December 3, 2012
An odor of smoke in South Hagerstown High School Monday afternoon was caused by a belt that overheated in an air-handling system, a Hagerstown Fire Department spokesman said. It took awhile to determine what was causing the smoke odor, said Battalion Chief Russell Grim. The odor was reported in the building at 3:42 p.m. and firefighters left the school at 5:50 p.m.
May 9, 2012
Dozens of people were asked to wait outside Meritus Medical Center on Thursday afternoon while firefighters tried to determine the source of an odor of smoke. The source of the odor, originally detected in an operating room at about 12:20 p.m., was not found and people were allowed back into the building an hour after the initial call, Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Dave Fraley said. There was an operation in progress when the odor was detected, but the procedure completed because staff did not feel there was any immediate danger, said Mary Rizk, director of corporate communications for Meritus Health.
September 22, 2011
The 500 block of West Washington Street in Hagerstown was briefly closed to traffic Thursday while authorities investigated the odor of gas in a building, a Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said. The dispatcher said the call came in at about 1:25 p.m. The street had reopened by 1:45 p.m. Further details were not immediately available.
September 8, 2011
An "odor scrubber" will be installed at Berkeley County Public Service Sewer District's wastewater treatment plant along Scrabble Road as part an ongoing effort to remove a persistent stench. Sewer district General Manager Curtis B. Keller said this week that he hopes to have the equipment installed where the sewage flows into the plant facility by this fall. The project, which could cost as much as $10,000 or more, comes after the sewer district tried less expensive options, including chemicals, to try to mitigate the odor, Keller said.
July 26, 2011
Penn State Extension and Star View Custom Farming will offer information about alternatives to manure surface application during a Spreading Challenges field day Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 9640 Anderson Road, Mercersburg. The event is free and refreshments will be served. In addition to an on-site field demonstration, and a question-and-answer session with a custom applicator, a full-scale odor analysis will be completed by Robin Brandt from The Pennsylvania State University and his odor-analysis team.
June 13, 2011
“The Washington County Board of Education’s recent decision to pay their new superintendent $190,000 plus $9,000 in car maintenance and gas shows a severe lack of critical thinking. According to 2009 figures, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley earns a little over $150,000 a year. That’s right. The county school superintendent makes more than the governor of Maryland. I would be interested in knowing the thought process (besides fleecing the taxpayers) that was behind this decision.” — Smithsburg “Brownsville, the ‘no count’ Republicans (to quote you)
April 28, 2011
Fire crews were called to the Waynesboro News Agency at 91 W. Main St. in Waynesboro Thursday night for an investigation of an odor, according to Steve Biesecker, a spokesman for the Waynesboro Fire Department. The source of the odor was found, but Biesecker said he could not comment on what it was. The Waynesboro Police Department is investigating the incident, Biesecker said. West Main Street was closed from the square to South Potomac Street while fire crews determined the source of the odor, Biesecker said.
August 1, 2010
HAGERSTOWN -- Hagerstown Police on Sunday were investigating the suspicious death of a woman in a neighborhood near Fairgrounds Park. The 911 call came in at 10:39 a.m. at 208 N. Cannon Ave., according to Washington County Emergency Services. The caller noticed an odor from the home, went in to check and found a deceased person, a 911 supervisor said. The young age of the woman has contributed to the police treating the case as a suspicious death, said Lt. Mike King with the Hagerstown Police Department.
May 5, 2010
HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. -- An unidentifiable odor prompted an evacuation of Hedgesville High School at 8:20 a.m. on Wednesday, school officials said. School administration and the fire department checked the building and detected the odor was entering the building through the HVAC air handlers from an outside source, according to Berkeley County Schools spokewoman Leah Catlett. Students and staff were permitted to return to the building and resume instruction, Catlett said in a news release.
November 3, 2009
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Greencastle Borough Council unanimously voted Monday to ban outdoor furnaces in the borough in a move members say was in the interest of preserving the health, safety and welfare of its citzens. The council began debating the matter in September when Borough Manager Ken Womack suggested writing the furnaces out of the borough's code before any popped up in town. "In an urban environment, these things are just not suitable," Womack said. Open burning has been on the agenda for months as the council considers a ban that would assuage citizen complaints of odor and pollution.