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NEWS
October 9, 2012
The Big Slackwater boat ramp along the C&O Canal will be closed from dusk Friday to 3 p.m. on Saturday to accommodate a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the restoration of the area of towpath known as Big Slackwater.   The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. 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 is at the Bowman Farm fields at 15910 Cheneys Neck Road in Sharpsburg Free shuttles will operate from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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NEWS
October 9, 2012
The Big Slackwater boat ramp along the  C&O Canal will be closed from dusk Friday to 3 p.m. Saturday to accommodate a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the restoration of the area of towpath known as Big Slackwater.  The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. 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 is at the Bowman Farm fields at 15910 Cheneys Neck Road in Sharpsburg Free shuttles will operate from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | September 23, 2012
Tom Perry has packed nature, faith and music into his 77 years. Perry and his wife, Linda, are trained to remove an invasive plant along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal known as garlic mustard, and he volunteers to take church groups and others on guided bicycle rides on the towpath. Perry is a retired Lutheran pastor. When an Orange, Va., church where a relative played a pipe organ decided it did not want the instrument, Perry decided he did. He has the mammoth machine set up in a family room in his house on Conococheague Street in Williamsport, and he plays it periodically.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | August 19, 2012
A broken link in America's longest national park is nearly fixed. Two National Park Service officials said Friday that repairs to the Big Slackwater section of the C&O Canal National Historical Park will be completed soon and the park might reopen next month. For years, about 2.7 miles of the park at Big Slackwater has been closed and considered impassable, especially by bicycle. Hikers and bikers have been forced to take a hazardous 4.5-mile detour along Dam 4, Dellinger and Avis Mill roads, which have no shoulders.
SPORTS
By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com | August 7, 2012
As a park ranger at C&O Canal National Historical Park, Margaret Anderson left her mark. “When she said she was going to do something, she did it,” said C&O Canal Park Ranger Leigh Zahm, Anderson's former colleague. “She's someone I always would have backed up. She's someone I'll always remember.” Anderson, who worked at the C&O Canal from 2004-08, was shot and killed in the line of duty on Jan. 1 this year in Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state. She was 34. Zahm and his colleagues are ensuring that her life won't soon be forgotten.
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 CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | May 1, 2012
To help encourage visitors on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal to take a detour into Sharpsburg, town residents took part Tuesday in the unveiling of an interpretive  exhibit at Snyder's Landing along the canal towpath. “This will help bring industry to the town,” said Sharpsburg resident David Peters, 74. “People will see the signs, and they'll remember Sharpsburg.” The exhibit includes three signs showing the relationship between the canal and Sharpsburg, how to reach Sharpsburg a little more than mile away, and how to get to Williamsport and Shepherdstown, W. Va. Sharpsburg resident Natoma Reed-Vargason, 53, who operates a catering business called Cookies Cooking Co. just off the towpath at Snyder's Landing, said the exhibit will help draw interest to the town.
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 CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | March 22, 2012
Hagerstown resident Izzy Nelson was riding his bicycle through downtown Hagerstown Thursday. “I love the open air,” he said. “It's a mild time, not too hot, and not too cold.” Nelson, 40, was among area residents taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather in March by going bike riding. Nelson said that he prefers riding a bicycle to driving a car, and bicycling is his primary source of transportation. “I can probably get to places in Hagerstown faster than other vehicles,” he said.
OPINION
October 12, 2011
Extravagant stadium an unnecessary expense To the editor: I just received my propaganda pamphlet from G.A. MAAX and I am past angry. I graduated from school in Montgomery County, Md. - one of the top school systems in the country - and I played sports. None of the high schools there had synthetic turf. We played in whatever the conditions were that day ... grass, mud, puddles, etc. ... and we were proud of it.  The group pushing this athletic field renovation is going to deprive everyone's kids of that privilege.
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