April 4, 2011
Instrumental and vocal music groups at Smithsburg Middle School will present a concert to benefit earthquake- and tsunami-relief efforts in Japan on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Smithsburg High School. The concert will feature performances by the eighth-grade band, seventh and eighth-grade orchestra, and eighth-grade chorus. Donations will be accepted at the door. Organizers are also accepting contributions by mail to Disaster Relief Benefit Concert, Smithsburg Middle School, 68 N. Main St., Smithsburg, MD 21783.
March 17, 2011
Finance officials from the Group of Seven major industrialized countries have agreed on coordinated currency intervention to support Japan's economy following a devastating earthquake. It will mark the first time the G-7 countries have jointly intervened in currency markets since the fall of 2000. In a joint statement issued following emergency discussions, the G-7 officials said that the United States, Britain, Canada and the European Central Bank will join with Japan in a "concerted intervention" in currency markets Friday.
April 1, 2011
Students at St. Maria Goretti High School in Hagerstown are working to restore laughter to the children of earthquake-ravaged Haiti. During a Friday assembly, the students pledged to raise $1,000 to buy playground equipment for their adopted sister school in Dessalines, a village in the west central part of the country. The Rev. Marc-Edy Dessalines, a priest who oversees the St. Maria Goretti school in Haiti, attended the assembly. Dessalines by coincidence shares the same name of the town in which the school is located.
March 28, 2011
Susquehanna Bancshares, parent company of Susquehanna Bank, will match employee donations to four relief organizations that are working on recovery efforts in Japan: Save the Children, American Red Cross, World Vision and the International Medical Corps. Susquehanna selected the four charities for its Japan-relief campaign based on their reputation for providing immediate and long-term disaster relief, current efforts in response to the Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami, and responsible stewardship of donated dollars.
August 30, 2011
Both of the pools at YMCA Hagerstown should reopen to swimmers later this week. Mike Flicek, executive director of YMCA Hagerstown at 1100 Eastern Blvd., said the facility's two pools were drained Aug. 21 for annual maintenance, but workers hit a snag when they found two cracked pipes. The cracks were discovered while the pools were being refilled Friday, Flicek said. "The pools should be ready Thursday," he said. There was no way to determine whether the cracks were caused by the magnitude 5.9 earthquake that rocked the Tri-State area on Aug. 23. "We can't say it was the earthquake," he said.
November 6, 2005
DENVER - In 2005, the First Data Western Union Foundation, the charitable arm of First Data Corporation, has committed more than $3.8 million in grants and scholarships to enhance the quality of life for the underserved worldwide, particularly children, families and immigrants, according to a prepared release. During this third quarter, U.S. and international grants totaling $2.25 million were awarded to 78 nonprofit organizations and some 60 students. "Because of First Data and Western Union's vast network in more than 200 countries, the foundation is able to maintain global reach yet directly impact local communities where it can most readily make a difference," said Luella Chavez D'Angelo, president of the First Data Western Union Foundation.
August 23, 2011
Due to the severe delays this evening on all three lines because of the earthquake, there will likely be reduced service offered on Wednesday, according to the Maryland Transportation Administration (MTA). The Federal Railroad Administration requires that train engineers and conductors receive a minimum rest period between work shifts. Amtrak and CSX maintain a list of "standby" employees to cover such situations, but there are not enough replacement crews to cover all trains. MTA hopes to make a decision about service for Wednesday by midnight tonight.
August 26, 2011
The boil-water alert issued for residents of Yourtee Road and Weverton in Washington County remains in effect, Brunswick City Administrator Rick Weldon announced Friday morning. Earlier Friday, the city erroneously announced that full water service from Yourtee Springs to all residents was being restored. Weldon blamed the error on "confusion in communication between the testing laboratory and our city water treatment staff over which tests were completed. " A tanker truck with fresh drinking water is available between of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Himes Country Store, 1325 Weverton Road, for any user of the Brunswick water system, he said.
August 23, 2011
New Martinsburg resident Christopher Bonar on Tuesday received a rattling reminder of what life was like in northern California when he was stationed there with the U.S. Air Force for 11 years. "I'm here no more than a week and have my first earthquake," Bonar said while eyeing a home for sale in downtown Martinsburg. Roberta Hyde of Martinsburg, who was getting her hair done when the salon chair she was sitting in began to shake, said she ran from 11 hurricanes when she lived in Hilton Head, S.C. "That was what we are supposed to be getting," Hyde said of Hurricane Irene's projected path up the East Coast.
September 8, 2011
An alert was lifted Wednesday for 15 residents in southern Washington County who have been boiling their water since Aug. 23, when a magnitude 5.9 earthquake damaged Brunswick's water system, city officials said. City Administrator Rick Weldon said the earthquake stirred up settled solids and sediment deep in the aquifer that serves Yourtee Springs. "Initially, we shut down the spring, which normally serves Weverton, New Addition and the west end of the City of Brunswick," Weldon said in an email.