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September 2, 2010
The following local agencies will operate as listed on Labor Day. Washington County government All offices of Washington County government will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day. County parks will be open and the swimming pool at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Early voting will be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the former PNC bank building at 128 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown....
August 29, 2012
In observance of Labor Day, The Herald-Mail business office will be closed Monday. It will reopen Tuesday at 8 a.m.  The Herald-Mail will publish on Labor Day.
By DAN DEARTH | September 6, 2010
Many Americans have forgotten the meaning of Labor Day and view it as nothing more than a way to mark the end of summer, a group of workers said last week as they toiled in 95-degree heat at the Ruth Ann Monroe Primary School construction site east of Hagerstown. Sheet metal worker Scott Clifford, 40, of Cumberland, Md., said he wished people would give the holiday the respect it deserves. "It would be nice, but it's not going to happen," Clifford said. "Labor built this country.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | September 2, 2012
Some might think of Labor Day as the official end of the summer, but for others it is a day to honor what working people have done for the country for more than a century. “It's a celebration of our work force,” said Will Seilhamer, president of Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., Cumberland Valley Chapter, or ABC CVC. “All the men and women across the country, regardless of their affiliations, should be recognized for the hard work they put in that everybody kind of takes for granted.” ABC, according to its website at, is a national association with 74 chapters, including the one in Cumberland Valley, and more than 22,000 firms related to construction.
By BOB PARASILITI | September 2, 2012
It seemed like only yesterday we lit that flame. And now, as August ends, it's going out. When the fire is going, the world seems like a whole different place. People like each other, celebrating life. There are competitions. Folks from all walks of life come together as one. And it usually ends with one big party with a lot of old music rocking. No, this isn't about the Summer Olympics. That happens once every four years. This is all about summer, period.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | August 27, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Berkeley County Magistrate W. Randy Smith, recently a winner of a $79 million Powerball jackpot, will step down from the bench on Labor Day. Smith, 63, of Martinsburg, made his resignation effective Sept. 6. In a memo faxed Friday afternoon to 23rd Judicial Circuit Chief Judge David H. Sanders' office, Smith said he "immensely" enjoyed his time as magistrate. As chief judge, Sanders is responsible for appointing a replacement for Smith, who served two four-year terms as Berkeley County sheriff before being elected magistrate in 2008.
By MARLO BARNHART | September 1, 2008
Begun in the 1880s as a way to exhibit the strength of labor and trade organizations, Labor Day used to be more clearly defined. In days gone by, public schools rarely started classes until after Labor Day. Colleges operated on a fall-spring semester schedule that traditionally got under way toward the end of September. Most families begin settling into a routine that signals the end of summer and beginning of fall on that first Monday of the month - earlier bedtimes for children, less TV, more homework, and so on. Even fashion rules used to be strictly delineated by Labor Day. At Lena's of Hagerstown, at 1 W. Franklin St., many customers still adhere to the time-honored rule about not wearing white after Labor Day. "It depends on the customer," said Pat Wolfe, a sales representative at the dress shop.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | September 7, 2013
The Franklin County, Pa., district attorney said he has investigated and cleared Pennsylvania State Police of any wrongdoing in the Labor Day shooting of a man in St. Thomas Township. Police fatally shot Philip E. Rank, 47, when he fled his house at 599 St. Thomas-Williamson Road during a standoff Monday. When troopers attempted to serve an arrest warrant on an aggravated assault charge that morning, Rank barricaded himself in the home for five hours. During negotiations, Rank said he had two semiautomatic rifles and 75 rounds of ammunition, and he claimed to have his scope trained on a trooper, District Attorney Matt Fogal said in a statement this weekend.
September 3, 2013
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot raises an intriguing question: Why not start school after Labor Day, the more traditional date for the beginning of school? Franchot believes this would generate a significant amount of tax revenue - $73 million to be exact - from families that would use the added week to vacation in Ocean City or elsewhere in the state. If he's right - the numbers are not necessarily firm - this would contribute some much-needed revenue to the treasury. Local Del. LeRoy Myers sits on a task force that is currently studying the possibilities of a condensed school year.
September 2, 2013
Remember construction professionals this Labor Day To the editor: While Labor Day typically signals the end of summer, it's also an opportunity to pause and celebrate the American worker. One segment of the country's workforce often is overlooked - construction craft professionals. Labor Day is often associated with labor unions, but it actually is a day to honor all workers, regardless of labor affiliation.  The majority of construction workers - 86.8 percent - chooses to work in a merit shop, free-enterprise environment.
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | | September 2, 2013
It took two big grills to cook the 250 steaks and another one for the 175 slices of country ham to feed the crowd of more than 400 people at Monday's annual Labor Day breakfast at War Memorial Park in Martinsburg. Harold Catrow, a volunteer at the event, said it  was the 41st year for the event, which has become a standard fundraiser to benefit the park. Bonn A. “Buzz” Poland, another longtime breakfast volunteer, said an average profit each year runs between $8,000 and $10,000.
September 1, 2013
Activities and programs scheduled for Monday, Sept. 2, through Friday, Sept. 6, at senior citizens centers in Washington County, Md., and Franklin County, Pa.: Maryland Francis Murphy 20014 Rosebank Way, Hagerstown 240-313-9300, ext. 154 Closed for Labor Day - Monday Ring toss with Len Mosby - Tuesday, 10 a.m. Diabetes program with Louise Wyant R.N. - Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. Skyscraper day; what...
By CALEB CALHOUN | | September 1, 2013
Labor Day has a deeper meaning for some area workers than just a day of recognition and time off from work. Guy Greene of Hagerstown said that as workers are honored on Labor Day, it is important to remember the U.S. soldiers fighting overseas because they don't get to take the holiday off. “I'm retired from the military, so I know what it is to work every weekend and every holiday,” he said. “I've got to give them pride and thank them for it.” Frank Wiley of Hagerstown, who served in Vietnam, said members of the military should be recognized on Labor Day. “They need to recognize more for the troops than they are doing now,” he said.
August 27, 2013
“I read the (about) the gaming commission funding and the organizations that got the money, and they said the fire and rescue association automatically gets half of it. I think that's a shame ... I think the fire companies should be forced to submit a budget to the gaming commission. This way, there would be more money to go around to organizations that really need it.” - Washington County “Per the article about school starting after Labor Day: This is not a new concept.
By KAUSTUV BASU | | August 19, 2013
The president of the Washington County Board of Education said he is keeping an open mind about a proposal to extend summer break to allow Maryland schools to open after Labor Day. Justin Hartings said last week that the school board would have to look into the effects of such a move, including any change in the time students might have to prepare for standardized tests. State Comptroller Peter Franchot is lobbying for state schools to open after Labor Day, pointing to the economic benefits of extending the tourist season.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | August 19, 2013
As Lester Kenny and Candace Insley of Hagerstown shopped for back-to-school supplies for their children Monday, both agreed that they would prefer it if school started after Labor Day. “It gives the kids a chance to finish their summer out and go for their last vacation,” Kenny said. Insley said that pushing the start of school later “makes more sense.” “It gives you a little bit more time to get ready,” she said. “Summer's awful short.” Washington County Public Schools open Wednesday.
By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | | July 14, 2013
 In today's world, money and time are tight, but you still want the chance to feel like you actually did something this summer. Why not try a vacation throwback and plan a daytrip? We've rounded up a small list with a limit of three hours travel time from Hagerstown. We used MapQuest to give us approximate times.  So pack the car, put on the tunes and have an adventure.   Baltimore Museum of Industry Address : 1415 Key Highway, Baltimore Phone : 410-727-4808 Website : Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
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