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June 24, 1998
by KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer enlargement CLEAR SPRING - Cleanup crews Wednesday sopped up more fuel oil from a stream that became contaminated after a tank ruptured in a Blairs Valley Road home Tuesday. A recovery team from AC&T, a Hagerstown-based petroleum distributor, handled most of the effort to absorb the remaining fuel oil from the Little Conococheague Creek and in the basement of the home at 13530 Blairs Valley Road, said Lt. Eric Reid, of the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Department.
NEWS
January 13, 2012
Franklin County Emergency Services report The following incident was reported Friday by Franklin County (Pa.) Emergency Services: • At 1:38 a.m., a fuel oil spill in the 5300 block of Lincoln Way East in Greene Township.
NEWS
January 27, 2009
Accident shuts down U.S. 40 near antique mall Maryland State Police said U.S. 40 at the Beaver Creek Antique Market was shut down for about an hour Monday afternoon after a three-car accident. A woman was trying to turn into the antique mall when a car struck the rear of the woman's car, forcing her car into a third car on the highway, said Trooper Dave Matthews. There were no serious injuries in the 4:25 p.m. crash, police said. Fuel oil stolen after fill-up, Pa. police say CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Police say 150 gallons of fuel oil was stolen from a 79-year-old woman's home in St. Thomas Township, leaving her with no heat.
NEWS
January 22, 2001
Firewood compared to other heating fuels Comparisons of the cost of various heating fuels can be made on the basis of their heat equivalents as expressed in dollars per million Btu, according to the Maryland Cooperative Extension. - Oak firewood, $120 cord, $10 per Mbtu. - fuel oil, $1.60 per gallon, $17.84 per Mbtu. - electric baseboard, $8.39 per kilowatt hour, $24.58 per Mbtu. - electric heat pump, $3.36 per kilowatt hour, $9.84 per Mbtu. - soft coal, $135 per ton, $9 per Mbtu.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | July 6, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- A Hagerstown man has been charged with first-degree arson and giving false or misleading information following an October house fire at 20600 Jefferson Boulevard, according to Washington District Court records. Ryan P. Blumenauer, 22, was arrested Thursday at his parents' home on Oriole Drive in Hagerstown and released on a $75,000 bond, according to Maryland Deputy State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst. Blumenauer was not arrested until Thursday because of an ongoing investigation that included assistance from the state Attorney General's office, Ernst said Monday night.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | April 12, 2006
HAGERSTON Washington County Commissioner John C. Munson said the county could save more than $85,000 a year in operating expenses by selling or giving away the Martin Luther King Center on West North Avenue. The building houses several organizations, including Head Start of Washington County, C SAFE and Children in Need, but no county government offices. The county has proposed spending $85,300 to maintain the building in fiscal year 2007, including $31,000 in fuel oil, $21,000 in electric costs and $7,000 in building maintenance.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | September 3, 2009
The state has decided not to pursue a charge of giving false or misleading information against a man following an arson at a home at 20600 Jefferson Boulevard last October, according to Washington County District Court records. The court file did not provide information about why the state decided not to pursue the charge against Ryan P. Blumenauer, 22. The false or misleading information charge was related to an insurance claim made in the case, according to court records.
NEWS
By LISA GRAYBEAL | June 24, 1998
CLEAR SPRING - Fish and other aquatic life died Tuesday after fuel oil from a ruptured tank in a Blairs Valley Road home flowed into a stream. "We've had a noticeable aquatic kill. Fuel does not go good with aquatic life," said Greg Socks, team coordinator of Washington County's Emergency Service Hazardous Incident Response Team. --cont from front page -- Among the fish that died in the spill were trout and crayfish, officials said. A fuel tank in the basement of a two-story brick home at 13530 Blairs Valley Road ruptured at about 11 a.m. as an employee from Aaron Oil of Clear Spring was filling the tank, said Lt. Eric Reid of the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Department.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | July 26, 2011
The discovery of an undocumented underground fuel storage tank added more than $41,000 to the cost of the Washington County Free Library reconstruction and expansion project, county officials said Tuesday. The long-abandoned tank was discovered May 5 and had to be removed in accordance with Maryland Department of Environment guidelines, said Joseph Kroboth III, county director of public works.   Kroboth said he emailed the county Board of Commissioners the day after the tank was discovered, and a majority of the five-member panel granted permission to proceed with the removal.
NEWS
by ANDREA ROWLAND | December 16, 2002
andrear@herald-mail.com TRI-STATE - Colder temperatures this winter will mean higher heating bills for residents in the Tri-State area, industry experts say. Winter heating bills for residential customers could average $100 to $300 higher than last year. The increase is primarily because of the higher fuel usage anticipated during the area's coldest winter in several years, according to the federal Energy Information Administration's "Short-Term Energy Outlook. " The weather in November and the first part of December was colder than normal, boosting heating demand.
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OPINION
February 19, 2013
“I just wanted to warn people that one of the major ... stores ... has items that are electrical and they're not UL-approved. There are lighting fixtures and other things that are not UL-approved, and I'm afraid someone will purchase one of these things and could have a fire. Any store, any electrical item you buy, please make sure the package says 'UL,' that's approved, Underwriters Laboratory approves electrical, anything electrical, so it's safe.” - Hagerstown “I'm writing, $368.
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NEWS
January 13, 2012
Franklin County Emergency Services report The following incident was reported Friday by Franklin County (Pa.) Emergency Services: • At 1:38 a.m., a fuel oil spill in the 5300 block of Lincoln Way East in Greene Township.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | July 26, 2011
The discovery of an undocumented underground fuel storage tank added more than $41,000 to the cost of the Washington County Free Library reconstruction and expansion project, county officials said Tuesday. The long-abandoned tank was discovered May 5 and had to be removed in accordance with Maryland Department of Environment guidelines, said Joseph Kroboth III, county director of public works.   Kroboth said he emailed the county Board of Commissioners the day after the tank was discovered, and a majority of the five-member panel granted permission to proceed with the removal.
NEWS
January 24, 2011
Is firewood the best fuel choice for you? As winter tightens its grip, the cost of keeping warm increases. And this year’s escalating energy prices have many homeowners re-evaluating their fuel options.   Among the possibilities: firewood. “Wood is a renewable resource that when used with modern catalytic stoves can be an environmentally sound and cost-effective source of home heat,” said Jonathan Kays, a natural resources specialist with University of Maryland Extension, part of the University of Maryland’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | September 3, 2009
The state has decided not to pursue a charge of giving false or misleading information against a man following an arson at a home at 20600 Jefferson Boulevard last October, according to Washington County District Court records. The court file did not provide information about why the state decided not to pursue the charge against Ryan P. Blumenauer, 22. The false or misleading information charge was related to an insurance claim made in the case, according to court records.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | July 6, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- A Hagerstown man has been charged with first-degree arson and giving false or misleading information following an October house fire at 20600 Jefferson Boulevard, according to Washington District Court records. Ryan P. Blumenauer, 22, was arrested Thursday at his parents' home on Oriole Drive in Hagerstown and released on a $75,000 bond, according to Maryland Deputy State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst. Blumenauer was not arrested until Thursday because of an ongoing investigation that included assistance from the state Attorney General's office, Ernst said Monday night.
NEWS
January 27, 2009
Accident shuts down U.S. 40 near antique mall Maryland State Police said U.S. 40 at the Beaver Creek Antique Market was shut down for about an hour Monday afternoon after a three-car accident. A woman was trying to turn into the antique mall when a car struck the rear of the woman's car, forcing her car into a third car on the highway, said Trooper Dave Matthews. There were no serious injuries in the 4:25 p.m. crash, police said. Fuel oil stolen after fill-up, Pa. police say CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Police say 150 gallons of fuel oil was stolen from a 79-year-old woman's home in St. Thomas Township, leaving her with no heat.
NEWS
By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | August 17, 2008
TRI-STATE - Betty Wurster was horrified the week before last when she got her latest bill from Columbia Gas of Maryland. Her new budget payment for natural gas had jumped to $169 per month - a 44 percent increase over what she had been paying at her half-a-double house for the past year. "I think it's outrageous because I've never had that much of an increase," the Hagerstown resident said. "I mean, what's to prevent them from doing it 75 percent?" Wurster is not alone.
NEWS
July 30, 2008
This country needs some 'smart' traffic signals To the editor: I used to drive over-the-road. Traffic light inefficiencies bothered me so much that I kept a journal for a while, on all of the "stupid lights" across our country. There are still lights out there that change for no reason, lights that are badly timed, are too short, long, etc., for the traffic patterns. Just going to work this morning, a car coming from a feeder road turning right onto a state highway caused the light to change.
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