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By HEATHER KEELS | January 22, 2008
Three Washington County fire departments have been awarded a total of $607,961 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, Maryland's senators announced this week. The awards to the Hagerstown Fire Department, the Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co. and the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. will be used to purchase new equipment, fire officials said. The Hagerstown Fire Department will use its $314,190 to install diesel exhaust systems at its seven stations and to purchase new portable radios that allow firefighters to communicate with police and other emergency responders, Chief Gary Hawbaker said.
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By DAN DEARTH | December 21, 2007
SHARPSBURG - The Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Co. has been awarded a $38,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to purchase an emergency generator, Fire Chief Darryl Benner said. Benner said the office of U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., notified him Wednesday that the fire department would receive the money. Mikulski's office did not release the information publicly until Thursday. As a condition of the grant, the fire department will have to pay $2,000 toward the purchase of the generator, Benner said.
NEWS
December 19, 2007
MONT ALTO, Pa. - U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster said Monday that the Mont Alto Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 has been awarded an Assistance to Fire Fighters Grant from the Department of Homeland Security. Mont Alto Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 will use the $91,913 federal grant to purchase new fully interoperable portable radios and pagers for its firefighters. "Currently, the Franklin County PA Department of Emergency Services is upgrading their public safety radio system in 2008 to a new frequency spectrum," said Bryan Stevenson, assistant chief and grants manager for the fire department.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | December 7, 2007
Williamsport Volunteer Fire Co. was one of three Western Maryland fire departments to be awarded federal grants Thursday, U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski's office said. Williamsport is getting $195,700 through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. Will Ball, a captain with Williamsport's fire company, said most of the money will pay for 30 portable radios. With new radios, firefighters and emergency medical workers will more easily communicate with each other and with public safety workers throughout the county and beyond without having to relay messages through dispatchers, Ball said.
NEWS
September 13, 2007
"With all the controversy that surrounds school redistricting, can you imagine the contention that will grow out of establishing districts for electing county commissioners as proposed by the home rule committee? We would be trading legislative oversight for turf battles and political squabbling among local neighborhoods. Who needs it? Let's keep what we have. " - Washington County "North Hagerstown High School's student 'interaction activity': 'How is the federal grant benefiting our students?
NEWS
By JOSHUA BOWMAN | August 29, 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.
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.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | June 5, 2007
WILLIAMSPORT - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has concluded that Williamsport did not mishandle a $425,000 federal grant. In 2005, Councilman Jeff Cline asked a HUD fraud hot line to look into whether the town misappropriated a Community Development Block Grant it received in 1986. The town couldn't document how much of the grant money that it loaned to residents for home-rehabilitation projects over the years was paid back. HUD's inspector general's office has told Cline there was no evidence the town did anything wrong.
NEWS
BY DAN DEARTH | April 10, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - The City of Hagerstown will apply for $2 million in grants from the federal government to help pay construction costs for four proposed projects, according to Kathleen Maher, the city's planning director. The projects include extending Eastern Boulevard, building a bridge from Haven Road to Marshall Street and constructing fire stations on the city's north and west ends. Maher said the city will apply for $500,000 per project from the Appalachian Regional Commission, a federal agency that offers financial assistance to several programs that include upgrading municipal infrastructures.
NEWS
By DON AINES | April 8, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Coyle Free Library has received a $14,814 federal grant to serve Spanish-speaking patrons, according to a news release from library Director Todd Reynolds. "We are really looking to enhance our service to the growing Hispanic community," Reynolds stated in the release. The library applied for the Library Services and Technology Act grant in 2006, according to the release. Some of the grant money will be used to hire an outreach coordinator to expand services to Spanish-speaking residents who otherwise would not use the library, according to the release.
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