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October 18, 2011
Town square in Martinsburg at the intersection of Queen and West King streets reopened Tuesday morning after being closed since Oct. 5 for ongoing pedestrian safety improvements. The square was initially closed for about three weeks this summer for the work, but officials opted to close it again to replace brick used in the new crosswalks. Officials determined that the brick initially used was failing to withstand traffic flow at the busy intersection and decided to replace it with a concrete paver.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | April 26, 2013
The Martinsburg City Council on Monday is scheduled to review the recently passed home-rule legislation, and to discuss possible personnel changes, and requests and suggestions for the pedestal in town square. City Council members are set to meet at 5 p.m. in J. Oakley Seibert Council Chambers at 232 N. Queen St. At 6 p.m., the council's property committee is scheduled to meet with the town square architect and to review ideas for the square's pedestal, which was built as part of the redesigned square at the King and Queen street intersection, according to the meeting agenda.
NEWS
October 14, 2011
Martinsburg's town square will reopen Saturday for the 32nd Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival parade, but then immediately be closed again so contractors can complete pedestrian-safety improvements. Due to inclement weather, the state Division of Highways said Friday that it had extended the closure of the intersection of Queen and King streets beyond the initial estimate of five to seven days. However, a new completion date for the modification of pavers in the square was not announced.
NEWS
September 14, 2007
A Sharpsburg tradition for 140 years, the annual Memorial Day Parade draws people from near and far to line porches and lawns along Main Street. Held the Saturday before Memorial Day, the parade is preceded by a wreath-laying ceremony at Town Square. There is a ceremony at Antietam National Cemetery, and the Rohrersville Band plays in Town Square.
NEWS
November 30, 2011
Traffic through downtown Martinsburg today is being reduced to one lane and directed through the intersection of Queen Street and West King Street at the town square by flaggers while paving work is under way. Martinsburg City Manager Mark Baldwin said he hoped the paving work, which is part of town square aesthetic and pedestrian safety improvements, would be completed later today.
NEWS
August 14, 1997
Events are in Sharpsburg. There will be free shuttle buses between Sharpsburg and the battlefield every half hour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12 all day - re-enactors and sutlers establish campsaround town; visitors are welcome to tour the camps. 4 p.m. - walking tour of Sharpsburg, starts at information booth in Town Square 5 to 8 p.m. - artisans and craft vendors set up around town 7:30 p.m. - Appalachian Songs by Jim Brown and the Choir, St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | August 17, 2013
A local developer is considering whether to buy the historic former Wolfe's on the Square building in downtown Williamsport. Linda Ebersole, daughter of Don Bowman, owner of Bowman Development in Williamsport, said Wednesday during a meeting with Washington County liquor board officials that her father wants to buy the building, demolish it and build a liquor store in its place. A good portion of the building that housed Wolfe's on the Square at 1 W. Potomac St. was gutted by a fire on Feb. 4. Before the fire, Ebersole operated L & J Liquors in a section of the building that was less damaged by the blaze.
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NEWS
August 16, 2013
A $90,000 grant to the Civil War Trust for the preservation of the site of the Battle of Falling Waters in the Williamsport area was one of 58 payments totaling $2.7 million from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority to nonprofit groups, officials said. Of the $2.7 million, $360,415 went to projects in the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, which includes portions of Washington, Frederick and Carroll counties, according to the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | June 23, 2013
It's been almost 250 years since Joseph Chapline founded the town of Sharpsburg, after following his father to Western Maryland and leading a militia unit in the French and Indian War. It was in the following year, 1764, that Chapline started selling the 187 lots among the eight streets he laid out for the town around a spring. Two-and-a-half centuries later, the boundaries are basically the same and the town consists of the same eight streets, although some of their names have changed, according to Sharpsburg Historical Society President Vernell Doyle.
LIFESTYLE
June 7, 2013
Fridays@Five, set for tonight, in Martinsburg's town square has been canceled due to weather. The next Fridays@Five will be Friday, July 14, with Country Cadillacs.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | April 26, 2013
The Martinsburg City Council on Monday is scheduled to review the recently passed home-rule legislation, and to discuss possible personnel changes, and requests and suggestions for the pedestal in town square. City Council members are set to meet at 5 p.m. in J. Oakley Seibert Council Chambers at 232 N. Queen St. At 6 p.m., the council's property committee is scheduled to meet with the town square architect and to review ideas for the square's pedestal, which was built as part of the redesigned square at the King and Queen street intersection, according to the meeting agenda.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | September 15, 2012
Karen Taylor's front porch at 317 N. Main St. was filled with baby clothes and other porch-sale stuff Saturday morning. She thought business would be brisk with the Sharpsburg Heritage Festival and all of the excitement surrounding the 150th anniversary re-enactment of the Battle of Antietam. It wasn't. “It's slow,” Taylor said Saturday morning. By afternoon, business had not improved. “It's slower and slower,” she said. “I thought I would do better since they had both things together.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2012
 1. 'Route 30' the sequel John Putch will premiere his new movie "ENMV0002398"> "Route 30, Too!"   7:30 Saturday, Sept. 8, and Sunday, Sept. 9, at The Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg, Pa. There is strange alien activity around Mister Ed's Elephant Museum and Candy Outlet. Other filming locations include The Historic Round Barn, The Penn National Inn, The Cottage Pub, Old Jail House and the town square in Chambersburg. Fayetteville and Caledonia State Park are also represented.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | June 28, 2012
At the onset of his fourth term as Martinsburg's mayor, George Karos told city council members that he hopes they continue to work as a team to do what's best for the community.  After being sworn into office for another four-year term, Karos, 80, said he wanted to especially welcome new City Council members Kevin Knowles (Ward 2), Jason Baker (Ward 5) and Donald Anderson (At Large) who took the oath of office Thursday with incumbents Roger Lewis (Ward 4), Dennis Etherington (Ward 1)
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | m | June 26, 2012
The total cost for Martinsburg's newly redesigned town square is about $1.8 million, and the West Virginia Division of Highways has asked the city to pay the agency an additional $37,130 for the project. In a special meeting Thursday, the Martinsburg City Council is expected to vote on a supplemental agreement with the state that reflects the additional cost the city has been asked  to absorb. The council meeting begins at 5 p.m. in City Hall at 232 N. Queen St. If the agreement is approved, the city's share of the project cost would increase to $360,850, according to a proposed supplemental agreement that the city received June 19 from the Division of Highways.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | May 25, 2012
Sharpsburg officials have been preparing all week for Saturday's 145th Sharpsburg Memorial Day commemoration. The event, which usually draws between 8,000 and 10,000 people, will include a memorial ceremony and a Memorial Day parade. “We've got all the bands lined up, and we got all the flags up Wednesday night,” Sharpsburg Vice-Mayor Bryan Gabriel said Friday. “We're getting our grandstand ready down at the square.” More than 90 organizations in the area are scheduled to be featured in the parade.
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