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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | April 20, 2011
Mayor Robert Bruchey II helped plant a tree at the City of Hagerstown’s Earth Week ceremony Wednesday morning at Oswald Park. Bruchey also read a proclamation declaring this week Earth Week and April 22 Earth Day in Hagerstown. “For a small town, we are more conscientious than ...  big cities about the environment,” Bruchey said. “We understand that for a city you obviously need schools and hospitals, but you also need to have amenities like clean parks.” Foreign exchange students from Hagerstown’s Sister City of Wesel, Germany, attended the ceremony.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | March 26, 2013
Hagerstown Mayor David S. Gysberts got a round of laughs from a group of German students visiting the city Tuesday when he joked about the possibility of a war in the city's past to “clear out” some things. Gysberts and the students were comparing Hagerstown and Wesel, Germany, and Gysberts said he imagined that there were some relatively newer buildings in Germany because of past war damage in the country. “Sometimes I wish we would have had a war here,” Gysberts said as he referred to some of the town's landmarks.
NEWS
March 28, 2013
Statement on behalf of Hagerstown Mayor David S. Gysberts regarding his comments made Tuesday to visiting students from Wesel, Germany, provided by city spokeswoman Erin Wolfe:    "During my recent discussion with students from our Sister City in Wesel, Germany, I allowed some comments concerning my frustration with urban renewal to come across in a way that some people may have found offensive. I first want to express my regret and apologies to anyone who was offended by my comment.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2012
1. Sister City party The Hagerstown-Wesel Sister City Association holds a reception to celebrate 60th anniversary at 7 p.m. tonight. Representatives from Wesel will be at the reception. Open to the public. Discovery Station, 101 W. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. Free admission. Go to www.discoverystation.org . 2. Peter Burr history Music, exhibits and demonstrations of 18th-century homemaking crafts, including wool spinning and butter churning. Also, 18th-century children's games and dancing.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | September 3, 2013
Located roughly seven hours west right off Interstate 70, a small town in Indiana shares a particular bond with Hagerstown that runs deeper than just its name. Hagerstown, Ind., a town of about 1,800 people in Wayne County, was settled in 1832 by people who had local connections to Hagerstown, Md., and surrounding areas in Washington County, city resident Mike Keifer said Tuesday. “We have bloodlines already,” Keifer told Hagerstown City Council members during a work session meeting at City Hall.
NEWS
August 9, 2013
The community is invited to celebrate Hagerstown's German heritage at the 18th annual Augustoberfest Saturday, Aug. 24, and Sunday, Aug. 25. A portion of downtown will be transformed into a mini-Munich, giving guests a taste of authentic Bavarian food, music and various other entertainment. Attendees  be treated to a variety of performances, including German dancers, the popular Alphorn music and a German rock band, which will be headlining the event. There will be children's activities, including a Punch and Judy Show, which is also a favorite among many adults.
OPINION
By TIM ROWLAND | timr@herald-mail.com | April 1, 2013
War! What is it good for? Well, urban renewal, perhaps. That was the unfortunate take of Hagerstown Mayor David Gysberts last week, when he quipped that if the city had been lucky enough to have been bombed back into the Stone Age, we could start over with better result. Look, this is the kind of thing you would expect out of Del. John Donoghue when fooling around with his Twitter account at midnight. But Gysberts? The heretofore relatively composed mayor presiding over an admittedly difficult downtown situation?
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | August 24, 2013
German beer flowed and lilting Bavarian music filled the air Saturday at the 18th annual Augustoberfest in downtown Hagerstown. The two-day festival, which concludes Sunday, celebrates the city's German roots and supports scholarships for exchange students to visit Hagerstown's sister city in Wesel, Germany. Jill Colbert, chairwoman of the event, said more than 3,500 people were expected to attend the festival to experience a variety of music and dances, authentic German food such as bratwurst, and beer.
NEWS
September 19, 1997
Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II will visit Wesel, Germany, for a week to celebrate the 45th anniversary of its sister-city affiliation with Hagerstown. Bruchey leaves today and is expected back on Thursday, Sept. 25. Bruchey said he wants Wesel officials to know the change in Hagerstown's administration during the last election won't affect the sister city relationship. Also going along on the trip are Bruchey's wife, Susan, and Public Works Manager Doug Stull and his wife.
NEWS
October 1, 1997
By JULIE E. GREENE Staff Writer Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said he was impressed with the cleanliness and friendliness of Hagerstown's sister city, Wesel, Germany, during his visit there last week. The mayor and a small contingent of city representatives headed for Wesel on Sept. 19 to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the sister city affiliation. They returned on Sept. 25. Bruchey said he learned that during World War II, 97 percent of the city was destroyed by bombs.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | September 3, 2013
Located roughly seven hours west right off Interstate 70, a small town in Indiana shares a particular bond with Hagerstown that runs deeper than just its name. Hagerstown, Ind., a town of about 1,800 people in Wayne County, was settled in 1832 by people who had local connections to Hagerstown, Md., and surrounding areas in Washington County, city resident Mike Keifer said Tuesday. “We have bloodlines already,” Keifer told Hagerstown City Council members during a work session meeting at City Hall.
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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | August 24, 2013
German beer flowed and lilting Bavarian music filled the air Saturday at the 18th annual Augustoberfest in downtown Hagerstown. The two-day festival, which concludes Sunday, celebrates the city's German roots and supports scholarships for exchange students to visit Hagerstown's sister city in Wesel, Germany. Jill Colbert, chairwoman of the event, said more than 3,500 people were expected to attend the festival to experience a variety of music and dances, authentic German food such as bratwurst, and beer.
NEWS
August 9, 2013
The community is invited to celebrate Hagerstown's German heritage at the 18th annual Augustoberfest Saturday, Aug. 24, and Sunday, Aug. 25. A portion of downtown will be transformed into a mini-Munich, giving guests a taste of authentic Bavarian food, music and various other entertainment. Attendees  be treated to a variety of performances, including German dancers, the popular Alphorn music and a German rock band, which will be headlining the event. There will be children's activities, including a Punch and Judy Show, which is also a favorite among many adults.
OPINION
By TIM ROWLAND | timr@herald-mail.com | April 1, 2013
War! What is it good for? Well, urban renewal, perhaps. That was the unfortunate take of Hagerstown Mayor David Gysberts last week, when he quipped that if the city had been lucky enough to have been bombed back into the Stone Age, we could start over with better result. Look, this is the kind of thing you would expect out of Del. John Donoghue when fooling around with his Twitter account at midnight. But Gysberts? The heretofore relatively composed mayor presiding over an admittedly difficult downtown situation?
NEWS
March 28, 2013
Statement on behalf of Hagerstown Mayor David S. Gysberts regarding his comments made Tuesday to visiting students from Wesel, Germany, provided by city spokeswoman Erin Wolfe:    "During my recent discussion with students from our Sister City in Wesel, Germany, I allowed some comments concerning my frustration with urban renewal to come across in a way that some people may have found offensive. I first want to express my regret and apologies to anyone who was offended by my comment.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | March 26, 2013
Hagerstown Mayor David S. Gysberts got a round of laughs from a group of German students visiting the city Tuesday when he joked about the possibility of a war in the city's past to “clear out” some things. Gysberts and the students were comparing Hagerstown and Wesel, Germany, and Gysberts said he imagined that there were some relatively newer buildings in Germany because of past war damage in the country. “Sometimes I wish we would have had a war here,” Gysberts said as he referred to some of the town's landmarks.
BREAKINGNEWS
December 5, 2012
A man robbed The Columbia Bank at 1571 Wesel Blvd. of an undisclosed amount of money Wednesday morning, according to Hagerstown Police. Lt. Paul Kifer said a man went into bank around 11 a.m., wrote a note demanding cash and showed it to a teller. Kifer said the teller gave the man an undisclosed amount of money. No weapon was displayed, Kifer said. The suspect fled the bank and got into white Chevrolet Cavalier driven by a woman, police said in a news release. The vehicle was last seen heading north on South Burhans Boulevard, according to the release.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2012
1. Sister City party The Hagerstown-Wesel Sister City Association holds a reception to celebrate 60th anniversary at 7 p.m. tonight. Representatives from Wesel will be at the reception. Open to the public. Discovery Station, 101 W. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. Free admission. Go to www.discoverystation.org . 2. Peter Burr history Music, exhibits and demonstrations of 18th-century homemaking crafts, including wool spinning and butter churning. Also, 18th-century children's games and dancing.
NEWS
November 27, 2011
The problem: At the intersection of Railway Lane and Underpass Way off Wesel Boulevard near Valley Mall, eastbound traffic from the dead end on Railway Lane does not have a stop sign. “This causes a lot of unnecessary delay in the overall pattern at the intersection,” Anne P. Wright of Boonsboro wrote. Wright said the amount of traffic from the dead end is minor compared to the predominating traffic, which flows west to south and north to east. She suggested that traffic from the dead end should have a stop sign, while vehicles making a left from Railway Lane onto Underpass Way should have the right-of-way.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | October 20, 2011
In terms of the numbers of people employed the losses are small, but two Hagerstown retailers on the same road have chosen to close their doors by the end of the year. "Obviously, the economy, but timing was very challenging for us," said Ted Bernstein, president and owner of Just Cabinets. The company, based in Harrisburg, Pa., is closing the store it opened four years ago at 1580 Wesel Blvd., he said. The other city shop that is closing is The Party Store by Paper Plus at 1344 Wesel Blvd.
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