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NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | November 3, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - Connie Mozingo said a large population of feral cats lives in a wooded area near her Hagerstown home. When Mozingo left food and water outside for her own cat, the stray cats often came closer to her home to eat and drink. Soon, a female cat and her baby were constant visitors, and Mozingo said she wanted to help the pair. "I felt bad for those two," she said. "They got so friendly. " Mozingo contacted Promise Animal League based in Falling Waters, W.Va. The group provides low-cost spay and neuter services and other aid, primarily for cats, according to Director Star Silva.
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NEWS
July 17, 2011
The problem: A cascade of boards and piles of bricks and other building debris fill the backyard of 149 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown. Neighbor Melissa Langford said the property owner began tearing down the building more than a year ago, but no cleanup had been done. “When it's humid and all, like it has been the past couple of days, the smell from over there is horrendous, and when it storms and the wind blows, all that debris blows over and hits our screens and our air conditioners,” Langford said.
NEWS
By MARLO BARNHART | June 28, 2009
FUNKSTOWN -- Less than 36 hours old, a tiny tortoise-shell kitten wasn't even able to open her eyes to see the new mobile spay/neuter clinic on display Sunday afternoon at the Picnic With Your Pooch activity at Next Dimensions Restaurant. But her owners, Tina and Darrell Shank, vowed to return in about eight weeks when "Pooch" is old enough to actually receive the services now available through Promise Animal League Inc. "We have named her Pooch in honor of this event," said Tina Shank as she cradled the newborn kitten.
NEWS
September 26, 2006
Here are some of the calls we have received lately: "Since when can a certain town dictate who can live there and who cannot? I am sure as long as the prison has been on Sharpsburg Pike, there has also been natives of Hagerstown committing crimes. If a person is on parole, he is being supervised. Have all of you checked to see if any crimes committed are by people from the prison. " - Maugansville "Rick Mundey, a former center fielder for the Chicago Cubs and a Marine Corps reservist, rescued the American flag from being burned by two protesters during a 1976 baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
NEWS
July 30, 2011
Animal problems? Here's who to call and what to expect. Humane Society of Washington County: 301-733-2060 Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. After hours, on Sundays and on major holidays, callers will be directed to an answering service and officers will respond to emergency situations only. Injured or sick animals, vicious and dangerous dogs, and cruelty in process are considered emergency situations, Miller said. Issue: A dog bites you or another domesticated animal.
NEWS
September 22, 2006
City made right call on park cats To the editor: I commend the Hagerstown City Council for its enlightened decision regarding managing the feral cat colony at City Park. Animal control and animal welfare groups confirm that removing feral cat colonies provides only a temporary solution, at best. Statistics show other cats soon move in to replace those ousted. Better to manage (spay, neuter, vaccinate, feed and monitor) predominantly healthy animals than to risk exposing residents and park visitors to potential diseases more likely to be transmitted through starving, infected cats that continually reproduce.
NEWS
By TRISH RUDDER | February 19, 2008
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Brenda J. Hutchinson, the only Democrat serving on the three-member Morgan County Commission, recently completed her first year, which she calls a good learning experience. "This has been my learning year. I've tried to speak out on the issues I feel strongly about, but I do believe I will improve with time," she said. Hutchinson can take credit for some accomplishments during her "learning year," and high on the list is the establishment of a county noise ordinance that became effective in May 2007.
NEWS
by Ruth E. Rowe | August 2, 2003
To the editor: This is in response to Rochelle Howell's letter to the editor about the Humane Society on Sunday, July 13. First of all, what is her position at the Humane Society, and how long has she worked there? Secondly, nobody has said that the Humane Society has an easy job. However, the employees are paid and the organization is funded in large part by county (taxpayers') funds ($500,000 plus, we were told, and a separate amount for spay/neuter). The rescue groups that the Humane Society is so quick to judge and criticize are mostly volunteer organizations that do not receive county funding.
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