July 20, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A Chambersburg High FFA team took first place at the Pennsylvania State FFA contest June 9 and 10. The Agriculture Salesmanship Career Development team placed first in the state. Members of the team were Branton Moore, who placed second; Cassi Foster, who placed third; Josh Funk, who placed fifth; Heather Hartman, who placed eighth; and Mikayla Moore, who placed 12th. The team will travel to Indianapolis for the National FFA Conference. The contest consisted of a 25-question multiple-choice test on agricultural sales, an interactive sales presentation on a student-selected product to sell, a sales practicum situation of customer relations and a team presentation on marketing.
March 16, 2000
The City of Hagerstown's Fairgrounds Park may receive a major financial boost from the state. City Engineer Bruce Johnston told the Mayor and City Council on Tuesday that the Maryland Department of the Environment has indicated a $300,000 grant is available to help pay for storm water management improvements at the fairgrounds. Johnston said the state grant would require a 25 percent match from the city. Council members said Johnston should try to get the grant. City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said the council would have to formally approve the grant should it be awarded.
June 18, 2012
“I'm calling to thank the Wilson Ruritan for the wonderful picnic they provided for the Special Olympics participants. It was very nice to see an organization reach out and do something kind for our athletes. Thanks again for a very enjoyable evening.” - Williamsport “I am not referring to most of our good teachers here in Washington County when I say this, but remember 'Goofus and Gallant'? The former was a jerk, who made a mess of everything, while the latter always showed him up, by improving his little corner of the world.
July 25, 2002
You know the old saying - if you can't beat 'em, eat 'em. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the feared snakehead fish that was discovered in a Maryland pond, It's the nasty fish with big, pointy teeth that can live out of water, can slither across dry land on its fins, will decimate native fish populations and keep the country from winning the war on terror. When I left off, the Department of Natural Resources believed there were two or so snakeheads in the pond and figured it had an angler's chance of landing them before they crawled off to a nearby river and threatened the state's main fisheries.
October 17, 2004
WALNUT HILL: This is the 153rd article in a series about the historical and architectural treasures of Washington County Spickler Road runs north from U.S. 40 between Clear Spring and Conococheague Creek. After crossing Broadfording and Hicksville roads, houses are scattered intermittently among the fields and wooded lots that line the road along its length. Not far from the Pennsylvania border, Walnut Hill spans the road. On the left, a modern concrete block workshop of moderate size sits close to the road.
October 6, 2005
Here are some of the calls we have received lately: "Why should Bush tell us to conserve gasoline? How are we to get to work, church, the supermarket and so forth? He's constantly flying in Air Force One, which takes a huge amount of jet fuel. In addition, the helicopter flights require fuel also. " - Hagerstown "I would like to know who made the schedule for Smithsburg High School's varsity football season. Since when is it fair or safe for our children in a 1A school to play 2A and 3A schools for their first four games?"
January 11, 2013
Colorado is a popular place, known for gorgeous mountain vistas, rugged terrain, winter sports and the like. It is not usually considered a place for surfers to catch a wave. That's what makes so unusual Evan Patronik's decision to help found a company making wooden surfboards and stand-up paddleboards in Lyons, Colo., just outside Boulder. But then Patronik's long been an unusual and a quirky kind of guy. And nontraditional challenges don't faze Patronik in the least. The Hagerstown native has an undergraduate and master's degree from the University of Maryland in fire protection engineering.
May 15, 2003
HANCOCK - Hancock Town Manager Larry Logan said at Wednesday night's Town Council meeting that the town received a $73,408 refund from Pond Doctor. Pond Doctor is a North Dakota-based company that sells solar-powered pond mixers. Hancock officials said the equipment was faulty.
May 21, 2005
What is "a pleasant diversion," "a soothing place to relax," "interesting and educational," and "an enhancement to your property?" All are ways to describe the effect of installing a garden pond in your yard. If you've considered the idea, we're going to encourage you to follow through. Much like an indoor aquarium, a garden pond is a mini-environment where plants, fish and bacteria (yes, bacteria) form an ecosystem where they all benefit. A pond can be installed in just about any size yard, says Kurt Bitikofer of Kurt's Pond Creations, one of the area's busiest "pondscapers.
March 7, 2006
A new fishing pond could be complete in time for the spring derby, Town Manager John Kendall told the Boonsboro Town Council on Monday. The council voted unanimously at its meeting to approve spending $151,640 to construct a new pond at Shafer Memorial Park, and it agreed to a $25,750 bid to fix water leaks identified in a recent study of the town's water system. Assistant Town Mayor Howard W. Long was absent for the vote. Both projects will be completed by Huntzberry Brothers Inc. of Smithsburg, Kendall said.