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August 24, 2012
 The Housing Authority of Washington County has an at-large vacancy on its board of commissioners. The authority manages rental assistance programs in Washington County and senior housing communities in Boonsboro, Hancock, Smithsburg and Williamsport. It helps families graduate from rental assistance. Its various home-ownership programs provide opportunities for moderate-income families and paths to home ownership for lower-income families. The seven-member board sets the vision for the organization.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | September 18, 2012
The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday picked up on a discussion from last week about revamping the county's Emergency Services Advisory Council and its bylaws. Part of the task will be deciding whether the board is advisory or has some authority over fire and ambulance services. “The really important thing for this group to do is decide ... a purpose and a mission” for the committee, Commissioner William McKinley said. Director of Emergency Services Kevin Lewis and Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association President Dale Hill met with the commissioners to discuss changes in the advisory committee, which also would consolidate the functions of the county's Fire and Rescue Advisory Committee.
NEWS
by DON AINES | October 15, 2003
chambersburg@herald-mail.com Chambersburg, Pa. - The authority that owns Harrisburg (Pa.) International Airport and Capital City Airport has expressed in acquiring Chambersburg Municipal Airport, according to Borough Manager Eric Oyer. Oyer said representatives from the borough and county, federal and state aviation officials, and Friends of Chambersburg Area Airport were among those at the meeting last Friday with officials from the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority.
NEWS
August 8, 1997
By STEVEN T. DENNIS Staff Writer County Administrator Rodney Shoop will retain his authority to approve change orders on county projects without coming to the Washington County Commissioners in most circumstances. Commissioner Ronald L. Bowers questioned why Shoop was allowed to approve large change orders without obtaining approval. Shoop said he's had the authority for a couple of years to approve change orders unless they exceed the budget for a particular project.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | December 9, 2002
tarar@herald-mail.com The president of the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association has asked member companies to oppose the transfer of authority for fire and rescue decisions to a county-designated official. The Washington County Commissioners approved a resolution Nov. 19 giving Director of Emergency Services Joe Kroboth authority to make decisions regarding emergency services. Fire and Rescue Association President Jason Baer, in a Nov. 25 letter to the county's 27 fire and rescue companies, said the county's action violated the association's trust and was an insult to emergency services volunteers.
NEWS
by DON AINES | November 19, 2003
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Transit Authority resumed limited bus service to Waynesboro, Pa., earlier this month, a move that prompted Chambersburg to resume sending gasoline bills to the authority. "We have the money to pay it and we appreciate what you've done in the past," James Jenkins, president of the authority's board of directors, told the council Tuesday. "The check's in the mail," he said. In October, the authority voted to resume service in Waynesboro on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Nov. 4. Waynesboro bus service was cut in the spring when the authority faced a budget crisis.
NEWS
January 3, 1998
State audit criticizes county agency By STEVEN T. DENNIS Staff Writer A state audit of the Washington County Mental Health Authority that was finished in October sharply criticizes the authority's accounting and business practices from 1992 to 1995, but authority officials said they've corrected those practices. Authority Executive Director Leon Bayless was dismissed from his job Sept. 12, but authority board members said the dismissal was unrelated to the audit.
NEWS
by TRISH RUDDER | December 2, 2006
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.VA. - A check for $500,000 was presented to the Morgan County Commissioners Friday from the W.Va. Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority to help rebuild the courthouse. The 1908 courthouse on the corner of Fairfax and Washington streets was destroyed by an Aug. 8 fire. Kris Richmond, executive director of the authority, said usually about 46 of the 55 West Virginia counties apply for courthouse improvement grants each year. This year only 26 counties, including Morgan County, requested funding.
NEWS
by DON AINES | October 21, 2003
chambersburg@herald-mail.com The Chambersburg Transit Authority, which drastically cut routes and seemed on the verge of folding last spring, will resume limited service in the Waynesboro, Pa., area next month thanks to an infusion of cash from the state. The board of directors voted Monday night to resume service in Waynesboro and Washington Township on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Nov. 4. The service will include the same 27 stops that were on the daily route when it was suspended in March, according to Office Administrator Deb Rotz.
NEWS
By DON AINES | July 7, 1998
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Future developers of land at Letterkenny Army Depot may not own the ground more than a few feet below the surface, but since the underlying problem is contaminated groundwater, they might not mind. About 1,500 acres of the depot have been declared excess property by the Pentagon and will be transferred to civilian control between now and 2001. Virtually all of the land, however, has groundwater pollution as a result of years of disposing of solvents and other chemicals at the depot.
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LIFESTYLE
August 18, 2013
Name: Susan Fair Age: 51 City in which you reside:   Boonsboro Day job: I work in the materials management department of Carroll County Public Library, and at the Boonsboro Museum of History. Book title: “Mysteries and Lore of Western Maryland: Snallygasters, Dogmen and Other Mountain Tales” Genre: Local legends Synopsis of book: “Mysteries and Lore of Western Maryland” rounds up the bizarre beasts, odd characters, and unsolved mysteries that color the legends and lore of Western Maryland.
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NEWS
August 17, 2013
The Berkeley County Council on Thursday appointed Michael K. Roberts to fill the unexpired term of a county Solid Waste Authority member who resigned and now works for the board. Roberts was appointed to fill the unexpired four-year term of Lynne Lashley, which ends in June 2016, according to county records. Lashley, who was hired by the solid waste authority through Choice Staffing in Martinsburg to serve as the board's treasurer, is expected to do bookkeeping work and answer office phone calls, according to Solid Waste Authority Chairman Clint Hogbin.
NEWS
August 16, 2013
A $90,000 grant to the Civil War Trust for the preservation of the site of the Battle of Falling Waters in the Williamsport area was one of 58 payments totaling $2.7 million from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority to nonprofit groups, officials said. Of the $2.7 million, $360,415 went to projects in the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, which includes portions of Washington, Frederick and Carroll counties, according to the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 3, 2013
To an aspiring writer, accomplished authors often are viewed as a symbol of hope, representing what they hope to one day be and the heights they hope to one day reach. Whether their names can be found on a New York Times best-seller list or on the shelf at the local bookstore, Andrea Bowersox said some authors even are thought of as “magicians” for their abilities. “But that makes you afraid to talk to them,” said Bowersox, a wife and mother of two from Waynesboro, Pa., hoping to launch a writing career of her own. However, the authors in attendance for this weekend's Nora Roberts Writing Institute at Hagerstown Community College were anything but, Bowersox said.
LIFESTYLE
August 3, 2013
Age: 82 City : Chambersburg, Pa. Day job: Retired Book title: “Only Echoes Remain” Genre: Historical fiction Synopsis: One woman's painful yet triumphant journey toward self-discovery. A powerful tale of love and choices as two strong-willed people, deeply in love, must overcome the mores of 19th-century America to accommodate their future while their echoing past directs their decisions. Publisher: BellaRosa Books, Rock Hill, S.C. Price: $14.95 Website: DodyMyers.com   This is the third in the Echoes trilogy, set in Chambersburg in the 1890s.
NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | August 2, 2013
At the opening session of the Nora Roberts Writing Institute held Friday night at Hagerstown Community College, New York Times best-selling author Sylvia Day shared how she became a writer with aspiring wordsmiths. More specifically how the glamorous life of a romance novelist her 12-year-old self envisioned - complete with fanning cabana boys and teacup-sized pets accessorized with diamond collars - differed from the stark reality of rejections by the hundreds, wrong agents and bad contracts.
LIFESTYLE
By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | July 20, 2013
As a child, Erica Bauermeister lived in books.  Even on long car trips, she recalled, she would claim a space in the back of the family station wagon amidst the suitcases, where she would make her own hiding spot and read her way through the miles. Books took her to far off places, introduced her to fascinating people and created magic. “They also taught me that you could make your own magic simply by observing the world very carefully and noticing things other people didn't,” Bauermeister said.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | July 17, 2013
A 37-year-old man was flown to The Johns Hopkins Burn Center in Baltimore Wednesday afternoon after he suffered burns when a trailer containing mowing equipment went up in flames on Sweeney Drive, according to a Hagerstown fire official. When firefighters arrived at the scene, the man was inside a business, where people were trying to help him, Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven said. The man was conscious, and authorities were able to talk to him, DeHaven said. After a medic evaluated his injuries, a decision was made to fly him to the burn center, DeHaven said.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2013
 The first From Writers to Published Authors Conference will be from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Oakland United Methodist Church in Charles Town. The conference offers writers the opportunity to learn from established authors and publishers. Attendees have a choice of panel discussions to attend - finishing your book, researching, writing for children, working with an illustrator, marketing with social media, designing your cover and more - plus panel discussions on cutting-edge topics: “The Future of Books”; and “Using Social Media for Book Promotion.” Three publishers plan to appear: Lauren Carr of Acorn Book Services; Austin Camacho of Intrigue Publishing; and Beth Rowland of Black Walnut Corner Book Production.
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