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NEWS
April 9, 2013
The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, recently extended conservation practices funding under the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative to April 19. Funding selections are made at specific times throughout the year, with the next round of funding cycle deadlines set for May 17. Applications are accepted, ranked and prioritized based...
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NEWS
April 9, 2013
The Borough of Waynesboro, which is working in conjunction with Mainstreet Waynesboro Inc., recently was awarded a Pennsylvania Urban and Community Forestry Council Challenge grant for $3,500. The money will be used toward the purchase of 31 trees to be placed in the Eighth Street median, according to a news release. The borough anticipates completing the project this month. It will be planting 10 forest pansies, 11 sugar tymes and 10 ivory silks in the median, the news release stated.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | April 4, 2013
Without a staffed air traffic control tower, “there is going to be an incident” involving aircraft at or near Hagerstown Regional Airport, one concerned business owner said Thursday. “I feel very strongly that we are going to have an incident, and it's going to impact people on the ground as well as the crew in the aircraft when that happens,” said Austin Heffernan, owner of Royal Aircraft Services LLC on Airpark Road. Heffernan was one of five airport business officials who spoke Thursday during a news conference at the airport terminal, highlighting the local impact of proposed FAA cuts that would eliminate federal funding to 149 air control towers due to across-the-board cuts known as sequestration.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | April 2, 2013
With Federal Aviation Administration funding cuts looming, Washington County officials have decided to seek state funding to help keep open the air-traffic control tower at Hagerstown Regional Airport. The tower is set to close May 5 if other arrangements are not made, according to airport Director Phil Ridenour, who met Tuesday with the Washington County Board of Commissioners to discuss options for keeping the tower operational. Hagerstown's tower was one of 149 federally contracted towers across the country selected for closure as a result of budget cuts necessitated by the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration.
NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | March 27, 2013
Construction for the last leg of a project that will complete a downtown bike loop was unanimously approved Tuesday by the Hagerstown City Council. A contract was awarded to Hagerstown company Henson & Son, Inc, in the amount of $79,786.50 for the construction of a 10-foot-wide multiuse path from South Prospect Street along Walnut Street to Park Circle, along the north side of Park Circle to Walnut Avenue. According to the city documents, the construction will connect existing bike lanes on South Prospect Street to Summit Avenue and cyclists will have the option of turning onto the West Lee Street bike lane or continuing north on a new Summit Avenue lane connecting to an existing lane on Jonathan Street.
NEWS
March 27, 2013
The Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Department will now be able to better serve the community thanks to the support of local farmer Ben Flaherty and America's Farmers Grow Communities. Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, which is the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Co., Grow Communities provides eligible farmers the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their choice.  Flaherty selected the Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Department to receive the $2,500 donation.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | March 26, 2013
Standing in front of a newly modified Hawker Beechcraft surveillance plane, U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski on Tuesday announced $43 million in federal funding recently approved by Congress devoted to outfitting two additional multirole enforcement aircraft to protect U.S. borders. Mikulski, an advocate for border patrol and protecting American jobs, told about 100 attendees inside the manufacturing facility of Sierra Nevada Corp. at Hagerstown Regional Airport that the money serves to preserve the “passport of the middle class,” helping to protect about 200 jobs in Maryland, including many of the company's 500-plus workforce locally.
NEWS
March 25, 2013
Energy savings from a milder winter than expected, vacant positions, and vacancies being filled by people with lower salaries contributed to second-quarter savings that increased Washington County Public Schools' fund balance by $1.6 million, Chief Financial Officer Chris South said. The fund balance, which is built up through annual surpluses and savings throughout the year, was $12.5 million as of March 19, when the school board approved second-quarter budget adjustments, according to an online video of the March 19 Board of Education meeting.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | March 23, 2013
Property values in Martinsburg have dropped for four consecutive years and the city's general fund could lose revenue next year if the losses continue, city Finance Director Mark Spickler said. Values this year dropped by about 6 percent, which was a smaller decline than last year's decrease, Spickler said. “I guess you're going in the right direction, but it's still not positive,” Spickler said Friday. Altogether, the city has seen property values drop about 35 percent in the last four years, according to budget documents.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | March 20, 2013
Efforts to get state money for the revitalization of downtown Hagerstown are continuing with two prominent city residents meeting with top officials from the governor's and lieutenant governor's office Wednesday to appraise them of developments. D. Bruce Poole, a local attorney and a former member of the House of Delegates who has been involved with downtown revitalization plans, said he and Bill Proctor, a local attorney, met with Maia Estes, the chief of staff at the lieutenant governor's office, and Matthew Verghese, the deputy chief of staff for the lieutenant governor.
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