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July 28, 2013
Weis Markets recently announced the rollout of its annual Your Neighbors, Our Farmers local produce program. The campaign promotes the quality and longevity of Weis Markets' local produce program and highlights the contributions of 13 farmers and their families who supply Weis Markets' stores with produce. “We were local before local was cool,” said Kurt Schertle, executive vice president of sales and merchandising for Weis Markets. “Although this is the peak season for buying local produce, we are year-round customers of locally sourced agricultural products, including milk, eggs, pork, beef and poultry.
July 23, 2013
The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission has opened nominations for the 2013 Washington County Farm of the Year. Designed to recognize and honor the rich agricultural heritage embedded in the county, the award is open to all farms in Washington County on 5 or more acres of land. Applications must be submitted by Aug. 9. To qualify, entrants must: Operate a farm or agricultural business or know a farm or agricultural business in the county, regardless of the size or scope.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | July 21, 2013
Signatures are being obtained on a settlement agreement that could lead to more streetlights, extended sidewalks, and water and sewer system improvements in the Brimington Farms subdivision. Development of Brimington Farms, which is off State Hill Road, ground to a halt due to bankruptcy filings in recent years. The Waynesboro Borough Council was trying to collect more than $1 million in bonding from Lexon Insurance Co., a business that guarantees a developer (in this case DLM LLC and Gemcraft Homes)
By PAT SCHOOLEY | Special to The Herald-Mail | July 21, 2013
This is the 199th in a series of articles about the historical and architectural treasures of Washington County.  Chestnut Grove Road runs roughly north from Harpers Ferry Road, curling around Elk Ridge on the east. Well up the road on the left, signs announce two addresses at one entrance. Two drives branch almost immediately from this entrance. The right one leads to a farmstead on low ground not far from the road. The left one soon diminishes to a trail that winds slowly up through woodlands for more than a mile.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | July 20, 2013
Berkeley County's almshouse - a historic mansion, where widows, orphans and disabled Civil War veterans once stayed - is about to get a much-needed roof repair. The work is being funded in part by a $27,500 State Historic Preservation Office development grant that will be formally announced Wednesday in Charleston, Caryn S. Gresham, deputy commissioner of the Division of Culture and History, said Friday. Began as a loghouse in the 1780s by John and Elizabeth Emmert, the home was transformed into a large stone mansion by the 1840s, and now overlooks a 5-acre lake in Poor House Farm Park west of Martinsburg.
July 18, 2013
A 19-year-old man who fell down a farm silo Tuesday off Lehmans Mill Road north of Hagerstown remained in serious condition Thursday at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Andrew Horst plunged down the silo at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, and was trapped for about three hours until rescue workers placed him in a basket and hoisted him through an opening at the top of the structure. Horst was flown from the scene to the shock trauma center, where he has been listed in serious condition since Tuesday, hospital officials said.
By LEIGH-ANNE MAUK | Special to The Herald-Mail | July 18, 2013
For more than 30 years, the annual Washington County Ag Expo & Fair has provided activities for children of all ages and has given families a place to socialize and learn about local agriculture, crafts and trades.  Shawna Corbett of Downsville has made the Ag Expo a regular summer event for her daughters, Kaitlyn and Erin.  “The fair is really great for the community, and my kids have always loved it,” said Shawna Corbett, who is also...
This time of year, agriculture has a built-in marketing hook. All outdoors becomes a giant billboard for one of our community's biggest economic drivers. The pastures and bank barns, orchards and farm fields paint the very picture of summertime in Washington County. It was fitting, then, that the Economic Development Commission (EDC) spent so much time last week talking about farming.    Every year, the EDC gives the business community an update at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast, and in his presentation last week, EDC President Dan Pheil had a great story to tell.
July 17, 2013
A Warfordsburg, Pa., woman was flown to a hospital after the car she was driving struck a farm tractor Tuesday evening on U.S. 522 in Fulton County, Pennsylvania State Police said. Erin Renee McCusker, 27, was flown to Altoona Regional Health System to be treated for major injuries, according to a state police news release. A hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday morning that McCusker was not listed as a patient. Troopers said McCusker was driving a 2002 Chrysler Sebring south on U.S. 522 at about 6:45 p.m. when her vehicle rear-ended an International 1066 farm tractor being driven by Lee James Golden, 39, of Needmore, Pa. Police said the impact caused the tractor to flip over.
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | | July 9, 2013
In January, then-Commissioner of Agriculture Gus Douglass presented brothers Bruce and Greg Butler with a $1,000 check as owners of the West Virginia Conservation Farm of the Year. On Tuesday, Douglass' successor, Walt Helmick, presented the brothers - owners of B&G Orchards and the Butler Farm Market on Dry Run Road - with a plaque honoring the occasion and the keys to a new $60,000-plus John Deere tractor to use free for 200 hours or four months, whichever comes first. After that, they can buy the tractor at a substantial discount, said Steve Cronin, owner of Middletown Tractor Sales of Fairmont, W.Va.
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