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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | July 26, 2011
The corporation of Ranson, W.Va., a Jefferson County town of fewer than 5,000 people, is currently divided among three House districts in the 100-seat chamber of the State Legislature. The city of Martinsburg in Berkeley County, with a population of a little more than 17,000, is divided among two House and two Senate districts. Charles Town, W.Va., is more than 10 miles away from Martinsburg, but parts of each municipality in Jefferson and Berkeley counties are in the same House district.
October 13, 2011
The landscape restoration project at the Antietam National Battlefield will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Oct. 15, 22, 29 and Nov. 19. Volunteers are needed to plant native wildflower plugs in several buffer areas. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Antietam National Battlefield Visitor's Center, 5831 Dunker Church Road, Sharpsburg. Work projects start at 9 a.m. and end at noon. Participants are asked to dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and wear sturdy shoes or boots.
By PEPPER BALLARD | May 6, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY - The view from the milking parlor at Valentia Farm does not mirror the view of the dairy farm itself: Vast grass fields speckled with lazy cattle are offset by three silos, a red barn, a modest house and a truck that kicks up dust as it rolls slowly past the tidy supply buildings. There was a day when farmer Earl Grove could look out on a similar landscape as he prepared to milk his cattle. But for more than 10 years, the view from his milking parlor has been Cross Creek Development, a cluster of nearly 200 two-story houses with siding and decks.
August 29, 2012
The Continuing Education and Business Services Division at Hagerstown Community College will offer a one-day workshop on conservation landscaping Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon at HCC's Valley Mall Center. The workshop will teach participants how to manage insects with organic products, recycle yard waste for free, cut water usage in half and create wildlife-friendly gardens using native plants. Cost is $37. For more information or to register, call 240-500-2236, or go to .
By DAVE McMILLION | August 31, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- A proposed landscaping business along Md. 34 about a half-mile west of Boonsboro was a topic of discussion during Monday night's Washington County Planning Commission meeting. Despite concerns that the land lies in the "gateway" to Antietam National Battlefield, planning commission members approved a site plan for Custom Landscaping. The site near Monroe Road has been partially developed, including establishment of a pet crematory, said Ed Schreiber of Frederick Seibert and Associates, a civil engineering firm in Hagerstown.
September 25, 2005
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. Franklin County Master Gardeners will offer their "Principles of Landscape Design" series of classes from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Oct. 6 and running for seven weeks. Classes will be held at the Cooperative Extension Office, 181 Franklin Farm Lane. The cost is $40 for individuals or $45 for couples. For information, call 1-717-263-9226. "Landscape Design" participants will learn how to create their own personal landscape plan. The goal is for students to analyze their site and develop on paper a landscape design for the property, whether a new or existing home site.
April 22, 2013
Spring has sprung even if it isn't as warm or as moist as we often think of spring. However, as weather goes in the spring here in the Great Valley, if you don't like today's weather, stick around, because tomorrow's will be different. Spring on the farm is full of new beginnings. Calves, lambs and kids are born and chicks hatch. The renewing of the land begins, as well as the wheat, rye, barley and pastures green up. Spring also comes with lots of activity and smells. There is the smell of freshly turned soil, and of course, the smell of manure.
December 10, 2007
Acrylic landscape painting classes will be held at Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery Inc. on Saturdays, Dec. 15 and Dec. 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The class will be taught by Lou Murray. The class costs $15 per session and will be held at the gallery at 4 W. Franklin St. in Hagerstown. For more information, call 301-791-6191 or e-mail .
June 20, 2012
The Continuing Education and Community Services Division at Hagerstown Community College will offer “Low Maintenance Landscaping” Thursdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m., beginning July 5 and ending July 12 at HCC's Valley Mall Center. Participants will learn about plants native to the local area, as well as how to choose the most pest-resistant plans. Time-saving landscape maintenance and design tips will also be discussed. Cost is $51. For more information, or to register, call 240-500-2236, or go to .
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