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by TRISH RUDDER | July 20, 2005
trishr@herald-mail.com BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Tuesday's heat and humidity did not keep away a small group at the Gentlemen's Spring in Berkeley Springs State Park to watch Chris Hansroth, the park superintendent, accept the first Cornerstone of the Community Recognition Award given to park caretakers by Mayor Susan Webster and the Bath Town Council. Water from the spring was served to the crowd, and a toast was made to Hansroth and the park employees and volunteers.
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NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 2, 2011
An old, 78-acre brick-making plant site near Hedgesville, W.Va., has been cleared for recreational use after an engineering firm concluded pollutant levels do not require remediation and pose no threat to health or the environment, officials said last week. The findings of an environmental assessment of the North Mountain site off Allensville Road by GeoConcepts Engineering Inc. of Ashburn, Va., have given the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority the green light to finalize an agreement with LCS Services Inc. to donate the land to Berkeley County, said Clint Hogbin, chairman of the solid waste authority.
NEWS
by RICHARD F. BELISLE | July 15, 2005
waynesboro@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A widely distributed e-mail sent by Jefferson County Commissioner James Surkamp about the sale of the on-site water system at the Burr Industrial Park to a private utility drew charges Thursday from the executive director of the Jefferson Development Authority, who called it "intentionally misleading. " Jane Peters, the authority's executive director, in a two-page statement read to the county commissioners, said everything in Surkamp's e-mail is "either blatantly false or a total misrepresentation of the facts.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 14, 2006
Politics is guaranteed to come up at two meals this month, when Washington County's two major parties hold their annual picnics. The Republicans will go first. Their picnic will be Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Smithsburg Community Park on Bikle Road. The gate will open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. The special guest will be Kristen Cox, Maryland's secretary of disabilities, who is running for lieutenant governor with Gov. Robert Ehrlich. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $15 for ages 7 to 16 and free for those younger than 7. To make reservations, call Wanda McGurl, secretary of the Washington County Republican Club, at 301-790-1539 by Friday.
OPINION
By BEN CARDIN | February 27, 2013
On March 1, automatic, across-the-board spending cuts will begin to take effect, cutting $1.2 trillion from defense and non-defense programs over the next 10 years.  These automatic cuts are known as sequestration and they will have a devastating effect on millions of Americans. If Congress fails to act to reduce our budget deficit by March 1, sequestration will result in a meat-ax approach to reducing our deficit. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, sequestration for FY2013 alone will require across-the-board cuts of approximately $42.7 billion in defense and another $42.7 billion in non-defense spending.
NEWS
February 28, 2001
National Parks Pass: Should you have one? By JENNIFER SILBERT jennifers@herald-mail.com Chances are you've been to a park or historical area in the National Park System at one time or another. continued If you're planning to visit one of the big national parks this year, or if you're a regular visitor to Tri-State area parks, you might be interested in checking out the National Parks Pass. Part economics, part philanthropy, the purchase of a pass can save you money and help preserve our national parks.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | March 19, 2011
The museum — which will house exhibits such as wagons, sleighs, buggies and antique cars — will be the third building in the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum complex at the agricultural center on Sharpsburg Pike, south of Hagerstown, said Jim Sterling, county director of Parks, Recreation and Facilities. Construction could start in July or August, and, if all goes well, the new building could open before Christmas, Sterling said. The Agricultural Education Center board of directors is continuing to raise funds for the roughly $350,000 project, Sterling said.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | July 26, 2004
charlestown@herald-mail.com SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Parks officials in Jefferson County have decided not to take any immediate action on a controversial proposal to turn ownership of Morgan's Grove Park over to the county. Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Bill Hoak planned to bring the proposal before the parks and recreation commission last Wednesday for consideration. Hoak said he thinks it would be better if the parks and recreation holds off on any action regarding the park until the commission gets a proposal from the Shepherdstown Men's Club, which has owned the park since 1961.
LIFESTYLE
By SHADAE PAUL | For The Herald-Mail | June 16, 2011
Gather up your fishing rods and fish bait — it's fishing time. Many Individuals Helping Individuals (MiHi) will hold its ninth annual Fishin' Frenzy combining children, seniors and individuals with disabilities for a day of fun in Hagerstown's Pangborn Park. MiHi is a local organization dedicated to providing assistance and recreational activities to senior citizens and individuals with disabilities. The event centers around Pangborn Lake lined with participants as they wait for a tug on their lines.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | October 2, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Disc golf baskets, a new scoreboard and development of a skate park are among the public recreation projects in the Martinsburg area being funded with a $134,751 donation from the now-defunct Beth Jacob Congregation, the community's once-prominent Jewish organization. Organized in 1912, Beth Jacob's last few remaining members filed a petition in Berkeley County Circuit Court to dissolve the organization in December 2008 and distribute remaining assets, including about $290,000 in cash and other items once used for religious purposes to various individuals and organizations.
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