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By DAVE McMILLION | July 5, 2010
o Heat advisory in effect o For updated weather forecasts, go to The Herald-Mail Accuweather HAGERSTOWN -- In the blazing 90-plus-degree heat Monday, Jack Jones ventured across the parking lot of the Sheetz store at Pennsylvania Avenue and Longmeadow Road to sweep up trash. The sun's rays reflected off the concrete as the afternoon's temperatures crept toward 99 degrees. "This has been unreal," said Jones, an employee at the convenience store. Jones said he has watched trees at his house starting to wither from the heat and at work Monday, he tried to dodge the sun as much as he could.
NEWS
By DON AINES | August 12, 2010
HANCOCK -- The outside temperature was still above 90 degrees as Wednesday night's Hancock Town Council meeting was about to begin, but the meeting room was comfortably cool with the building's new heating and air-conditioning system up and running. In July, the council approved a contract for the $14,100 system, which Town Manager David Smith last month predicted would be installed by fall. At the time, Mayor Daniel Murphy joked that the building might have air conditioning by winter.
NEWS
By DON AINES | July 15, 2010
HANCOCK --A heating and air-conditioning contract for what will become Hancock's community performing arts center was approved Wednesday night by the Town Council. The council approved the low bid of $14,100 by Rolen Heating & Air Conditioning of Beltsville, Md., to install a new heating and air-conditioning system for the gymnasium in the Hancock Town Hall and Community Center. The system should be installed by fall, Town Manager David Smith said. The gymnasium also serves as the council chambers, but Smith said the space, which already includes a stage from when the building was a school, will be getting a $110,000 facelift.
NEWS
July 16, 2012
Berkeley County government offices and the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in the Dunn Building at 400 W. Stephen St. in Martinsburg closed at 1 p.m. Monday due to excessive heat, according to news releases. "Due to a malfunctioning air conditioning system, the interior temperatures of the building have reached unacceptable high temperatures," a news release from county government said. Officials expect the county offices to reopen Tuesday "at least for the morning hours," the release said.
NEWS
November 13, 2009
Arming yourself with the facts can help ensure you find energy efficient equipment to help cool and heat your family's home. It's important to know how vital features in your home function. To keep cool, one option is a central air-conditioning unit that cools rooms thermostatically throughout the entire house. An air conditioner's efficiency, performance and durability are important things to consider. Make sure you buy the right size air conditioner for your needs. Another option is a window unit that cools a targeted area.
NEWS
June 22, 2007
REACH is accepting applications from elderly, disabled or disadvantaged Washington County residents who have a medically documented need for air conditioning, but cannot afford to provide one for themselves. This program is for residents who do not have air conditioning and can provide documentation from their medical provider. Documentation must be dated April 10 or later and must be submitted with the application. Applications must be received no later than close of business Friday, June 29. Monetary donations are being solicited and will be accepted through June 29. For information, call REACH at 301-733-2371.
NEWS
by PEPPER BALLARD | August 4, 2006
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Heat complaints come in waves from those housed at the Washington County Detention Center, but inmates were not the only ones dealing without air conditioning Thursday, Sheriff Charles Mades said. Correctional deputies and jail staff must also endure the 90-degree heat while monitoring the nearly 400 inmates housed there, he said. County maintenance workers have been encouraged to take breaks in their air-conditioned trucks or seek refuge inside if the heat becomes too much while they work repairing fences and maintaining lawns, said Jim Sterling, director of county buildings, grounds and parks.
NEWS
May 13, 1997
Washington County high school students could have the option of preparing for a career in heating/ventilation-/air conditioning/refrigeration starting this fall. The Washington County Board of Education Tuesday night approved plans to start a joint program with Hagerstown Junior College. Given sufficient enrollment, the program would be taught at the Career Studies Center with a teacher provided by HJC, said Robin Spaid, associate dean at the college.
NEWS
By EBONI JAGGERS | July 8, 2010
o Air quality alert in effect o Hazardous weather outlook Another day, another record. With a reading of 99.2 degrees at 3:13 p.m., Thursday was the third straight day that Hagerstown tied a record for a high temperature. The mark tied the record of 99 degrees set on July 8, 1988, according to i4weather.net, a website maintained by local weather observer Greg Keefer. Thursday's heat index reached 106 degrees at 3:09 p.m., according to the website.
NEWS
by CHRIS COPLEY | June 13, 2006
Name: Mike Weddel Jr. of Greencastle, Pa. Age: 26 Car: 1968 Chrysler New Yorker. The four-door hardtop has 210,000 miles on the odometer. Weddel is the car's second owner. A copy of the original 1968 promotional brochure came with the car. Bought: April 2006 First passenger : Weddel's brother, Dustin Regular destination: work Unique problems: The heating and air-conditioning blower doesn't work. Ultimate car: 1958 Plymouth Fury.
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NEWS
August 26, 2013
Mold found in air-conditioning units in the Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center's domiciliary prompted the hospital to relocate patients and staff last week, officials said Monday. The domiciliary was closed Friday after safety officials at the hospital found “common” mold in the fan coils of the air conditioners, the medical center said. “During the cleanup process, the delivery of care to our patients and the medical center's daily operational activities will not be interrupted,” Ann R. Brown, medical center director, said in a news release.
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EDUCATION
July 31, 2013
The following courses will be offered at the Barr Construction Institute at Associated Builders and Contractors, 530 N. Locust St. in Hagerstown: CPR/AED and First Aid     Instructor: Doug Walker Friday, Aug. 9, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Registration deadline: Aug. 2 American Safety and Health Institute card issued upon completion. The course meets all MOSH and COMAR regulations.   Doug Walker has been a fire/EMS captain in the Washington, D.C., area for 23 years, and has more than 20 years teaching experience.
NEWS
July 16, 2013
Franklin Co. church serving as cooling shelter GREENCASTLE, Pa. - In partnership with the Franklin County (Pa.) Department of Emergency Services, Grace Community Church at 17 N. Washington St. in Greencastle has opened a cooling shelter. People can go to the church to stay in the air-conditioning. For more information about the shelter, call Doug Toms at 717-567-1663. The emergency services department urges residents to drink plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty, check on animals frequently, take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors, and check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air-conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
NEWS
July 16, 2012
Berkeley County government offices and the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in the Dunn Building at 400 W. Stephen St. in Martinsburg closed at 1 p.m. Monday due to excessive heat, according to news releases. "Due to a malfunctioning air conditioning system, the interior temperatures of the building have reached unacceptable high temperatures," a news release from county government said. Officials expect the county offices to reopen Tuesday "at least for the morning hours," the release said.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | July 8, 2012
Several women wearing little bikinis danced to Motley Crue's “Girls Girls Girls” on the stage inside Cancun Cantina West, much to the delight of the crowd Sunday afternoon during one of the final events of the second annual Hagerstown Bike Week. Gary Bollman, who made the trip out to bike week Friday from Everett, Pa., took in the Biker Bash bikini contest before making his way home later Sunday. He said he's attended both years of bike week, and this year's installment had a lot to offer, including live bands at different area venues, vendors and organized rides.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | March 31, 2012
Occasional leaks in the roof, a poorly rated electrical system, a lack of central air for the entire office building and lead paint and asbestos abatement issues are some of the problems at Washington County Public Schools' Central Office, according to schools officials and planning documents. Describing the 820 Commonwealth Ave. administrative center in January, Board of Education President Wayne Ridenour said it “has issues. That's the nice way to put it.” The administrative centers, including a nearby building at 701 Frederick St., have an estimated $4,757,000 in  deferred maintenance, though most of that is for the Commonwealth Avenue portion, Deputy Schools Superintendent Boyd Michael said.
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DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | September 25, 2011
First it was stealing copper pipe out of houses. Now, metal thieves are targeting outside air-conditioning units, according to police. Since June, police in Washington County said there have been about 24 instances of thieves stealing outdoor air-conditioning compressor units or stripping from them valuable metals - such as copper and aluminum - which can be sold for cash at metal-recycling businesses, police said. Four churches were targeted in the thefts, including Downsville Church of the Brethren on Dam No. 4 Road in Williamsport and Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church on Donelson Drive in Williamsport, said Sgt. Chris Weaver of the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | September 6, 2011
When 18-year-old senior Trevor Forsythe walked into the newly renovated James Buchanan High School on his first day of school Tuesday his reaction was very different from his first day as a freshman. "Wow, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I thought I walked into the wrong school at first," Trevor said. "I never pictured it looking this good. " Three years earlier, his reaction was anything but positive. "I thought, 'Man, four years of this!'" said Trevor, remembering his thoughts as an incoming freshman in 2008.
OPINION
August 3, 2011
Last week, two outdoor events were playing out in Washington County, just as they have played out before, and just as they are played out each year all across the nation. But this universal routine does not mean they're not special. In Maugansville, youths were competing in the Maryland State Little League tournament, where Conococheague lost its opener and then went on a five-game tear to capture the championship and earn a trip to Bristol, Conn., for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament.
NEWS
By DON AINES | August 12, 2010
HANCOCK -- The outside temperature was still above 90 degrees as Wednesday night's Hancock Town Council meeting was about to begin, but the meeting room was comfortably cool with the building's new heating and air-conditioning system up and running. In July, the council approved a contract for the $14,100 system, which Town Manager David Smith last month predicted would be installed by fall. At the time, Mayor Daniel Murphy joked that the building might have air conditioning by winter.
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