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June 27, 2013
The annual meeting of the Washington County Homemakers was June 10 at the Ramada Plaza. The theme for this year's meeting was “Farming in Washington County, Past-Present-Future.” A PowerPoint presentation was given by guest speaker Terrie Shank of Palmyra Farms. The Shanks are a fourth-generation farming family, with a fifth-generation granddaughter born June 12. Shank recently retired from teaching agriculture for 32 years in Washington County schools, with the last 17 years at Clear Spring High School.
June 23, 2013
Name of business: Jimmy Hinkle State Farm Owner: Jimmy Hinkle Address: 13701 Maugansville Road, Maugansville Opening date: Nov. 1, 2012 Products and services: Most people recognize State Farm for its strong presence in auto and home insurance, but do not realize it offers much more, including competitive financial services such as 401K rollovers, auto loans and refinancing, credit cards, checking/savings accounts and...
By TIM ROWLAND | | June 16, 2013
Policy. Remember that? It's what America used to discuss back in the day, before we became obsessed with birth certificates and the 47 percent. Policy is what the government does, instead of how it does it or why - two questions that are admittedly more entertaining, but ultimately immaterial to our daily lives. If we would spend one- tenth of the energy debating the current farm bill as we have over Benghazi we might actually get somewhere in terms of moving the nation forward and addressing some real problems ranging from the national debt to childhood nutrition.
June 16, 2013
The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission invites the community to “Farm to Fork - the Future Faces of Agriculture” dinner Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at LJ's and the Kat Lounge, 1130 Conrad Court in Hagerstown. Touted as a fine-dining picnic experience, Alex Tiches, LJ's owner, and Chef Lonnie Coble will prepare a dinner menu featuring all local ingredients, including beef, lamb, goat, artisan cheeses, and fruits and vegetables. Future Farmers of America and 4-H Club members will be on hand to discuss the importance of local, sustainable food products and share information about farming and agriculture.
By KAREN MAWDSLEY | | June 16, 2013
Charles Litton sat on the front porch of his Fairplay house and looked out toward the long lane that led through his crop fields to his rust-colored barn that stood out in stark contrast to the stormy gray sky. “You see that tree?” said Litton, 50, pointing toward a towering maple as the wind rustled the cornstalks, knee-high in mid-June. “It must be almost 30 years old. I remember when we moved in, it was about as big as my arm.” That was 25 years ago, in 1988. Charles Litton had married Donna in February of that year, and the couple settled on the 100-acre farm off Lappans Road, which they rented for two decades before purchasing it in 2008.
June 11, 2013
The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission announced that Green Hill Farm will host Homesteading Days Friday through Sunday. Washington County-area experts will teach seminar participants how to grow, harvest and preserve food, and showcase steps to make bread and wine from scratch.  Other classes include processing goat's milk soap, harvesting poultry and rabbits, and preparing your family for unforeseen disasters....
June 10, 2013
Farmer candidate nominations are under way for local Farm Service Agency  County Committees. The nomination period continues through Thursday, Aug. 1, with the election taking place by mail ballot between Nov. 4 and the close of business on Dec. 2. In Washington County, the election is for Local Administrative Area No. 3, which is the part of the county west of Interstate 81 and south of Md. 68 running southeast from Williamsport and continuing with...
By JENNIFER FITCH | | May 29, 2013
A Chambersburg-area farm involved in a bacteria outbreak last year is the subject of a new warning from the Pennsylvania departments of health and agriculture. Five people who consumed unpasteurized milk from The Family Cow, 3854 Olde Scotland Road, between April 30 and May 10 suffered illnesses confirmed to be related to Campylobacter bacteria, according to a news release from the state departments issued Wednesday. “Agriculture officials ordered the owners of the farm to stop the sale of all raw milk until further notice,” the news release stated.
By JANET HEIM | | May 25, 2013
Dorothy Papa learned her work ethic on the farm during her childhood in Bedford County, Pa., then later after she and her husband bought a farm on Alternate U.S. 40 between Funkstown and Boonsboro. “She grew up on a farm and ended up on a farm,” said son Fred Papa of Hagerstown and Southern Pines, N.C. The Papas raised horses and had a well-regarded herd of Angus cattle. Dorothy taught their children to milk the Jersey cow they had. Fresh milk was a staple, as was Dorothy's homemade butter and ice cream.
May 12, 2013
Name of business: Dan Hall State Farm Insurance Agency Owner: Dan Hall Address: 816 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown Opening date: Nov. 1, 2012 Products and services: Auto, home, life, health and mutual funds Target market: Washington County community; licensed in the state of Maryland for any needs How did you get into your business, and what motivated you to start it? I started my agency career with State Farm in 2001 as a qualified team member in an agent's office in Martinsburg, W.Va.
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