March 4, 2013
Potatoes were brought to Europe from the Andes by Spanish Catholics, which meant Protestants were opposed to them for religious reasons. As late as the 1700s, what passed for campaign bumper stickers in England in those days read, “No Potatoes, No Pope.” It is fascinating to hear of the British criticizing anyone else's cuisine. But be that as it may, the potato blight, which killed a million Irish, more or less proved their point. But the real culprit was genetic, not papist.
March 1, 2013
Americans live in a food paradise. Food is generally plentiful, cheap and made to be convenient. And, despite the occasional food-poisoning event, the food supply is consistently safe to eat. Government food-safety regulations limit amounts of pesticides, microbial pathogens and other contaminants on produce and in manufactured products. Inspectors check on food producers, food manufacturers restaurants and others in the food chain. But researchers are examining whether Americans' food-safety vigilance has a downside.
October 28, 2012
A section of the LCS Services Landfill that caught fire Sunday morning involved a pile of trash about 8 feet tall that had not been covered with dirt, according to a Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Co. spokesman. Typically at the landfill along Allensville Road, trash is dumped at the facility, then a layer of dirt is spread over the debris, Lt. Bradley Crowell said. Landfill workers repeat the process until a section reaches a certain height, then they move to a different section, Crowell said.
November 12, 2011
While many people around the area are glued to their seats to find out who will win NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, a local racer spent Saturday in his own winner's circle. A banquet was held at American Legion Post 571 for 13-year old Kyle Lee of Mercersburg, Pa., who is celebrating both his Quarter Midget Club Eastern Grands national championship and his United States Auto Club Dirt Triple Crown national championship. Kyle also won this year's Hagerstown Quarter Midgets Club points championship.
July 21, 2011
A 13-year-old Washington County boy who moved with his father to Florida just six weeks ago will return home Friday to be buried. Ron Koger said his son, Ronald Koger III, died Tuesday when his dirt bike collided with an all-terrain vehicle near Cape Coral, Fla. "He was always happy," Ron Koger said Thursday during a telephone interview. "He was an all-American boy. He died what he loved doing. " Ronald Koger III also was the son of Valerie Koger. Koger said he and his son were at an undeveloped piece of land where people go to swim and ride motorcycles.
May 10, 2011
Burglary, theft cases reported in Washington County The following incidents were reported Friday through Monday by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office: • DVDs and jewelry were stolen in the 16200 block of Dundee Court. • A burglary in the 11200 block of Eastwood Drive. • Vandalism in the 20000 block of Mt. Aetna Road. • Vandalism in the 9900 block of Stephanie Lane. • A vehicle stolen in the 14600 block of Tulip Lane. • A theft in the 11300 block of Dogwood Drive.
December 8, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The first "Ride in the Dirt for Cancer" fundraiser held at the Tomahawk MX track near Hedgesville, W.Va., earlier this month raised $5,000 for the American Cancer Society, track owner Chad Gochenour announced Wednesday. Given the two-day fundraiser's success, Gochenour said in a news release that he hopes to continue the event annually. Barbara Henry, community manager for the American Cancer Society in Berkeley and Jefferson counties, said the donation was especially appreciated given the impact of the economy on donations.
August 5, 2009
ROUZERVILLE, Pa. -- Cindy Kling is a mother on a mission, photocopying and passing out dozens of fliers about the theft of her son's dirt bike. She has been thinking about how the boy saved for years to buy the 1999 Kawasaki KX 60cc, which was stolen from the family's driveway July 18. "He was pretty torn up. He'll say things like, 'There are just not-nice people out there,'" Kling said. Noah Houser, 11, watched motocross on television at age 3 and immediately wanted a dirt bike.
June 24, 2009
GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Children created their own prehistoric drawings out of dirt and shortening Tuesday during a prehistoric painting part of the Mighty Michelangelo Program at Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library. The class for children from 6 to 8 years old is taught by Rose Trombetta.
March 14, 2009
Dirt and stains can make the exterior of your home look dirty and unattractive and rob it of its curb appeal. Fortunately, the days of countless hours of cleaning, scrubbing or power washing are gone. There's now a scrub-free way to a beautiful exterior. Here's how: o Step 1: Control the moisture around your home. Keep shrubs, plants and mulch away from exterior walls. Trim any branches or tree limbs that touch the outside of your home. Clear gutters and drains of any leaves or debris.