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by DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ | February 16, 2006
WILLIAMSPORT daniels@herald-mail.com Fleetwood Travel Trailers of Maryland Inc. in Williamsport eliminated a third shift of about 150 workers after completing its part of an order from the federal government to make 7,500 travel trailers for victims of Hurricane Katrina, a company official said Wednesday. Williamsport plant General Manager Melinda Ford said 30 workers were laid off last month and the rest of the workers either moved into other jobs or saw their positions cut through attrition, including resignations.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | January 5, 2006
WILLIAMSPORT - Fleetwood Travel Trailers, which has a plant in Williamsport, has been shipping thousands of trailers destined for victims of Hurricane Katrina. A shipment went out by rail Wednesday from Hagerstown's south end. Fleetwood spokeswoman Amy Coleman said Wednesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency designated a contractor to buy two groups of trailers on the government's behalf. She did not know which contractor. The first group, of 7,500 units, had to be delivered by the end of December.
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by JANET HEIM | November 7, 2005
Editor's note - There are a lot of people you see around town that you recognize, but don't know anything about. People like... Debbie Evans Age - 56. Occupation - Training specialist for FEMA. Hometown - Hagerstown. Where would you see Evans? - Evans has been employed with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for more than four years. The Hagerstown native works out of the Emmitsburg, Md., office, but is sent to different locations when her expertise is needed.
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By DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ | October 30, 2005
daniels@herald-mail.com WILLIAMSPORT - It has been two months since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast. Now, long after the gripping news accounts in the days and weeks after Katrina made landfall on Aug. 29, the story only rarely captures the front pages of newspapers or is the lead story on television broadcasts. Still, Hagerstown resident Rich Shewbridge doesn't see his family much these days because he's working 10-hour days at Fleetwood Travel Trailers of Maryland Inc. Shewbridge said that despite the sacrifices, he is proud that his and his co-workers' labors at the Williamsport plant will aid those who lost their homes when Katrina blasted through the Gulf Coast.
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By Thomas Voting Reports | October 2, 2005
HOUSE Endangered Species Act Voting 229 for and 193 against, members on Sept. 29 passed a bill (HR 3824) to weaken the 1973 Endangered Species Act. The bill narrows the definition of habitat needed to protect imperiled plant and animal species, lowers scientific standards for judging the viability of species and establishes an entitlement program to compensate property owners for land use denied by the act. Also under the...
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | September 2, 2005
For those who want to donate to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends cash. FEMA urges people who want to do something besides give money to contact volunteer agencies rather than just show up in disaster-struck areas. Organizations on FEMA's list of those accepting cash donations are: American Red Cross, 800-435-7669 (800-HELP-NOW) Operation Blessing, 800-436-6348 America's Second Harvest, 800-344-8070 Organizations that are soliciting both cash and volunteers include: Adventist Community Services, 800-381-7171 Catholic Charities USA, 703-549-1390 Christian Disaster Response, 941-956-5183 or 941-551-9554 Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, 800-848-5818 Church World Service, 800-297-1516 Convoy of Hope, 417-823-8998 Lutheran Disaster Response, 800-638-3522 Mennonite Disaster Service, 717-859-2210 Nazarene Disaster Response, 888-256-5886 Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, 800-872-3283 The Salvation Army, 800-725-2769 (800-SAL-ARMY)
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July 9, 2005
The following Web sites may be accessed for emergency preparedness information. www.ready.gov (Department of Homeland Security) www.fema.gov (Federal Emergency Management Agency) www.ncpc.org (National Crime Prevention Council)
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by CANDICE BOSELY | July 3, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com INWOOD, W.Va. - Standing in Valeria Skaggs' dark, damp and - until recently - flooded basement Wednesday afternoon, West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise offered her a pat on the back and a few words of condolence. Skaggs' home in Inwood East Estates, off W.Va. 51, was one of 67 homes in Berkeley County damaged by recent flooding. Of those, 39 homes either had major damage or were destroyed, said Steve Allen, director of the Berkeley County Office of Emergency Services.
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by KEVIN KILLEN/Northern Virginia Daily | June 13, 2003
A former federal investigator testified Thursday that the owner of a firm that trains drug- and explosive-detecting dogs became angry when told he was being investigated for an apparent error in a billing to a government agency. John Hawe, a former special agent with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, investigated a bill that Russell Ebersole submitted to the agency for the use of his detector dogs after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Ebersole, 43, of Hagerstown, is being tried in U.S. District Court here on 28 counts of wire fraud and making false statements to government agencies.
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By KERRY LYNN FRALEY | August 21, 1998
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Whether they want it or not, most residents in the Pikeview West subdivision pay more than $600 a year for flood insurance because of a Federal Emergency Management Agency requirement, according to homeowners' association secretary Paul Gavin. That requirement is based on flood studies flawed by incomplete data, said Gavin, who asked the Berkeley County Commission on Thursday to help his group's effort to get the area restudied. "There's never been any reported flooding in the area," said Gavin, who has lived in the subdivision off U.S. 11 around Evans Run since 1984.
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