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August 11, 2013
Rescuers gave a woman a ride to shore Sunday after she lost her tube in the Potomac River and was found on a rock in the middle of the river, Potomac Valley Fire Chief Eric Gray said. The woman was not injured, Gray said. She had been on the rock for less than 30 minutes when she waved to rescuers, he said. A passer-by heard the woman calling for help, Gray said. The woman was in a stretch of the river south of Lock 34, across from where hikers access the Maryland Heights trailhead, Gray said.
NEWS
June 17, 2012
Four people were pulled out of the Potomac River near U.S. 340 and Keep Tryst Road on Saturday night, according to Washington County Emergency Services. All four, one adult male and three female teenagers, refused transport to the hospital, Potomac Valley Fire Chief Eric Gray said. The foursome was tubing on the river around 11 p.m., Gray said. Also responding were emergency services officials from the Boonsboro fire department's Rohrersville substation and Brunswick fire department in Frederick County, Md., according to a 911 supervisor.
NEWS
August 10, 2011
A kayaker on the Potomac River was bitten by a copperhead snake Wednesday afternoon after he took a break along the river near Berm Road, according to a Hancock Volunteer Fire Co. spokesman. After rescue crews received the call at 5:15 p.m., the kayaker was flown to Meritus Medical Center, which has anti-venom serum for snake bites, Lt. Raymond Poole said. The victim was transported by medevac helicopter because it was important to treat him as soon as possible, Poole said. The unidentified kayaker was expected to recover, Poole said.
NEWS
May 30, 2010
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- Officials believe a 37-year-old man who was found in the Potomac River on Sunday night near Shepherdstown drowned, according to Maryland Natural Resources Police spokesman Sgt. Brian Albert. The man, who is from Brooklyn, N.Y., owns property along the river, Albert said. The man and his girlfriend were at the property for the weekend and the girlfriend found the man's body in the river at about 8:24 p.m., Albert said. Albert said he did not know the name of the man and said the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department is investigating the case.
NEWS
March 13, 2012
Emergency crews responded to a report of a possibly overturned canoe in the Potomac River near Sandy Hook Tuesday afternoon, but it turned out to just be a deflated raft, a Washington County emergency dispatcher said. The incident happened near the U.S. 340 overpass that crosses the river into West Virginia, the dispatcher said. While on the call, crews spotted several individuals standing on a rock nearby, and one female was suffering from an asthma attack, the dispatcher said.
BREAKINGNEWS
May 19, 2011
A search for someone who might have been in danger in the Potomac River was called off Thursday afternoon when a group of kayakers was found to be OK, a Washington County emergency dispatcher said. A report came in at about 3:30 p.m. that someone might have been stranded in a kayak or small raft in the river near Sandy Hook Road. Emergency crews used rescue boats to search the river where it meets the Shenandoah River, near Harpers Ferry, W.Va. However, shortly after 5 p.m., the rescue effort ended when everyone that was part of a group of kayakers was accounted for. A dispatcher said the kayakers had been in the water earlier and someone reported that someone might have been in danger, but the concern turned out to be unfounded.
NEWS
October 16, 2011
A man swam 100 yards to shore Sunday night to seek help when his family's canoe tipped in the Potomac River, leaving his wife and 6-year-old daughter clinging to a rock until rescuers arrived, Potomac Valley Fire Co. Chief Eric Gray said. Gray and fire Sgt. Donald Warfield navigated a boat 25 feet from the rock, then Gray swam to the woman and child and pulled them to the rescue boat. He said the water temperature was 62 degrees, and the river is above normal stages. Maryland State Police helicopters provided a spotlight for the rescue, which started after crews were alerted at 6:12 p.m. Everyone was out of the water by 8 p.m., Gray said.
NEWS
Paula Green Shupp | Around Williamsport | September 11, 2012
“Rockin' at River Bottom” will be held Saturday at Williamsport's River Bottom Park. The rock festival is a fundraiser to benefit the Potomac River. Gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. Five rock bands are scheduled to perform. The Edmund Allan Brown Band kicks off the event at 11 a.m. Crush Theory performs at 1 p.m., Calisus at 3 p.m., Charm City Devils at 5 p.m. and Rhino Bucket at 7 p.m. (the times are approximate due to band setups). Food will be available for purchase, including breakfast and chicken dinners.
NEWS
August 4, 2012
Two people who were reported stranded on an island in the Potomac River on Saturday night were rescued and not injured, a Washington County 911 dispatch supervisor said. The two people were near Lock 34, which is close to Harpers Ferry Road in the southern tip of Washington County. It was not known what they were doing in or near the water. A call for help came in to the 911 center at about 8:15 p.m. Crews responded and rescued the two people shortly before 9:30 p.m., according to the dispatch supervisor.
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Paula Green Shupp | Around Williamsport | September 10, 2013
Rockin' at River Bottom II, a rock concert sponsored by the Town of Williamsport and Antietam Cable Television, is Saturday. Gates open at 11 a.m. at Williamsport's River Bottom Park. Those who arrive early are invited to check out the newly restored cannons and the panoramic view of the Potomac River at Doubleday Hill, adjacent to River Bottom Park. Don Jamieson of VH-1's “That Metal Show” will host the event. The band, Ever Rise, kicks off the concert at 1:30 p.m.; Sharpening Stone plays at 3 p.m.; So Low begins at 4:30 p.m.; Rhino Bucket plays at 6 p.m.; and Steelheart goes on stage at 8 p.m. Bands plan to hold meet-and-greets with fans.
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NEWS
August 28, 2013
The main character in David P. Bridges' last three books, Maj. James Breathed, buried in Hancock, will be honored with a parade Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. on Main Street in Hancock. The parade route will pass by Breathed Memorial Park ending at his grave for the ceremonial awarding of the Confederate Medal of Honor. Maj. Breathed, who was a doctor, is the recipient of the Confederate Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry, bravery, and intrepidity at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of duty, while engaged in action.
OPINION
By SPENCE PERRY | August 21, 2013
One ridge to the west of us, where U.S. 30 and Pa. 655 intersect, is the village of Harrisonville, Pa. Once it was a busy place. Stores bought local produce and sold the necessities. There were small sawmills. There was a school and there were several churches. The local post office moved the mail.  Licking Creek runs through the village on its way to the Potomac River. It powered the mills and offered fishing and swimming. Harrisonville came into being in the early 19th century.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | August 16, 2013
The nation's largest Civil War battlefield preservation group has been awarded $90,000 to help save a site near Williamsport that saw action as Confederate troops retreated from the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, officials said. The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority awarded the money to the Civil War Trust, one of 58 grants totaling $2.7 million that went to Maryland nonprofit organizations. Of that amount, $360,415 went to local heritage tourism sites, activities and organizations in Washington, Frederick and Carroll counties.  The authority gives grants to expand tourism-related job creation in the state, according to Tom Riford, president and chief executive officer of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
NEWS
August 11, 2013
Rescuers gave a woman a ride to shore Sunday after she lost her tube in the Potomac River and was found on a rock in the middle of the river, Potomac Valley Fire Chief Eric Gray said. The woman was not injured, Gray said. She had been on the rock for less than 30 minutes when she waved to rescuers, he said. A passer-by heard the woman calling for help, Gray said. The woman was in a stretch of the river south of Lock 34, across from where hikers access the Maryland Heights trailhead, Gray said.
NEWS
July 19, 2013
Rescue crews called off a search for a 25-year-old man who went missing while swimming in the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry Friday night after they scoured the area without success for hours, according to the Maryland Natural Resources Police. DNR police Capt. Jerry Kirkwood said the man decided to swim across the river and began to struggle when he got into a current. He was reported missing about 3 p.m. A 23-year-old female companion was swimming with him at the time, and she was able to swim to safety.
LIFESTYLE
July 11, 2013
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Park Service will offer a Junior Ranger Program Monday, July 15, through Friday, July 19, at Fort Frederick State Park for ages 8 to 12. The five-day session is from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Participants will meet at the nature center. This year's program will feature the earth sciences, with units in Potomac River studies, astronomy, geology, meteorology and basic ecology. Each session will be led by a park naturalist and a ranger. Children will assemble take-home projects, engage in crafts, hiking and nature-related games and activities, and explore the Potomac River's aquatic life.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | July 4, 2013
From sledding to baseball, Doubleday Hill in River View Cemetery has long been a hub of activity in Williamsport. Now, the town is celebrating improvements made to further highlight the site's role in the Civil War. More than $23,000 in grant money contributed to refurbishment of three cannons and other enhancements for Doubleday Hill. “These are Williamsport's, and we've worked hard to keep it that way,” Councilman Scott Bragunier said of the cannons. The project, which was designed to improve public access, added 11 interpretive signs, handicapped parking, stairs, information about self-guided tours and a gravel path.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | July 4, 2013
On July 6, 1863, Confederate and Union cavalry clashed at the intersection of Baltimore and South Potomac streets in Hagerstown. That skirmish was the start of what was to become the Battle of Hagerstown, a seven-hour fight that involved roughly 2,000 soldiers and resulted in nearly 200 casualties. Stephen Bockmiller, a local historian and planner for the City of Hagerstown, said the battle was fought primarily by cavalry troops who crossed paths three days after the Battle of Gettysburg ended July 3. As the Confederates were retreating on July 4, a driving rainstorm struck the area and caused the Potomac River to swell, Bockmiller said.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2013
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a bird walk on the C&O Canal near Harpers Ferry on Wednesday, June 26. There is no fee and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along, regardless of their birding skills. Children will be welcome. The walk will involve about four miles of level walking along the towpath. Participants should meet at 7 a.m. outside John Brown's Fort, where Potomac and Shenandoah streets meet in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Parking is available along Potomac Street near the train station.
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