July 31, 2005
Editor's note: What follows are edited excerpts from an online chat that took place with Washington County Commissioner James Kercheval on Monday, July 25. For the full text and a schedule of future guests, go to www.herald-mail.com and click on "online chats. " Moderator: Now that you have closed your barbecue restaurant, will you be a full-time commissioner or re-open Kerch's somewhere else? Kercheval: I've been a full-time commissioner since elected, which made running the restaurant difficult.
March 31, 2006
"To the person who took the black pocketbook out of the truck on March 23 in the 300 block of Antietam Drive between 6 and 9:30 p.m. Just to let you know, your fingerprints were taken off my truck by the sheriff's department. If you can return it back to were you took it by March 31, there will be no questions asked. " - Hagerstown "I don't think anyone is 'scared' of Hillary Clinton, except Bill, of course. Monica, Paula Jones, Gennifer Flowers, surely were not. If former mayor Guiliani runs for election next time, she (Hillary)
October 23, 2005
Moderator: When you took the reins at HCC in 2002, you said you would plan the college's future by looking to its past. You then met with college officials and community leaders about the school's history. What did you hear and what was the most important thing you kept from HCC's past? Altieri: The feedback I got was that the college was extremely well-postured for easy entry of students to a variety of program areas and that everyone wanted to continue the tradition of a comprehensive, open-door community college.
June 26, 2007
Brien Poffenberger, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce will be our Live Chat guest today starting at 2:00 pm and ending at 3:00 pm. Questions or comments can be submitted by clicking here before and during the chat. Or send an email to: email@example.com . Moderator: You have been leader of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce for almost three years now. How has the organization changed in that time? Poffenberger: The Chamber has changed in two ways, really.
May 30, 2006
William Christoffel, John Latimer - Washington County Director of Emergency Services, and John G. Newby, MD., F.C.A.P., are our Live Chat guests today starting at 7:30 am and ending at 8:30 am. Questions or comments can be submitted by clicking here before and during the chat. Or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org Moeller: 1. Does the state and the county have up to date plans prepared for a pandemic avian flu? Christoffel: At the present time both the state and the county are in the process of developing a plan for responding to the pandemic flu. Some of the components of the plan have been under development for some time, while others need to be started.
August 14, 2005
Moderator: Isn't teaching children about sex really a job for their parents? Why should the government intrude into family life in this way? Christoffel: Without a doubt, the most effective method in reducing teenage pregnancy is a strong relationship between parents and their children. Unfortunately, parents cannot do this alone. Ours is a very complex society with many pressures on our teens. To address teen pregnancy, we have identified three focal points: 1. To assist the parents in talking with their teens about becoming sexually active.
September 25, 2005
Name: Arthur Location: Cascade Question: My son is 4 years old. I signed him up for preschool at Smithsburg. My question is, why does my income affect my son's education? He was denied because I make too much money. I don't make too much money; I make enough to get by. We work hard every day and can't afford a private school. How fair is this that two hardworking parents can't get their son a jump-start when others can? I really want to hear your take on this. Thank you. Morgan: The state provides funding for the pre-kindergarten program and specifies certain guidelines that have to do with income and a student's ability to qualify for free and/or reduced-price meals.