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By JENNIFER FITCH | December 9, 2008
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Washington Township (Pa.) Planning Commission is reviewing several development plans, including one for 72 mountaintop apartments and another for expansion of a storage and moving business. The planning commission worked its way through a paltry agenda on Monday, tabling several items until further information is submitted. The highlights: Zody's Moving Planners learned that Donald E. Zody has requested that almost 7 acres of land in Zullinger, Pa., be rezoned from residential to commercial.
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By ERIN JULIUS | October 21, 2008
o Texas death row inmate made threatening calls from smuggled cell phone HAGERSTOWN -- Alba, an 18-month-old Belgian Malinois, bounded into a conference room and leaped onto Maj. Peter Anderson. While most dogs are trained not to jump on people, Alba was just doing her job. "She found my personal cell phone," Anderson said to a small gathering of his fellow correctional officers, who were in Hagerstown this week to learn about detection dogs, specifically dogs like Alba that are trained to sniff out cell phones.
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October 7, 2008
BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. - A 190-foot cell tower behind the Pen Mar Youth League baseball field received unanimous approval from the Washington Township Supervisors on Monday. Liberty Towers, of Rockville, Md., still must submit a land development plan for the tower before construction can begin. The supervisors attached several conditions to their approval for the site off Pa. 16. Among them were fence requirements, tree screening and a stipulation that several wireless carriers be allowed to have antennae on the tower.
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By HEATHER KEELS | September 16, 2008
WILLIAMSPORT -- At first glance, U.S. Cellular's proposal to the town of Williamsport sounds like a no-brainer, the town's attorney said. The company would pay Williamsport $1,750 per month to attach cellular antennas to the town's existing water tower and avoid having to build a cellular tower in town. But, if town officials are not careful, the agreement could make it hard to turn down similar requests from other cellular companies or, worse, land the town in the middle of an expensive legal battle as competitors attempt to move in, town attorney Edward Kuczynski said.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | September 16, 2008
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Washington Township Supervisors on Monday hosted an hour and a half of testimony regarding a cell phone tower that proponents say could vastly improve wireless coverage in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., and surrounding communities. Liberty Towers, of Rockville, Md., has proposed a 190-foot pole off left field of the ballfield owned by the Pen Mar Youth League. The tower developer says the structure could support up to six wireless carriers with signals stretching along Pa. 16 and reaching from Michaux State Forest to Cascade.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | September 9, 2008
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The latest proposal for a new cell phone tower in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., shows a 190-foot structure off left field of the ballfield used by the Pen Mar Youth League. The tower developer, Liberty Towers, has provided computer-generated maps that show signals from that tower reaching Cascade and Fort Ritchie south of the Mason-Dixon line and into Michaux State Forest to the north. "As a tower developer, we're trying to find a location that's attractive to all carriers," said Mike Hofe, president and chief executive officer of Liberty Towers.
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September 8, 2008
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Sprint PCS affiliate has received the local governmental OK to install antennae on an existing water tank in Rouzerville, Pa. Washington Township Supervisors Carroll Sturm, John Gorman and Christopher Firme approved the plan last Wednesday. Supervisor Elaine Gladhill abstained from the vote, and Supervisor Stephen Kulla was absent. The approval for six telecommunications antennae came with the conditions that they must be painted blue and that Shenandoah Personal Communications Co./Shentel must get a letter of acceptance from the tank manufacturer.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | August 19, 2008
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors expect to decide at their next meeting whether to approve a proposal for six cellular telecommunications antennas to be affixed to a water tank in Rouzerville, Pa. The supervisors hosted several hours of discussion in Monday's continuation of a public hearing regarding Sprint PCS antennas proposed by Shenandoah Personal Communications Co./Shentel. Matters concerning cell phone towers and equipment have dominated the supervisors' time in recent months.
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July 26, 2008
To the editor: On Aug. 31, 1954, The Baltimore Sun reported, "Old pen building to be demolished. " The original building of the Maryland Penitentiary, a creaky, firetrap, 143 years old, was to be replaced with an $849,263 prisoners' hospital. This hospital still stands today and is where Maryland executes its death row inmates. The original structure, built in 1811, was used as an administration building and the warden's home. In its basement, food was cooked over large open fireplaces.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | July 15, 2008
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - There is a right way and a wrong way to provide cellular coverage to Blue Ridge Summit, and on Monday the Washington Township Planning Commission recommended a proposal which, in its opinion, does cellular the way cellular "should be done. " The commission unanimously recommended approval of plans by Shenandoah Personal Communications Co./Shentel to place a cellular antenna 115 feet up an existing water tower between Pa. 16 and Old Route 16 east of Capital Camps in Rouzerville, Pa. Commissioner Randy Kuhn said larger cities have set a strong example of how to hide antennas in a community without building additional structures.
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