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Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock | March 7, 2013
In January, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park experienced a significant rockslide near towpath mile 155, just downstream of the Paw Paw Tunnel. While investigating the rockslide, numerous other large rock formations were discovered to be on the verge of collapse. Due to the potential threat of another significant rockslide in addition to the blockage, the towpath area downstream of the east portal of the tunnel will remain closed until the path can be cleared and the remaining rock stabilized.
NEWS
June 28, 2012
Cub Scout Pack 34 members from Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hagerstown hiked a portion of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal towpath at the Cushwa Basin in Williamsport on June 16. Two Boy Scouts, Michael and Thomas Milner from Troop 66, assisted the pack with the outing.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 7, 2010
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Poised to fix the only gap in America's longest national park, officials gathered along the C&O Canal National Historical Park on Saturday to celebrate the start of the repair. Some mentioned the rallying cry "No slack on Big Slack" -- a reference to the persistence of many in getting funding to fix Big Slackwater, a 2.7-mile impassable stretch of towpath south of Williamsport. Big Slackwater is the only break in the 184.5-mile park, which runs from the Georgetown area of Washington, D.C., to Cumberland, Md. Park officials and supporters say mending the gap could bring in thousands of new visitors and millions of dollars in tourism money, and will eliminate a dangerous detour.
NEWS
August 27, 2007
On Aug. 11, a committee of C&O Canal Association members solicited signatures for a petition at Woburn Manor on Dam No. 4 Road. This location marks the midpoint of the six-mile detour necessary to skirt the damaged section of the C&O Canal towpath. Bikers were offered ice water and brochures describing the long history of the damaged towpath and added their signatures to the many collected by the association urging the park service to expedite the necessary repairs to restore the towpath.
NEWS
February 24, 2004
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park has temporarily closed a section of the towpath in the Georgetown area through Friday. The towpath closure is between Wisconsin Avenue at mile .68 to Potomac Street at mile .80. The temporary closure is needed to allow for the installation of scaffolding and a safety debris shield on two Georgetown Mall Associates' bridges, which span the canal. Detour signs will be posted. The canal towpath is scheduled to reopen for normal use on Saturday.
NEWS
July 3, 2003
Conditions on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park towpath have improved during the last week due to continuous good weather, according to a release. McCoy's Ferry Campground, located at mile 110.4 of the C&O Canal near Clear Spring is open again to the public with the exception of some sites that remain closed due to reseeding, mulching and erosion. The stretch between mileposts 88 and 89, which encompasses the area between McMahon's Mill and Lock 41 of the towpath, has also been opened to the public again.
NEWS
By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer | April 22, 2000
About 30 hikers walked along a soggy towpath in Williamsport Saturday morning to raise money for C&O Canal educational services. The hikers participating in the second annual March for Parks out of Williamsport raised almost $1,700, said Debbie Conway, chief of interpretation for the C&O Canal. Conway said some of the money will be used to reprint brochures given to tourists. "We always walk along (the canal) and so we thought it would be a good cause," said Lisa Mummert, who lives near Downsville.
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By PAULA GREEN SHUPP / Williamsport correspondent | August 8, 2010
Oakiee McKee celebrated his 72nd birthday July 10 at a C&O Canal campsite in Little Orleans, Md. He was one of 125 participants who left Cumberland, Md., that day on a four-day, 184-mile bicycle trip on the C&O Canal towpath to Georgetown, Md. The Great Bicycle Tour of the C&O Canal benefits San Mar Children's Home in Boonsboro. The tour offers a bus ride to Cumberland, meals and snacks, camp site fees, hotel for the third night, T-shirts, and return to Washington County. Participants pay a registration fee, raise sponsorship funds and share a lifetime memory.
NEWS
April 15, 2012
A man with minor injuries and his teenage son were rescued Saturday night after they became lost on a closed section of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park towpath and the father fell into the Potomac River while trying to get onto a construction barge, a Williamsport Volunteer Fire and Emergency Medical Services official said Sunday. The Delaware man and his son, of Hedgesville, W.Va., biked from Williamsport to Harpers Ferry, W.Va., on Saturday, taking the detour around the closed Big Slackwater section of the towpath, Williamsport fire spokesman Scott Bragunier said.
NEWS
By SHEILA HOTCHKIN | June 27, 1998
SHARPSBURG - Biking the C&O Canal with his Boy Scout troop six years ago, Norman Mausolf saw the towpath disappear into patches of overgrown brush near McMahon's Mill. Signs warned that the trail was impassable. Mausolf and his troops opted to try it anyway, and "walked further and further into disaster," he said. As the band continued down the poison-ivy laden river bank, two bikes fell into the river. They had only gone a half mile before a third bike fell - this one with its rider, who landed on his back on a flat rock.
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SPORTS
By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com | August 17, 2013
During his state-champion days at Williamsport High School, Michael Lilley logged thousands of training miles on the C&O Canal Towpath. He returned to the towpath Saturday morning, and left as a champion again. Lilley, 22, won the 32nd annual Gary Brown Memorial C&O Canal Five Mile Run in 25 minutes and 26 seconds. “It's really awesome for me to be able to win this race on my home turf that I grew up running on,” said Lilley, who recently graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., where he competed for the NCAA Division I Mountaineers.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2013
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a bird walk on the C&O Canal near Harpers Ferry on Wednesday, June 26. There is no fee and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along, regardless of their birding skills. Children will be welcome. The walk will involve about four miles of level walking along the towpath. Participants should meet at 7 a.m. outside John Brown's Fort, where Potomac and Shenandoah streets meet in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Parking is available along Potomac Street near the train station.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | May 29, 2013
More than $19 million was spent to rebuild the Big Slackwater section of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park near Williamsport, a massive project along the Potomac River that involved 121 columns bolted into rock to support elevated walkways. Bradley Clawson, chief ranger for the C&O Canal, thought the new concrete spans would be popular among fishermen. But Clawson said he never imagined the problem that has cropped up on the new section. People have been building fires on the walkway, and one of the blazes was so big that it damaged the surface of the walkway, leaving a pothole in the path.
NEWS
May 12, 2013
People walking on the C&O Canal towpath Sunday found a man who was injured in a fall at Maryland Heights, said Capt. Arnold Martin of the Potomac Valley Volunteer Fire Co. The man, whose name was not released, was alert and conscious when emergency personnel arrived at the scene, Martin said. He was flown by helicopter to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Martin said. The incident was reported at 3:52 p.m., a Washington County 911 dispatcher said. It was not known how far the man fell, Martin said.
NEWS
April 10, 2013
A man fell about six feet in the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park on Wednesday afternoon, according to a spokesman for the Potomac Valley Volunteer Fire Co. The man suffered a medical emergency when he fell off a wall and into the towpath's canal area, said firefighter Bobby Hunter. A Maryland State Police helicopter flew the man to a hospital but his injuries were not life-threatening, Hunter said. The man was with two other people when he fell just before 1 p.m., officials said.
NEWS
Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock | March 7, 2013
In January, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park experienced a significant rockslide near towpath mile 155, just downstream of the Paw Paw Tunnel. While investigating the rockslide, numerous other large rock formations were discovered to be on the verge of collapse. Due to the potential threat of another significant rockslide in addition to the blockage, the towpath area downstream of the east portal of the tunnel will remain closed until the path can be cleared and the remaining rock stabilized.
NEWS
December 31, 2012
Big Slackwater Oct. 13 - Images of the old Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, which had faded with time, were resurrected in 2012. The 2.7-mile section of the towpath known as Big Slackwater was closed after flooding in 1996 and it deteriorated into a treacherous ridge overrun with brambles, thistles and poisonous plants. Towpath visitors were detoured off the trail and onto a dangerous route with no shoulders following 4.5 miles along Dam 4, Dellinger and Avis Mill roads. Two years ago, the National Park Service determined that during a five-year period, there were 35 accidents along the detour that resulted in someone being taken to a hospital.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | November 10, 2012
View streaming video from the finish line at Springfield Middle School from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday online at www.herald-mail.com .   On the nightstand of Buzz Sawyer's room in Somerford Place is a copy of “The Flying Scotsman,” a book about the Olympic runner Eric Liddell, and copies of Track & Field Magazine. “Born to Run” and “The Perfect Mile” are in his bookcase, along with an All-America cross country award from 1954, and the walls are crowded with framed photos and newspaper clippings of a life spent on the run. At 83, William Joseph “Buzz” Sawyer Jr., the founder of the JFK 50 Mile, has slowed a bit and a walker stands by his chair, but he hopes to be at the dinner Friday night before the 50th running of the race and, possibly, there to see the finish Saturday.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | October 13, 2012
It was a sore amid the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park's towpath. The Big Slackwater section of the popular 184.5-mile hiking and biking trail was closed after flooding in 1996 and deteriorated into a treacherous ridge overrun with brambles, thistles and poisonous plants. The 2.7-mile stretch along the Potomac River near Williamsport was the sole disruption in the path that runs from Cumberland, Md., to Washington, D.C. Towpath visitors were detoured off the trail and onto a dangerous route with no shoulders following 4.5 miles along Dam 4, Dellinger and Avis Mill roads.
NEWS
October 10, 2012
The Big Slackwater boat ramp along the C&O Canal will be closed from Friday at dusk to Saturday at 3 p.m. to accommodate a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the restoration of the area of towpath known as Big Slackwater.  The ceremony begins Saturday at 10 a.m. Park Superintendent Kevin D. Brandt will lead a tour of the newly restored towpath from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Parking for the event will be at the Bowman Farm fields at 15910 Cheneys Neck...
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