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By DON AINES | | July 30, 2013
The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission has officially joined the effort to keep the Suns in Hagerstown, delivering a letter last week to the minor league baseball team's majority owner pledging to lobby the city, county and state for a new stadium downtown. “We realize that should the Suns stay here, the team will need a new stadium,” the Friday letter to majority owner Bruce Quinn read. “To move this goal toward fruition, we will continue to lobby agencies - the City of Hagerstown, Washington County and the State of Maryland - to help secure funding to build the state-of-the-art sports facility the Suns deserve.
By KAUSTUV BASU | | July 27, 2013
Some members of Washington County's legislative delegation say Hagerstown city government has to make a definite pitch to the state about its plans for downtown redevelopment soon or risk not getting any money during fiscal 2015. Del. Andrew Serafini, R-Washington, who is chairman of the county delegation, said the capital budget for fiscal 2015 - which will be discussed and voted on by the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis during the 2014 session - is already being formulated as jurisdictions submit their requests for various projects.
July 22, 2013
The Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Foundation has issued a challenge grant to the Washington County Historical Society for repairs to the front of the Miller House. The Fletcher Foundation will match, dollar for dollar up to $6,000, money raised for a capital project concerning the brick sidewalk and building exterior foundation wall. The work needs to be done before cold weather returns. Those wishing to make a matching donation can make checks payable to Washington County Historical Society with Fletcher Challenge on the memo line.
July 21, 2013
The Hagerstown Branch of the American Association of University Women awarded  scholarships to 15 Washington County students for the 2013-14 academic year. The awards, funded by the AAUW Used Book Sale, are based primarily upon academic achievement, community service and financial need. Scholarship recipients and their families were honored at the AAUW picnic on June 4. First-time recipients include: Sydne Arnold, South Hagerstown High, who will attend University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
July 15, 2013
Hagerstown Regional Airport surpassed 10,000 paying customers for commercial air service in 2012, securing a $1 million entitlement through the Federal Aviation Administration, Airport Director Phil Ridenour said last week. The airport totaled 10,207 enplanements, or passenger boardings, for Allegiant Air and Sun Air flights in the 2012 calendar year, up from 2011's total of 5,618 passengers, according to FAA statistics. The additional funds will be used for infrastructure improvements, general upkeep and safety projects, Ridenour said.
BY KAUSTUV BASU | | July 12, 2013
The state allocated $100,000 to the city of Hagerstown during the 2013 session of the Maryland General Assembly for a downtown redevelopment study, but city officials are still deciding how to spend the money. “We are coordinating with the state to determine what the applicable uses of this fund are,” Erin Wolfe, a spokeswoman for the city, said last week. The funds are available for fiscal 2014, which began July 1. Karen Glenn Hood, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development, said her office was working with city officials.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | July 10, 2013
The Martinsburg City Council is expected to decide Thursday night whether to apply for state funding to help replace the city-owned Oak Street bridge over Tuscarora Creek. The bridge project is among several items on the council's agenda for their regular July meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the J. Oakley Seibert Council Chambers at City Hall, 232 N. Queen St. In a 2011 inspection report, the West Virginia Division of Highways rated the bridge's overall condition as “poor” and said it should be inspected annually due to several deficiencies throughout the structure.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | July 9, 2013
The Berkeley County Roundhouse Authority could be looking for another tenant if the West Virginia National Guard is unable to find funding to continue leasing space at the historic Baltimore & Ohio Railroad shops in Martinsburg. Laura Gassler, acting chairwoman of the roundhouse authority's board, said Tuesday she was formally notified last month that federal budget cuts have forced the National Guard to try to find alternative funding. “The guard is fully committed to staying there.
July 7, 2013
The Mary K. Bowman Historical and Fine Arts Fund advisory committee recently received 17 applications requesting nearly $117,000 in funding.  At a ceremony hosted June 4 by Hagerstown Aviation Museum, the following awards were made: Fort Ritchie Community Center, heritage arts summer camp, $1,000; performing arts summer camp, $1,500 Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, youth art education program, $10,000 Washington County Free Library,...
By ROXANN MILLER | | June 23, 2013
Heartbreaking. That was the word Dayton Tweedy used as he surveyed what remained of Meadow Grounds Lake after the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, or PFBC, drained the 204-acre lake just southwest of McConnellsburg. “We have lost our lake. It means a lot to the people of the area,” said Tweedy, interim secretary of the community group Friends of Meadow Grounds Lake. The fish and boat commission announced in February that it would drain the lake because of deficiencies in its dam. The drawdown began March 4. During an inspection in December, the PFBC and the state Department of Environmental Protection found that existing seepage in the dam had worsened, according to the PFBC.
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