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June 15, 2010
Colleen Cashell, executive director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Washington County, said orchardists and nursery tree growers can apply for benefits under the Tree Assistance Program, which was authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill. Signup continues until July 6 at local FSA offices for losses experienced due to natural disasters from Jan. 1, 2008 through May 7. "This program helps our orchardists and nursery tree growers replant and get back on their feet after natural disasters," Cashell said.
NEWS
January 8, 2008
Colleen Cashell, executive director for the Washington County Farm Service Agency, announced that USDA began issuing payments in late December to farmers across the region who suffered losses because of natural disasters in 2005 and 2006. "Across the nation, numerous agricultural producers suffered financial hardships in recent years because of floods, wildfires, tornadoes and other weather-related disasters; locally most of the crop and pasture losses were caused by drought and extreme heat conditions," Cashell said.
NEWS
November 12, 2007
Colleen Cashell, executive director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Washington County, has announced that sign-up has begun for the new Livestock Compensation Program. This ad hoc disaster program provides benefits to farmers who suffered losses to livestock feed caused by natural disasters in recent years. "Between 2005 and early 2007, many agricultural producers across the country experienced financial difficulties as the result of devastating drought, floods, blizzards, tornadoes and other natural disasters," Cashell said.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | December 22, 2003
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Local officials are hoping to extend funding for a local organization that has been working on ways to protect the area from natural disasters and possible terrorist attacks. Jefferson County's Project Impact program, now called Jefferson County Office of Homeland Security, started about two years ago with federal money, said Jefferson County Commission President Jane Tabb. With Project Impact's funding set to expire in June, local officials are looking for other sources of funding to continue the project, Tabb said.
NEWS
October 9, 2007
FUNKSTOWN - The 729th Brigade Support Battalion, Maryland Army National Guard, donated a patriotic lithograph that depicts deployed citizen soldiers from across the country. The Hagerstown unit contributed the lithograph to the Funkstown Legion Post No. 211 in memory of all the soldiers who made sacrifices for freedom. "Spending time with former veterans is always an enjoyable time," Burnett said. "I have been a Legion member for the past seven years and wouldn't trade the opportunity to be part of a great organization.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | May 26, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- A former American Red Cross worker accused of embezzling more than $30,000 from the Eastern Panhandle chapter of the agency now faces child pornography charges. Samuel K. Bunner, 37, of 223 Brilliant Stone Drive in Martinsburg, was charged with 48 felony counts of knowingly possessing material visually portraying a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to an arrest warrant issued Wednesday by Berkeley County Magistrate W. Randy Smith. Bunner was arraigned Tuesday on 87 felony counts of fraudulent use of a credit card and has since been released from Eastern Regional Jail after posting bail, according to magistrate court and jail records.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | May 24, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- A former American Red Cross worker is accused of embezzling more than $30,000 from the Eastern Panhandle chapter of the agency, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Samuel Kristofer Bunner, 37, of 223 Brilliant Stone Drive, Martinsburg, was charged with 87 felony counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, according to an arrest warrant issued by Magistrate W. Randy Smith. A complaint filed in magistrate court by West Virginia State Police Cpl. J.M. Walker alleges Bunner "cashed out" prepaid debit cards between August 2009 and February 2010 that were supposed to be given to disaster victims.
NEWS
March 7, 1997
By JENNYLYNN BROWN Staff Writer A school bus pulling a trailer heaped with flood relief items is to leave Hagerstown today bound for Arnoldsburg, W.Va. Roy Grove, 76, will make the 51/2-hour drive to Calhoun County. He said he already has enough items for a second trip at the end of next week, and he plans to keep going until donations for the flood victims run out. "I've been doing this for several years," Grove said. "The Lord's been good to me. I just want to pass it on. " Grove, owner of Solliday Oil Co. in Hagerstown, is delivering furniture, mattresses, food, soft drinks and kitchen utensils to families displaced by heavy flooding.
NEWS
September 8, 2005
After considering what to do about people who refuse to leave areas threatened by natural disasters, U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pennsylvania, has come up with an idea - penalize them. Coming from a man who has been mentioned as a possible candidate for president, it's a sorry statement. Santorum first made the remarks in a weekend TV interview, then clarified them after the adverse reactions began. Santorum said Tuesday he meant people who had the means to leave, but didn't.
NEWS
March 21, 2008
Chicken 'N Stuff set for Monday in Chambersburg CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Rotary Club of Chambersburg, Knights of Columbus and George Washington Masonic Lodge #143 will host the annual Chicken 'N Stuff Dinner on Monday Food will be sold from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Chambersburg Area Middle School Cafeteria, 1151 E. McKinley St. Members of the Knights of Columbus and Rotary Club of Chambersburg have combined...
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By CHRIS COPLEY | chrisc@herald-mail.com | September 6, 2013
Verna Brown's advice is like an umbrella. When the sun is shining and everyone's smiling, it's easy to think “Life is good.” But if you're caught outside in a slashing storm, you'll wish you'd planned ahead. And if you're caught in a natural disaster, you'll really wish you'd planned ahead. Getting you to plan ahead is Brown's job. She is Washington County's emergency management coordinator.  “The word 'disaster' is misleading,” Brown said. “I like to tell citizens you're preparing for your average, everyday-type emergencies, even if you're at home.” Brown is co-organizer of the first Preparedness in the Park, a community event to encourage citizens of all ages to prepare for trouble - natural disasters, house fires, power blackouts, neighborhood evacuations - all kinds of trouble.
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OPINION
August 24, 2011
So that was an earthquake, huh? I'd never experienced one before, so as the Washington Nationals relief pitcher Tyler Clippard said, scratch that one off the bucket list. I was in my home office penning a marvelous piece of prose for Sunday and had just gotten up for a soda when the mobile home rocked on its blocks, or whatever it is that it's resting on. Being unfamiliar with quakes, I didn't understand what had just happened, and as such, the event didn't process. I would have ignored it, except that Beth had it pegged for an earthquake right away.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | September 13, 2010
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Franklin and Fulton counties are among 16 Pennsylvania counties the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated as natural disaster areas because of a drought that started May 25. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the designation Sept. 3 based on statistical data about rainfall, according to Andrea Sharretts, executive director of Franklin County's USDA office. The declaration means farmers in affected areas are eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the USDA.
NEWS
June 15, 2010
Colleen Cashell, executive director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Washington County, said orchardists and nursery tree growers can apply for benefits under the Tree Assistance Program, which was authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill. Signup continues until July 6 at local FSA offices for losses experienced due to natural disasters from Jan. 1, 2008 through May 7. "This program helps our orchardists and nursery tree growers replant and get back on their feet after natural disasters," Cashell said.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | May 26, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- A former American Red Cross worker accused of embezzling more than $30,000 from the Eastern Panhandle chapter of the agency now faces child pornography charges. Samuel K. Bunner, 37, of 223 Brilliant Stone Drive in Martinsburg, was charged with 48 felony counts of knowingly possessing material visually portraying a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to an arrest warrant issued Wednesday by Berkeley County Magistrate W. Randy Smith. Bunner was arraigned Tuesday on 87 felony counts of fraudulent use of a credit card and has since been released from Eastern Regional Jail after posting bail, according to magistrate court and jail records.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | May 24, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- A former American Red Cross worker is accused of embezzling more than $30,000 from the Eastern Panhandle chapter of the agency, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Samuel Kristofer Bunner, 37, of 223 Brilliant Stone Drive, Martinsburg, was charged with 87 felony counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, according to an arrest warrant issued by Magistrate W. Randy Smith. A complaint filed in magistrate court by West Virginia State Police Cpl. J.M. Walker alleges Bunner "cashed out" prepaid debit cards between August 2009 and February 2010 that were supposed to be given to disaster victims.
NEWS
By LYNN LITTLE / Special to The Herald-Mail | October 2, 2009
We live in tough economic times, but many circumstances, -- including natural disasters, sudden military deployments, layoffs or furloughs, family changes, medical emergencies and divorce -- can lead to a drop in income. With some planning you can get a better handle on your finances and help reduce the stress of making ends meet with less money. The following steps will help: Try not to panic. The natural tendency is to worry and wonder how you'll make it, so try to remain calm.
NEWS
March 21, 2008
Chicken 'N Stuff set for Monday in Chambersburg CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Rotary Club of Chambersburg, Knights of Columbus and George Washington Masonic Lodge #143 will host the annual Chicken 'N Stuff Dinner on Monday Food will be sold from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Chambersburg Area Middle School Cafeteria, 1151 E. McKinley St. Members of the Knights of Columbus and Rotary Club of Chambersburg have combined...
NEWS
January 8, 2008
Colleen Cashell, executive director for the Washington County Farm Service Agency, announced that USDA began issuing payments in late December to farmers across the region who suffered losses because of natural disasters in 2005 and 2006. "Across the nation, numerous agricultural producers suffered financial hardships in recent years because of floods, wildfires, tornadoes and other weather-related disasters; locally most of the crop and pasture losses were caused by drought and extreme heat conditions," Cashell said.
NEWS
November 12, 2007
Colleen Cashell, executive director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Washington County, has announced that sign-up has begun for the new Livestock Compensation Program. This ad hoc disaster program provides benefits to farmers who suffered losses to livestock feed caused by natural disasters in recent years. "Between 2005 and early 2007, many agricultural producers across the country experienced financial difficulties as the result of devastating drought, floods, blizzards, tornadoes and other natural disasters," Cashell said.
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