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By ART CALLAHAM | September 2, 2012
Two of my friends, 16-year -olds Nate and Ethan, asked me, after reading my column comparing business with government in terms of structure, to comment on corporations (business) relative to the environment. So, Nate, Ethan, and all of the rest of the readers, here's my take: First let me say that there are no absolutes. Nothing I say in this column in favor of a business model relating to the environment or opposing business as it relates to the environment is always true or correct.
NEWS
April 24, 2008
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, both D-Md., today announced $9.3 million in new funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program for improvements to the Town of Boonsboro's two wastewater treatment plants. The funding will help bring Boonsboro's wastewater systems into compliance with regulations established by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). One wastewater system is owned and operated by Fahrney-Keedy Memorial Home, a nonprofit organization providing nursing home care to approximately 360 residents.
NEWS
by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | January 10, 2007
WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport Mayor James G. McCleaf II said Monday the town will apply for a permit from the Maryland Department of the Environment. McCleaf said the town needs a permit to pump water from a spring to water a baseball field at Byron Memorial Park. Pumping the water from the spring would save the town money, he said.
NEWS
By RYAN BARRY / Pulse Correspondent | April 22, 2008
Earth Day is the one day where you have a chance to help the environment, right? Actually, you can help the environment any day of the year, by recycling paper, glass, metal and plastic bottles, by planting new trees and shrubs and by conserving your electricity and water. Planting trees helps prevent global climate change, but it also conserves energy by providing a windbreak in the winter and shade in the summer. The Arbor Day Foundation Web site (www.arborday.org) is a good source of information on the benefits of planting trees.
NEWS
July 8, 2008
Fedora Copley, 16, will be a junior at North Hagerstown High School. She cares about the environment, and isn't afraid to try something radical to reduce her carbon footprint. Erica L. Syverson, 17, graduated North Hagerstown High School in May. She is an aspiring novelist and works through the twists and turns of her life through poetry. Shelbi Ives, 14, will be a freshman at North Hagerstown High School. She loves manga and music and hopes to become a neurosurgeon.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | July 28, 2013
A nonpartisan environmental group that calls itself the political voice for the environment released its annual score card of state lawmakers this month, with members of the Washington County delegation earning scores ranging from zero to 100 percent. The score card from the Maryland League of Conservation Voters is based on how lawmakers voted on key issues related to the environment. Local lawmakers stressed that even though they care about the environment, their scores mostly reflected the needs of their constituents.
NEWS
January 6, 2000
C. William Hetzer Inc. has paid a $7,500 administrative penalty to the Maryland Clean Water Fund for violating a state groundwater discharge permit. For up to nine months the company from its plant at 9401 Sharpsburg Pike, Hagerstown, neglected to test the runoff discharged into a dry stream, said Susan Woods, director of communications for the Maryland Department of the Environment. "It was an oversight on our part," company President C. William Hetzer Jr. said. An old permit the company had from the Maryland Department of the Environment did not require the testing, Hetzer said.
NEWS
April 25, 2007
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -Shanti Saagar Yoga of Shepherds-town will offer a free workshop for teachers from 4 to 5:30 p.m. today at Harmony Healing Arts Center, 207 E. New St. "Yoga Ed. Tools for Teachers" offers classroom teachers training on how to use simple yoga-based mind-body integration activities as effective behavior and classroom management strategies. "Yoga Tools" consists of brief breath and movement sequences, games and visualizations that teachers and their students can do. "Yoga Tools" helps teachers create a focused, harmonious environment and support students.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | May 12, 2009
BOONSBORO -- People described recycling efforts in Washington County as being in the "Dark Ages" and "archaic" during a public meeting in Boonsboro Tuesday night. Attendees also said during the meeting sponsored by Washington County government that the county owes it to the next generation to get more serious about recycling. The gathering was the first in a series the county will hold to get input on a new 10-year solid waste plan. The county had a previous 10-year plan on how to manage its garbage and other waste, and county officials need to have a draft of a new plan submitted to the Maryland Department of the Environment by Feb. 1, 2010, County Planner Bill Stachoviak told about 25 people at Shafer Park's Community Center.
OPINION
April 30, 2012
We all need to give nature a chance To the editor: With spring here, we are working outdoors - planting and tending trees, bushes, gardens and lawns. What about the lawns created to “save the environment” - the lawns maintained in the runoff basins, also known as retention and detention ponds? As places are developed, these runoff basins are built to “protect the environment.” But, they are manicured like lawns and golf courses. Our natural environment is not the tundra or open plains.
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NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | August 13, 2013
City officials on Tuesday revealed preliminary designs for a downtown small-business incubator site on West Washington Street - a project that has been in the planning stages for years. Downtown Manager Andrew Sargent said the plan is to build out the roughly 2,800-square-foot middle section of 60 W. Washington St. by January 2014 using the remaining $173,000 from the $174,579 U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Business Enterprise Grant the city was awarded in September 2012. Sargent said $100,000 of the grant remains for equipment and furnishing, and $73,000 remains for construction.
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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | July 28, 2013
A nonpartisan environmental group that calls itself the political voice for the environment released its annual score card of state lawmakers this month, with members of the Washington County delegation earning scores ranging from zero to 100 percent. The score card from the Maryland League of Conservation Voters is based on how lawmakers voted on key issues related to the environment. Local lawmakers stressed that even though they care about the environment, their scores mostly reflected the needs of their constituents.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | February 13, 2013
While touring the construction site of the new Bester Elementary School on Wednesday, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot said he supports the county's request for slightly more than $1 million in state funds for the project on top of the $7.6 million already provided for it and was “very optimistic” that it would be approved. “This is a well-run construction project, taxpayers' money is being well spent, the kids are going to benefit, the faculty will benefit, the state will benefit,” he said.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | January 29, 2013
Adjusting classroom locks and school security cameras, providing bulletproof windows or windows with grids, and installing security fencing were among the school security ideas discussed Tuesday morning during a school board work session. Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox cautioned board members about balancing school security with providing a welcoming environment for students. Among the more pressing things the school system needs to do is change locks on some classroom doors so teachers can lock their classrooms from the inside, Wilcox said in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon.
OPINION
By LLOYD WATERS | December 22, 2012
“We're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of politics.” That was one of many sentences offered by President Obama in the aftermath of the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. What meaningful action might we consider? Everyone wants to begin with a new and honest debate about guns.  Will banning assault weapons remedy the problem? What do you think? We're getting pretty desperate, so we'll have to do something.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | October 19, 2012
In the wake of the release of decades of confidential sexual-abuse allegations within the Boy Scouts of America, a local Scouting official said Friday that the organization remains committed to protecting youth and providing a safe environment above all else. “Safe-guarding the Scouts is the number one priority for the Scouting organization,” said Mark Barbernitz, Scout executive for the Mason-Dixon Council of the BSA, which oversees approximately 2,300 kids and about 100 troops of Scouts in Washington County as well as parts of Franklin and Fulton counties in Pennsylvania.
OPINION
By ART CALLAHAM | September 2, 2012
Two of my friends, 16-year -olds Nate and Ethan, asked me, after reading my column comparing business with government in terms of structure, to comment on corporations (business) relative to the environment. So, Nate, Ethan, and all of the rest of the readers, here's my take: First let me say that there are no absolutes. Nothing I say in this column in favor of a business model relating to the environment or opposing business as it relates to the environment is always true or correct.
OPINION
April 30, 2012
We all need to give nature a chance To the editor: With spring here, we are working outdoors - planting and tending trees, bushes, gardens and lawns. What about the lawns created to “save the environment” - the lawns maintained in the runoff basins, also known as retention and detention ponds? As places are developed, these runoff basins are built to “protect the environment.” But, they are manicured like lawns and golf courses. Our natural environment is not the tundra or open plains.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | April 27, 2012
On a tour of Volvo Powertrain's 1.5 million square-foot manufacturing facility outside Hagerstown Friday, up-and-coming community leaders were warned not to touch the engine parts or machinery, but were encouraged to place their hands against the tiny holes in what looked like a large punching bag suspended from the ceiling, to feel the air rushing out. The device, tour guide Lamar Sease explained, is how fresh, clean air is circulated into the...
OPINION
By ALLAN POWELL | January 13, 2012
For some time, the Washington Post has published a series of stories with the theme of “Five Myths About,” featuring subjects such as millionaires, scientists or athletes. Why there are always five myths is a mystery, but I will retain that number, although conservatives have other well-known myths. One reliable myth is that “government cannot create jobs.” It is strange that no one in the audience challenges a conservative orator when such a patently spurious statement is made.
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