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August 5, 2013
The Western Maryland Room, in Washington County Free Library's temporary downtown Hagerstown location, will be open Wednesdays starting this week, said Elizabeth Howe, a certified archivist who works in the room. The additional day means the Western Maryland Room will be open five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday. The room will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, she said. The temporary downtown library branch, at 59 W. Washington St., was established during the closure of the main library while the main library is being rebuilt and expanded.
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NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | August 5, 2013
Several people showed up at a Boonsboro Town Council meeting Monday night to express concerns about the use of “smart meters” to measure electric use in buildings. One of the people who spoke, Mary Schanno, said smart meters emit microwave radiation and is worried that their use is associated with health complications like insomnia and migraine headaches. Although Schanno said she fears the meters are being used throughout the county, a Potomac Edison official said last week that the local provider is not installing smart meters in its Western Maryland service area.
NEWS
By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | August 4, 2013
Carol DeBaugh is used to working on the family's dairy farm near Boonsboro. The second of Matt and Tammy DeBaugh's children, she has long been involved with 4-H and FFA at Boonsboro High School, where she will be a senior when classes resume. Now the 17-year-old has a new role as Maryland Dairy Princess. As Washington County Dairy Princess, Carol was one of four regional dairy princesses running for the state title. After other awards such as Miss Congeniality, Best Skit and Best Radio Spot were announced, Carol was awarded a $500 scholarship.
NEWS
August 4, 2013
While the use of new electronic utility meters is a growing trend across the country, an official with Potomac Edison said the local electric provider is not in the process of installing “smart meters” in its Western Maryland service area. Potomac Edison spokesman Todd Meyers said there is no state law currently in place in Maryland that allows the company to install smart meters. “I don't believe there's any plans to install any smart meters” at this time, Meyers said in a telephone interview.
NEWS
August 2, 2013
Maryland's annual Tax Free Week will run from Sunday, Aug. 11, to Saturday, Aug. 17. Consumers can save money during the week by not paying Maryland's 6 percent sales tax on most clothing and shoes priced under $100 when shopping at local retailers.    Tax Free Week, which comes just before many students return to school or enter college, is one of the state's strongest sales seasons behind Christmas, according to a news release.  ...
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | August 1, 2013
The Hagerstown Police Department will use a state grant to help protect victims of domestic violence. The $11,666 grant from the Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention will help pay the salary of a part-time employee to register protection orders with the National Crime Information Center, city Police Chief Mark Holtzman said. He said that by registering the information as soon as possible, officers who respond to domestic calls will know immediately if a protection order has been issued.
NEWS
July 31, 2013
A grand jury has indicted a Washington County man on charges of attempting to defraud the Maryland Medicaid program, the state Attorney General's Office said Wednesday. The Charles County grand jury indicted Scott Colver, 48, of Spring Creek Road near Hagerstown on six counts of felony Medicaid fraud, five counts of felony theft and one count of a felony theft scheme, according to a news release from the attorney general's office. The indictment alleges that from 2004 to 2005, Colver made false representations and attempted to defraud the Maryland Medicaid program in connection with nursing home expenses, the release said.
EDUCATION
July 28, 2013
Benjamin M. Seibert of Williamsport High School and Sean G. Kreps of Clear Spring High School were awarded $1,000 scholarships by Medairy Lodge No. 140 AF&AM Temple Association.  Seibert will attend the University of Maryland and major in environmental engineering.    Kreps plans to attend West Chester University and major in premed-anesthesiology.
LIFESTYLE
July 26, 2013
The four reigning national jousting champions - all from Maryland - recently received the Maryland Horse Industry Board's Touch of Class Award at the 92nd Petersville Farmers Club Joust at the Petersville Farmers Club grounds in Brunswick. The four Marylanders - Corey Minnick of Washington County, Malcolm Macy of Harford County, and Lily Fisher-Flaherty and her younger brother, Ian Flaherty, of Calvert County - swept all four divisions at the 2012 national jousting finals, which were held last fall in Maryland.
NEWS
July 26, 2013
The Maryland Horse Industry Board, a program within the Maryland Department of Agriculture, is seeking nominations to fill two positions on its 12-member board. The group serves as a commodities board that helps grow and promote the Maryland horse industry. It is also a regulatory body that provides oversight and advocacy to help protect horses and consumers at the state's commercial riding, lesson, boarding, rental and rescue stables. The open positions represent licensed veterinary medicine (equine)
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