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By DON AINES | February 18, 2006
chambersburg@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - Dogs climbing ladders. Dogs on skateboards. Dogs jumping rope and doing hand stands ... er, standing on their front paws. "In my opinion, it's the greatest dog show on the planet," emcee Doc Swan said of Johnny Peers & The Muttville Comix, a troupe of canines that has performed with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and bow-wowed the audience as the opening act of Friday night's Family Fun 'n' Frolics Variety Show, a benefit for the International Association of Firefighters Local 1605.
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NEWS
by JENNIFER FITCH | January 29, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Almost 30 years ago, a group of young people in Franklin County, Pa., participated in a firefighting camp. It is believed that every one of those teenagers became a career firefighter, fire chief or officer within a department. Now, the Franklin County Fire Chiefs Association is looking for the same results from a similar camp scheduled July 29 to Aug. 4. The association will be soliciting donations for the approximately $20,000 needed to ensure that any junior member in the county may participate, training coordinator Ken North said.
NEWS
By JOSHUA BOWMAN | September 10, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Despite a pouring rain, more than 100 people attended a ceremony Tuesday afternoon at City Park to honor firefighters, police officers and other emergency workers who have been killed in the line of duty since Sept. 11. Makeshift tents were set up to keep people dry during the Remembrance in the Park ceremony, which was hosted by the Washington County Citizen Corps, a local branch of a national volunteer organization created after Sept. 11 to help increase homeland security and community safety awareness.
NEWS
by MARLO BARNHART | March 3, 2003
marlob@herald-mail.com Toby Higgins wasn't really into fire fighting until his uncle, James Sprecher, got him into it. Higgins, a 27-year-old former U.S. Marine, said now he really loves it. Justin Malott, 20, credited his stepdad, Wayne Hottle of the South End Fire Co., with getting him into the business. Among those honored recently at the Hagerstown Fire Department's annual awards banquet, Higgins and Malott run as volunteers with the Utility 3 van, which answers all fire calls and assists on medic calls when needed.
NEWS
by DOUGLAS WRIGHT JR | May 22, 2005
The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission (EDC) is far from being content with the average income local residents are making. I doubt the County Commissioners are either. For years now, the EDC's published vision has been "Expanding Economic Opportunities for Our Citizens. " With this as our guide, we are constantly developing and implementing initiatives to enhance Washington County's business community and increase the wages it provides. The assertion, though, by John Colson in his May 1 column, that the fact that wages have not kept up with the recent dynamic increases in home sales, is our fault - or anyone's fault - is absurd.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH and KATE S. ALEXANDER | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com and kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | May 12, 2011
Washington County Emergency Services officials drove to New York City on Thursday to pick up a 6-foot steel beam that had been part of the World Trade Center buildings when terrorists attacked on Sept. 11, 2001. The beam will be unveiled on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. during a public ceremony at the Emergency Services Remembrance Garden in Hagerstown's City Park. Verna Brown, emergency management coordinator for Washington County, said members of the Washington County Citizen Corps Committee began working two years ago to get an artifact from ground zero of the attack site.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | December 3, 2011
It's been the municipal budget season of doom and gloom. "Good times are not here. The future does not look bright," Chambersburg Borough Council President William McLaughlin said last Monday. About the time radio stations start playing Christmas carols each year, Pennsylvania's county commissioners, borough councils and boards of township supervisors start hammering out their annual budgets. This year's negotiations have brought some unprecedented hand-wringing. McLaughlin's board is considering shrinking its police and fire forces to avoid a tax increase for 2012.
OPINION
August 10, 2012
“This is in regards to a letter on Thursday, Aug. 2, about teachers getting more money for the job they're supposed to be doing. First of all, this money is being paid to these teachers and administrators for participating in a specific program to make them better qualified at what they do. Second of all, the county has no control over this money. This money comes from a grant, not taxpayers' general fund. So they need to have a better understanding.” - Hagerstown “The tax assessment for July 1, 2012, devalued my market value by $32,000, yet the county raised my value by $41,000.
NEWS
By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | arnoldp@herald-mail.com | December 11, 2011
Jack Coffelt is surprised Washington County government and other local funding authorities haven't asked his South Hagerstown Fire Co. to share some of its wealth. “If the county would take and talk to us - the county (Volunteer Fire and Rescue) Association or the County Commissioners - yes, we do have a little bit of money to help with the other companies,” company President Coffelt said. That's an unusual remark coming from a volunteer fire company these days, but then, so is South Hagerstown's financial asset and liability statement.
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