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by MARLO BARNHART | September 17, 2002
marlob@herald-mail.com Following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the idea of being prepared for emergencies - big or small - has never seemed more important, according to the Red Cross. "The Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross is suggesting that families prepare an emergency disaster supplies kit," said Cindy Kline, director of disaster services. Not a new idea with the American Red Cross, the push has been on since last Wednesday, when President Bush approved raising the level of civilian alert from code yellow to code orange - the highest level imposed since the alert system was established in March.
NEWS
October 18, 2005
A Lambing and Kidding School will be held Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, Md. Dr. Kevin Pelzer, small ruminant veterinarian from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, will be the primary instructor for the workshop. Topics include: assisting with difficult births, problems associated with lambing and kidding - abortions, prolapses, milk fever, pregnancy toxemia - mastitis and milk problems, newborn lamb and kid care, and grafting.
NEWS
August 13, 2002
A Citizens' Emergency Preparedness Day will be held Saturday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Robinwood Medical Center, 11110 Medical Campus Road, Hagerstown. Use the green, yellow or orange entrance. Workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. They are: 9 a.m., CPR, to register, call 1-240-313-2930; 9:30 a.m., Emergency Alerting System severe weather; 10 a.m., family disaster kit planning; 10 a.m., children's workshop; 10:30 a.m., sheltering/evacuation; 11 a.m., quaranteen/isolation; 12:30 p.m., chemical safety; 1 p.m., first aid, to register, call 240-313-2930; 1 p.m., children's workshop; 1:30 p.m., pets/emergency preparedness; 2 p.m., special needs, consider this; 2:30 p.m., family disaster kit planning.
EDUCATION
March 10, 2013
The third annual rain barrel workshop will be Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor School at Fairview. More than 100 families have participated in past workshops. The workshop provides individuals and families an opportunity to complete the simple assembly of a rain barrel kit and learn more about conservation and water recycling. Admission is free; the cost of each rain barrel kit is $40. Registration is requested so sufficient materials will be available for everyone wanting to assemble a rain barrel.
NEWS
November 15, 2005
A Lambing and Kidding School will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, Md. Dr. Kevin Pelzer, small ruminant veterinarian from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech will be the primary instructor. Topics to be addressed in the workshop include: assisting with difficult births, problems associated with lambing and kidding (abortions, prolapses, milk fever, pregnancy toxemia)
NEWS
by JULIE E. GREENE | June 9, 2005
julieg@herald-mail.com The mahogany case has a red velvet lining. The instrument handles are ebony and one has a split handle with a fishtail design. The kit maker's mark is etched in the metal. Pretty attractive tools for such a gruesome job - the amputation of Union soldiers' limbs during the Civil War. "One of the marks of a true craftsman, in the sense of European craftsmen, is not only how useful the tool, ... but to a certain sense the aesthetic of the tool.
NEWS
June 6, 2012
“Between the Covers” is the theme for this year's Adult Summer Reading Club at the branches of the Washington County Free Library. The club is open to adults ages 18 and older and runs through Aug. 24. Pick up a club kit and sign up at any branch library. Each “Between the Covers” kit includes a registration form, program instruction sheet, book review forms and various pencil games. Kits are available at all branch libraries. Complete the games and place the game sheet in the appropriate contest entry box located at any branch library by the date listed to enter that game's prize drawing.
LIFESTYLE
By CHRIS COPLEY | chrisc@herald-mail.com | September 6, 2013
Verna Brown's advice is like an umbrella. When the sun is shining and everyone's smiling, it's easy to think “Life is good.” But if you're caught outside in a slashing storm, you'll wish you'd planned ahead. And if you're caught in a natural disaster, you'll really wish you'd planned ahead. Getting you to plan ahead is Brown's job. She is Washington County's emergency management coordinator.  “The word 'disaster' is misleading,” Brown said. “I like to tell citizens you're preparing for your average, everyday-type emergencies, even if you're at home.” Brown is co-organizer of the first Preparedness in the Park, a community event to encourage citizens of all ages to prepare for trouble - natural disasters, house fires, power blackouts, neighborhood evacuations - all kinds of trouble.
NEWS
August 7, 2009
Build Titanic replicas Discovery Station in downtown Hagerstown will offer local residents a Titanic shipbuilding project led by Norman Little, master builder of the 15-foot Titanic replica on exhibit in the Transportation Gallery of Discovery Station. The project is from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Aug. 8, 15, 22 and 29, and Sept. 5. Little will teach teams of two-- one adult and one student 8 years or older -- how to build a 17-inch replica of the Titanic. The fee is $50 per pair, including museum admission, ship model kit and all materials.
NEWS
May 27, 2012
Hagerstown Community College's Continuing Education and Community Services Division will offer “Introduction to Bartending” on Wednesdays, from 6 to 9 p.m., beginning June 6 and ending Aug. 1. Course topics include bar setup, glassware, measuring methods, tools, identification of liquors, beers and wines, and recipes and mixing techniques. The Maryland State Techniques of Alcohol Management certification test will be given on the final night of class. Students must be at least 18 to enroll and 21 to participate in class tasting activities.
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LIFESTYLE
By CHRIS COPLEY | chrisc@herald-mail.com | September 6, 2013
Verna Brown's advice is like an umbrella. When the sun is shining and everyone's smiling, it's easy to think “Life is good.” But if you're caught outside in a slashing storm, you'll wish you'd planned ahead. And if you're caught in a natural disaster, you'll really wish you'd planned ahead. Getting you to plan ahead is Brown's job. She is Washington County's emergency management coordinator.  “The word 'disaster' is misleading,” Brown said. “I like to tell citizens you're preparing for your average, everyday-type emergencies, even if you're at home.” Brown is co-organizer of the first Preparedness in the Park, a community event to encourage citizens of all ages to prepare for trouble - natural disasters, house fires, power blackouts, neighborhood evacuations - all kinds of trouble.
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NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | June 22, 2013
Hundreds of children in Washington County will now be able to act out what they learned this summer. The United Way of Washington County on Friday distributed “Literacy Kits” to more than 530 area children for the agency's Day of Action and Summer Learning Day. The kits include a book, a bookmark, and a way to act out the book with an object, which could include a Frisbee, a game, or a friendship bracelet kit. Officials showed up at...
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | April 30, 2013
Brian Ansel and Kris Pearl thought they were going to spend Tuesday morning observing and helping another teacher work with her students at Bester Elementary School, but the pair was surprised when a group of people walked into the classroom with balloons. Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox and officials from the Washington County Public Schools Education Foundation then presented Ansel and Pearl with a large ceremonial check for $1,000. “I was amazed. I was astonished. I was overwhelmed.
NEWS
April 23, 2013
The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday unanimously accepted a grant that will provide 1,100 energy conservation kits to local electric customers whose meet income guidelines. The 2013 EMPOWER Clean Energy Communities Grant from the Maryland Energy Administration will give the Hagerstown Light Department $71,000 to purchase and distribute the kits to qualified customers living in the 21740 and 21742 zip codes.  According to an April 16 memo from city Director of Utilities Michael S. Spiker, “Utilizing Department of Energy calculations, the eight-piece kit will be capable of conserving approximately 495 kWh per year per household or totalized on our system as 527,000 kWh per year.” The kits will go to individuals, households or facilities having incomes that are 85 percent or less of the state-established Washington County Median Income Limit of $67,000.
EDUCATION
March 10, 2013
The third annual rain barrel workshop will be Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor School at Fairview. More than 100 families have participated in past workshops. The workshop provides individuals and families an opportunity to complete the simple assembly of a rain barrel kit and learn more about conservation and water recycling. Admission is free; the cost of each rain barrel kit is $40. Registration is requested so sufficient materials will be available for everyone wanting to assemble a rain barrel.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | January 6, 2013
The City of Hagerstown has been awarded a $71,000 grant through the Maryland Energy Administration that will be used to help residents conserve energy in their homes, a city official said Thursday in a news release. The money, awarded as part of the EmPOWER Clean Energy Communities Low to Moderate Income grant program, will be used to purchase and distribute energy-conservation kits to qualified Hagerstown Light Department customers, city spokeswoman Erin Wolfe said in the release.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | December 13, 2012
Potomac Edison residential customers in Maryland have until next week to ask for energy conservation kits that include energy-saving light bulbs, surge protectors and other items. Todd Meyers, a Potomac Edison spokesman, said Tuesday that the utility company has sent out about 120,000 of the kits since the Potomac Edison Energy Conservation Kit Program started in 2011. The final day to claim one of the kits is Dec. 18. “These things can save hundreds of dollars,” he said.
NEWS
June 6, 2012
“Between the Covers” is the theme for this year's Adult Summer Reading Club at the branches of the Washington County Free Library. The club is open to adults ages 18 and older and runs through Aug. 24. Pick up a club kit and sign up at any branch library. Each “Between the Covers” kit includes a registration form, program instruction sheet, book review forms and various pencil games. Kits are available at all branch libraries. Complete the games and place the game sheet in the appropriate contest entry box located at any branch library by the date listed to enter that game's prize drawing.
NEWS
May 27, 2012
Hagerstown Community College's Continuing Education and Community Services Division will offer “Introduction to Bartending” on Wednesdays, from 6 to 9 p.m., beginning June 6 and ending Aug. 1. Course topics include bar setup, glassware, measuring methods, tools, identification of liquors, beers and wines, and recipes and mixing techniques. The Maryland State Techniques of Alcohol Management certification test will be given on the final night of class. Students must be at least 18 to enroll and 21 to participate in class tasting activities.
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