I took this photo near the Washington County Forty West Landfill.
Hagerstown mayor David S. Gysberts was speaking to visiting high school students from Germany when he told them that sometimes he wishes Hagerstown had a war to “clear out” old buildings. He made the comment after telling the students that he had seen photos of Wesel, the city in Germany the students were from, and he stated that it looked like Wesel has both old and new buildings. He theorized that the new buildings were a result of the war.
In truth Wesel doesn’t have any old buildings. Not really. The town was heavily bombed by Allied forces near the end of World War Two, destroying around 97 percent of the town’s structures. After the war, Wesel had to be entirely re-built.
I don’t know what’s worse: that the mayor of Hagerstown wishes our city had been a battleground or that he mentioned World War Two to a bunch of German high school students. It’s not like he is a stranger to speaking to young people. When he’s not carrying out his mayoral duties, Gysberts makes his living as a high school guidance counselor.
No matter how you look at it, it was an incredibly stupid and crass comment to make.
The city of Hagerstown is about to get another used bookstore. 2nd & Charles, a division of Books-a-Million, is opening a location in the former Borders store in the Centre at Hagerstown shopping center located on Garland Groh Boulevard.
There’s a rather cryptic sign in the window at the old Borders promising a whole new experience in reading, watching, playing, and grooving. Nothing on the sign mentions that a 2nd & Charles is moving in, but if you do a Google search of the old Border’s address, it points to job listings for 2nd & Charles.
According to the 2nd & Charles website, they have a total of seven locations. Hagerstown will make its eighth.
Not only do they buy and sell used books, but they also deal in movies, video games, comics, and music. In other words, it sounds a lot like Wonder Book and Video, a used bookstore already doing business in Hagerstown. Can the area support two large used bookstores? I guess we’re about to find out. Hagerstown’s 2nd & Charles is scheduled to open sometime in April.
Former Hagerstown Mayor Bob Bruchey has been promoted by the Hagerstown Suns, a class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, from Director of Sales, Marketing and Community Affairs to General Manager. Bruchey was hired by the Suns at the end of January by then General Manager Bill Farley.
I wonder if Frarley knew he was hiring his replacement when he hired Bruchey.
Frarley is leaving the Suns to pursue new opportunities, whatever that means.
Bruchey, who came to the Suns without a background in professional sports, must have been outstanding at his duties as marketing director if he could replace the man who hired him less than a month into his career with the Hagerstown Suns.
I’m not sure what a general manager does at the minor league level. It’s not like he will be orchestrating trades or signing players. The Hagerstown Suns, like all other minor league teams in the South Atlantic League, get their players from the main club, in this case, the Washington Nationals.
I wish our former mayor good luck in his new position. I imagine even a bad day at work at a minor league baseball team has got to be better than a good day at work at the tech support desk for a credit card processor.
The Hagerstown Suns, a single-A team for the Washington Nationals, will be giving away special Bryce Harper garden gnomes to the first 1,000 fans in attendance at the August 4 game. The statue is quite remarkable in that it looks absolutely nothing like Bryce Harper. Also, it’s more than a little creepy.
Seriously, who in their right mind would want this thing in their garden?
Harper began his professional baseball career here in Hagerstown where he made it no secret that he hated being here. Personally, I wish the Suns would just forget that Harper played here and pretend that he didn’t exist. He’s gone and he will probably, hopefully, never return.
Then again, considering just how horrendous this statue looks, perhaps this is a passive-aggressive way for the Suns to get back at Harper, by “honoring” him with a statue that makes him look like Jonah Hill’s retarded brother. I think that would be giving the organization too much credit.
A public service announcement will soon be shown on Antietam Cable informing Washington County residents that the county’s recyclable drop-off boxes are for recyclables, not trash. Residents will be warned in the PSA that if they are caught dumping trash at one of the 11 unmanned recycling drop-off sites, they may face up to $12,500 in fines and a possible year in jail.
For improperly dumping your trash.
From the Herald-Mail:
Over a recent six-month period, the county collected almost 19 tons of trash from its 11 unmanned recycling drop-off sites, which equated to $937 in lost revenue, Washington County Recycling Coordinator Anthony Drury told the Washington County Commissioners at a meeting in February.
My feelings about this are mixed. On one hand, a recyclable bin is for recyclables, not trash. People should only be dumping their trash in its proper place. On the other hand, it’s better to dump trash at a recycling drop-off site than almost anywhere else. Show me 19 tons of trash dumped at 11 unmanned recycling sites and I’ll show you 19 tons of trash that didn’t get dumped at a civil war battlefield or behind a vacant building. Other than the county landfill, I can think of no better place to dump trash. If you are going to improperly dump trash, it might as well be somewhere it can be properly taken care of by the same people who are tasked with dealing with trash.
About the only thing more absurd than going to jail for dumping trash at a recycling bin is how much Washington County is spending for this PSA. The Herald-Mail reports that the PSA is costing somewhere between $1,000 to $2,000 to make. That’s more than they supposedly spent taking care of all that improperly disposed of trash. Instead of spending up to $2,000 on the PSA, it would have made more sense economically to just dispose of the trash.
Then again, it’s just government money. Why should it make sense?