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April 8, 1998
The announcement Tuesday that Phoenix Color will occupy a new $1.5 million hangar at Washington County Regional Airport has complicated plans to allow skydiving at the airport. The new hangar is in the middle of the drop zone planned for skydiving. Airport Manager Carolyn S. Motz said she will have to look at other areas for possible drop zones. Motz said the county has received an extension to a deadline set by the FAA for allowing skydiving to April 22. The FAA had threatened to cut millions of dollars in funding for the airport if the county continued to prohibit skydiving, which Motz opposes for safety reasons.
NEWS
April 22, 1998
The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a plan to allow skydiving at Washington County Regional Airport, but not without reservations. The commissioners voted to send a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration asking the FAA to reconsider the potential negative economic impact that skydiving could have at the airport. The FAA is forcing the county to allow skydiving or risk losing millions of dollars in grant funding. The commissioners are concerned that skydiving could discourage economic development and efforts to expand passenger service.
NEWS
March 31, 1998
The Washington County Commissioners Tuesday delayed for at least a week a vote on a plan to allow skydiving at the Washington County Regional Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration had set an April 1 deadline for a plan to be implemented and had threatened to cut off federal grant funding if the county refused to allow skydivers to use the airport as a drop zone. Airport Manager Carolyn S. Motz said the county had submitted a plan for approval to the FAA last year, and officials waited until last week for FAA comments.
NEWS
By STEVEN T. DENNIS | March 25, 1998
Airport jumps on skydiving fees Expert skydivers could begin using Washington County Regional Airport as a drop zone as early as next Wednesday after a six-year battle with airport management. Airport Manager Carolyn Motz and Brandon Taksa, operations coordinator, on Tuesday presented a plan to the County Commissioners for regulating skydiving at the airport. Skydivers said they were unhappy with the plan, under which divers would pay $20 per jump and an hourly fee of $50 to pay for an airport employee to monitor the jumping.
NEWS
November 26, 2005
Christmas in Shepherdstown A variety of activities including music, a bonfire, tree lighting, dinner, and more. Today through Sunday, Dec. 4. Shepherdstown. 'Trains of Christmas' The four-level display will include 60 switches, 23 operating trains, 200 miniature people and about 75 miniature buildings. 1 to 5 p.m. today and Sunday. Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, 300 S. Burhans Blvd., Hagerstown. $4, adults; 50 cents, ages 3 to 12. Trainfest The show will feature trains, railroadiana, railroad collectibles in all gauges, brass, Lionel and American Flyer, hobby tools and whilte elephant table.
NEWS
July 20, 1997
By LISA GRAYBEAL Staff Writer, Chambersburg CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Ellen Weis looked surprisingly calm considering she was about to take her first jump from an airplane at 14,000 feet, falling to the ground at a speed of about 120 mph. "I'm not feeling anything yet, but I think when I get in the plane I'll be petrified," said Weis, of Baltimore, Md., after getting some final pointers from skydiving instructor Justin Silvia. Signing up for a tandem jump or just watching the steady stream of skydivers float in beneath their colorful parachutes was one of the attractions at the AirFest at Chambersburg Municipal Airport Saturday and Sunday.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | July 4, 2008
WAYNESBORO, PA. Late-afternoon rain showers Friday did little to trim the size of the crowd at the 12th annual Summer Jubilee. In fact, people continued to arrive at the Fourth of July festivities despite the precipitation. Adults gathered under a tent to stay dry while listening to Rudy & The Bluefish perform a variety of music. Children, many of whom had face paint smeared on their clothes, lined up for pony rides. "We rode horses," Isaiah Harris said. "We go, 'whoa, whoa.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | July 5, 2008
WAYNESBORO, PA. - Late-afternoon rain showers Friday did little to trim the size of the crowd at the 12th annual Summer Jubilee. In fact, people continued to arrive at the Fourth of July festivities despite the precipitation. Adults gathered under a tent to stay dry while listening to Rudy & The Bluefish perform a variety of music. Children, many of whom had face paint smeared on their clothes, lined up for pony rides. "We rode horses," Isaiah Harris said. "We go, 'whoa, whoa.
NEWS
August 17, 2000
I work with flying females All it took was three summers of working in a sand mine to know that if I were forced to work indoors, I was more suited to an office than an underground environment. We used to pack deep underground shafts with oxidizer salted every so often with blasting caps which our boss assured us had "right little chance, really, least far as I know, but then they don't tell me everything" of exploding if accidentally dropped on the mine floor, which with us happened about every 30 feet.
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OPINION
March 20, 2013
In colonial Virginia in 1654, a black man named John Casor became an answer to this trivia question: Who was the first man in the colonies to be legally declared a slave by the courts? But the more interesting trivia question concerns Anthony Johnson, who sued to have Casor committed to his perpetual servitude. That's because Johnson, who became the future nation's first known slaveholder, was black as well. I offer this tidbit, not as it pertains to Casor and Johnson, but in my own defense.
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NEWS
September 28, 2012
J.R. Sides and his wife, Kathy Sides, co-owners of the Skydiving Center in Chambersburg, helped kick off the Mobility for Randy fundraiser forĀ  Randy Schroeder. The fundraising event will help purchase a handicapped assessable van for Schroeder who is a paraplegic. Schroeder had back pain in the fall of 2011 and had an MRI. It was determined that he had a blood clot on his spine. Surgery was scheduled in December to remove the blood clot and the result was permanent loss of the use of his legs.
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By MARIE GILBERT | July 17, 2010
Darce Easton stood at the door of a single-engine Cessna and looked out into a vast chasm of blue. In a few moments, she would step off the edge, feel the rush of air in her face, then gently fall to the ground. When it came to celebrating her 80th birthday, the Hagerstown woman decided to approach it with a sense of adventure. She might as well jump. "It's something I've always wanted to do," Easton said of skydiving. Marking a milestone birthday seemed like the perfect occasion.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | July 5, 2008
WAYNESBORO, PA. - Late-afternoon rain showers Friday did little to trim the size of the crowd at the 12th annual Summer Jubilee. In fact, people continued to arrive at the Fourth of July festivities despite the precipitation. Adults gathered under a tent to stay dry while listening to Rudy & The Bluefish perform a variety of music. Children, many of whom had face paint smeared on their clothes, lined up for pony rides. "We rode horses," Isaiah Harris said. "We go, 'whoa, whoa.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | July 4, 2008
WAYNESBORO, PA. Late-afternoon rain showers Friday did little to trim the size of the crowd at the 12th annual Summer Jubilee. In fact, people continued to arrive at the Fourth of July festivities despite the precipitation. Adults gathered under a tent to stay dry while listening to Rudy & The Bluefish perform a variety of music. Children, many of whom had face paint smeared on their clothes, lined up for pony rides. "We rode horses," Isaiah Harris said. "We go, 'whoa, whoa.
NEWS
November 27, 2005
Artists at Mansion House Meet artist Audrey Mentzer from 1 to 5 p.m. today. Mansion House Gallery, City Park, Hagerstown. Free. Call 301-797-6813. Discovery Station Sunday Extra will feature Jay Frantz and "The Thrill of Skydiving. " See skydiving techniques with safety first. 2 and 3 p.m. today. Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. $7, adults; $6, ages 2 to 17; $5, seniors ages 55 and older and military. Call 301-790-0076. Victorian Christmas BRUNSWICK, Md. ?
NEWS
June 9, 2002
A Laurel, Md., man was in serious condition Saturday after a 2 p.m. skydiving accident at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center. Experienced jumper Kenneth Chapman, 45, got caught by a gust of wind just before landing that carried him sideways. Instead of landing forward, he came in at an angle, Maryland State Police said. Chapman was treated and stabilized by Sharpsburg Rescue Service before being flown by state police helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
NEWS
August 17, 2000
I work with flying females All it took was three summers of working in a sand mine to know that if I were forced to work indoors, I was more suited to an office than an underground environment. We used to pack deep underground shafts with oxidizer salted every so often with blasting caps which our boss assured us had "right little chance, really, least far as I know, but then they don't tell me everything" of exploding if accidentally dropped on the mine floor, which with us happened about every 30 feet.
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