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Washington County briefs

June 29, 2011

Herbicide spraying targets road thistle
Washington County has been spraying a herbicide along area roads to kill Canadian thistle, an invasive species, Weed Control Coordinator Herbert Baker said.
Through an agreement between the county and the state, the county is also spraying along state routes in the county, a Maryland State Highway Administration spokesman said.
The herbicide is Transline, which is being used along with a surfactant, a soapy material that helps it stick to the thistle, Baker said.
Transline is a specialty herbicide containing the active ingredient clopyralid. It is used to control noxious and invasive weeds such as kudzu, ragweed and thistle, while not harming trees or grasses, according to information from the manufacturer, Dow AgroSciences LLC.

New landfill stickers on the way
New $15 add-on stickers allowing Washington County landfill permit-holders to dispose of unlimited yard waste are expected to become available after July 19, a county official said.
In the meantime, Clifford J. Engle, head of the county Solid Waste Department, encouraged permit-holders to go ahead and buy new regular landfill permits, as this year’s permits expire Friday.
“If a resident purchases a new permit for the normal rate, until the yard waste permits come in, they can bring in their yard debris on that permit during the grace period,” Engle said.
Landfill permits are available at the landfill from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, he said.

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— Heather Keels

History tables to be set up at Suns game
Washington County Association of Museums and Historic Sites will have tables set up at 5 p.m. Friday at Municipal Stadium, 274 Memorial Blvd. East, Hagerstown.
Tables will include information and displays about the more than 30 historical sites and museums involved with the association, including the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, Mansion House Art Center, Washington County Museum of  Fine Arts, Fort Frederick, Discovery Station, Washington County Historical Society, Sharpsburg Historical Society and the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention Visitors Bureau.
The display will take place before the Hagerstown Suns take on the Lexington Legends at 7:05 p.m.

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