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By JULIE E. GREENE | | February 9, 2013
“We will be back!!” - underlined twice - is the message in red on the white board in Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co.'s main bay area. Despite the Washington County Commissioners' 4-1 vote Jan. 29 to no longer recognize the Fairplay fire company, and to no longer provide it funding or in-kind services, the fire company has members who continue to work to raise funds and who still are receiving training for emergency services. “We think we should be reinstated,” President Bill Pennington said Wednesday night.
February 6, 2013
The performance by the Equinox Dance Company, originally scheduled for Jan. 25, has been rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m., at HCC's Kepler Theater. Based in Frederick, Md., the company is a contemporary women's dance group for adults that specializes in fusing modern dance with jazz and tap. Members choreograph their own dances and frequently offer free classes and shows for children and adults. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact dance instructor Alyssa Foley Little at
By DON AINES | | February 5, 2013
Washington County will provide temporary medical support service to the Fairplay area and pay surrounding fire companies for fire response until a permanent solution is found for serving the 42-square-mile area in the wake of Fairplay Volunteer Co.'s termination by the county, according to a plan outlined Tuesday by Director of Emergency Services Kevin Lewis. The plan Lewis detailed for the Board of County Commissioners is to station an advanced life support chase vehicle at the Washington County Agriculture Center in the next week or so. The county has a reserve vehicle that can be used for that purpose, he said.
By DAN DEARTH | | February 4, 2013
A mechanical failure in an oil-burning furnace started a five-alarm fire Monday that caused an estimated $500,000 in damages to the former Wolfe's on the Square building in downtown Williamsport, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said. The fire was reported at 7:18 a.m. Monday in an outbuilding that housed the furnace and the fire quickly spread through the three-story structure, according to a fire marshal's office news release. One occupied apartment and the L&J discount liquor store were on the first floor of the building.
February 3, 2013
Lawyers are paid to say such things, but even so it is hard to swallow Fairplay Fire Co. attorney Ed Kuczynski's assertion that his embattled client has failed to receive due process. Fairplay had a response-failure rate of 26.3 percent. This could have been grounds, not for a lengthy inquiry, but for a summary judgment against the department, and a hasty change in management and practices. But the Washington County Commissioners chose a more conservative route, appointing a task force that spent months investigating what went wrong before recommending that the department receive a top-to-bottom overhaul, including the dismissal of its current leadership.
By DAN DEARTH and CALEB CALHOUN | and | January 30, 2013
Barbara Shipe's parents, Jacob and Elta Warrenfeltz, were among the founders of the Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co. in the 1940s. She said she was saddened to see the organization come to such an unfortunate end Tuesday, when the Washington County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to no longer recognize or fund the fire company. “It's kind of heartbreaking, actually,” said Shipe, who lives in St. James Village about three miles from the firehouse. “The fire company is an important part of the community for safety.” Shipe said it was no secret to anyone familiar with the situation that Fairplay's response time had slipped over the last several years.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | January 8, 2013
Three women dressed in traditional Song Dynasty garb, one holding a flower, danced in fog as part of the “Qingming Riverside” production performed by the Hong Kong Dance Company at The Maryland Theatre on Tuesday. The production explores through dance the Northern Song Dynasty, which lasted from A.D. 960 to 1127. “This is a rare opportunity to show all kinds of Chinese dances in this environment,” Hong Kong Dance Company Executive Director Gerard C.C. Tsang said. “We are happy to introduce Chinese Dance to people in the states.” The Maryland Theatre was one of three locations that the company is visiting in the United States.
By DAVE McMILLION | | January 7, 2013
A task force that is finalizing recommendations about the suspended Fairplay Fire Co. continued Monday night to support a change in the fire department's administration. Charlie Summers, a member of the task force, said he was presented Monday with applications from 78 people who said they would like to be members of the fire company, but only if there is a change in its administration. “To me, this is one of the most impressive exhibits we have had since we started this process,” task force member Tim Almany said of the applications.
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | | January 1, 2013
The traditional New Year's Day dinner of pork and sauerkraut came to Franklin County, Pa., by immigrants from Lancaster, Pa., and before that by immigrants from Germany, Robert Windemuth said Tuesday. Windemuth, a history teacher from Chambersburg, Pa., and his wife, Roberta, joined about 600 people at the Fayetteville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co., where the pork and sauerkraut tradition lived on Tuesday. Fire department members and friends put on annual dinners, including the New Year's feast, which bring in more than $20,000 for the fire department coffers.
December 27, 2012
During a holiday season marred by tragedy, violence and economic turmoil, Aspen Tree Co. proves there's still goodness and humanity left in this world. Just two weeks shy of Christmas, the local tree services company provided tree removal services free of charge to a couple whose medical expenses left their wallets tight this holiday. After seeing a coupon ad in the local Valpak, Anthony Sos of Frederick, Md., contacted Aspen Tree Co. for an estimate on removing a honey locust tree too close to his home.
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