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By HEATHER KEELS | August 3, 2010
Complaints about overgrown lawns and other weed ordinance violations in Washington County are coming in at such a high rate that the county is considering hiring a contractor to mow those lots, officials said. Since April 12, the county has had 179 weed ordinance complaints, Permits and Inspections Director Daniel F. DiVito said Tuesday. "This is something that is not going away, especially with the number of foreclosures, the properties that are being owned by banks and companies that are not around here," DiVito said.
NEWS
By YVETTE MAY / Staff Photographer | August 30, 2007
Graydon Munn, 1, works hard Wednesday morning mowing the grass that has grown from the recent rain in Hagerstown.
NEWS
by MARLO BARNHART | April 11, 2006
CLEAR SPRING - With 10 contractors bidding for the grass mowing contract at Clear Spring's wastewater treatment plant, town officials Monday announced they were awarding the contract to Randy's Multi-Services at 13122 Independence Road in Clear Spring.
NEWS
June 15, 2004
FUNKSTOWN - The Funkstown mayor and Town Council voted Monday to give the American Legion in town one month to remove supplies the legion has been keeping in the town's garage.Assistant Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. said a representative at the legion was asked if the group would help pay to have the garage roof replaced since it uses the garage, but the group declined. Crampton said the legion houses mowing equipment and other items in the garage, which is at Funkstown Community Park.
NEWS
By JEFF SEMLER | April 22, 2008
Spring has sprung and with the arrival of warmer temperatures last week the cereal rye crop has rapidly begun to grow and develop. Stan Fultz, dairy extension agent from Frederick County, and I were working in our forage plots last week and we noticed how fast our rye cover crop was taking off. I know in some areas this crop is quickly approaching knee height. This indicates that the harvest for highest quality forages is just around the corner. Are you ready? Many dairy producers have adopted management practices to maximize forage quality and yields from ryelage.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | June 20, 2004
There's been a whole lot of mowing going on. When the weather has broken to allow mowing, Hagerstown-area residents are finding themselves mowing more often or mowing higher grass, some said. "I've been mowing twice a week and, normally, I haven't done that in some time," said Earl Babington, 74. Babington said he has been riding his red Toro mower on his Linden Avenue lawn on Tuesdays and Saturdays this spring. "It's staying wet enough for me to keep to that schedule," Babington said.
NEWS
April 15, 1998
Book project on Civil War OK'd South Hagerstown High School teacher John Priest can enlist his students in a Civil War book project in the coming school year, school officials decided Tuesday night. The Washington County Board of Education granted Priest, a social studies teacher, permission to undertake the project, related to the 16th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. It will be the third such student research project since 1989, said Priest, who said the two previous books were well-received.
NEWS
November 12, 2008
Sewer project advances WILLIAMSPORT -- The Town of Williamsport is moving ahead on two fronts with a sewer improvement project. The town council formally agreed Monday to accept $1.5 million as a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Mayor James G. McCleaf II said the money will pay to replace the town's four pumping stations and for sewer-line improvements on Frederick and North Conococheague streets. The town was offered up to $3.6 million as a loan, but town officials scaled down the project when they learned that borrowing the full amount could raise sewer bills about $7 per month.
NEWS
November 21, 2004
Name: Florence Taylor-Block Résumé: Realtor, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Board member, Habitat for Humanity of Washington County Born: Oct. 6, 1947 Children: Sons J.D., 36, and Jason, 27 Education: South Hagerstown High School, class of 1965 Mentor: Joan Schupp, a Realtor with Long & Foster. Schupp is "very professional. I just admired the way that she interacted with clients. " Favorite part of your job: "The interaction with people" Least favorite part of your job: "The paperwork" Biggest challenge of your job: "Keeping everybody happy - buyers and sellers.
NEWS
by ERIN JULIUS | May 16, 2007
Those filling their gas tanks Tuesday morning in Hagerstown were afraid that prices are only going to go higher. Gary Stickler stays home more these days because of the price, he said as he filled a company truck and three gas cans at $2.99 a gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. "At $3 a gallon, you can't do much," said Todd Swope, who tries to limit his driving to going to work and back home. Stickler spends about $80 filling up the truck and gas cans, which he does twice a week for his business, which is mowing lawns and maintenance work, he said.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | August 11, 2013
Dedicated to Smithsburg and Leopard football. Devoted to his wife and daughters. That's how friends and family described Terry Verdier on Sunday. On Saturday night, Verdier, 42, of Jefferson Boulevard, died after a tractor rolled over onto him in the 22200 block of Jefferson Boulevard, where he was mowing a hillside, according to Maryland State Police. Verdier had been coaching football at Smithsburg High for approximately 18 years, joining the program during the last years Carroll Reid was head coach, said Smithsburg High's Head Coach Buddy Orndorff.
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NEWS
August 10, 2013
A man died Saturday night after a tractor rolled over onto him in the 22200 block of Jefferson Boulevard near Smithsburg, Maryland State Police said. Terry Verdier, 42, was pronounced dead at Meritus Medical Center, police said. Police said it appeared that Verdier was mowing his lawn on a hillside using a zero-turn-style mower when it rolled over on top of him, pinning him underneath the mower for a undetermined time period.      Authorities were dispatched to 22217 Jefferson Boulevard after the incident was reported at 8:01 p.m. A state police helicopter that had been dispatched to the incident was subsequently canceled, officials said.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | July 17, 2013
A 37-year-old man was flown to The Johns Hopkins Burn Center in Baltimore Wednesday afternoon after he suffered burns when a trailer containing mowing equipment went up in flames on Sweeney Drive, according to a Hagerstown fire official. When firefighters arrived at the scene, the man was inside a business, where people were trying to help him, Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven said. The man was conscious, and authorities were able to talk to him, DeHaven said. After a medic evaluated his injuries, a decision was made to fly him to the burn center, DeHaven said.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | September 4, 2012
A Hagerstown man who waited until his neighbor's dog died before breaking into her home last year was sentenced Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to seven years in state prison for that break-in and another burglary. Clyde Eugene Gatrell Jr., 39, of 1257 Magnolia Court, pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary and theft of $1,000 to $10,000. Circuit Judge Daniel P. Dwyer sentenced Gatrell to 20 years on each count, suspending all but seven years. After her house was broken into on Oct. 4, 2011, Robin Baker told Hagerstown police that she suspected a neighbor she knew only as “Clyde,” the application for statement of charges said.
SPORTS
April 2, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012 PREP BASEBALL THURMONT, Md. - J.T. Root pitched a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts Monday for North Hagerstown in a 9-2 MVAL Antietam victory over previously unbeaten Catoctin (4-1, 3-1). Phil Pietro, Charles Cvijanovich and Alex Courtney each had two hits for North (5-1, 4-1). North    000    133    2    -     9    10    2 Catoctin    200    000    0    -     2    1    2 Root and Williams.
SPORTS
May 22, 2011
Aaron Dudley had two hits and two RBIs, while Greensboro’s pitching held Hagerstown in check on Sunday in the Grasshoppers’ 5-2 win over the Suns. Hagerstown suffered its fourth straight loss as its lead int he South Atlantic League’s Northern Division shrank to one game over Kannapolis. Dudley drove in runs in the second and sixth innings to help Greensboro win the first three games of the four-game series. Grasshoppers starter Kyle Winters pitched six innings, allowing one earned run on six hits while striking out four.
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By HEATHER KEELS | August 3, 2010
Complaints about overgrown lawns and other weed ordinance violations in Washington County are coming in at such a high rate that the county is considering hiring a contractor to mow those lots, officials said. Since April 12, the county has had 179 weed ordinance complaints, Permits and Inspections Director Daniel F. DiVito said Tuesday. "This is something that is not going away, especially with the number of foreclosures, the properties that are being owned by banks and companies that are not around here," DiVito said.
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By TIM KOELBLE | July 16, 2009
Billy Nutter didn't make up his mind until Thursday morning who would start for West End in its losers' bracket final against Hancock. Nutter had to choose between ace right-hander Airin Martin or a committee approach heading into the key Maryland District 1 11-12 contest a hot Hancock team at Hellane Park in the elimination game. "It really was 'no tomorrow' so I wanted to give Martin the ball," said Nutter. "It could also have been his last game on home turf. " Martin responded impressively and guided West End to a 6-2 victory over Hancock and a berth in tonight's championship game at Conococheague at 6. With a setup curveball backed up by a fastball that Hancock batters generally could not catch up with, Martin fashioned a two-hitter, struck out 12 and walked none before reaching his pitch count limit of 85 in 5 2/3 innings.
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By BETH BOTTS / Chicago Tribune | April 11, 2009
It's easy to take the power mower for granted and forget how dangerous it is. A recent Consumer Reports poll found that 12 percent of surveyed homeowners drink beer while mowing their lawns. Maybe that's a contributing factor in some of the 85,700 injuries from walk-behind and riding lawn mowers that the Consumer Product Safety Commission says are treated in U.S. emergency rooms each year. The top cause of injuries is flying debris, according to the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, a trade organization in Alexandria, Va. But riding mowers are most deadly, causing about 95 deaths a year, compared to three deaths a year from walk-behind mowers, the CPSC says.
NEWS
By DAN KAUFFMAN | April 7, 2009
Once St. Maria Goretti pitcher Caroline Rosenthal got locked in Tuesday, Washington's softball team went down very quietly. Rosenthal had 15 strikeouts and was perfect through the final four innings, and the Gaels took the lead with a six-run third inning and scored a 9-3 victory in the Apple Valley League. "She took the game over and pitched an outstanding game," Goretti coach John Marrama said. "She pitched every hitter the way she was supposed to, and she helped herself with two hits today.
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