Washington County Commissioners briefs

May 03, 2012

County kicks off campaign for building safety in May

To celebrate Building Safety Month, Washington County government is launching an education campaign focusing on the hot topics in building safety, officials said in a news release.

County officials will post daily safety tips on Facebook and answer “Ask the Expert” questions all month long, the release said.

In addition, the county will be highlighting videos that explain building codes and safe structures.

Children can also participate by completing educational workbooks available at local libraries.

The themes include:

  • Week of May 7, Energy and Green Building — How the county has implemented energy-saving practices using grant money.
  • Week of May 14, Disaster Safety and Mitigation — How the county alerts citizens during major emergencies and ensures safety.
  • Week of May 21, Fire Safety and Awareness — How first responders keep the county safe and continue to educate the public on fire safety.
  • Week of May 28, Backyard Safety — How to be safe in outdoor settings, as the county Division of Plan Review and Permitting  highlights backyard pool safety.

To find the county’s Facebook page, search for Washington County Government-Maryland.

County in the running as ‘GeoWoodstock’ site


Washington County is in the running to be the site of the 2014 “GeoWoodstock,” a national convention for geocaching, a GPS-guided treasuring-hunting game, a county economic official said last week.

Maryland is being sought for the 2014 event, with the Washington County Agricultural Education Center on Sharspburg Pike the proposed site, Thomas B. Riford, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, told the Washington County Board of Commissioners.

The event is expected to draw more than 3,500 people and generate more than $800,000 in local visitor spending, Riford said.

“The CVB and the local Geocaching chapters have been working very hard on winning the 2014 bid for this international event,” Riford wrote in an agenda report to the commissioners. “A decision will be made soon, and next year’s site will be announced.”

 — Heather Keels

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