November 21, 2012
New left-turning lanes were well designed To the editor: I have lived in Hagerstown most of my life and have seen countless changes in our city. Two fairly recent changes have dealt with new traffic patterns in areas that I often travel. Both changes involve the addition of a second left-turning lane at an intersection. We have seen an additional left-turning lane on Leitersburg Pike intersecting at Northern Avenue onto Eastern Boulevard. Very recently, we have seen an additional left-turning lane on Marsh Pike intersecting at Longmeadow Road.
January 12, 1998
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February 5, 2013
“Just see where all these oversized loads are using Route 40 West, are putting large potholes in the concrete bridge on Route 40. The bridge is already deteriorated. This should be fixed immediately.” - Clear Spring “I never did see a response to a caller's question as to why we cannot fill out our tax returns until after the end of January. The tax changes that occurred at the beginning of this year should have absolutely no effect on 2012 taxes. Why is the IRS making everybody wait?
November 26, 1997
Northern Avenue will be partially shut down starting Dec. 8, so a dormant railroad track can be removed and rough pavement can be fixed, city officials said. The work is not expected to take more than a week, weather permitting, officials said. Half of the road will be closed at a time so traffic can pass, said Assistant City Engineer Rodney Tissue. CSX Corp. will remove the western track and repave the area, he said. CSX will pay for the work. The entire road is expected to be shut down for about two days next July as CSX replaces the entire railroad crossing, Tissue said.
July 19, 1999
After several delays the deteriorated railroad crossing at Northern Avenue will be replaced in early August, requiring the road to be closed to through traffic for at least four days, officials said. Hagerstown elected and engineering officials have for several years asked CSX and the state to upgrade the crossing because the wooden ties along the crossing raise up when cars travel over them. The road will close at 7 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 2, city officials said. CSX crews expect to reopen the road during the afternoon or evening of Thursday, Aug. 5. Access will be maintained for local residences and businesses, but emergency vehicles will not be able to get through the work zone.
March 23, 2012
A cat has tested positive for rabies after it was captured by animal-control agents last week in the 300 block of Northern Avenue in Hagerstown, the Humane Society of Washington County said Friday. Humane Society spokeswoman Catherine Cooker said the 6- to 8-year-old male, brown- and black-tabby had been behaving erratically, hissing one moment and being friendly the next. “The behavior was very erratic and a great concern,” Cooker said. “Anyone who came in contact with the cat needs to contact the (Washington County)
June 7, 2011
Fire raced through a two-story house at 950 Northern Ave. Tuesday evening, blowing flames outside a second-story window, according to a spokesman for the Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Co. When firefighters arrived at the house near the intersection with Pennsylvania Avenue, they entered the front door with a fire hose and started battling the fire on the first floor, Lt. Zachary Thomas said. The fire also extended into the second floor, Thomas said. Because of extreme heat firefighters were facing in the home, more departments were called to the scene, Thomas said.
March 6, 2007
Hagerstown Mayor Bob Bruchey and Washington County Commissioners President John Barr participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony at Hospice of Washington County's new headquarters on Feb. 26. They joined Hospice's Board President Doug Fiery, Medical Director Frederic Kass, III, Executive Director Susan G. Taylor, CFO Michael Smith, BFM Architect Norman Morin, Frank Traver of Eagle Construction and other members of the Hospice board, Richard Lenehan,...
June 8, 2011
An unattended patio grill caused a fire that heavily damaged a house on Northern Avenue in Hagerstown Tuesday evening, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. Gary Williar of 950 Northern Ave., suffered first- and second-degree burns to his upper body in the 6:46 p.m. fire at his home, a fire marshal's report said. Deputy State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst said Williar was taken to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center in Baltimore, where a spokeswoman said Wednesday that he was in fair condition.