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NEWS
October 21, 2000
Canines on Canal event benefits Humane Society By ANDREA BROWN-HURLEY / Staff Writer WILLIAMSPORT - Slobbering with enthusiasm, Samson the 100-pound Labrador retriever dragged his owner toward the towpath Saturday at the C&O Canal's Cushwa Basin in Williamsport. "He loves the towpath - as you can tell," owner Cheryl Grove said. The Hagerstown resident said she and Samson walk the scenic path just about every weekend, but this time they walked for a cause.
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NEWS
September 19, 2011
Eight communities bordering the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park will announce a new collaborative visitor attraction initiative Friday at 10 a.m. at Ferry Hill Place, 16500 Shepherdstown Pike, Sharpsburg. The new initiative, known as the Canal Towns Partnership, is a regional cooperative effort among towns in Maryland and West Virginia bordering the C&O Canal park to ensure that visitors to the region and cyclists and hikers on the towpath find welcoming communities, and a variety of services and amenities.
NEWS
By JOHN LEAGUE | May 8, 2010
I am always surprised when talking to lifelong Washington County residents, especially those who love the outdoors, when they tell me they've never set foot on the C&O Canal towpath. Over the years, I've worn out a lot of running shoes on the towpath. By my estimates, I've run, biked or walked more than 10,000 miles on its gravelly surface, using it at first as my personal gym. But it's so much more than that. Within a mile or so of every public parking lot along the 184-mile towpath, you can quickly feel at one with nature.
NEWS
by MARLO BARNHART | October 28, 2003
marlob@herald-mail.com It didn't have anything to do with it being the 175th anniversary of the C&O Canal or with the fact he turned 50 this year - running the 185-mile length of the canal was something Pat O'Brien wanted to do for a long time. "I thought someday I'd like to run the whole thing," said O'Brien, owner of Ben's Flower Shop at 49 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown. A six-year veteran of the JFK 50-mile run, O'Brien regularly trains on the towpath in his Washington County "neighborhood.
NEWS
by MARLO BARNHART | September 26, 2003
As of Thursday, most of the 184.5-mile Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park had been reopened in the wake of Tropical Storm Isabel, which plowed through the area last week. Still closed was a 20-mile segment of the towpath from the Pennyfield Lock in Montgomery County to the Monocacy Aqueduct in Frederick County, Acting Superintendent Kevin Brandt said. Even in areas open to the public, visitors might encounter hazards. "For safety reasons, visitors are asked to obey area-closed signs and to follow the directions of park employees," Brandt said.
NEWS
By TARA REILLY | November 20, 2005
tarar@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - Dave Hoch hoped to reach a 50-50 milestone. Hoch, of East Brunswick, N.J., wanted to finish Saturday's 43rd annual JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon to complement turning 50 this year. But his nagging Achilles tendon wasn't cooperating. By the 30th mile, Hoch realized he could go no farther. Hoch turned around and made his way back three miles to the water station he had just passed, where he informed an official that he would be dropping out. "I just had to make a decision at some point," Hoch said while on the C&O Canal towpath at Antietam Creek, along Canal Road near Harpers Ferry Road in Washington County.
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 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
August 9, 2004
CROP meetings, events scheduled The Washington County Council of Churches is announcing the schedule of activities to raise awareness and money to fight hunger through Church World Services/CROP and for local food banks for 2004. On Thursday at 7 p.m., an organizational meeting for all CROP recruiters will be held in Fellowship Hall of Trinity Lutheran Church, Randolph and North Potomac streets, Hagerstown. The purpose of the meeting is to provide all recruiters and interested groups with information and sponsor packets for the three upcoming CROP activities - a walk, bike hike and skate-a-thon for hunger.
NEWS
July 24, 2009
Break in the towpath is the issue To the editor: I have been reading with appreciation the articles promoting the C&O Canal and its towpath. We read there about structures and areas needing attention and the considerable cost of such improvements. Mentioned is the break in the towpath above Dam No. 4 as one concern. However, as chair of the C&O Canal Association committee pushing for restoration of the integrity of the towpath, I want to point out that, for us, that is not one issue among many, but is the Issue.
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