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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | December 1, 2011
Boonsboro Police Sgt. Rich Poffenberger, 51, died Thursday, hours after working what would be his final shift.   His death has shocked the community he was sworn to protect and left some who knew him speechless.   "I'm at a loss for words," Boonsboro Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said. "I just still cannot believe it. " Just Wednesday, Poffenberger had been at work, Boonsboro Police Chief Jeff Hewett said. "He worked with me yesterday and he seemed fine at the time," Hewett said Thursday.
NEWS
March 29, 2011
A 12-year-old boy who was reported missing shortly before noon Tuesday was found almost three hours later in Shafer Memorial Park in Boonsboro, Boonsboro police Sgt. Rich Poffenberger said. Poffenberger said he believed the boy was found with the help of an automated calling system that notified local residents. “Apparently, one of the postal workers in Boonsboro spotted him in the park and followed him,” Poffenberger said. Poffenberger said he believed the boy ran away from his home near Appletown Road in the Boonsboro area because of a domestic dispute.
NEWS
By TERRY TALBERT | April 13, 1998
by Richard T. Meagher / staff photographer see the enlargement When Sarah Poffenberger turned 90 earlier this month, her relatives and friends celebrated her birthday, and a life of simple service. Poffenberger doesn't think there's much special about her days on this Earth, but those who know her do. "She's amazing," said Alma Grams, one of Poffenberger's two daughters. Poffenberger recently talked about her life at her home in Halfway. With her were Grams, "adopted" daughter Phyllis Alexander and one of her three sisters, 83-year-old Ida Miller.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | March 2, 2009
BOONSBORO -- Two Boonsboro Police Department officers were honored Monday night for their role in the Jan. 22 capture of an inmate who escaped from the Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown. Convicted murderer Kandelario Garcia-Ramos was captured after a clerk at a Sheetz store at U.S. 40 and Md. 66, east of Hagerstown, called 911 to report a suspicious man loitering in the store. When police arrived, the man -- who was outside talking on a cell phone and drinking coffee -- ran southwest into a field, at one point pulling out an eight-inch knife as officers chased him, police said.
NEWS
October 6, 2008
Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65) at Poffenberger and Rench roads was shut down for about 45 minutes this morning following a two-vehicle accident accident. The road was reopened about 9:15 a.m. More information will be released as it becomes available. View Larger Map
NEWS
By TIM KOELBLE | November 1, 2008
BOONSBORO -- It wasn't pretty, but Boonsboro is still perfect. The No. 3 Warriors survived lost fumbles and a rash of penalties Friday in a 38-22 MVAL Antietam Conference victory over Catoctin to reach 9-0 for the first time in school history. "I was happy by the fact we beat a team with a winning record for the first time this year," Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders said. "They put 50 points up on us last year. We really needed this win to stay in the (playoff) hunt. " The Warriors, now 4-0 in the conference, lost four fumbles and were penalized 10 times for 105 yards.
NEWS
by KAREN HANNA | January 18, 2006
WASHINGTON COUNTY karenh@herald-mail.com Students, parents and community members who want to recognize a favorite teacher have less than two weeks to turn in their nominations for Educator of the Year. The Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce has announced it will accept nominations for public- and private-school teachers until Jan. 30. The original cutoff date was today. According to Chamber of Commerce President Brien J. Poffenberger, last year's nominations for Teacher of the Year numbered about 45. "As it is, the deadline is the same this year as it was last year, so we anticipate the same," Poffenberger said.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | October 30, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- When it comes to lobbying for local interests in Annapolis, next year's focus will be on protecting local resources from cuts, rather than requesting a lot of new funding or legislation, Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce President Brien J. Poffenberger said Friday at a meeting of the Greater Hagerstown Committee. The Greater Hagerstown Committee, a group of local business and community leaders, is one of eight local organizations and agencies whose leaders meet each year to set an agenda for the Washington County Community Lobbying Coalition.
NEWS
By TIM KOELBLE | November 1, 2008
BOONSBORO - It wasn't pretty, but Boonsboro is still perfect. The No. 3 Warriors survived lost fumbles and a rash of penalties Friday in a 38-22 MVAL Antietam Conference victory over Catoctin to reach 9-0 for the first time in school history. "I was happy by the fact we beat a team with a winning record for the first time this year," Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders said. "They put 50 points up on us last year. We really needed this win to stay in the (playoff) hunt. " The Warriors, now 4-0 in the conference, lost four fumbles and were penalized 10 times for 105 yards.
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By BRIEN POFFENBERGER | August 14, 2013
Last week, the Chamber of Commerce hosted Hagerstown's new police chief, Mark Holtzman, for an overview of how policing trends in the city affect business.  The chief's presentation made clear that Hagerstown has few of the crime problems that plague larger metropolitan areas, and yet his department is using some of the same crime-fighting techniques found in big cities.  Further, his department understands the impact that even a few crimes can...
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OBITUARIES
August 14, 2013
Iona O. "Jackie" (Zittle) Poffenberger, 96, formerly of Young Avenue in Boonsboro, Md., passed from this life Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village in Boonsboro. Born Dec. 6, 1916, in Zittlestown, Md., she was the daughter of the late Alvey Conroy and Orpha Estelle (Kline) Zittle. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur A. Poffenberger, in 1990; and her two sons, Dennis Lee Poffenberger in 1951 and Ronald E. Poffenberger in 2003. Jackie and her husband were the owners of the Boonsboro Hardware Store until their retirement in 1975.
OBITUARIES
August 1, 2013
Elmer William Poffenberger Jr., 62, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center. Born Wednesday, Aug. 2, 1950, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Elmer William Poffenberger Sr. and the late Phyllis Elaine (Gorman) Poffenberger. He graduated from North Hagerstown High School in 1968. He was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Army. He retired from the city government of Hagerstown. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Denise LaRue Poffenberger; son, Elmer William Poffenberger III and wife, Tracey, of Hagerstown; and grandchildren, Seth, Emily and Hailey Poffenberger.
OPINION
By BRIEN POFFENBERGER | July 17, 2013
This time of year, agriculture has a built-in marketing hook. All outdoors becomes a giant billboard for one of our community's biggest economic drivers. The pastures and bank barns, orchards and farm fields paint the very picture of summertime in Washington County. It was fitting, then, that the Economic Development Commission (EDC) spent so much time last week talking about farming.    Every year, the EDC gives the business community an update at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast, and in his presentation last week, EDC President Dan Pheil had a great story to tell.
NEWS
May 28, 2013
Motorists are advised to expect delays and to consider alternate routes due to flagging operations that are expected to take place on Old National Pike and Poffenberger Road Wednesday, State Highway Administration officials said Tuesday in a news release. Lane closures will begin at 6 a.m. and continue around the clock to allow crews to reconstruct a portion of Old National Pike to lower the crest of a hill several inches to improve sight distance, according to a news release. The work is expected to continue for up to two days, the release said.
OPINION
By BRIEN POFFENBERGER | May 22, 2013
Memorial Day may kick off the summer season, but in Washington County, it also prompts a measure of reflection.  War has played a large role in the history of Washington County, and with it a connection to the broader American story.  It has given us a shared sense of community. Antietam, of course, ravaged the homes and fields around Sharpsburg during the Civil War, and less than a century later, the Allied war effort harnessed Washington County's manufacturing to help win World War II. More recently, men and women have answered the call and fought in the Middle East.
SPORTS
By BRETT NIEVES | brett.nieves@herald-mail.com | May 6, 2013
The school year is rapidly coming to a close and graduation is near, but Boonsboro senior Zach Poffenberger is not showing any signs of senioritis. He made his second start of the season Monday on Boonsboro's Senior Night and stifled South Hagerstown with a complete-game performance for a 2-1 MVAL Antietam victory. “I felt good today and had everything going for me,” said Poffenberger. “It's my first win, so it's a great finish.” Boonsboro coach Ronnie Stewart made mention of having a few sore arms and needed his starter to go deep into the game.
OPINION
By BRIEN POFFENBERGER | April 24, 2013
A community's economic development office is its sales team, the group that projects an image, builds a brand and closes the deal. This spring, Washington County's Economic Development Commission (EDC) is redefining what that sales effort looks like, and the Chamber of Commerce is happy to part of that process. The County Commissioners have asked the EDC to convert its strategic plan into five actionable goals, and the EDC asked the Chamber - among many others - for its ideas. Here is what we said.
OPINION
By BRIEN POFFENBERGER | March 27, 2013
Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Washington County Business Awards.  The program, a joint project of the county's Economic Development Commission and the Chamber of Commerce, has celebrated excellence in our business community for the past 14 years, and this year's program found new reasons to carry on that tradition. Recognized annually at an “Academy Awards-style” program, winners in seven categories show off the successes and achievements of companies across the county.
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