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March 13, 1997
By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer CEARFOSS - One day after fire burned a 100-by-200 foot area behind his home, destroying the columns of tires he used as planters, Denzil Poling surveyed the damage. "For five years, I've been building a firetrap," Poling said Wednesday. What Poling in 1992 viewed as a grand experiment involving tire recycling and conservation, on Tuesday became a nightmare. He said that he blames the State of Maryland for letting him use the tires for his inventive method of gardening.
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NEWS
August 21, 2013
To honor the leaders of Maryland's agricultural community, the Maryland Department of Agriculture is accepting nominations of farmers and farm families for the Governor's Agriculture Hall of Fame, which pays tribute to those who have dedicated their lives to one of the state's leading industry. Any farm family that derives its income principally from farming is eligible for the award. “Every year we honor at least one outstanding farmer or farm family who represents the hard work and dedication of all Maryland farmers,” said Gov. Martin O'Malley.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | August 23, 2013
Unemployment in Washington County showed little movement from June to July, falling from 8.6 percent to 8.4 percent, even though the number of people working rose by about 800, according to a preliminary report issued Friday by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. The 8.6 percent June rate had been revised upward from the initial 8.5 percent the department reported in late July. Through the first seven months of 2013, the jobless rate in the county has averaged 8.5 percent, the same as the average for all of 2012, the report said.
NEWS
June 21, 2013
Walnut Street Community Health Center will provide free dental sealants to Washington County children as part of a collaborative effort between the center and the Washington County Health Department, with funding support of nearly $10,000 from the Office of Oral Health of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Dental sealants, which can cost up to $60 per tooth, are thin coatings that are applied to the pits and grooves on the chewing surfaces of the permanent back teeth.
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by TARA REILLY | August 6, 2003
tarar@herald-mail.com Washington County Health Department officials told the County Commissioners Tuesday that state grant money probably would be available for a water line extension in the Boonsboro area, a project being proposed to keep several homes and businesses from using potentially contaminated well water. Laurie Bucher, environmental health director for the Health Department, said in June that well and surface water for some homes and businesses along Old National Pike from Lappans Road (Md. 68)
NEWS
March 31, 2005
To save an estimated $50,000, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is dumping the 74-year-old system that requires deer and turkey hunters to bring their kills to approved checking stations. To save an amount that is a drop in the bucket in terms of the state budget, we believe the DNR is risking a number of problems. State lawmakers should not allow it. DNR officials say they're changing from the traditional check-in system to one in which hunters call a toll-free number or use the Internet because harvest levels have grown to more than 85,000 animals each year.
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by MARLO BARNHART | June 15, 2006
WASHINGTON COUNTY Veteran prison warden Lloyd L. "Pete" Waters filed Wednesday as a Democrat for Washington County Commissioner, making him the 11th candidate to announce for the five-person board. "This is new to me, but I like a challenge," said Waters, who has never run for political office. Employed with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services for 34 years, Waters said he is familiar with the political arena. Waters, 57, retired in 2003 as warden of the Maryland Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown - a position he held for more than 15 years.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | September 23, 2012
Development rights on 27 acres of land in Washington County have been entered into two preservation programs, according to state news releases. Gov. Martin O'Malley and the state Board of Public Works approved the addition of the lands into the Rural Legacy Program and Conservation Reserve Easement Program, or CREP, the releases said. A 17-acre parcel near Clear Spring has been preserved through CREP, one release said. CREP is part of the Chesapeake Bay initiative, and purchases easements on properties to buffer streams and erosion-prone slopes, said Eric Seifarth, the land preservation planner for Washington County.
NEWS
June 3, 2013
June is National Dairy Month, and the Maryland Department of Agriculture  encourages Marylanders to celebrate by enjoying healthy and nutritious dairy products this month and all year long. National Dairy Month celebrates the value of milk and dairy products as part of a well-balanced diet for every American, as well as the importance of milk production to the agricultural industry. There are 496 dairy farms in Maryland that accounted for nearly $188 million in sales in 2012, according to the USDA's National Agriculture Statistics Service.
NEWS
July 7, 2013
Delaney backs 'political targeting' bill U.S. Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., is backing bipartisan legislation that would prevent “political targeting” by the Internal Revenue Service, according to a news release from his office. The measure was introduced by U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Ohio, and “calls for the termination of IRS employees that perform, delay or fail to perform any official action for a political purpose,” according to Delaney's office. “This legislation ensures that any IRS employees who act in a politically motivated way will be terminated.
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