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by STACEY DANZUSO | December 3, 2002
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Borough Council supports a change in its recreation policy that will enable the borough to secure larger parcels of land from developers for neighborhood parks. Assistant Borough Solicitor Welton Fischer presented a new policy to the council last week that doubles to .02 of an acre the amount of land developers must set aside per single-family house to be built in the development. Developers would still be able to pay a fee in lieu of setting aside land, but that now equates to fair market value for the amount of acreage it would have to set aside.
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September 26, 2000
City Council creates recreation department Hagerstown will have a Department of Recreation. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to create the new department, which will oversee the operation of city facilities such as the golf course, pool and Fairgrounds Park, as well as recreational programs such as summer youth camps. The recreational programs and facilities previously were managed by the Public Works Department, which will continue to be responsible for streets, park properties, signals, public buildings and fleet maintenance.
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by STACEY DANZUSO | January 27, 2003
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Borough Council has again delayed a public hearing to amend its land development ordinance while it fine-tunes an agreement for recreation land with a developer in the north end of the borough. The new ordinance would require developers to give the borough more land for recreation, or pay a larger fee in lieu of land, to create more substantial parks for youths and adults. But before it approves the proposed changes, the council wants to finalize an agreement with GS & G, the developers of a residential and commercial tract along Norland Avenue.
NEWS
March 23, 2001
Franklin County drafts recreation plan By DON AINES / Staff Writer Franklin County could get into the recreation business in a limited way, assisting municipalities and groups with planning and securing funding for projects, according to a draft version of a comprehensive Recreation, Park and Open Space plan. In addition to helping townships and boroughs with recreation projects, the plan suggests two other areas where the county can act to improve recreational opportunities: A countywide plan for hiking and biking trails and helping to preserve open space and greenways for public use. "It's local efforts that are filling the need," said John Trant, a planner for Pashek Associates, the consulting firm that is conducting the study.
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by TAMELA BAKER | May 25, 2006
Want to add a little learning to your leisure? Elderhostel offers thousands of programs for travelers 55 and older that combine recreation with education. Elderhostel is a not-for-profit organization designed to provide lifelong learning experiences. Programs last from a few nights to a few weeks and are available in a number of price ranges. The price of a trip includes accommodations, meals and instruction in various subjects. The trips range from very active to more instructional programs.
NEWS
August 23, 2000
Input sought for Pa. recreation, open space By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A new master plan adopted by the Franklin County Commissioners last year raised questions about what the county should do about improving recreation and open space. Now county residents will have chance to come up with their own ideas. continued Two public meetings on the issue are scheduled for next month, Philip Wolgemuth, a Franklin County planner, said Wednesday.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro | May 11, 2000
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A plan to build a youth league football field in a vacant 9-acre field in the borough's south end will be turned over to the borough recreation department for consideration following a public hearing on the proposal Wednesday night. Most of the nearly 30 residents attending the hearing opposed the plan or questioned how it would affect their neighborhood. The Waynesboro Stallions, one of 11 teams in the South Central Pa., Keystone Youth Football League, currently plays on the Waynesboro Area Senior High School football field.
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By TRISH RUDDER | February 16, 2009
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Ridersville Cycle has been honored by Polaris Industries for its dedication to recreational vehicle enthusiasts. The business has been selling recreational vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, since the 1980s and is one of the top five Polaris dealerships in the country. Harold and Dawn Unger, owners of Ridersville Cycle, attended a ceremony in Las Vegas last July when their company was inducted into the 2008 Polaris Hall of Fame.
NEWS
August 31, 2000
City creates new department to manage parks, recreation By LAURA ERNDE / Staff Writer The City of Hagerstown is creating a new department to oversee all its recreational facilities, including Municipal Golf Course, Potterfield Pool and the Hagerstown Fairgrounds. The parks previously were managed by the Public Works Department, which will continue to be responsible for streets park properties, signals, public buildings and fleet maintenance, said City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | July 15, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- At a meeting Tuesday where dreaming big ideas for recreation trails was encouraged, the "ultimate" possibility in Steve Catlett's mind for Berkeley County was building a trail along the Winchester & Western railroad line to the C&O Canal. "How awesome would that be?" said Catlett, executive director of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks & Recreation Board. The meeting at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center Eastern Division in Martinsburg was facilitated by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy officials and Matthew Pennington of the Berkeley County Planning Commission.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | August 31, 2013
From the time Bill Dietrich formed the Two Top Mountain Adaptive Sports Foundation in 2007, his mission has included teaching those with physical disabilities how to ski. Doing so is not much different than teaching someone without disabilities to take to the slopes, Dietrich said this week. “Skiing being a gravity sport, it's how the person approaches it, whether they're disabled or not,” he said. “Gravity doesn't care if you're standing up or on a mono-ski. “We are really just teaching skiing and adapting it to them with their disability,” said Dietrich, the program's executive director.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 20, 2013
The completion of the W. Randy Smith Recreation Center has been delayed by high moisture levels in the concrete on which the building's gym flooring is to be installed. “It's like we're cursed or something,” Steve Catlett, executive director of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks & Recreation board, told board members Tuesday. The 18,200-square-foot building on the campus of Musselman High School was on track to be turned over by this month, but Catlett reported Tuesday that the flooring work cannot be guaranteed under warranty if the moisture content of the concrete is above 85 percent.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | July 16, 2013
The W. Randy Smith Recreation Center being built in Inwood, W.Va., is on track to be turned over to the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks & Recreation Board by mid-August, the board's executive director said Tuesday. Lettering is scheduled to be put on the side of the 18,200-square-foot building this week, Steve Catlett told board members at their regular monthly meeting. Catlett said some items remain to be addressed, including the need to cover exposed steel beams in the gymnasium, but added that some of the work will be done after the building is turned over to the parks and recreation board.  Smith, a Powerball jackpot winner and former Berkeley County sheriff and magistrate, made two contributions totaling $2.1 million for the project on the Musselman High School campus.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | June 30, 2013
Gettysburg resident Daniel Lady left his farm July 1, 1863, and found a gruesome scene when he returned a few days later. The property on modern-day Hanover Road had become the only Confederate field hospital north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Surgeons threw body parts out Lady's parlor windows, and wounded men continued to seek shelter in his barn after the troops left. “They found dead soldiers that he and his 11-year-old son had to bury,” said Barb Mowery, president of the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association, which took ownership of the farm in 1999.
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By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | June 15, 2013
Some rounded their vehicles into a section of the parking lot, but many more were seen walking up the length of West North Avenue or appearing from the side streets of the Jonathan Street corridor. They were his friends, neighbors, family and former students, all joining Saturday for the rededication of Hagerstown's Memorial Recreation Center, which now bears the name of Robert W. Johnson Community Center. Johnson, who died June 17, 2009, is memorialized for his roles as an educator, coach and Tuskegee airman.
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By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | June 9, 2013
Four years after the death of a Hagerstown man memorialized for his roles as an educator, coach and Tuskegee airman, Memorial Recreation Center this month will be renamed the Robert W. Johnson Community Center in his honor. “As far as I'm concerned, he was the cream of the crop - but I guess I'm a little partial,” Patricia “Tish” Johnson said of her late husband.   Johnson, who died June 17, 2009, served in the Army Air Force as an aviation cadet in the United States during the waning days of World War II. He later taught science and coached basketball at the all-black North Street School, which is now the recreation center that will bear his name.
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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...
NEWS
April 25, 2013
Contemporary School for the Arts  and  Gallery and Memorial Recreation Center are teaming to offer classes for young people in Hagerstown. On April 3, pianist/instructor Rob Earp taught the children at Memorial Recreation Center. The program has been available for the past six weeks for the youth in the community. “The young ladies are quick learners, and have learned scale, notes and are also learning to play songs on the piano,” Earp said. There will be a recital June 15 at the center to showcase the young musicians' skills.
NEWS
April 18, 2013
The Hagerstown Community College Board of Trustees has said the lobby of the Athletic, Recreation and Community Center will be named the ARCC Volunteers Tribute Lobby in honor of the Al Sheaffer Volunteer Corps. “For more than 25 years, this dedicated group of volunteers has contributed countless hours of volunteer service and raised approximately $500,000 for student-athlete scholarships,” HCC President Guy Altieri said in a news release. “I'm so pleased that the board of trustees made the unanimous decision to honor them in this special way.” Soon after the ARCC was built in 1988, this volunteer group was created through the leadership efforts of Sheaffer, a local community leader, the release says.
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