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By DAVE McMILLION | April 11, 2010
HAGERSTOWN -- Local firefighters give away smoke alarms to homeowners, help the elderly with home safety makeovers and teach children about fire dangers at Children's Village of Washington County. Now Hagerstown is vying for a national safety designation that officials hope will allow it to do more of the same. The City of Hagerstown is pursuing a Safe Community designation, to which only seven communities in the United States can lay claim, said Michael Weller, public education officer for the Hagerstown Fire Department.
NEWS
May 17, 2010
As the nation's growing dependency on technology continues to rise, computer networks will require continued protection in order to remain secure from outside threats. To better protect the national information infrastructure, the National Security Agency is working to enhance partnerships with government entities, industry and academic institutions. HCC was recently designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-Year Education by the NSA and is one of only six two-year schools to receive the honor.
NEWS
June 2, 2005
Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute issued NETCONN Solutions of Hagerstown a Capability Maturity Model Integration Maturity Level 2 rating May 27, a designation that positions the information technology company to compete for prime contracts through the U.S. Department of Defense. "Basically, the reason we got the certification is we're going after a prime contract role for a government contract," NETCONN spokeswoman Angie Davidson said. "It's very important as far as growing the business because, first of all, just the rating opens the doors.
NEWS
January 10, 2002
Hagerstown arts district gets state designation By DAN KULIN dank@herald-mail.com Tax breaks are coming for artists and developers who create space for artists to work and live in Hagerstown's downtown Arts and Entertainment District. The tax breaks will be available because the Hagerstown district, which includes the four blocks around Public Square, received a state designation as a Smart Growth-Arts and Entertainment District. Mayor William M. Breichner said the designation and tax breaks are "another plus to attract new business downtown.
NEWS
January 20, 2006
RANSON, W.Va. - A new designation for Jefferson Memorial Hospital will put the facility in a position to attract more physicians, purchase new equipment, expand the emergency department and offer all private rooms for patients, according to hospital officials. The advancements will be possible because of a "critical access designation" that has been awarded to the hospital by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, according to a news release from the hospital. With the new designation, Jefferson Memorial Hospital's Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements will switch to a more favorable system available for community hospitals.
NEWS
November 23, 2004
ANNAPOLIS - Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele honored Maryland's farm families for their commitment to farming and leadership in preserving agricultural land by presenting Century Farm designations Nov. 16 to eight families who have farmed the same land for more than 100 years. One of the farm families honored is from Washington County. Felfoot Farm, on Dogstreet Road near Keedysville, is a 406-acre corn, soybean and hay farm that also has produced a variety of livestock. Established in 1889, the farm is now owned by Austin A. Flook, Joanne M. Flook and Dwayne A. Flook.
NEWS
January 21, 1998
Cascade school seeks special weather designation By DAVE McMILLION Staff Writer CASCADE - Washington County Board of Education officials have proposed a special weather zone designation for Cascade that would allow the elementary school to delay the start of classes during wintry weather. The proposal for the Cascade mountain zone came after parents asked school officials to re-examine the way they determine whether roads are safe enough for school buses in the winter.
NEWS
November 25, 2008
Coming Wednesday Decision on Alms House: Find out what designation was given by the Hagerstown City Council to the Alms House on North Locust Street.
NEWS
December 20, 2008
Jason Carbaugh, Realtor and owner of Advantage Realty LLC in Hagerstown, recently was awarded the Graduate Realtors Institute designation by the Realtors Institute of Maryland. Attaining the GRI designation requires completion of 90 hours of course work outlined by the National Association of Realtors.
NEWS
November 28, 2001
Commissioners support art districts The Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday unanimously agreed to support applications by the Town of Hancock and the City of Hagerstown for special state designations for Arts and Entertainment districts. Hagerstown is applying to have the four-block area around Public Square designated a Smart Growth Arts and Entertainment District, Hagerstown Senior Planner Kathy Maher said. If approved, such a designation would make tax incentives and loans available to artists and some businesses within the district, she said.
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August 17, 2013
A free workshop called “Ready, Set, Go! Are You Ready To Start A Business?” is being offered Friday, Aug. 23, from 10 to 11 a.m. at 32 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown. The workshop is designed for small businesses in the planning phase of building a company.  Participants will learn the “nuts and bolts” of becoming an entrepreneur. Topics will include the Small Business Development Center's services; filing a business as a legal entity; marketing/advertising strategies; business and marketing plans; assessing credit scores; financial management plans; and business licensing.  Register online at www.westernmdsbdc.org , on the training calendar, or call the Western Region SBDC at 888-237-9007, ext. 2.
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By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | August 13, 2013
City officials on Tuesday revealed preliminary designs for a downtown small-business incubator site on West Washington Street - a project that has been in the planning stages for years. Downtown Manager Andrew Sargent said the plan is to build out the roughly 2,800-square-foot middle section of 60 W. Washington St. by January 2014 using the remaining $173,000 from the $174,579 U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Business Enterprise Grant the city was awarded in September 2012. Sargent said $100,000 of the grant remains for equipment and furnishing, and $73,000 remains for construction.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | August 5, 2013
Waynesboro Fish & Game Protective Association LLC received approval Monday for 12 acres of its Christmas tree farm to be designated as an agricultural security area. The Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors voted 4-0 to approve the organization's application for the municipal program. Acceptance into a municipal agricultural security area is a requirement before a property can be part of the Franklin County Agricultural Land Preservation Program. Fish and game club officials said they have applied with the county program.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | July 17, 2013
Should the widening of W.Va. 45 to six lanes between South Queen Street and Interstate 81 in Martinsburg be a priority among the Eastern Panhandle's road improvement needs? What about the Eastern Boulevard project to build a four-lane divided road from Antietam Drive to Md. 60 in Hagerstown? Area residents are being encouraged to share their opinions on the importance of those and dozens of other highway projects proposed in Berkeley, Jefferson and Washington counties in an online survey launched last week by the Hagerstown/Eastern Panhandle Metropolitan Planning Organization, or HEPMPO.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | July 16, 2013
Only a handful of people showed up at a public meeting Tuesday evening at Salem Avenue Elementary school to hear the latest details about the possible design of a  proposed new “West City” elementary school in Hagerstown. Aaron K. House, project architect for Bushey, Feight, Morin Architects Inc., showed possible designs for a secured vestibule, gymnasium and cafeteria, an instructional resource area and classroom space for the school to be located in the Hager's Crossing development in the city's West End. Possible design plans call for the school's bus and car loops to be separate to create a safe vehicle environment, House said.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | July 4, 2013
A massive American flag hanging over Summer Jubilee crowds provided shade from the hot summer sun Thursday. Thirteen volunteer board members oversee organization of the annual Fourth of July celebration for Waynesboro. The day kicks off with a Firecracker 5K and parade in partnership with other organizations, and it concludes with fireworks after hours of live music, games, food and crafts. “The biggest thing is it's a great community event,” said Brian Stum, president of the board.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | May 29, 2013
A newly installed music technology lab at Waynesboro Area Senior High School is allowing students to make music in nontraditional ways. The Waynesboro Area Business, Education and Community, or WABEC, Foundation contributed $72,296 toward the lab, which has 16 workstations. Each desk has a computer, keyboard and microphone. The equipment is designed to help students explore skills needed by music producers and sound engineers. It also will be used to preserve performances from the school's vocalists and instrumentalists.
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By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | May 12, 2013
Michael “Mike” Gouker of Hagerstown has known since his early years that art would be a part of his life. “Art was the thing growing up that I could do the best. It was my interest. I told my sixth-grade teacher I wanted to teach art,” Gouker said. The retired art teacher and professional artist has been honing his craft since childhood and keeps looking for new venues for exposure. About three years ago, Gouker submitted a drawing of a sunburst to CBS “Sunday Morning” hosted by Charles Osgood.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | May 2, 2013
The band played, many of the students wore Boonsboro Warrior blue and white, and dignitaries, including the state superintendent of schools, praised the young people for their academic, athletic, and extracurricular accomplishments. Maryland State Schools Superintendent Lillian M. Lowery visited Boonsboro High School on Thursday morning to applaud its students and staff for the school being recognized as a Maryland Blue Ribbon School. Boonsboro High was one of six Maryland schools, and one of two high schools, to receive the 2013 designation in December.
NEWS
April 3, 2013
A draft of the follow-up study that looks at the economic feasibility of two additional sites for a new ballpark for the Hagerstown Suns has been sent to the city for review, a Ripken Design official said Wednesday afternoon. Dan Taylor, project manager with Ripken Design, said a copy of the report was delivered to Jill Estavillo, the city's economic development manager. Taylor said he expects the city to review the draft over the next “week or two” and then report back to the firm with any requested revisions or changes.
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