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NEWS
February 21, 2009
Just be a part of the community To the editor: When I was growing up in the '50s and '60s, there was never any question about clearing snow and ice from the sidewalk in front of our home. Dad met my two brothers and me with four snow shovels, one for him and one for each of us. We shoveled not only the sidewalk out front, but also those of the elderly and infirm who lived in our section of town. When we were done with that, we went to the church and rectory and cleared their walkways.
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NEWS
December 23, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- State and county officials last week approved the purchase of four easements that, if accepted by the landowners, will permanently preserve about 468 acres of Washington County land for agricultural use. Three of the easements, totaling 357 acres, will be purchased through the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation for about $2.2 million. Two will preserve land in the Clear Spring area and one will preserve land in the Williamsport area, according to Eric Seifarth, the county's rural preservation administrator.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | March 29, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Three proposed conservation easements totaling 123 acres received approval Thursday from the Berkeley County Commission. An 81.5-acre property known as Hammond farm adjoining the county's Poorhouse Farm Park west of Martinsburg was the largest of the parcels, said Clint Hogbin, chairman of the Berkeley County Farmland Protection Board. Also approved were the 38-acre "Craig Burkhart" property in Back Creek Valley near the community of Jones Spring, and a 3.5-acre donated easement by Scott Roach just west of Martinsburg off Tuscarora Pike.
NEWS
February 24, 2008
Farmland protected With last week's announced easements, a little more than 1 percent of Berkeley County's 205,900 total acres - and 4 percent of prime and significant farmland - has been conserved through the voluntary program. The value of the approximately 132 acres donated last week was estimated at $2.8 million.
NEWS
By JOSHUA BOWMAN | October 30, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY - The Washington County Commissioners will hold a public hearing today to decide which local farms will be able to sell preservation easements to the state this year. The public hearing will be at 11 a.m. during the County Commissioners' regular weekly meeting. Residents will be allowed to comment on a list of 25 farms that the county has ranked as most eligible for the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program. Every year, under the farmland preservation program, the state buys easements from local farm owners.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | October 12, 2007
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Washington Township's municipal officials this week continued to negotiate changes to land development plans for Reynolds' Farm, a popular pumpkin patch that attracts thousands of children and parents every fall. If approved, the preliminary land development plans for 14 homes off Gehr Road would be good for five years. "We're planning on going another four or five years" with the pumpkin operations, William Reynolds said Wednesday. "After that, we'll see," he said.
NEWS
October 9, 2007
The Mid-Maryland Land Trust is holding a landowner outreach meeting on Friday from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Wacohu Grange Hall, Huyetts Crossroads, 16412 National Pike, just west of the intersection of U.S. 40 and Md. 63. Mailings were sent to all property owners and farms of 20 acres and more. All property owners interested in land preservation, recent federal and state income tax benefits associated with donated easements and estate planning issues are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.
NEWS
By JOSHUA BOWMAN | September 19, 2007
Commissioners discuss requests With the Maryland General Assembly's regular session approaching in January, the Washington County Commissioners are starting to discuss their 2008 legislative requests. During their weekly meeting Tuesday, the commissioners reviewed a list of 13 requests from department heads that was compiled by the county attorney's office. The list of requests ranged from wide-reaching revisions to county ordinances to minor language changes in county employee job descriptions.
NEWS
By ASHLEY HARTMAN | September 5, 2007
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A step forward was made in a conflict that began earlier this year between the developer of Moss Spring Estates in Greencastle and the owner of one of the single-family home lots in the development. The Antrim Township Board of Supervisors held a public hearing Tuesday night to receive testimony about a modification to screening requirements for the development. Although the supervisors made no motion to deny or accept the modification, they did ask Supervisor Scott Diffenderfer to investigate the best size and type of trees for the easement.
NEWS
By JOSHUA BOWMAN | August 28, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved more than $1.2 million to pay for land easements that will protect two local farms from future development. A 208-acre farm near Boonsboro and a 90-acre farm on Lappans Road near Hagerstown will be prohibited from development "forever," according to Washington County Land Preservation Planner Eric Seifarth. The farms will be preserved under the Maryland Rural Legacy Program and the Federal Ranch Protection Program, which both provide grants to local governments to protect farmland.
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