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by TRISH RUDDER | July 20, 2005 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.
BY TIFFANY ARNOLD | | February 25, 2011
Typical toys in the Sokol household were old microphones, oscilloscopes and computer guts. Yet, 17-year-old Mark Sokol said his interest in technology didn't pick up until he was in high school. Now, the senior at Washington County Technical High School has a technology internship with the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. "I'm a total geek," said Mark, smiling, in a red Atari T-shirt and jeans. He was sitting next to his mother, Linda Sokol, in the living room of their Hagerstown home.
by RICHARD F. BELISLE | July 15, 2005 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.
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.
by DAVE McMILLION | November 23, 2006
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Three federal agencies continue to look into a local utility company's decision to lay about 2,000 feet of water and sewer lines across property owned by Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, a park spokeswoman said. In late August, Jefferson Utilities laid the utility lines in the School House Ridge area along U.S. 340 to serve about 179 houses in the Sheridan housing development, officials said. An attorney for Jefferson Utilities said his client had the right to install the lines, but the work raised objections from Civil War and national park organizations.
January 14, 2002
Lance seeks return to Jefferson County Commission By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Running on a platform that largely focuses on growth needs in Jefferson County, Greg Lance has announced his decision to run for a seat on the Jefferson County Commission this year. A former commissioner who served for 12 years before being defeated in 1998, Lance said he wants to return to the job to help schools get the funding they need, pass impact fees, build more recreational facilities and look for ways to save open space in the county.
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.
By DAVE McMILLION | March 27, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Six Democratic candidates for the Jefferson County Commission debated Tuesday night how the commission should budget its money, attract business, strengthen agriculture, and view gambling, toll roads and land use during a forum at the Jefferson High School auditorium. For the most part, the forum consisted of civil, in-depth discussions of issues facing the county as the candidates get ready for the May 13 primary election. In one of the more-heated moments, Greg Lance accused Lyn Widmyer of being on the "inner circle" of county politics.
By HEATHER KEELS | | November 1, 2011
The Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday awarded a $232,156 contract for construction of a transportation museum at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center. The new building - described as a 7,200-square-foot, closed-in pole barn - will be the third building in the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum complex at the agricultural center on Sharpsburg Pike, south of Hagerstown. It will house exhibits such as wagons, sleighs, buggies and antique cars, Jim Sterling, the county director of parks, recreation and facilities, has said.
February 28, 2001
National Parks Pass: Should you have one? By JENNIFER SILBERT 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.
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