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By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | October 10, 1999
An 8,000 gallon gasoline tanker that overturned in an accident last fall is no longer useful for transportation but provides an excellent training resource for the Washington County Special Operations Team. The AC&T tanker was donated to the county by the Hagerstown company and is stored at the Hagerstown Fire Department Training Center. The gasoline truck will be used by rescuers from throughout Maryland during a two-day training seminar held at the fire center Oct. 16 and 17. Funded by state grants, the free seminar will be the first of its kind in Maryland, said organizer John Bentley, deputy coordinator of the special operations team.
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by JANET HEIM | April 28, 2005
janeth@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - Thanks to the generosity of local Bon-Ton customers, the company donated 75 plush bears through its Bears That Care program to Washington County Hospital. The Herald Bears, an exclusive bear made by Ty Inc., maker of Beanie Babies, have soft white fur with white glittered wings. During the 2004 holiday season, Bon-Ton sold an exclusive Beanie Baby named Star. The proceeds went to Bears That Care, an ongoing program that supports distribution of bears to pediatric patients and children in need.
NEWS
June 21, 2013
Walnut Street Community Health Center will provide free dental sealants to Washington County children as part of a collaborative effort between the center and the Washington County Health Department, with funding support of nearly $10,000 from the Office of Oral Health of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Dental sealants, which can cost up to $60 per tooth, are thin coatings that are applied to the pits and grooves on the chewing surfaces of the permanent back teeth.
LIFESTYLE
By CHRIS COPLEY | chrisc@herald-mail.com | March 1, 2013
Americans live in a food paradise. Food is generally plentiful, cheap and made to be convenient. And, despite the occasional food-poisoning event, the food supply is consistently safe to eat. Government food-safety regulations limit amounts of pesticides, microbial pathogens and other contaminants on produce and in manufactured products. Inspectors check on food producers, food manufacturers restaurants and others in the food chain. But researchers are examining whether Americans' food-safety vigilance has a downside.
NEWS
by JULIE E. GREENE | April 3, 2006
One thing you shouldn't keep in your medicine cabinet is medicine, says Dr. Greg Lyon-Loftus with Mont Alto (Pa.) Family Practice. Changes in heat, humidity and light can destroy the potency of pill or liquid medicines - changes that frequently occur in a bathroom, Lyon-Loftus says. He recommends storing medicine you're keeping for a long time in the refrigerator, which sees little light and usually maintains consistent temperature and humidity. Medicine that will be used quickly can be stored in a linen closet or the bedroom, but away from children.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | January 12, 2013
With flu cases on the rise in Washington County, Meritus Medical Center officials are asking people not to visit patients in the hospital and the Washington County Health Department plans to hold four flu vaccination clinics over the next two weeks. Meritus Health issued a press release Friday encouraging people, especially those who have flu-like symptoms or who are vulnerable to the flu, to forego visits to patients in the hospital. “This is an effort to keep patients and visitors safe,” Meritus Health Communications Manager Nicole Jovel said.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | January 17, 2008
SHARPSBURG ? For a second day, dozens of Sharpsburg Elementary School students and staff were absent from school and said to be suffering from flu-like symptoms. Washington County Health Department spokesman Rod MacRae said he is not aware of similar problems elsewhere in Washington County. School remained open Wednesday, when about 40 students and four staff members were absent, and again Thursday, when an additional 10 were said to be sick. MacRae described the illness as "respiratory" and said that symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat and nasal or chest congestion.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | January 18, 2008
SHARPSBURG - For a second day, dozens of Sharpsburg Elementary School students and staff were absent from school and said to be suffering from flulike symptoms. Washington County Health Department spokesman Rod MacRae said he is not aware of similar problems elsewhere in Washington County. School remained open Wednesday, when about 40 students and four staff members were absent, and again Thursday, when an additional 10 were said to be sick. MacRae described the illness as "respiratory" and said that symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat and nasal or chest congestion.
NEWS
January 12, 2001
Thumbs up, thumbs down 1/13 To Maryland Gov. Parris Glendeing, for his proposal to boost state spending in a way that could bring Washinton County an additional $3.1 million for education. Go for it! To Charlie Rowe, a Washington County Big Brother for 20 who also barbecues 7,000 chickens a year for charitable causes. No wonder he was cited by the Baltimore Ravens as an outstanding volunteer in their "Community Quarterback" promotion. To the Pentagon experts who wrote a report saying U.S. agriculture is vulnerable to germ warfare attacks.
NEWS
BY LAURA ERNDE | May 6, 2002
By LAURA ERNDE laurae@herald-mail.com They saw X-rays, bedpans and blood pressure cuffs, but the Salem Avenue Elementary first-graders touring Washington County Hospital seemed most fascinated with the tonsils. Yes, real tonsils. Once lodged in someone's throat, now filling up a jelly-sized jar. "This is what your tonsils look like. They're real big because they're filled with those bad germs sometimes," said Carolyn Carder, lab manager at the hospital. Some of the students grimaced.
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