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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | March 19, 2012
Citizens emphasized the need for more places in Washington County to ride horses during a public meeting Monday night on a proposed county plan for land preservation, parks and recreation. A 2010 Maryland Equine Census said there were 3,750 horses, ponies, mules, donkeys and burros in Washington County, but Keedysville resident Sharon Draper said she thinks that number is too low. Although Draper said there are many horse owners in the county, Boonsboro resident Charleen Jones said places in the county to ride horses are limited.
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By TRISH RUDDER | March 26, 2009
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Morgan County Commission voted unanimously Thursday to give $15,000 to Morgan County Parks and Recreation for two maintenance projects. Bruce Beadenkopf, acting director of parks and recreation, said the cost to replace the lights at the ball fields is about $10,000. He said Parks and Recreation is coordinating the lift rental with the Morgan County Board of Education and both organizations' field lights will be replaced at the same time. The $3,300 rental fee will be split.
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By TRISH RUDDER | March 19, 2009
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- On a 2-1 vote Thursday, the Morgan County Commission put its proposed hotel-motel tax increase on hold until September. Commission President Brenda J. Hutchinson said she wanted to see how the economy is in six months, and suggested the county occupancy tax discussion be resumed at the Sept. 10 meeting. "I am willing to delay making a decision," Hutchinson said. Commissioner Stacy A. Dugan said she also wanted to wait and made a motion. Hutchinson seconded it, but Commission Thomas R. Swaim said he was opposed to "only September" and wanted to wait a year before bringing it back.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 2012
The City of Hagerstown Parks and Recreation Division will hold a Fall Night 5K and a Zombie Run Saturday, Oct. 13. The Fall Night 5K race will be completed on a lighted course entirely within Fairgrounds Park and Pangborn Park beginning at 6 p.m. Registration will be from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex parking lot off Security Road. Register as a zombie or runner. The runner registration fee is $25; $20 before Oct. 5. The zombie registration fee is $25. For more information and rules, go to the Parks and Recreation website at www.hagerstownmd.org .
NEWS
June 25, 2002
Stuff to do in W.Va. Martinsburg-Berkeley County parks and recreation board is accepting applications for soccer camp. The camp operates from July 22 to July 26, from 9 a.m. to noon or 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Moose Field, Woodbury Avenue, Martinsburg. Children ages 8 to 14 are eligible. The fee is $95 per child for a half-day or $140 for a full day. Contact the parks and recreation office at 1-304-264-4842, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; or stop by 15 Meadow Lane Plaza, Martinsburg.
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By TRISH RUDDER | August 13, 2009
Avail Business Systems owner explains how he would move furniture into the new courthouse BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Phil Cotchen, owner and president of Avail Business Systems, met Thursday with the Morgan County Commission to present how the move into the new courthouse would be approached if his company were used. Cotchen suggested using the existing business furniture, such as the modular millwork (transaction counters), stackable file cabinets, mobile file system and work stations that his company provided.
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By TRISH RUDDER | April 27, 2009
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Some think Bruce Beadenkopf gets paid for his work with Morgan County Parks and Recreation. Beadenkopf has volunteered his time since joining the Parks and Recreation Board of Directors in 2003. He has been the acting director for 1 1/2 years. He moved to Morgan County from Baltimore in 1990 with his family. He worked formerly as an electrician, but has been disabled with rheumatoid arthritis since 1999. He said he basically did not leave his house for the first two years, but then knew he had to do something "out of the house," he said.
NEWS
April 8, 2008
Tonight: Step-aerobics class at Little Antietam Community Center, 40 Mount Vernon Drive, Keedysville, 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 301-432-5320. Tonight: Low-impact aerobics class, Boonsboro Fire Hall, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., sponsored by Washington County Department of Parks and Recreation. For registration and costs, call 240-313-2805. April 9: Boonsboro Lions Club meets at American Legion, 6:30 p.m. April 10: Public Safety Commission meeting at Boonsboro Town Hall, 7:30 p.m. April 10: Low-impact aerobics class, Boonsboro Fire Hall, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., sponsored by Washington County Department of Parks and Recreation.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | May 19, 2013
The south end of Hagerstown's City Park was full of the sounds of love and heartbreak Sunday afternoon as the Hub Opera Ensemble performed excerpts from an upcoming performance of “Don Giovanni.” The performance was the first in a new series of events, to be held at 1 p.m. in the park every other Sunday through September, called “Arts in the Park.” The events are being produced by a partnership between Historic City Park Neighborhoods 1st...
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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 RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@hrald-mail.com | December 11, 2012
Clinton “Leeds” Corbin remembered the day in October when he fell 11 feet headfirst into a hole in the ground. The fall broke his neck, leaving him without use of his arms and legs. “That's the sad part,” he said Tuesday from a Philadelphia physical rehabilitation center. “My doctor said I'd never walk again or use my arms.” Corbin, 62, of Summit Point, W.Va., doesn't accept that fate. “I'm doing exceptionally well, well above where I'm supposed to be at this point.
NEWS
October 30, 2012
Despite a brief stoppage due to the inclement weather over the past few days, work is progressing at two City of Hagerstown parks, a Parks and Recreation official said Tuesday. Parks Superintendent Junior Mason said Greenawalt Park, a new downtown “pocket park” located at the corner North Locust Street and East Avenue, is expected to be completed within the next three to four weeks. Mason said the city is in the process of installing lights and electrical conduits at the site, which began as an old abandoned building that the city purchased and demolished earlier this year.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 2012
The City of Hagerstown Parks and Recreation Division will hold a Fall Night 5K and a Zombie Run Saturday, Oct. 13. The Fall Night 5K race will be completed on a lighted course entirely within Fairgrounds Park and Pangborn Park beginning at 6 p.m. Registration will be from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex parking lot off Security Road. Register as a zombie or runner. The runner registration fee is $25; $20 before Oct. 5. The zombie registration fee is $25. For more information and rules, go to the Parks and Recreation website at www.hagerstownmd.org .
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | September 19, 2012
A BMX/skate park opened nearly three years ago by the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation Board has been on “shaky ground” financially, the board's Executive Director R. Stephen Catlett told members meeting Tuesday. The indoor 6,100-square-foot facility at 39 Kelly Island Road hasn't been generating enough revenue to cover the monthly rent for the former cold-storage warehouse, Catlett said. The parks and recreation board leased the warehouse space from R.M. Roach & Sons Inc. (Roach Energy)
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | July 5, 2012
As the Fourth of July celebration at Fairgrounds Park drew to a close Wednesday, the cleanup was just beginning. Workers from the Hagerstown Parks and Recreation Division were out Wednesday night and Thursday from morning to the afternoon, cleaning up the park after the popular event. “It's just another day on the job,” said Randy Lee, a city recreation worker. “Every day's a cleanup day for me; today there is just more trash than usual.” Lee, who was picking up the trash left at the park Thursday morning, said he didn't mind the work because he enjoys being outside.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | April 4, 2012
A $285,000 settlement has ended litigation between the fired executive director of the Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Commission and the commission's board of directors, according to a posted copy of the documents. Tim Barr will receive $100,000 from the Parks and Recreation Commission's budget and $185,000 from its insurance company, under the settlement. Barr and his attorney, Harry P. Waddell, verified Wednesday that an agreement was reached on the lawsuit Barr filed in October 2010, a month after he was terminated from his position while he was away on vacation.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | March 29, 2012
There are no off-leash dog parks in Washington County, but numerous Hagerstown-area canine lovers hope that will change in the future. “It's a wonderful thing for the community, and it's great for the dogs,” Paul Miller, executive director of the Humane Society of Washington County, said Thursday night. Miller was one of several people who spoke during a public meeting at Hagerstown Community College, urging county officials to include plans for dog parks in its proposed plan for land preservation, parks and recreation.
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