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By KERRY LYNN FRALEY | September 28, 1998
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg's rich railroad history is at the center of two Main Street Martinsburg projects, one a fund-raiser and the other aimed at drawing holiday shoppers downtown, according to Executive Director Tracie B. Ford. Martinsburg restaurants are being asked to buy packets of railroad-themed paper placemats and boxes of crayons in the group's first fund-raising activity since it was restarted earlier this year, Ford said. The placemats, designed by Martinsburg architect Lisa M. Dall'Olio, include pictures of trains and local railroad buildings that children can color in, tidbits of local railroad history and a mini-quiz on the city's historical roundhouse.
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June 1, 2009
The Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum will kick off Railroad Heritage Days with its 20th anniversary banquet Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Plaza Hotel. The membership will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of the museum as the high point of its annual Railroad Heritage Days, which take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The museum was founded by members of the Hagerstown Chapter of the National Railway Historical...
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April 28, 2003
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Plans to restore the Harpers Ferry Train Station are moving forward, Harpers Ferry National Historic Park Superintendent Don Campbell announced. Campbell said in a news release that a recently signed agreement between the town of Harpers Ferry and the park will enable a $320,000 state grant to be released for restoration of the train station. This money, coupled with $1.9 million in federal funds secured by U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., makes the project fully funded, Campbell said.
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BY DAN KULIN /Staff Writer | April 8, 2002
dank@herald-mail.com Members of a committee assisting with a report on the history of the African American community in Hagerstown's Jonathan Street neighborhood agreed Saturday to bring the older residents of the neighborhood together to talk about what the area was like generations ago. The residents will be invited to the Memorial Recreation Center on May 5. Their stories and memories will become part of the City of Hagerstown's African...
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by TIFFANY ARNOLD | July 19, 2007
MARTINSBURG W.Va. - More than 140 years of railroad history will be celebrated this weekend at the ninth annual Roundhouse Rail Days at the Martinsburg Roundhouse Center. Festivities - held rain or shine Saturday and Sunday - include live entertainment, food and children's activities (think magician, Moonbounce and Velcro wall). Also, seven local clubs will have trains on display. Four bands will perform during the weekend. Headlining band The Sensational Soul Cruisers, an 11-piece band that plays covers of Motown songs, will perform at 4 p.m. Saturday.
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by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | March 28, 2006
HAGERSTOWN He was known as a selfless, humble man who dedicated years to the Locomotive 202 Foundation and the Railroad Museum at City Park. He was called the "train man" when he received the 2005 People's Choice Award from the Community Foundation of Washington County for his volunteer work. John Edward Long, 89, of Hagerstown, died Sunday at Washington County Hospital. "Generally, when you went out to the park, he was there showing people through the engine," said former Hagerstown Mayor William Breichner, who worked with Long for about 25 years.
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By MARIE GILBERT | June 8, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - When Joe Fillippi got married in 1982, he didn't even consider wearing a tuxedo. Instead, he exchanged vows in a train conductor's uniform, complete with black hat and stopwatch. "You might say I went full steam into marriage," the York, Pa., resident said. Fillippi has been a railroad buff since childhood, when he used to help his father place the family's Lionel train set around the Christmas tree. Today, he still has that set and much more. "It's a hobby that kind of got out of control," he said.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | May 11, 2013
Saturday morning's rain dampened some Martinsburg Heritage Day events, but it had little effect on the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the “for the kids, by George” children's museum at the Caperton Train Station in Martinsburg. The museum, designed by Lisa Dall'Olio of Grove & Dall'Olio Architects of Martinsburg, is a fun and engaging hands-on “total immersion” experience. Children can touch and play with the exhibits, which are designed to teach the history of the region from the time before the Europeans arrived through the middle of the 20th century, including the region's railroad history.
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by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | November 11, 2005
HAGERSTOWN erinc@herald-mail.com Hugh Brandenburg already has his burial plot selected at Rest Haven Cemetery in Hagerstown. And lying next to him in the hereafter will be a patient he spent 17 years helping at Western Maryland Hospital - a man whose voice Brandenburg never heard. "He wanted to be buried in the plot next to mine," he said. "He never wanted to be away from me. " Brandenburg and two others were honored Thursday with People's Choice Awards from the Community Foundation of Washington County for their volunteer work.
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By MARIE GILBERT | June 7, 2008
HAGERSTOWN-- When Joe Fillippi got married in 1982, he didn't even consider wearing a tuxedo. Instead, he exchanged vows in a conductor's uniform, complete with black hat and stopwatch. "You might say I went full steam into marriage," the York, Pa., resident said. Fillippi has been a railroad buff since childhood, when he used to help his father place the family's Lionel train set around the Christmas tree. Today, he still has that set and much more. "It's a hobby that kind of got out of control," he said.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | May 11, 2013
Saturday morning's rain dampened some Martinsburg Heritage Day events, but it had little effect on the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the “for the kids, by George” children's museum at the Caperton Train Station in Martinsburg. The museum, designed by Lisa Dall'Olio of Grove & Dall'Olio Architects of Martinsburg, is a fun and engaging hands-on “total immersion” experience. Children can touch and play with the exhibits, which are designed to teach the history of the region from the time before the Europeans arrived through the middle of the 20th century, including the region's railroad history.
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June 1, 2009
The Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum will kick off Railroad Heritage Days with its 20th anniversary banquet Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Plaza Hotel. The membership will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of the museum as the high point of its annual Railroad Heritage Days, which take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The museum was founded by members of the Hagerstown Chapter of the National Railway Historical...
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By MARIE GILBERT | June 8, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - When Joe Fillippi got married in 1982, he didn't even consider wearing a tuxedo. Instead, he exchanged vows in a train conductor's uniform, complete with black hat and stopwatch. "You might say I went full steam into marriage," the York, Pa., resident said. Fillippi has been a railroad buff since childhood, when he used to help his father place the family's Lionel train set around the Christmas tree. Today, he still has that set and much more. "It's a hobby that kind of got out of control," he said.
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By MARIE GILBERT | June 7, 2008
HAGERSTOWN-- When Joe Fillippi got married in 1982, he didn't even consider wearing a tuxedo. Instead, he exchanged vows in a conductor's uniform, complete with black hat and stopwatch. "You might say I went full steam into marriage," the York, Pa., resident said. Fillippi has been a railroad buff since childhood, when he used to help his father place the family's Lionel train set around the Christmas tree. Today, he still has that set and much more. "It's a hobby that kind of got out of control," he said.
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By DON AINES | February 29, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Documenting the path and history of the Underground Railroad through Franklin County is a daunting task, precisely because those who used and operated it were acting in secret. Much of what is known about the system of routes and safe houses used by fleeing slaves is anecdotal - stories passed from generation to generation, rumors and old newspaper stories written decades after the Civil War ended the need for the Underground Railroad. In 2007, the Franklin County Underground Railroad Coalition was formed by the county's Visitors Bureau, which identified 20 sites with potential connections to the Underground Railroad, said Janet Pollard, director of the bureau.
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by TIFFANY ARNOLD | July 19, 2007
MARTINSBURG W.Va. - More than 140 years of railroad history will be celebrated this weekend at the ninth annual Roundhouse Rail Days at the Martinsburg Roundhouse Center. Festivities - held rain or shine Saturday and Sunday - include live entertainment, food and children's activities (think magician, Moonbounce and Velcro wall). Also, seven local clubs will have trains on display. Four bands will perform during the weekend. Headlining band The Sensational Soul Cruisers, an 11-piece band that plays covers of Motown songs, will perform at 4 p.m. Saturday.
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by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | March 28, 2006
HAGERSTOWN He was known as a selfless, humble man who dedicated years to the Locomotive 202 Foundation and the Railroad Museum at City Park. He was called the "train man" when he received the 2005 People's Choice Award from the Community Foundation of Washington County for his volunteer work. John Edward Long, 89, of Hagerstown, died Sunday at Washington County Hospital. "Generally, when you went out to the park, he was there showing people through the engine," said former Hagerstown Mayor William Breichner, who worked with Long for about 25 years.
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by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | November 11, 2005
HAGERSTOWN erinc@herald-mail.com Hugh Brandenburg already has his burial plot selected at Rest Haven Cemetery in Hagerstown. And lying next to him in the hereafter will be a patient he spent 17 years helping at Western Maryland Hospital - a man whose voice Brandenburg never heard. "He wanted to be buried in the plot next to mine," he said. "He never wanted to be away from me. " Brandenburg and two others were honored Thursday with People's Choice Awards from the Community Foundation of Washington County for their volunteer work.
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by DAVE McMILLION | July 21, 2003
charlestown@herald-mail.com HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Rapid commercial development following new transportation systems is not a new scenario. In the Tri-State area these days, growth often sprouts along new highway and road systems. One hundred and sixty nine years ago, it was the railroad coming through Harpers Ferry that spurred the growth. At that time, the B&O Railroad and the C&O Canal were competing to bring their transportation systems through the natural gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains at Harpers Ferry, said David Fox, a park ranger with Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
NEWS
April 28, 2003
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Plans to restore the Harpers Ferry Train Station are moving forward, Harpers Ferry National Historic Park Superintendent Don Campbell announced. Campbell said in a news release that a recently signed agreement between the town of Harpers Ferry and the park will enable a $320,000 state grant to be released for restoration of the train station. This money, coupled with $1.9 million in federal funds secured by U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., makes the project fully funded, Campbell said.
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