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March 18, 2013
The Waynesboro Water Department will begin flushing all fire hydrants in the borough's water service area on Monday, April 1. This program is a necessary system maintenance function in which sediment is expelled from the distribution system by opening fire hydrants and flowing them until the water appears clear, according to a news release. The flushing program also allows personnel to assess the proper operation of the fire hydrants. Some customers in the water service area being flushed might experience brief water discoloration and slight pressure fluctuations, the news release stated.
NEWS
January 28, 2000
Hagerstown residents are being reminded to clear snow away from fire hydrants to keep them accessible to firefighters in case of an emergency. With the recent heavy snowfall it has been difficult to find places to dump shoveled snow, but residents need to make sure the hydrants are cleared, Hagerstown Water Department Manager Gene Walzl said.
NEWS
October 11, 2005
CLEAR SPRING - This week, fire hydrants in Clear Spring will be flushed and the valves will be opened to make sure they are in working order. Because of this, customers are being advised that water might be cloudy.
NEWS
June 29, 2009
CLEAR SPRING - The Town of Clear Spring will be flushing fire hydrants through Friday, Town Clerk Juanita Grimm said. As a result, residents could experience cloudy water.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | March 24, 2008
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - They're not just painting the towns red, but also orange, green and light blue. A new system of color-coding fire hydrants will give emergency responders an idea of the pressure waiting inside the devices when they arrive to fight a fire, according to representatives of the three agencies involved in the hydrant testing, flushing and painting process. Several hydrants have been tested as an experiment, but the full efforts will come in May for the Washington Township Supervisors, Blue Ridge Fire & Rescue Squad and Washington Township Municipal Authority.
NEWS
October 7, 1997
CLEAR SPRING - Fire hydrants on the Clear Spring water system will be flushed today, according to Nancy Keefer, town clerk. Customers should be aware they may have low water pressure or see rusty water conditions while this is being done.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | March 13, 2003
Hancock Town Manager Larry Logan commended town employees and residents Wednesday for their handling of the Feb. 16-17 snowstorm. He said the storm resulted in a damaged light on Main Street and a number of damaged curbs. Logan also thanked the Hancock Volunteer Fire Department for making sure fire hydrants were dug out. "We got through it and thank you for all of your assistance," Logan said.
NEWS
January 4, 2012
Railroad Lane added to town street system The Smithsburg Town Council Tuesday night agreed to add Railroad Lane to the town's street system. The lane, which runs parallel to West Water Street, was supposed to be added to the town's street system years ago when two parcels of land were subdivided along the lane, town officials said. The agreement to turn over the lane to the town was written about 10 years ago, but the transfer of ownership was never finalized, Mayor Mildred “Mickey” Myers said.
NEWS
by MARLO BARNHART | March 6, 2003
marlob@herald-mail.com It could have been a firefighter's nightmare - flames shooting 30 feet above the roofline of a burning house as volunteers struggled to dig out a fire hydrant buried under 3 feet of snow. The only thing that kept the nightmare from becoming a tragedy in the early hours of Feb. 26 was that the house in the 18700 block of Fountain Terrace was still under construction and unoccupied, according to a fire official. "If we had had water sooner, we probably could have saved more of the house," said John Latimer IV, chief of the Long Meadow Volunteer Fire Co. But in the back of his mind, Latimer said, he was thinking about the potential for loss of life.
NEWS
February 5, 2000
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Fire destroyed a single-story house near here late Friday, Independent Fire Company Chief Ed Smith said Saturday. The cause of the fire at 124 Manchester Drive is still under investigation, but Smith said firefighters suspect it was electrical in nature. No injuries were reported. Smith said one woman and at least one child were living in the house. He said the woman had insurance. Firefighters were called to the property at about 11:45 p.m. Friday, Smith said.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | September 4, 2013
Fire raced through a building containing a gun business and a motorcycle shop along Baxter Road west of Hedgesville Wednesday morning in Berkeley County, according to a spokesman for the Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Co. When firefighters arrived at the scene, fire was coming through the roof, Lt. Bradley Crowell said in a telephone interview. Battling the blaze was challenging at first, because there were no fire hydrants in the area, Crowell said. But after firefighters established a water source, they were able to get the fire extinguished fairly quickly, he said.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | April 14, 2013
A broken fire hydrant and an issue with a pumper truck's engine throttle were discovered during a Hagerstown Fire Department training exercise Sunday morning at the North Potomac Street Parking Deck, fire officials said. Other than those issues, the training went well, Battalion Chief Russ Grimm said. A fire hydrant on North Potomac Street, in front of The Gourmet Goat and Senior Notes, was struck by a vehicle at some point, Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven said. When pushed, the hydrant tipped, and if a hose were to be hooked up to it, the water would come out near the flange, or rim around the bottom, he said.
NEWS
March 18, 2013
The Waynesboro Water Department will begin flushing all fire hydrants in the borough's water service area on Monday, April 1. This program is a necessary system maintenance function in which sediment is expelled from the distribution system by opening fire hydrants and flowing them until the water appears clear, according to a news release. The flushing program also allows personnel to assess the proper operation of the fire hydrants. Some customers in the water service area being flushed might experience brief water discoloration and slight pressure fluctuations, the news release stated.
NEWS
January 4, 2012
Railroad Lane added to town street system The Smithsburg Town Council Tuesday night agreed to add Railroad Lane to the town's street system. The lane, which runs parallel to West Water Street, was supposed to be added to the town's street system years ago when two parcels of land were subdivided along the lane, town officials said. The agreement to turn over the lane to the town was written about 10 years ago, but the transfer of ownership was never finalized, Mayor Mildred “Mickey” Myers said.
NEWS
July 15, 2011
Hagerstown officials announced this week that fire hydrant flushing that began on June 20 will resume on Monday and continue through Aug. 19 in the following areas: Sharpsburg Pike, Cross Creek, Carriage Hills, Claggetts Mill, St. James Village, Westfields and Roxbury. Officials cautioned water customers in those areas, particularly those using automatic washing machines, to continually check their water supply for discolored water which may occur because of this work.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | May 16, 2011
A storage shed caught fire and burned down Monday morning at 7907 Neck Road, at the intersection with Spring Dell Road south of Williamsport. There were no injuries. Deputy Ed Ernst from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office reported that the fire caused an estimated $15,000 in damage to the shed and $35,000 to its contents. The fire was caused by failure of an air compressor's electric service, Ernst reported. "I checked two tractors and the air compressor because they all had batteries in them," he said.
NEWS
May 11, 2010
The Town of Clear Spring will flush fire hydrants during the week of May 17. Town Clerk Juanita Grimm said residents should expect their water to turn cloudy during the process.
NEWS
October 18, 2009
Editor's note: Each Monday, The Herald-Mail will highlight an infrastructure issue or other problem, and will try to find out what is being done to fix or improve the situation. We will not tackle situations involving neighborhood or domestic disputes or consumer problems. The problem: A fire hydrant along Pangborn Boulevard has been bent over since Oct. 11 and had not been repaired as of Friday afternoon. Who could fix it: City of Hagerstown Water Department What they say: John Rinehart, the city's water distribution foreman, said the hydrant was struck by a vehicle Oct. 11 and as of Thursday, the Water Department was waiting for a police report before addressing the problem.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | October 13, 2009
No contested races in Clear Spring town election CLEAR SPRING - There will be no contested races in Clear Spring's Nov. 2 town election, town officials said Monday night at the Clear Spring Town Council meeting. The three incumbents up for re-election - Mayor Paul D. Hose Jr. and council members Carol and Theodore Hovermale - have decided to run again, Hose said. Hose and Theodore Hovermale previously said they were not sure if they were running again. Carol Hovermale said she planned to run for re-election.
NEWS
June 29, 2009
CLEAR SPRING - The Town of Clear Spring will be flushing fire hydrants through Friday, Town Clerk Juanita Grimm said. As a result, residents could experience cloudy water.
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