-mail.com Edith Sweigert retired from her post as head of the Washington County Parks and Recreation Department a decade ago, but she never stopped working to better her community and improve the quality of life for its citizens. Sweigert, a woman known as much for her kindness and humility as for her award-winning stewardship of the county's parks system, started volunteering for various causes soon after she retired in early 1993. She does volunteer office work once a week at the State Vocational Rehabilitation Office in Frederick, Md., where her daughter is employed as a counselor.
NEWS
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 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 | 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.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | September 23, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- About 45 people attended a preview Wednesday night of a new Ken Burns documentary about the country's national parks in the Bridge of Life church auditorium on South Potomac Street. The six-episode television series, which begins Sunday on PBS, traces the start of the country's national park system in the mid-1800s and follows its development for nearly 150 years. Burns' film tells the story of the national park system using archival photographs, first-person accounts of historical characters and analysis from more than 40 interviews, according to a press release from the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, which sponsored Wednesday's speak peek of the film.
NEWS
By Dave McMillion | February 26, 2006
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - A National Park Service facility in Harpers Ferry that produces and designs media for national parks across the country will face about $400,000 in budget cuts next year, the facility's director told the Jefferson County Commission Thursday. The Harpers Ferry Center employs about 173 workers who earn an average of about $80,000 per year, Gary Candelaria said. Candelaria said one possible way to offset the budget cuts is to have workers who are eligible for retirement consider retiring from the center.
NEWS
March 6, 2009
Due to increased security measures, portions of Catoctin Mountain Park will be closed effective today at about 7 a.m. through Sunday at about 3 p.m. Park Central Road is closed between the Camp Misty Mount Entrance and Camp Greentop. Reservations for Poplar Grove, Camp Misty Mount, Camp Greentop and Camp Round Meadow will be honored. Hikers may access trails to Thurmont Vista, Wolf Rock and Chimney Rock as well as the Falls Nature Trail from the Visitor Center Trailheads. The Catoctin Trail will be open.
NEWS
January 15, 2009
Due to increased security measures, portions of Catoctin Mountain Park will be closed from Friday at about 10:30 a.m. through Sunday at about 2 p.m. Park Central Road is closed between the Camp Misty Mount Entrance and Camp Greentop. Reservations for Poplar Grove, Camp Misty Mount, Camp Greentop and Camp Round Meadow will be honored. Hikers may access trails to Thurmont Vista, Wolf Rock and Chimney Rock as well as the Falls Nature Trail from the Visitor Center Trailheads. The Catoctin Trail will be open.
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