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by JULIE E. GREENE | February 27, 2002
CLEAR SPRING - A fire caused by a failed microwave oven forced a St. Paul Road family to stay elsewhere Tuesday night. "I heard an explosion," said Joyce Krause, of 14646 St. Paul Road. "I heard my little girl holler the kitchen was on fire. " Krause, her 4-year-old daughter, and her 21-month-old grandson made it safely out of the house, she said. "I'm just thankful they got out," said Krause's husband, Michael. Krause said he'd never heard of a microwave oven failing and causing a fire.
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by LISA TEDRICK PREJEAN | July 12, 2002
Two weeks ago I wrote a column about how crayons are made. We asked readers to take a little quiz. There were two questions: What were the eight colors in the original box of Crayola crayons, circa 1903? and What is George W. Bush's favorite crayon color? Seventeen people e-mailed responses. Only four of the entrants had all the original colors and Bush's favorite color correct. We drew a name at random from the correct four. William Bulla of Hagerstown is the winner of the $25 prize.
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May 18, 1999
Who invented the microwave oven? A pocketful of chocolate goo led to the invention of the microwave oven. Percy Spencer, a self-taught engineer with the Raytheon Co., was working on a radar-related research project in 1946 when he walked past a vacuum tube emitting electromagnetic waves. The chocolate bar in his pocket melted. Spencer realized that the microwaves- which are high-frequency electromagnetic waves- rapidly moved molecules in the food, producing heat.
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BY LYNN F. LITTLE | May 15, 2002
Microwave ovens can play an important role at mealtime for individuals and families on the go. Special care is needed, however, to make sure foods prepared or reheated in the microwave oven are safe to eat. Here are some tips to help ensure the safety of microwaved foods. n Make sure containers and wraps are microwave-safe: - Only use cookware that has been specially manufactured for use in the microwave oven. Glass, glass ceramic containers and all plastics should be labeled for microwave use. - Storage containers such as margarine tubs, whipped topping bowls and cheese containers should not be used in microwave ovens.
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February 25, 2013
A small fire that started in a microwave oven extended into some cabinets in a home at 370 Pangborn Blvd. near Hagerstown on Monday afternoon, a fire official said. Firefighters were able to stop the 5:04 p.m. blaze when it spread into the cabinets, said Ed Gotthardt, assistant chief of the Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Co. The fire started when food caught fire in the oven, Gotthardt said. A person was in the house when the fire started but no one was hurt, Gotthardt said.
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by Lynn Little | April 20, 2005
Book bags and backpacks get quickly tossed aside and the munchies take over when kids burst through the door after school. If your child is home alone for an hour or two after school, how can you make sure their snacks are safe from foodborne bacteria and they are protected from dangers in the kitchen? Whether it's making cookies from scratch or heating soup in the microwave, kids and their parents need to be aware of safety concerns. Tasting raw homemade cookie dough could lead to salmonella poisoning and sometimes hospitalization.
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By LYNN LITTLE | November 19, 2008
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a turkey is safe indefinitely if kept frozen. However, if the bird is allowed to thaw to a temperature above 40 degrees, any harmful bacteria that might have been present before freezing can start to grow and multiply again. This can lead to foodborne illness in those who eat it. That's why cooks must follow safe turkey thawing recommendations As it thaws, a frozen turkey must be kept at a temperature that prevents or minimizes bacterial growth.
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December 21, 1999
A work release inmate who failed to return from a work release program on Oct. 1 was recaptured early Friday by Washington County Sheriff's deputies. Joseph Dempsey Feiser, 19, was being held in the Washington County Detention Center without bond Tuesday. A Hagerstown native, Feiser was serving 18 months for burglary when he took off. First-degree escape charges have been lodged against him, court records said. Feiser was charged with burglary in a Jan. 19 break-in at a Williamsport home in which items valued at more than $11,000 were taken, Maryland State Police said.
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by LYNN F. LITTLE | December 14, 2005
As a result of many factors, including increases in the cost of oil and natural gas, household water and energy costs seem to be going nowhere but up. The kitchen is one place where a few simple changes can make a difference in your overall use of water and energy. Consider the following tips and suggestions for conserving water and energy in the kitchen. You'll save money and help the environment. To conserve water: Thaw meats and other frozen foods in the refrigerator overnight or in the microwave oven, rather than under running water.
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by TARA REILLY | June 26, 2002
tarar@herald-mail.com Washington County will take over Hagerstown Regional Airport's fuel station on Thursday, Commissioners Vice President Paul Swartz said Tuesday. The Washington County Commissioners approved a resolution making the deal final at Tuesday night's meeting. The commissioners bought the fuel station for $790,000 from Aero-Smith Inc. Swartz said Phillips 66 will provide the fuel for the station. The deal includes the county obtaining a hangar, office space and rights to an apron where pilots can park planes.
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February 25, 2013
A small fire that started in a microwave oven extended into some cabinets in a home at 370 Pangborn Blvd. near Hagerstown on Monday afternoon, a fire official said. Firefighters were able to stop the 5:04 p.m. blaze when it spread into the cabinets, said Ed Gotthardt, assistant chief of the Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Co. The fire started when food caught fire in the oven, Gotthardt said. A person was in the house when the fire started but no one was hurt, Gotthardt said.
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Ellen Rowland | Around North Hagerstown | December 23, 2012
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.   Preschool to hold open house Jan. 6 Northern Cross Preschool will hold an open house Sunday, Jan. 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. The preschool is for 3- and 4-year-olds. It meets Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to  11:30 a.m. from September until mid-May. It is at First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave. in Hagerstown. Children are welcome to attend the open house with their parents.  For more information, call Beth Adams at 301-797-3114 or go to northerncrosspreschool.com.
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Joel Huffer | May 21, 2011
My 11-year-old son asked me the other night to help him with a homework assignment. It would be easy, he assured me. All I had to do was answer a few questions. “When you were my age,” he asked, “what were some of your activities?” “I played baseball,” I replied. “I was in Scouts. I played the trombone.” “What was your favorite subject in school?” “Phys Ed.”   “What was your least favorite subject?” “Science.” This is easy, I thought.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | February 18, 2011
Twenty years ago, determining whether a firefighter might need food and drink while battling a blaze generating temperatures up to 1,000 degrees was usually an afterthought, fire officials said. Firefighters would sometimes get relief in the form of a coffee or food wagon, but the care for fire crews was not close to what it is today, fire officials said. When a so-called "working structure fire" is dispatched these days, so is Rehab 255, a unit that fills a variety of needs for firefighters, from periodic medical checkups at a fire scene to providing cooling chairs in stifling heat.
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By LYNN LITTLE | November 19, 2008
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a turkey is safe indefinitely if kept frozen. However, if the bird is allowed to thaw to a temperature above 40 degrees, any harmful bacteria that might have been present before freezing can start to grow and multiply again. This can lead to foodborne illness in those who eat it. That's why cooks must follow safe turkey thawing recommendations As it thaws, a frozen turkey must be kept at a temperature that prevents or minimizes bacterial growth.
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By DAVE McMILLION | August 13, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. -- A Shepherdstown, W.Va., man who was involved in the March 30 break-in at Jefferson High School has been charged with destruction of property after he defaced a bathroom stall in the new Washington High School while performing community service there, police said. Lucca Fiorenzo Fleri, 18, of 156 Willis Drive, was arraigned Monday and released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records. Fleri was sentenced to perform community service at the new high school off Huyett Road because of his role in the Jefferson High School incident, Detective A.F. Jenkins of the Charles Town Police Department said.
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by LYNN F. LITTLE | November 22, 2006
The traditional Thanksgiving menu - turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and sauerkraut - hasn't changed much; however, recommendations for cooking the meal have. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has eliminated the recommendation for washing raw meat and poultry before placing it in the oven. Eliminating this step reduces the risk of contamination from rinse water being splashed around the sink and on the surrounding countertops, as well as on other foods.
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by LYNN F. LITTLE | December 14, 2005
As a result of many factors, including increases in the cost of oil and natural gas, household water and energy costs seem to be going nowhere but up. The kitchen is one place where a few simple changes can make a difference in your overall use of water and energy. Consider the following tips and suggestions for conserving water and energy in the kitchen. You'll save money and help the environment. To conserve water: Thaw meats and other frozen foods in the refrigerator overnight or in the microwave oven, rather than under running water.
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by Lynn Little | April 20, 2005
Book bags and backpacks get quickly tossed aside and the munchies take over when kids burst through the door after school. If your child is home alone for an hour or two after school, how can you make sure their snacks are safe from foodborne bacteria and they are protected from dangers in the kitchen? Whether it's making cookies from scratch or heating soup in the microwave, kids and their parents need to be aware of safety concerns. Tasting raw homemade cookie dough could lead to salmonella poisoning and sometimes hospitalization.
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by LYNN F. LITTLE | April 28, 2004
Food safety mistakes often run in families. Old habits can jeopardize food safety, health and life itself. Each year, millions of people are sickened by foodborne illness. Thousands die. Food safety errors that occur during processing and marketing make front page news, particularly when the errors prompt recalls. Food safety is, however, a responsibility that we all share - many food safety mistakes occur in our family kitchens. To learn more about frequent food safety mistakes, test your food safety IQ with these questions: Q: Is setting froszen meat on the counter the best method to thaw it?
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