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Hometown Guide a resource for living and working in county

October 24, 2009|By TIM SHEA

Who are the current members of the Washington County delegation to the Maryland General Assembly?

Where can you go to seek medical attention in Washington County?

If you're looking for a park or museum to visit, where can you find one?

Those questions and many others can be answered in the Hometown Guide, an insert in today's Washington County editions of The Herald-Mail.

As it says on the cover, the Hometown Guide is a resource for living and working in Washington County.

And there are plenty of resources available.

As far as the eight members of the Washington County delegation, you can find information on them in the guide. We have included their local and Annapolis office addresses and phone numbers as well as their e-mail addresses if you want to contact them on pressing issues.

Also in the Hometown Guide is information on the Washington County Commissioners and the Hagerstown City Council. We also have included important information for eight other towns in Washington County -- Boonsboro, Clear Spring, Funkstown, Hancock, Keedysville, Sharpsburg, Smithsburg and Williamsport.

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As far as health care, there is information on agencies in the county that provide services, including Washington County Hospital and the Urgent Care centers it operates. The guide includes addresses, phone numbers, Web sites and hours of operation for these places, as well as information for other agencies that provide health care services.

Washington County also is home to a wide variety of museums and parks.

For museums, the listings include addresses, hours of operation and other pertinent information. There also is a plethora of information about the county's parks, including those in the city of Hagerstown and Washington County, as well as state and national parks.

But wait, there's more.

The Hometown Guide also includes information on some of the county's attractions and events.

If you're a sports fan, the guide has information on the Hagerstown Suns, the Single-A South Atlantic League affiliate of the Washington Nationals. If motor sports are more to your liking, there is information on Hagerstown Speedway and the Mason-Dixon Dragway. And if you're looking for a cool escape, there also is information on the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex.

There also is information on The Maryland Theatre and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, which calls the theater home for its performances.

And if you're looking education resources, the guide contains listings for all of the public schools in Washington County, including addresses, phone numbers and the principals of each school. There also is information on the county's private schools and colleges.

The guide also answers some other questions, such as:

What is the phone number for the nearest fire and rescue company where you live?

If you need to find a job, where can you go for help?

When will the next Western Maryland Blues Fest be held?

To find the answers, simply look in the Hometown Guide. The answers are within.

Tim Shea is an assistant city editor of The Herald-Mail. He can be reached at 301-791-6097, or by e-mail at tims@herald-mail.com.

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