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July 2, 1997
By RICHARD F. BELISLE Staff Writer, Waynesboro WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro businessman Harry Morningstar Jr., led a successful effort this spring to raise enough money to replace about 30 decorative trees on the sidewalks along the downtown business core. Emboldened by that success, Morningstar is launching an even more ambitious effort, this time to get 60 Victorian-style street lamps installed along Main Street from Grant to Broad streets. The project could cost $40,000.
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By DAN DEARTH | January 16, 2008
The City of Hagerstown could start looking as early as Jan. 25 for a contractor to overhaul Jonathan Street. The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday gave City Engineer Rodney Tissue permission to seek bids for the $4.48 million project, which includes reconstructing the road and installing new water and sewer lines. Tissue said the bidding process would continue through February, and the contract probably would be awarded in March. If everything goes as planned, work would start no later than the spring and be finished by the middle of 2009, he said.
NEWS
October 27, 1997
By RICHARD F. BELISLE Staff Writer, Waynesboro SHADY GROVE, Pa. - About 250 people live in Shady Grove, a two-mile stretch of Pa. 16 between Greencastle and Waynesboro. They enjoy street lights, ballparks, a playground and a well-run community center because five women care about what happens to their town. The women belong to the seven-member Shady Grove Improvement Association. Grace Gearhart, 64, Dorothy Lenharr, 73, Patricia Martin, 68, Jane Blair, 72, and Brenda Wilhide, 35, come to the community center at least one day a week to cook enough food to raise more than $20,000 a year, all of which goes back to the community.
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By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | May 10, 2000
A Wednesday afternoon thunderstorm dumped more than half an inch of rain on Hagerstown, knocked down trees and blacked out traffic lights in the city, according to area police. National Weather Service forecasters in Sterling, Va., reported that .59 inches of rain fell from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The storm carried winds with gusts that reached 45 mph. Street lights at the intersections at Dual Highway and Eastern Boulevard and Cleveland Avenue and Dual Highway were shorted out as a result of the storm, Hagerstown City Police said.
NEWS
February 17, 2008
LEITERSBURG - At their February meeting, the members of the Leitersburg Ruritan accepted a national award, installed a new member, and had two speakers on home rule for Washington County presenting opposing views. Larry Blount, a Ruritan national director, presented the bronze special community service award to the club for outstanding environmental work in the community. As part of their mission, club members constructed and maintain the playground in Leitersburg and provide general maintenance and lawn upkeep in common areas.
NEWS
December 10, 2004
For a city that hopes to prosper, parking is an amenity just like streetlights and police patrols. That's why Hagerstown and its development partners must push ahead with plans for a South Potomac Street parking deck. For an area that seems to have rock under every square foot of land, the developers of the parking deck recently were surprised to find that the deck site doesn't have enough rock underneath it to support the large pilings originally proposed for use there. Instead, the project will require many smaller pilings, which will add $600,000 to the $2 million-plus project.
NEWS
October 7, 1997
By RICHARD F. BELISLE Staff Writer, Waynesboro MERCERSBURG, Pa. - The center square in Mercersburg is an oval ringed by old concrete sidewalks that the borough government wants to replace with brick pavement that it doesn't have money to buy. The council's beautification committee is trying to raise the estimated $125,000 it will cost to buy and lay the 22,000 bricks needed for the project. The committee, headed by Betty Stenger of Linden Avenue, came up with a plan to sell monogrammed bricks to finance some of the cost.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | September 6, 2009
QUINCY, Pa. -- The 75th annual Quincy Ox Roast continues today with what could perhaps be considered the main event, a family-style dinner serving the last of 2,600 pounds of beef cooked since Friday morning. Swarms of people have descended on the Quincy Ox Roast grounds north of Waynesboro since food started being served Friday. Organizers speculated fair weather and Elvis impersonator David King were two major contributors to the high attendance. "We were expecting a big crowd, but it's beyond expectations," said Molly Gossert, whose husband, Donald, volunteers as head cook.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | September 2, 2009
QUINCY, Pa. -- The Quincy Ox Roast started as a way to bring street lights to town, but 75 years later, the Labor Day weekend event has grown so large that it can do much more charitable work. Proceeds from this year's four-day event will benefit the 70 streetlights' utility bills, Scouts, youth sports teams and playing fields. The Quincy Ox Roast Association also makes donations to families in dire straits and other fundraisers. "We're very open to community needs," board member Molly Gossert said.
NEWS
January 11, 2002
Smithsburg Town Council votes to repeal building permit ban By ANDREW SCHOTZ andrews@herald-mail.com SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Town Council on Tuesday took steps to end a simmering conflict with a development company over infrastructure improvements. The council voted 4-1 to repeal a ban imposed last month on building permits for Smithsburg Development Corp. and its Whispering Hills and Mountain Shadows subdivisions. Most of the work in dispute has been finished.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | August 30, 2012
Each Labor Day weekend for at least five decades, Donny Gossert has cooked large quantities of beef as a fundraiser for his community. He will return to the roasters this morning to start 200 pounds of meat for the 78th annual Quincy Ox Roast. By the event's end, more than 2,200 pounds of top ground will have been prepared. A seemingly reasonable assumption could be that Gossert would not have an appetite for the beef after all this time. However, he still enjoys sampling pieces as the food steam cooks.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | September 6, 2009
QUINCY, Pa. -- The 75th annual Quincy Ox Roast continues today with what could perhaps be considered the main event, a family-style dinner serving the last of 2,600 pounds of beef cooked since Friday morning. Swarms of people have descended on the Quincy Ox Roast grounds north of Waynesboro since food started being served Friday. Organizers speculated fair weather and Elvis impersonator David King were two major contributors to the high attendance. "We were expecting a big crowd, but it's beyond expectations," said Molly Gossert, whose husband, Donald, volunteers as head cook.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | September 2, 2009
QUINCY, Pa. -- The Quincy Ox Roast started as a way to bring street lights to town, but 75 years later, the Labor Day weekend event has grown so large that it can do much more charitable work. Proceeds from this year's four-day event will benefit the 70 streetlights' utility bills, Scouts, youth sports teams and playing fields. The Quincy Ox Roast Association also makes donations to families in dire straits and other fundraisers. "We're very open to community needs," board member Molly Gossert said.
NEWS
February 17, 2008
LEITERSBURG - At their February meeting, the members of the Leitersburg Ruritan accepted a national award, installed a new member, and had two speakers on home rule for Washington County presenting opposing views. Larry Blount, a Ruritan national director, presented the bronze special community service award to the club for outstanding environmental work in the community. As part of their mission, club members constructed and maintain the playground in Leitersburg and provide general maintenance and lawn upkeep in common areas.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | January 16, 2008
The City of Hagerstown could start looking as early as Jan. 25 for a contractor to overhaul Jonathan Street. The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday gave City Engineer Rodney Tissue permission to seek bids for the $4.48 million project, which includes reconstructing the road and installing new water and sewer lines. Tissue said the bidding process would continue through February, and the contract probably would be awarded in March. If everything goes as planned, work would start no later than the spring and be finished by the middle of 2009, he said.
NEWS
August 12, 2005
"I'm calling about Kujo, the dog that was killed by the West Virginia man. I think the man deserves more than one to three years for torturing that poor dog. There's too much pet abuse and I just don't think it's right. " - Smithsburg "I'm calling in regard to the $300,000 for the stadium. I wonder if perhaps the commissioners would consider air conditioning Hancock Middle/ Senior High School. It is the only middle senior high school without air conditioning, and there is only one elementary school without it. These kids suffer the first and last months of school each year, and students have asked why they are left without, but have received no answer.
NEWS
July 14, 2005
"I want to congratulate my little Fluffy for learning to sit. Mommy loves you. " - Hagerstown "I'm so tired of the congratulations to relatives in this column. Doesn't anyone hug their children and tell them they are proud of them and then give them another big hug like I do? Since when do kindergartners, first-, second, third- and fourth- graders read the newspaper? Get a life, people. " - Hagerstown "Would the person who is burning trash and garbage on Edgewood Drive please try to refrain from doing that because people, when it's nice outside, would like to open their windows for some fresh air once in awhile and it sure does get stinky in the evenings.
NEWS
by BOB MAGINNIS | February 23, 2005
With the March 8 city primary fast approaching, Hagerstown mayoral candidate Dick Trump says things are falling into place. Trump sat down with me for an hour's chat on his team and the issues that he feels face Hagerstown. Campaign signs are due to arrive soon, radio ads have started and "the team," as the group running with Trump calls itself, is discussing what kind of TV ads to do. To fund those, "a fair amount of money is being pledged," Trump said. "People are giving money because they say they need a change.
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