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by TAMELA BAKER | June 24, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY - That drive to the beach this summer will cost about twice as much as it did just five years ago. With gasoline prices averaging around $3 per gallon on the East Coast and about $3.25 per gallon in the West, summer travelers are having to make adjustments to pay for the added costs. And some aren't traveling at all. "For people that are not traveling, the No. 1 reason is high gas prices," AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesman Troy Green said. Among those who are traveling, many are choosing to take shorter trips to closer destinations, Green said.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | September 2, 2005
WASHINGTON COUNTY erinc@herald-mail.com Rising gas prices are not expected to keep travelers off roads Labor Day weekend, AAA spokeswoman Bevi Norris said Thursday. Norris said 34.5 million people nationwide will travel 50 miles or more from their homes this weekend, a nearly 1 percent increase from the 34.2 million who traveled last year. Nearly 30 million of those will drive, she said. "We've seen record high gas prices, an early start to the hurricane season and terror attacks in London, but Americans have traveled nonetheless," AAA Senior Vice President Jim Lehman said in a release.
NEWS
August 31, 2009
Hagerstown Community College's Center for Continuing Education is offering a short-length course in beginning and elementary Italian for those interested in traveling to Italy. Taught by native Italian Elsa Bradford, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of Italian language and will develop the necessary pronunciation skills and learn the essential vocabulary and patterns of dialogue needed for real-life situations that are often encountered when traveling to a foreign country.
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By ANDREA ROWLAND | March 16, 1999
HANCOCK - When Sgt. Shawn Tasker entered Hancock's Sheetz store on Sunday evening he walked out of a snowstorm and into a blizzard of people. The place was packed with travelers who had left Interstate 70 in the midst of the storm, the Hancock police officer said. [cont. from front page ] Some 50 cold and hungry travelers were trying to get warm and escape the area's biggest snowfall of the season, Tasker said. They came to the right town. Hancock residents, businesses and charitable organizations rallied to feed and shelter about 150 travelers who were detoured to the town after being stuck for hours behind a massive pileup on Interstate 70. The wreck included 36 vehicles, including four tractor-trailers, two buses and 30 cars and light trucks, Maryland State Police had said.
NEWS
by ERIN JULIUS | July 21, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - Daris Phillips had been sitting on her chaise lounge in the Florida sun when the cruise ship she was traveling aboard suddenly tilted. "All of a sudden, a big gush of water came up from the pool. Everyone started screaming," said Phillips, 77, of Hagerstown. "It was almost like the Titanic. " Phillips, her son and a local couple were aboard the new Crown Princess cruise ship Tuesday when it tilted 15 degrees in the waters off Florida, 11 1/2 miles southeast of Port Canaveral on its way to New York.
NEWS
by BOB MAGINNIS | April 26, 2004
The Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau has had two unpleasant surprises last year. The first was when the group discovered that its executive director had stolen $15,000 to feed his gambling addiction. The second was when CVB board members realized, in the wake of the scandal, that many citizens didn't know exactly what the organization did. Tom Riford is out to change that. The CVB's new executive director, who took office March 8, said that getting the word out, about how important tourism is and how CVB promotes it, is one of his top goals.
NEWS
by BRIAN SHAPPELL | December 23, 2003
shappell@herald-mail.com Experts say the good news is that Christmas-season traffic is expected to be lighter and less frustrating than it was over the Thanksgiving holiday. They say the bad news is that there may be plenty of aggressive, drowsy and drunken drivers on roadways in Maryland and elsewhere. AAA Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman Amanda Knittle said a slight increase in auto traffic is expected on the days around Christmas. She said the biggest reason for increased traffic is the number of people traveling 50 miles or more to spend Christmas with family or friends.
NEWS
March 21, 2013
Hager House to mark 275th birthday next year Next year will mark the 275th birthday of Hagerstown's historic landmark, the Jonathan Hager House and Museum in City Park, a local tourism official told Hagerstown City Council members at City Hall on Tuesday. “This is going to be a big deal,” said Tom Riford, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Riford and Washington County Historical Society Board President Roger Fairbourn went before the city council to ask for the city's continued support of the Hager House - a rare historical resource - that promotes “heritage” travelers and to urge the elected body to take steps to increase public accessibility.
NEWS
By KERRY LYNN FRALEY | March 1, 2000
Randy Morral doesn't think occupancy rates tell the whole story when it comes to demand for new motels in Washington County. Those rates don't factor in all the travelers on Interstate 81, who now drive past the county into Pennsylvania or West Virginia to stop for the night, said Morral, 31, who is hoping to capture some of that business with his new motel in Maugansville. "We're missing the boat if we can't stop them," the Smithsburg resident told a group of local business people Tuesday morning at the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce's monthly Eggs & Issues breakfast.
NEWS
November 2, 2006
FREDERICK, Md. - Gov. Robert Ehrlich announced that Maryland will invest $23 million to upgrade the South Mountain Welcome Centers along eastbound and westbound Interstate 70 in Frederick County. The centers, which were built in the 1970s and are maintained by Maryland's State Highway Administration and the Maryland Office of Tourism Development, are used by more than 200,000 travelers each year. There are 13 such centers in Maryland. When the renovation is completed, the South Mountain centers "will become a destination in themselves, with outdoor exhibit areas, expanded facilities and parking, and the latest in wireless technology to serve both tourists and business travelers," Ehrlich said.
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August 12, 2013
Dance students from My Dance Studio in Smithsburg took a trip to New York City recently. The students went with Director Lezlee Sabo to experience various disciplines of dance at Broadway Dance Center, take in the sights and catch a Broadway show.  
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NEWS
July 30, 2013
Three young missionaries left July 16 for 12 days of mission service in Ecuador, South America. They are Richard Easley Jr., 17, Tess Dorsey, 16, and Payton Easley, 15. Richard and Payton are the sons of Richard and Becky Easley of Waynesboro and Tess Dorsey is the daughter of Shannon and Bonnie Dorsey of Cascade. The three traveled with Maranatha Volunteers International, a nonprofit Christian organization headquartered in Roseville, Calif. The organization helps sponsor youth groups to build structures such as schools, churches, clinics, orphanages, homes and hospitals.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | July 10, 2013
Less than two years after opening its doors at a former Fleetwood Travel Trailers plant, Evolve Composites is already exceeding its hiring goals, Hancock Town Manager David Smith reported Wednesday night. Plant workers now number 65, Smith told the mayor and Hancock Town Council during a council meeting. The company's original agreement with the town was to hire at least 60 people within the first three years of operation, he said. In the summer of 2011, Evolve and Hancock reached an agreement on a seven-year lease for the 110,000 square-foot building owned by the town.
NEWS
By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | June 30, 2013
Jason Sheets spends a lot of time in his Jefferson Boulevard garage. A machinist by trade, he works full time for Central Precision in Boonsboro, but weekends and evenings are reserved for his own projects and customers. “I can do machining and welding on anything, lawn mowers, engines, it doesn't matter,” Sheets said. Sheets also uses his skills as a custom car and motorcycle builder. He got his motorcycle license when he was 18. He's been doing work part time out of his shop for about 10 years and recently took a two-week road trip to California with his wife, Jen Sheets, to participate in the Born Free 5 show.
LIFESTYLE
June 16, 2013
At the Brightwood Homemakers Club's April meeting, member Diane Braun presented “Oh, the Places I've Been” about her travels with her husband, Leslie, along with a travel group of friends from Illinois.  Since 1998, they have traveled to more than 50 countries around the world. Greece, Italy, Spain, Australia to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand, Fiji Islands, Egypt to see the Pyramids and Nile River, Russia, the Amazon River, through the Panama Canal, Ireland, Scotland, cruised the Rhine River stopping at the Christmas markets, Poland, Costa Rica, and Malta are some of the areas visited.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | May 22, 2013
Derek Hays of Hagerstown sometimes travels to the beach for Memorial Day weekend but said he plans to stay home and have a barbecue with his family this year. “Money's a little tight, gas is a little tight, so it just doesn't pay to drive down there for two days and pay the rates that they're charging for the hotels,” said Hays, 26. “It just isn't worth it.” Despite the improved economy and lower gas prices compared to last year, fewer U.S. residents and fewer Marylanders are expected to travel Memorial Day this year than last year, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.
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By CHRIS COPLEY | chrisc@herald-mail.com | May 14, 2013
Fill up on good food and fine art and music when downtown Hagerstown restaurants and art galleries host Taste of the Arts on Thursday, May 16. The annual moveable feast features samples of food from 12 restaurants, music performed by students with Barbara Ingram School for the Arts and art on display at Just Lookin' Gallery and Contemporary School for the Arts & Gallery. Karen Giffin, community affairs manager with the City of Hagerstown, said the organizers want to draw people downtown to have a good time.
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By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | April 17, 2013
Christine Trent is a bit of a travel guide - but not in the traditional sense. She might take you to far-off places and breathtaking locales. You'll meet interesting and influential people and get a glimpse of their lives and careers. But in addition to taking you to another land, Trent transports you to another time. And it's all within the pages of her books. Trent is a historical fiction writer, weaving the past with stories of emotional intensity, mystery, tragedy and love.
NEWS
March 21, 2013
Hager House to mark 275th birthday next year Next year will mark the 275th birthday of Hagerstown's historic landmark, the Jonathan Hager House and Museum in City Park, a local tourism official told Hagerstown City Council members at City Hall on Tuesday. “This is going to be a big deal,” said Tom Riford, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Riford and Washington County Historical Society Board President Roger Fairbourn went before the city council to ask for the city's continued support of the Hager House - a rare historical resource - that promotes “heritage” travelers and to urge the elected body to take steps to increase public accessibility.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | m | March 6, 2013
A Martinsburg attorney who has led efforts to preserve and redevelop the 19th century Baltimore & Ohio Railroad shops in Martinsburg for more than 15 years said it's time for the next generation to take over the project. Clarence E. “CEM” Martin III, who has chaired the Berkeley County Roundhouse Authority board since it was created in 1999, said Wednesday his resignation letter to Berkeley County Council President Tony Petrucci was delivered Monday. Martin's wife, Judy, who has served with her husband on the Roundhouse Authority for as many years, said separately Wednesday that she, too, had sent a letter of resignation to the county this week.
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