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April 7, 2010
ANNAPOLIS - House Minority Leader Anthony J. O'Donnell, R-Calvert/St. Mary's, offered an amendment Wednesday that would strip $200,000 allocated to Casa de Maryland Inc. from the state's capital budget. The amendment failed, 47-89. Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, spoke in support of the amendment. All five of Washington County's delegates voted in favor of the amendment. Del. Doyle L. Niemann, D-Prince George's, said the multicultural center the funding is directed to is a worthwhile project that will offer health programs, English as a second language classes and citizenship programs.
By BRIEN POFFENBERGER | March 27, 2012
In this year's session of the Maryland General Assembly, legislators again launched an attack on funding the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown (USMH). Motivated by an apples-to-oranges comparison with other, seemingly similar facilities around the state, this year's proposed legislation again threatened to undermine the center's progress and strip Washington County of its link to the state's universities.  Due in large part to the work of our delegation, efforts to cut the center's funding failed.
By C.J. LOVELACE | | May 1, 2012
The prospect of building a new multiuse sports and events center in downtown Hagerstown took another step forward Tuesday night. In a joint meeting before a large crowd at City Hall, Washington County and city elected officials agreed on a potential funding model to build the $30-million facility that would be the new home of the Hagerstown Suns minor league baseball team. Earlier Tuesday, the Washington County Board of Commissioners approved an indirect contribution to the city's downtown revitalization efforts by permanently taking over the city's $400,000-a-year payment to the 911 emergency communications center.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | | March 6, 2012
Advocates of the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown  urged a House of Delegates committee Tuesday to reject a funding plan they claim could shut down the campus. But Del. John L. Bohanan Jr., who is pushing for the funding change to help higher-education centers outside the University System, said he's “a little bit puzzled” by the argument that his bill will be a breaking point for Hagerstown. “My own center has gone through a lot of reductions,” Bohanan said, referring to a higher-education center in his southern Maryland district.
April 15, 1999
Summer day camps run by the Hagerstown YMCA at Wheaton Park, Hellane Park and Pangborn Park would again be funded by the City of Hagerstown under the proposed budget for the 2000 fiscal year, which begins July 1. The summer camps cost the city about $44,000 a year. The eight-week camps run from June 21 through Aug. 13. As many as 200 children between the ages of 6 and 10 attend the three camps each summer, according to YMCA staff. The mayor and City Council members reviewed the recommendation to continue funding the program during Tuesday's council meeting.
by PEPPER BALLARD | November 9, 2004
FUNKSTOWN - Funkstown Assistant Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. on Monday said engineers are working on blueprints for the new wastewater treatment plant and that Town Council members will meet before the next monthly meeting to look over its progress. "We have a long way to go until the project's done," he said. The comment followed a discussion about funding for the plant. Crampton said the town has submitted applications for many grants and isn't likely to hear whether the town has received them until the start of the next fiscal year.
By KERRY LYNN FRALEY | November 20, 1998
RANSON, W.Va. - A meeting in Washington, D.C., on Thursday yielded a promise to keep the Jefferson County TeleCenter in Ranson, W.Va., open through September 1999, according to officials. That should be enough time for the telecenter to become self-sufficient, said director Peter G. Smith, who said he'd be surprised if he couldn't get alternate funding secured by then. The Ranson telecenter's fate had been dangling since the end of August, when the federal General Services Administration announced it planned to cut funding at the end of September 1998, said Smith, who was at the meeting in the office of U.S. Rep. Bob Wise, D-W.Va.
May 17, 2001
City agrees to help CAC fund By DAN KULIN Hagerstown's Mayor and City Council agreed Tuesday that the city should provide $42,000 to help fund a residential program being put together by the Washington County Community Action Council. A final decision on the funding may be made by the newly elected council members set to take office May 28. CAC Director of Services Glenda Helman told the Mayor and City Council Tuesday that CAC needs $92,000 from the city and county to launch the program, which is aimed at keeping residents of the Hagerstown YMCA housed after the YMCA moves to new quarters and ends its residential program.
By JULIE E. GREENE | December 5, 1998
HANCOCK - Washington County will receive $410,705 in federal funding that will allow 10.5 teachers to be added in first, second and third grades next school year, officials announced Friday. Experts say that if teachers in those grades have smaller classes, it will allow them to give students more individual attention, said U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, D-Md. That attention could help young children better learn to read, resulting in tremendous benefits, said Sarbanes, who was in town on Friday touring Hancock Middle-Senior High School.
September 5, 2000
Commissioners asked to fund school improvements By TARA REILLY / Staff Writer A group that reviews the Washington County Board of Education's budget has asked the County Commissioners for $6.5 million in capital improvement funds for fiscal 2001-02. The Budget Advocacy and Review Committee, which consists of parents, business people and community leaders, said the funding is necessary to properly educate the county's students. The committee addressed the Board of Education at its Tuesday night meeting.
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