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by RICHARD BELISLE | April 18, 2003
waynesboro@herald-mail.com GREENCASTLE, Pa. - John Tritle has a thing for Things. The weird little Volkswagen four-door vehicles that were the German army's version of the GIs' Jeeps in World War II made their way to Volkswagen dealerships in America in 1973 and 1974. A novelty vehicle, the boxy, underpowered Things never set sales records in America. Volkswagen marketers must have known that, because the German car company only sent over 12,000 Things in each of the two years they were offered in the United States, Tritle said.
NEWS
June 3, 2008
Kai Steinmann's diesel Volkswagen needed a push on Maryland Avenue Monday after a dashboard warning light came on. His sister, Lalla Steinmann, steered while Kai and his brother, Zeb, pushed it to a nearby garage.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | July 10, 2013
A Hagerstown man charged with firing a handgun as he drove down Dual Highway on Tuesday afternoon was shooting at two people he believed had smashed the window of his vehicle at a hotel, according to charging documents. Andrew Martin Campos, 23, of 117 N. Mulberry St. has been charged with two counts of second-degree attempted murder and other charges, the documents said. He appeared for a bond review hearing Wednesday afternoon via a closed-circuit television between the Washington County Detention Center and Washington County District Court in Hagerstown, where Judge R. Noel Spence maintained the previously set bond at $400,000.
NEWS
August 25, 1998
A Waynesboro, Pa., man was killed and two Hagerstown residents were injured early Monday when their vehicle ran off Marsh Pike, hit a fence and rolled several times, police said. The driver, Scott E. Miller, 21, of 1580 State Line Road, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 1:30 a.m. accident by Dr. Howard Weeks, a Washington County medical examiner. Passengers Jason Clarence Horst, 21, of 17638 Garden View Drive, and Joshua James Hager, 19, of 11046 Eastwood Drive, were taken to Washington County Hospital.
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by MALCOLM GUNN/Wheelbase Communications | July 5, 2005
The challenge for Volkswagen was far from simple. Create a new, still popular and more modern follow-up to one of the most successful automobiles of all time: the Beetle. A tough act to follow, but the result was the Rabbit, a ground-breaking invention that raised the import bar several notches. It's a car whose popularity spawned many visual copies from other manufacturers as they hurried to create their own versions of this successful little front-wheel-drive runabout. Originally developed in the 1930s by Ferdinand Porsche, the Beetle became the salvation of the German economy following World War II. Starting in the early 1950s, millions of Bugs were exported around the world.
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by JASON STEIN/Wheelbase Communications | March 26, 2004
Old-school Beetle owners, hold your wallets. Stereotypical mindsets, hold that thought. If the Phaeton, Volkswagen's first true purpose-built luxury cruiser, doesn't get you thinking differently about this German company, well, consider the climate-control system. Huh? The climate-control system? There's more than just cool (or hot) technology in the motorized wooden panels that drop down over the vents once the cabin in the Phaeton reaches the desired temperature. Suddenly, it means there's a whole new player in the high-end market.
OBITUARIES
October 7, 2011
Amos Gesford, 75, of Martinsburg, W.Va., passed away Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, at his home. Born Nov. 18, 1935, in Berkeley County, W.Va., he was the son of the late Otho Clinton Gesford Sr. and Cecilia May Stratiff Gesford. He retired from Mack Trucks, and was a member of Teamsters Local 992. Mr. Gesford was a member of the Martinsburg Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 120. He was a Volkswagen enthusiast and had entered many car shows, and was known in the area for his knowledge of repairing and restoring Volkswagens.
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By MARLO BARNHART | July 25, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- With a few skeins of donated yarn, a couple of crude wooden patterns and a lot of determination, Virginia Dennison creates soft, cuddly animals for children - many she will never see. Virginia is 80 years old, legally blind and wheelchair-bound. For the past three years, the resident of the Western Maryland Hospital Center on Pennsylvania Avenue has been participating in an ambitious occupational therapy activity. The brainchild of occupational therapist Cheryl Deal, making the yarn animals is a way for residents with physical limitations to do something that not only improves their dexterity, but makes it fun at the same time.
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By MARLO BARNHART | July 26, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - With a few skeins of donated yarn, a couple of crude wooden patterns and a lot of determination, Virginia Dennison creates soft, cuddly animals for children - many she will never see. Virginia is 80 years old, legally blind and wheelchair-bound. For the past three years, the resident of the Western Maryland Hospital Center on Pennsylvania Avenue has been participating in an ambitious occupational therapy activity. The brainchild of occupational therapist Cheryl Deal, making the yarn animals is a way for residents with physical limitations to do something that not only improves their dexterity, but makes it fun at the same time.
NEWS
March 11, 2003
Editor's note - Please be as brief as possible when calling Mail Call, The Daily Mail's reader call-in line. Mail Call is not staffed on weekends or holidays so it is best to call Mail Call during the week. The Mail Call number is 301-791-6236 . You are welcome to leave a recorded message on any subject, but some calls will be screened out. Here are some of the calls we have received lately: "To the lawyer who lives in Cloverton in Williamsport: Your son in the little black car doesn't ever stop at stop signs.
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August 14, 2013
The Warwagens Air-Cooled VW Car Club will presents its Simple Transport 6 Air-cooled Volkeswagen automobile and custom/classic/vintage BMX bicycle show Saturday, Aug. 24, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown. The entry fee is $10 per vehicle. There will not be an entry fee for those vehicles using stock 6-volt electrical systems. The fee is $10 for vintage motorcycles (pre-1985) and $3 per bicycle. The entry fee for spectators is $3, with those 12 and younger admitted free.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | July 10, 2013
A Hagerstown man charged with firing a handgun as he drove down Dual Highway on Tuesday afternoon was shooting at two people he believed had smashed the window of his vehicle at a hotel, according to charging documents. Andrew Martin Campos, 23, of 117 N. Mulberry St. has been charged with two counts of second-degree attempted murder and other charges, the documents said. He appeared for a bond review hearing Wednesday afternoon via a closed-circuit television between the Washington County Detention Center and Washington County District Court in Hagerstown, where Judge R. Noel Spence maintained the previously set bond at $400,000.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | August 25, 2012
To see a field of Beetles, Microbuses, Karmann Ghias and Things could make one feel as though he was in the parking lot for a Grateful Dead concert - sometime around 1972. More than 120 Volkswagens and their owners, aficionados and the curious gathered Saturday at Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown for Simple Transport 5, a celebration of air-cooled coolness. “It's a love affair,” said Jason Kauffman of Waynesboro, Pa., the owner of a 1966 VW camper. “It's almost a religion,” said Mike Norris of Baltimore, owner of a 1965 Dormobile.
OBITUARIES
October 7, 2011
Amos Gesford, 75, of Martinsburg, W.Va., passed away Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, at his home. Born Nov. 18, 1935, in Berkeley County, W.Va., he was the son of the late Otho Clinton Gesford Sr. and Cecilia May Stratiff Gesford. He retired from Mack Trucks, and was a member of Teamsters Local 992. Mr. Gesford was a member of the Martinsburg Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 120. He was a Volkswagen enthusiast and had entered many car shows, and was known in the area for his knowledge of repairing and restoring Volkswagens.
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By MARLO BARNHART | July 26, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - With a few skeins of donated yarn, a couple of crude wooden patterns and a lot of determination, Virginia Dennison creates soft, cuddly animals for children - many she will never see. Virginia is 80 years old, legally blind and wheelchair-bound. For the past three years, the resident of the Western Maryland Hospital Center on Pennsylvania Avenue has been participating in an ambitious occupational therapy activity. The brainchild of occupational therapist Cheryl Deal, making the yarn animals is a way for residents with physical limitations to do something that not only improves their dexterity, but makes it fun at the same time.
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By MARLO BARNHART | July 25, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- With a few skeins of donated yarn, a couple of crude wooden patterns and a lot of determination, Virginia Dennison creates soft, cuddly animals for children - many she will never see. Virginia is 80 years old, legally blind and wheelchair-bound. For the past three years, the resident of the Western Maryland Hospital Center on Pennsylvania Avenue has been participating in an ambitious occupational therapy activity. The brainchild of occupational therapist Cheryl Deal, making the yarn animals is a way for residents with physical limitations to do something that not only improves their dexterity, but makes it fun at the same time.
NEWS
June 3, 2008
Kai Steinmann's diesel Volkswagen needed a push on Maryland Avenue Monday after a dashboard warning light came on. His sister, Lalla Steinmann, steered while Kai and his brother, Zeb, pushed it to a nearby garage.
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By MARLO BARNHART | January 6, 2008
Editor's note: Each Sunday, The Herald-Mail publishes "A Life Remembered. " This continuing series takes a look back - through the eyes of family, friends, co-workers and others - at a member of the community who died recently. Today's "A Life Remembered" is about Monna Louise "Scof" Mumper, who died Dec. 23 at the age of 74. Her obituary was published in the Dec. 26 edition of The Herald-Mail. CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Growing up in a Civil War battlefield town, the four Mumper children often would engage in mock soldier playtime with the other children on York Street in Gettysburg, Pa. During some of those childhood capers, Monna Mumper took on the moniker of German Gen. Hans Von Scofantini when the "York Street Gang" put on plays while World War II was raging elsewhere in the real world.
NEWS
June 23, 2006
Hagerstown Police respond to calls The Hagerstown Police Department responded to the following incidents, according to Sgt. Paul Kifer. Sunday: 300 block of South Potomac Street, theft of a motor vehicle. Monday: 700 block of East Wilson Boulevard, second-degree assault. Tuesday: 400 block of South Burhans Boulevard, verbal argument. 1000 block of Outer Drive, found property. 800 Hamilton Boulevard, burglary/theft.
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By JASON STEIN | March 26, 2006
It used to be called "Golf town," except the driving is done on asphalt. Take a cruise through this sleepy, industrial city of less than 100,000 people, and there are Volkswagen Golfs everywhere. Blue Golfs. Red Golfs. Golfs of every shape and color and year. It's no secret the little car helped build Wolfsburg, Volkswagen's central headquarters in northern Germany, and vice versa. The Golf made the brown smokestacks that still rise out of nothing in the German countryside churn and burn.
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