February 13, 2013
A Western Maryland legislator is trying again to gain passage for a bill that would allow bow-hunters to carry handguns while hunting in some areas of the state. Sen. George C. Edwards, R-Allegany/Garrett/Washington, has introduced a bill similar to one filed last year that passed the Senate but did not get out of committee in the House of Delegates. “(Hunters) are allowed to carry a handgun as they hunt with a rifle … but you cannot carry a handgun and hunt deer with a bow,” he said.
April 22, 2012
Mr. John F. Poffenberger, 79, of 11800 Orchard Lane, Waynesboro, died at 10:22 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, Md. He had been critically ill for the past three weeks. Born Sept. 17, 1932, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late John R. and Lavinia (Jackson) Poffenberger. He lived his early life in the Hagerstown area. He was a member of the Hagerstown High School and Williamsport High School, Class of 1951. Mr. Poffenberger served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War from January 1952 to December 1955.
December 26, 2011
“A reduced federal budget would be easy to achieve. Find the right percentage amount and cut everyone that amount. The Republicans, however, are pursuing the route of using their hit list. Do you like clean air and water? They don't. Do you think certain business elements require oversight? They don't. Their financing overlords are playing the tune they dance to. The party of Richard Nixon lives.” - Boonsboro “What is with all these Christmas lights this year? Don't get me wrong, I really like to see them, but since they were put up at Halloween, I'm kind of tired of looking at them now. The ones at City Park are beautiful.
November 24, 2011
Maryland's two-week deer firearms season, during which hunters usually take nearly half of the annual harvest, opens Saturday. The state is divided into two regions, each of which includes a portion of Washington County. Region A includes Allegany and Garrett counties, and the western portion of Washington County, or Zone 2. Zone 2 lies west of a line beginning at the intersection of Md. 494 and the Pennsylvania line, south on Md. 494 to Md. 57, south on Md. 57 to U.S. 40 at St. Paul's Church, west on U.S. 40 to the junction of Big Spring Road and U.S. 40 in Clear Spring, south on Big Spring Road to the junction of Md. 56 at Big Spring, following Md. 56 west to the junction of Charles Mill Road, then south on Charles Mill Road to the Potomac River.
July 19, 2011
When many people hear the phrase “hunting season,” the first animal they think of is deer. Deer hunting is the most popular form of hunting in this area, and Washington County is a hot spot for it. According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, 8,587 deer were harvested in the county in 2009, the most of any county in the state. But there are plenty of other hunting opportunities that residents can take advantage of in the area, from game birds to small mammals to larger mammals.
October 19, 2008
The calendar says it is still mid-October, but the chill in the air the past couple of days tells us that fall is really here and it's time for the many deer seasons to hit high gear. Deer are literally found everywhere now. This past week I counted three road kills in the short section of I-81 starting at Halfway Boulevard and ending at the bridge over the Potomac River. There is not a lot of deer habitat in this area, but the deer are there. In our area, a lot of the deer hunting takes place on farm grounds.
May 21, 2008
In French, a "canard" is a duck, but in modern English, the word has come to have a much different meaning. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary notes that while the English meaning is derived from a French expression vendre des canards moiti - to cheat, literally, to half-sell ducks, canard means something different today. Now the dictionary defines it as a "groundless rumor or belief. " Like what? Like "all politicians are crooks" or "no woman knows how to parallel park. " Then there's my least favorite: "You're just doing this to sell newspapers.
March 20, 2008
ANNAPOLIS - Washington County moved one step closer on Wednesday toward some Sunday deer hunting. Washington County would be added to the counties permitting bow-and-arrow hunting on private property the last three Sundays in October and the second Sunday in November. The bill, sponsored by Del. LeRoy E. Myers, R-Washington/Allegany, was approved 126-5 by the House on Wednesday evening. It now goes to the Senate. - Andrew Schotz
March 5, 2008
Hunters need to clean up after field-dressing a deer To the editor: I can't possibly tell you all the things I have come to love about living in rural Washington County - the friendliness of the people to even total strangers, the relaxed pace of life, (these two are probably highly correlated), the beautiful scenery, etc. However, there are two things that I have observed that sadden me. I like to take my dog for long walks frequently and our route is usually at least in part along country roads.