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NEWS
September 4, 2009
Thumbs up to Edith Sweigert of Hagerstown, who was honored last Sunday for her work developing and promoting Washington County's superb park system, particularly Pen Mar Park. Generations of area residents benefit from your efforts. Thanks for a job well done. Thumbs down to Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and state legislators, who continue to bungle through the state budget process. Pennsylvania now holds the distinction of being the only state without a comprehensive spending plan for its next fiscal year.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 8, 2013
Growing up in a big old Victorian with a large fenced yard on Bedington Road in Berkeley County, Virginia Gibbons remembers how her mother loved dogs. “I can't tell you how many dogs romped around on that property,” Gibbons said Tuesday. “Growing up, we had dozens of dogs.” Her mother wouldn't turn an animal away that needed care and if she didn't find a home for it, she kept it, her daughter recalled. Goldie Gibbons passed away in 1981 and the homestead in the northern Berkeley County community of Bedington, is gone, too, but her daughter hopes that dogs again will be able to play on the grassy 1.7-acre site that remains.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | August 11, 2011
In the weeks since her son contracted E. coli O157, Melanie Royer has been a mother on a mission to encourage illness reporting and the closure of the lake at Cowans Gap State Park. The Fulton County, Pa., lake was closed at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday as state officials search for E. coli bacteria. E. coli O157 has sickened at least 11 people in the region. The Pennsylvania Department of Health reports all those people swam in the Cowans Gap State Park lake in mid- to late-July, but they have not determined whether the lake is contaminated.
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
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.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | 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.
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.
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