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August 12, 1999
Hagerstown Water Department workers were called out Thursday night to fix a leaky valve on a water main flowing under West Franklin Street. The valve, which had deteriorated because of age, had been leaking slowly since Tuesday, according to Dave Shindle, city Water Department engineer and drought coordinator. The problem area, near the Hagerstown Post Office, had been fixed earlier in the week, he said. The leak reoccurred around 10:30 a.m. Thursday and was again repaired.
July 30, 1999
Gov. Parris Glendening asked Marylanders to obey the following voluntary drought measures: Do not water your flowers and grass. Do not wash your car. Do not wash paved surfaces like sidewalks or patios. Do not use water in ornamental fountains, waterfalls or reflecting pools. Refrain from outdoor burning. Repair leaky faucets. Do not run washing machines and dishwashers until they are fully loaded. Take shorter showers.
August 23, 1999
Those interested in finding out more about the drought or have specific concerns can contact the following agencies in the Tri-State area. Maryland: - The Maryland Department of Agriculture has set up a hotline to help Maryland farmers get hay or water for their livestock. The number is 1-800-638-2207 or 410-841-5803. Its Web site is - A University of Maryland Cooperative Extension site - tips for drought conditions, water conservation and other topics at www.agnr.
by DON AINES | April 12, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. Pennsylvanians are being asked to voluntarily reduce water use by 5 percent after state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen McGinty on Tuesday declared a drought watch for all 67 counties. The declaration comes a week after the Franklin County Board of Commissioners voted to impose a 30-day countywide ban on open burning and just a few days after the area received appreciable weekend rains. The DEP issued statistics for all counties showing a rainfall deficit over the past 60 days, with Franklin County's shortfall at 4.5 inches, less than half of normal.
By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town | August 10, 1999
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller sent a letter to President Clinton and two agriculture appropriations committee members Tuesday asking them for drought relief funds for West Virginia farmers. The request follows last week's unsuccessful attempt by a Senate appropriations committee to put together a $200 million drought relief package for farmers. Rockefeller, D-W.Va., made the attempt again to secure drought aid for farmers, although no action is expected until September when Congress returns from its month-long recess, said Rockefeller spokeswoman Joy Sims.
By SCOTT BUTKI | August 27, 1999
Not nearly enough rain has fallen in August to justify ending statewide water restrictions imposed because of the drought, a Maryland Department of the Environment spokeswoman said Friday. It would take at least a foot of rain to end the drought restrictions, spokeswoman Susan Woods said. "That is probably in the ballpark," agreed Greg Murray, director of the Washington County Water and Sewer Department. Hagerstown has received 2.5 inches of rain this month, according to weather observer Greg Keefer.
By JULIE E. GREENE | August 17, 1999
Global warming, La Niña, sunspots, the alignment of the planets ... While most people just want the Tri-State area's prolonged drought to end, others are analyzing and debating the cause. [cont. from front page ] In general, weather experts blame a combination of displaced weather patterns: The jet stream is farther north than usual, the Bermuda high pressure system is farther west than normal, and then there's La Niña. Normally during a La Niña year the Tri-State area would be wetter than normal, said Ken Pickering, acting state climatologist for Maryland.
By ASHLEY HARTMAN | August 6, 2007
For more information about Pennsylvania's drought status, go to CHAMBERSBURG, PA. Franklin and Fulton were among the 58 counties in Pennsylvania included in a drought watch issued Monday by the Department of Environmental Protection in Harrisburg, Pa. A drought watch is the first level of Pennsylvania's three drought classifications and calls for a voluntary 5 percent reduction in nonessential water...
By C.J. LOVELACE | | August 21, 2011
It's been a long time since Ronnie DeHaven Jr. found the path back to Victory Lane Saturday with a brand new yellow Mastersbilt chassis race car featuring his usual 1D number on the side at Hagerstown Speedway. DeHaven zipped around last week's first-time Late Model winner, Ashley Barrett, as they navigated through heavy lapped traffic. DeHaven held on to win the caution-free 25-lap 31st annual Ernie D's Shorty Bowers/Bull Durham Championship by several car lengths. “I don't know if I've got room for a (feature win)
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