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By DAN DEARTH | | 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.
by JULIE E. GREENE | December 29, 2004
Former Hagerstown City Councilman Fred Kramer, his wife and his son were among those safe in Malaysia after Sunday's earthquake and tsunamis in the Indian Ocean, Richard Kramer said Tuesday. Richard Kramer said several people have asked in recent days about his brother, Andrew, who has lived in Malaysia for seven years. "He was high and dry," far from the affected areas, Richard Kramer said. Their parents, who were visiting Andrew Kramer and his family, also were safe, Richard Kramer said.
From staff reports | August 23, 2011
Tri-State area residents, along with millions of others along the East Coast, felt the earth rumbling beneath them just before 2 p.m. as a 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck the region. The epicenter of the 1:51 p.m. quake was about 9 miles south of Mineral, Va., in Louisa County, about 123 miles south of Hagerstown, according to the United States Geological Survey. The USGS reported an 2.8-magnitude aftershock from the same spot in Virginia at 2:46 p.m. A 5.8 magnitude earthquake is typically intense enough to be felt by all, to move heavy furniture, and to cause slight to moderate damage in well-built ordinary structures, according to USGS.  It may cause considerable damage in poorly built or badly designed structures.
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.
By BOB GARVER | Special to The Herald-Mail | March 25, 2013
Longtime readers know that I have a soft spot for animated movies. Sometimes when I go on a streak of bad reviews, people will ask me if I ever praise anything. I'll point to some delightful animated films and then those people will roll their eyes and say, "OK, besides them. " I keep hoping to see an animated Best Picture Oscar winner, and I consider it a grievous oversight that "Wreck-it Ralph" wasn't even nominated for the award for 2012. "The Croods" is the first major animated feature of 2013, and it is proof that animation can be just as boring as all manner of live-action junk.
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.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | 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.
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