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By HOLLY SHOK | | July 7, 2013
An update to state law that requires residential battery-operated smoke alarms to be replaced with ones having long-life, sealed-in batteries by 2018 went into effect July 1. The change is a result of cleaning up sections of the fire laws of Maryland that had been in place for 38 years, Deputy State Fire Marshal Bruce D. Bouch said last week. The law stipulates that homeowners replace battery-operated alarms that are at the end of their 10-year lifespan or once they reach the end of their 10-year lifespan with a unit powered by a 10-year sealed-in battery.
January 27, 2012
William Richard McCune, M.D., passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 at his home.  Dr. McCune was born Jan. 15, 1922, in Gassaway, W.Va., the son of the late Carl and Eunice McCune.  He grew up in Gassaway with his future wife, Mary Lou Groves. They were both active in 4-H throughout their childhoods. As a Gassaway High School student, he played trumpet in both the high school and state 4-H bands. He was a solo trumpeter in the West Virginia All State Band. He attended West Virginia Boys State in 1939.
September 8, 2004
Week of Sept. 5, 1954 Housewives aren't canning peaches like they did in the good old days, and because they are not, those who grow this fruit have to find some way to process an additional 360,000 to 400,000 bushels. Already about 750,000 bushels of peaches grown locally were processed this year. The instrumental program in local schools has shown quite a growth in the past few years. Enrollment rose from 363 in 1950 to 884 during the past school year, and school officials anticipate an enrollment of 1,000 during the term that begins this week.
by JANET HEIM | November 28, 2006
Jewel Bender has much to be thankful for. As her family gathered for their annual Thanksgiving feast, they also celebrated her 100th birthday. This year, her Nov. 23 birthday happened to fall on Thanksgiving. "That doesn't come very often," Bender said. To mark the milestone, Bender's daughter, Barbara Fulton, held an open house Nov. 21 at her home on Red Oak Drive in Halfway. Friends, family and neighbors came and went throughout the late morning and afternoon bearing gifts, flowers and birthday greetings for the centenarian.
By RYAN BARRY / Pulse Correspondent | April 22, 2008
Earth Day is the one day where you have a chance to help the environment, right? Actually, you can help the environment any day of the year, by recycling paper, glass, metal and plastic bottles, by planting new trees and shrubs and by conserving your electricity and water. Planting trees helps prevent global climate change, but it also conserves energy by providing a windbreak in the winter and shade in the summer. The Arbor Day Foundation Web site ( is a good source of information on the benefits of planting trees.
January 18, 1998
Hard work kept woman going strong By W. TERRY SMITH Staff Writer The oldest resident of Homewood Retirement Community, Viola Swope Bloyer, died Saturday. She was 104. She was one of the oldest residents of Washington County, believed to be second only to Sarah "Kitty" Jennings, 108, of Clear Spring. Like Jennings, Bloyer was a farm wife. "Many folks think the good outdoor air and homegrown foods are a secret (to long life)," said Estelle Smith, Jennings' daughter and Bloyer's neighbor.
By KERRY LYNN FRALEY | September 30, 1998
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Living a long life doesn't mean you'll end up sick and in a nursing home, according to Regina Mayolo of the West Virginia University Center on Aging. But that's one of many negative stereotypes of aging that persist despite statistics to the contrary, said Mayolo, coordinator of community service. "Ninety-five percent of us never see a nursing home," she said. The frightening image goes hand in hand with the myth that aging means inactivity - dispelled by the fact that roughly 60 percent of all volunteers are healthy older adults, Mayolo said.
By DAVE McMILLION | April 4, 2010
HAGERSTOWN -- About 90 people attended a special screening Sunday night of a new documentary film that explores the body, mind and spirit connections of Seventh-day Adventists and how followers of the faith have enjoyed long life spans, among other benefits. The special screening of "The Adventists" was shown at the Hagerstown Seventh-day Adventist Church on Robinwood Drive and the producer of the film appeared to take questions and to talk about the film. Martin Doublmeier, founder of Journey Films, said before the screening that Seventh-day Adventists on average live seven to 10 years longer than other Americans and he explores in the film how followers of the faith blend religion, exercise and diet in their lives.
October 10, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- There were lots of oohs and aahs coming from both children and adults over the special guests at the Fridays at the Library program for home-schoolers at the Washington County Free Library. Linda Marsh, of Rocky Pine Acres in Fayetteville, Pa., brought several miniature horses and members of the All State Miniature Horse and Donkey Club for the program. "I got to see big horses when I was in Williamsport, and now the little horses are at the library," Seth Smith said.
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