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By DON AINES and JENNIFER FITCH | September 27, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- At nearly every public meeting of a municipal government or appointed body, in addition to elected officials and staff, a solicitor is on hand to give legal advice as needed, an increasingly necessary cog in the machinery of governance. "Solicitors are an important part of the municipal function because much of what a municipality does is based on enabling legislation. Therefore, we need proper interpretation of the legislation," said Lloyd Hamberger, borough manager in Waynesboro, Pa. Hamberger held up two 3-inch binders.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | September 20, 2012
Acting on legal advice, the Greencastle-Antrim School Board has halted its tradition of opening meetings with the Lord's Prayer and replaced it with a moment of silence. At Thursday night's meeting, however, audience members recited the Lord's Prayer in unison during the moment of silence. Board President Eric Holtzman said the Lord's Prayer has been a mainstay of the board agenda for several decades. “I'm sad to see a tradition that was intended to help the board and the community end because of a court ruling,” Holtzman said.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | April 30, 2008
The Hagerstown City Council met privately Tuesday to talk about code violations at the former Municipal Electric Light Plant building. Councilman Lewis C. Metzner urged his colleagues to have some of the discussion in public, so people would know they're trying to do something about the vacant building. But Councilwoman Alesia D. Parson-McBean said she supported having the conversation privately, as the city's attorney, Mark Boyer, had suggested. The general topic of the executive session was to obtain legal advice for "code enforcement issues.
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by ASHLEY HARTMAN | June 13, 2007
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Tuesday's meeting of the Antrim Township Supervisors revealed that the township did not list plastic as recyclable. The revelation came after a resident complained about a neighbor burning plastic, according to Angela Garland, zoning officer and public works inspector for the township. "Plastic is a carcinogen," said Ben Thomas, Antrim Township manager. "If you burn plastic, it puts bad stuff in the air. " Supervisor Scott Diffenderfer said that when the recycling program was adopted in the township, he was sure plastic was one of the items chosen.
NEWS
August 19, 2012
Scheduled meetings this week of the Washington County Board of Education and Hagerstown Mayor and Council (the Washington County Commissioners are not scheduled to meet this week):   WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS • No meeting Tuesday, Aug. 21 WASHINGTON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION Board Conference Room 820 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown Tuesday, Aug. 21, 3:30 p.m. Agenda • 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Closed session Board Auditorium 820 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown Tuesday, Aug. 21, 6 p.m., Channel 99 Agenda • 6:05 p.m.: Correspondence to and from the Board • 6:10 p.m.: Personnel action • 6:15 p.m.: Reports to the Board     (1)
NEWS
April 30, 2013
Seeking legal advice on how to proceed with a group's proposal to initiate a downtown redevelopment master plan, the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday voted to enter into a closed executive session that lasted nearly two hours. Mayor David S. Gysberts and the five-member council made no comment on the executive session during the public meeting Tuesday at City Hall. Councilmembers Lewis C. Metzner and Martin E. Brubaker deferred to the mayor when asked for comment on the executive session.
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April 30, 2013
Seeking legal advice on how to proceed with a group's proposal to initiate a downtown redevelopment master plan, the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday voted to enter into a closed executive session that lasted nearly two hours. Mayor David S. Gysberts and the five-member council made no comment on the executive session during the public meeting Tuesday at City Hall. Councilmembers Lewis C. Metzner and Martin E. Brubaker deferred to the mayor when asked for comment on the executive session.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | April 28, 2013
Legal advice is something just about everyone will need at some point during their lifetime, and residents of Washington County and surrounding areas will have the chance to get some help for free on Wednesday. Assistant State's Attorney Michele F. Hansen said May 1 has been nationally known as Law Day since the 1950s. “At that time, we were in the Cold War situation. So President Eisenhower decided that we in the United States would have a counter to their Labor Day,” Hansen said.
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December 10, 2012
Scheduled meetings this week of the Washington County Commissioners, Washington County Board of Education, and Hagerstown Mayor and Council: WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS County Administration Building 100 W. Washington St., Hagerstown Tuesday, Dec. 11, 1 p.m. Agenda • 7:30 a.m.: Pre-legislative forum and breakfast with the Washington County Delegation at Hager Hall Conference and Event Center, 901...
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | September 20, 2012
Acting on legal advice, the Greencastle-Antrim School Board has halted its tradition of opening meetings with the Lord's Prayer and replaced it with a moment of silence. At Thursday night's meeting, however, audience members recited the Lord's Prayer in unison during the moment of silence. Board President Eric Holtzman said the Lord's Prayer has been a mainstay of the board agenda for several decades. “I'm sad to see a tradition that was intended to help the board and the community end because of a court ruling,” Holtzman said.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | July 8, 2012
Indigent criminal defendants have a right to legal counsel, often provided through the Public Defender's Office, but people of limited incomes often have legal issues that are civil in nature. While defendants or plaintiffs in civil matters are not guaranteed free representation, free legal advice will be available in Washington County at the Maryland Legal Aid Pro Bono Day on Thursday, July 19. From 4 to 8 p.m., volunteer attorneys will be at the Department of Social Services, 122 N. Potomac St., to provide answers and advice on issues including family law, landlord-tenant disputes, foreclosures, business law, Social Security disability and other topics, said Katie Cox, a paralegal with Mid-Western Maryland office of the Legal Aid Bureau Inc. There is no charge to attend and no registration is required.
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