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News | By JEFF RUGG / Creators Syndicate | May 9, 2009
Q: We have a koi and goldfish pond with a few plants in it. We have heard that we should add salt to the pond, but we are unclear about how much is OK, how much is too much, what it does and whether it will hurt the plants. A: Let's cover the reason why first. The fish's body is saltier than the water in the pond. So, water wants to even out the two different salt levels to one average level. The fish have to expend calories to keep salt in and water out of their body. They have a slime coat, scales, gills, kidneys and skin all trying to keep the water out, but they are constantly breathing and swallowing water in. This energy could be used for growth, immune system work, etc., if the water were saltier.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | February 25, 2011
A Hagerstown soldier accused of killing an unarmed Afghan civilian last September was an exemplary leader who showed solid judgment and looked out for his men, an eyewitness to the incident told Army officials in military proceedings. Spc. Charles Miller testified during an Article 32 hearing, which is similar to a civilian grand jury, that Sgt. Derrick Miller, 27, was a "squared away" soldier who acted "reasonably in pressure situations. " "I wouldn't question his judgment if he believed the use of deadly force was necessary," Charles Miller said.
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By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | March 26, 2011
It's a bit like boot camp for bosses. A chief executive officer leaves the lap of luxury, takes on a secret identity and attempts to do the job of his employees. And, usually, doesn't do it very well. It's a working-class fantasy that is turned into reality each week on the hit CBS television show, "Undercover Boss. " The executives are humbled and the employees selected to train them become labor force heroes — maybe even celebrities. Mack Trucks Inc. employees Tracy Sweatt and Michael J. Davies might not put themselves in that category, but since appearing on the show, both said they've gotten a taste of star treatment.
NEWS
August 11, 2002
For a guy who'd had only one hour's sleep the night before, Dr. Andrew Pollak seemed remarkably alert when we sat down to talk this past week. That's because he's used to the routine. The 38-year-old orthopedic trauma surgeon has been at this for eight years, spending 80 to 100 hours a week at the University of Maryland Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore and in his private practice. Hagerstown's own trauma surgeons haven't been talking to the press since their differences with Washington County Hospital led to a shutdown of the trauma center here, so I turned to Pollak for some insight into what trauma doctors face on a weekly basis.
NEWS
January 22, 2012
City of Hagerstown officials launched a survey this month to receive input about the current parking situation from the people who live, work and visit in the downtown area. Below are some examples of questions users can expect to find in the online survey, found at www.surveymonkey.com/s/HagerstownParkingSurvey . The survey focuses on seven categories of downtown users, including business or property owners, employees, residents, frequent customers or visitors, University System of Maryland at Hagerstown students, out-of-town visitors and infrequent visitors.
BREAKINGNEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | May 6, 2012
Feeling horrified and numb, a steady stream of friends of Williamsport High School seniors Brendon Edward Colliflower and Samantha Rae Kelly turned out at the spot along Rench Road on Sunday afternoon where the two sports standouts were killed in an accident the night before. Colliflower, a pitcher on this year's Williamsport High School baseball team, and Kelly, a tennis and volleyball athlete at the school, had been to the high school's prom at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Shepherdstown, W.Va., Saturday night.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | April 23, 2012
A 10-year-old boy hit by a car last week in Greene Township, Pa., has died. Dustin Farner died at Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center, according to a hospital spokeswoman. She did not know the date of his death. Dustin was a fifth-grader at Scotland Elementary School in the Chambersburg (Pa.) Area School District. Pennsylvania State Police said previously the boy started to cross the street April 17 when he was hit by a 2003 Honda Accord at 2048 Black Gap Road. A helicopter flew him from Chambersburg Hospital to Hershey Medical Center for treatment.
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by JENNIFER FITCH | June 20, 2006
McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A man who pleaded guilty to the March 1995 murder of his wife has been sentenced to eight to 14 years in a state prison, Fulton County (Pa.) District Attorney Dwight Harvey said Monday. Judge Carol Van Horn in the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas last week sentenced Stephen Alfred Vanderbeek in accordance with a plea agreement and sentencing guidelines for the third-degree murder and abuse-of-a-corpse charges Vanderbeek faced, Harvey said. The judge also told Vanderbeek she would stay informed of any of his requests for parole, which could begin in seven years, Harvey said.
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By ANGELICA ROBERTS | July 14, 2008
View the Moller Organ Co. slideshow. Editor's note: The following story about the M.P. Moller Organ Co. is one in an occasional series of stories about some of the treasures of Washington County's past. HAGERSTOWN - The M.P. Moller Organ Co., once one of the largest makers of pipe organs in the world, had a turbulent few years before closing its doors in 1992, but the memories and the beautiful music the company made live on. Company founder, Mathias P. Moller, was born Sept.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | March 10, 2012
Thousands of people filled the Performing Arts Center at the Waynesboro Area Senior High School to listen to singers from 80 different school districts perform in Saturday's regional Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Region V Chorus concert. “This is the one of the finest choirs you could ever hear and the concert is right here in Waynesboro,” WASHS vocal music director Eric Griffith said. The concert featured 210 singers from Pennsylvania schools in 15 different counties, according to event organizers.
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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | September 3, 2011
Squeezed between two neighboring houses just yards from the busy North Main Street, the brick rancher David Gray Sr. shares with his son in Boonsboro looks, from the front, like a typical in-town home. But in the backyard of the quarter-acre lot, penned in next to a thriving garden, are three, white Leghorn hens. Gray, who bought the house two years ago, said he became interested in raising chickens after reading a book about using backyard agriculture to become more self-sufficient.
LIFESTYLE
By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com | March 10, 2013
Martinsburg, W.Va., native Sara Bivens has the "boom, daboom, boom. " Or least on the days when she's dancing backup for rapper, singer-songwriter Nicki Minaj. Currently, while Minaj is a judge of "American Idol," Bivens is on a small hiatus as she waits for the tour to resume. In the meantime, the professional dancer had a chance to carve out some time to chat about her life in Los Angeles and the job that has been taking her all over the world. "I started dancing at Tari Jo's Dance Studio (in Inwood, W.Va.)
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