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March 24, 2009
FORT DETRICK, Md. (AP) -- The commander of Fort Detrick and the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command is retiring. Maj. Gen. George Weightman has served in the Army for 36 years and plans to retire to Winston-Salem, N.C., with his wife Joan. Originally from Vermont, Weightman says he's grateful to the Army for letting him serve and the chances it gave his family to grow. A change of command ceremony is planned for March 31 on the Blue and Gray Field at Fort Detrick.
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By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | December 16, 2008
FREDERICK, Md. -- Heading north on Interstate 270, the view of Frederick lying down in the valley has long been of its historic church spires dominating the landscape. "But clearly present now," said city economic development chief Richard Griffin, "because it is one of the largest single facilities in the city now, is the MedImmune facility. " The big biotech company is nearly quadrupling its medical manufacturing operation and expects to add as many as 250 workers when the 331,000-square-foot addition is completed, he said.
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By ARNOLD PLATOU | December 14, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- If it helps to have friends in high places, Washington County's economy has one it needs in Col. Judith D. Robinson. "I want to become much more engaged with Washington County," said Robinson, the U.S. Army garrison commander at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md. The Army post has begun offering businesses the chance to bid on nearly $1 billion in contracts, leading to thousands of well-paying biotech support and construction jobs...
NEWS
December 14, 2008
The Herald-Mail today begins a six-part series, Business of Biotech. Following is a look at what the stories say about the economic development, educational and employment opportunities related to biotechnology. Today ยท The way Hagerstown Community College sees it, Washington County stands on the edge of opportunities that could transform its economic future. HCC President Guy Altieri says in a new report that the community must begin discussions about education, economic development and 21st-century bioscience-related jobs.
NEWS
December 2, 2008
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- The Army is ordering workers at its biodefense laboratories to get additional security training in the wake of revelations about the 2001 anthrax attacks. The effort began Monday at Fort Detrick in Frederick, where the FBI says Army scientist Bruce Ivins obtained the anthrax he used in the mailings that killed five people. Spokeswoman Caree Vander Linden tells The Associated Press that workers who handle deadly agents at the Fort Detrick lab will get additional training in security, accounting and reporting procedures this week.
NEWS
November 25, 2008
JAN. 30, 1947-NOV. 24, 2008 CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Willard L. "Bill" "Smitty" Smith Jr., 61, of 306 Parkwood Drive, Chambersburg, and formerly of Waynesboro, Pa., died Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, at his home. Born Jan. 30, 1947, in Waynesboro, he was the son of the late Willard L. Smith Sr. and Miriam Paull Smith. He graduated from Waynesboro Area Senior High School with the class of 1964. He worked at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md., from 1985 until his retirement in 2003 as a systems administrator.
NEWS
November 12, 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two newspapers asked a federal judge Wednesday to make public several documents relating to a former Army scientist at Fort Detrick who was named as a person of interest in the 2001 anthrax attacks and later exonerated. The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times want the government's search warrants and supporting documents involving Stephen Hatfill, who was eventually cleared in the anthrax attacks and was awarded $5.8 million in a lawsuit accusing the Justice Department of violating his privacy.
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By JANET HEIM | October 21, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Dale and Carolyn Seburn have traveled the world but always found time to give back to the community, even while raising a son and daughter, and working full time. For instance, when Carolyn Seburn learned several years ago that her neighborhood association's plea for a treasurer was unmet and hiring an accountant to do the job would raise dues paid to the association, she hesitated only briefly before volunteering for the job. "I asked Dale, 'Would I be crazy to volunteer?
NEWS
September 3, 2008
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has formally proposed adding a Fort Detrick dump site in Frederick to its list of the nation's most polluted places. The site called Area B is among 11 proposed additions to the EPA's National Priorities List, commonly known as the Superfund list. The public now has 60 days to comment on the proposed listing. The Maryland Department of the Environment sought the listing in hopes that EPA oversight would accelerate the cleanup of toxic industrial solvents in groundwater beneath the post.
NEWS
July 16, 2008
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- The National Academy of Sciences says a safety review of Army plans for a new biodefense laboratory at Fort Detrick could be delayed by congressional foot-dragging. An academy official told the Frederick County Commissioners at a meeting Tuesday in Frederick that some congressional members want to postpone budget decisions until after a new president takes office next year. Such a delay could affect funding for the study, which could cost $250,000 to $400,000.
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