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By JOSHUA BOWMAN | October 18, 2008
TRI-STATE - Changes announced Friday to the route of a planned high-voltage power line make it "quite unlikely" that the line will run through Washington County, Md., or through Berkeley and Morgan counties in West Virginia, spokesmen for Allegheny Power said Friday. However, Allegheny Power Spokesman Allen T. Staggers would not rule out Jefferson County, W.Va. "I suspect Jefferson County will be within the new study area," Staggers said. Allegheny Power and American Electric Power announced Friday that the Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline (PATH)
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June 9, 2013
A high-tension power line fell across both lanes of U.S. 340 Sunday afternoon, forcing authorities to shut down the highway for about four hours until the situation was corrected, a Washington County 911 supervisor said. It is believed the line might have fallen after being struck by a tree, according to a Maryland State Police spokesman. The fallen line, which was between Md. 67 and the Frederick County, Md., line, was reported at 3:07 p.m., and the higway was closed shortly thereafter, the supervisor said.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | March 25, 2011
No Washington County residents have officially commented yet on a power line upgrade project that will stretch through Washington, Frederick and Carroll counties, officials said. The Maryland Public Service Commission held a public hearing Thursday at Hager Hall on Dual Highway as part of the application review for Potomac Edison's proposed upgrade to the hardware and capacity along the 40-mile power line known as the Monocacy-Ringgold-Carroll Transmission Line. Neither of the two residents who attended Thursday's hearing spoke.
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By JOSHUA BOWMAN | May 2, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- The specific path of a high-voltage transmission line that will run from southeast West Virginia to Frederick County, Md., might not be determined until the end of this year, an Allegheny Power spokesman said Wednesday. That concerns officials and others in Washington County, who are worried they might not have enough time to protest the route if it threatens environmentally and historically significant areas. "We'd love to know where they're proposing to go with it. Right now, we're all sort of stabbing in the dark, trying to keep tabs on what's going on," said Michael C. Thompson, planning director for Washington County.
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February 5, 2005
RANSON, W.Va. - A Ranson man who was shocked while working on a house Wednesday afternoon in Ranson was listed in critical condition at Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center Thursday afternoon. Billy Carroll, 29, of 127 W. 7th Ave. was handling a piece of aluminum trim when he touched a power line with the trim, said Donald Longerbeam, assistant chief of the Independent Fire Co. Carroll was shocked and fell off a scaffold, which was about 20 feet to 30 feet high, Longerbeam said.
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September 9, 2008
Aerial photographs showing the possible routes of a planned high-voltage power line are available on the Internet. Allegheny Energy and American Electric Power have posted the maps on a Web site the companies created about the Potomac Appalachian Transmission Highline (PATH), a proposed high-voltage transmission line that would run from West Virginia to Frederick County, Md. The Web site includes more than 750 maps that show several possible routes for the line. Some of those routes would pass through Washington County.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | August 7, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Melanie Hodge is one of thousands of people in three states who are about to endure a less than pleasant experience of limbo with a proposed power line project stretching about 300 miles from St. Albans, W.Va., to Kemptown, Md. in Frederick County. "One of the proposed lines is within 1,500 (to 2,000 feet) of my property," Hodge said Wednesday in Martinsburg at the 11th "open house" in West Virginia hosted by the proponents of the Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline (PATH)
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by DON AINES | June 22, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Faster than a microwave oven, and with a lot more sizzle, a high-voltage power line can cook a hot dog in much the same manner - from the inside out. "Anybody hungry?" asked Adams County Electric Cooperative lineman Randy Hoover after removing the slightly blackened frankfurter from the 7,200-volt demonstration power line set up outside a warehouse at Letterkenny Army Depot. What the electricity did to the hot dog essentially is what happens to a human being when they come in contact with a power line, said Marvin E. Snyder, a line supervisor for Adams Electric.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | September 29, 2005
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARLOWE, W.Va. - A doctor told the father of 5-year-old Marvin D. Hurley that he never needs to play the lottery again - his lucky day came Tuesday evening when Marvin was still alive after touching a live power line in Marlowe, W.Va. The boy touched the line around 6 p.m. after climbing a tree by the line in the backyard of his aunt's home on Lindsey Lane in Berkeley County. He was taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., and flown to Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore, his family said.
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By DAVE McMILLION | November 1, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Commission on Thursday offered another round of opposition to the proposed high-voltage power line that could cross through the county. Allegheny Power officials said recently that possible routes for the Potomac Appalachian Transmission Highline (PATH) have been eliminated in Washington County, Md., and Berkeley and Morgan counties in the Eastern Panhandle. But the line could still cross through Jefferson County, Allegheny Energy officials said.
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June 9, 2013
A high-tension power line fell across both lanes of U.S. 340 Sunday afternoon, forcing authorities to shut down the highway for about four hours until the situation was corrected, a Washington County 911 supervisor said. It is believed the line might have fallen after being struck by a tree, according to a Maryland State Police spokesman. The fallen line, which was between Md. 67 and the Frederick County, Md., line, was reported at 3:07 p.m., and the higway was closed shortly thereafter, the supervisor said.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | April 24, 2013
Potomac Edison will spend $55 million this year in an effort to limit power outages in Maryland and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, company officials said Tuesday. James V. Fakult, vice president of Potomac Edison and president of FirstEnergy's Maryland Operations, said about a third of the money, about $17 million, will be used to trim trees to keep them from falling onto power lines in Washington, Allegany, Frederick and Garrett counties in Maryland, and in Berkeley County in West Virginia.
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March 5, 2013
Here is a list of tips from offered by FirstEnergy in a press release and Potomac Edison spokesman Todd Meyers to prepare for the winter storm and deal with potential power outages: Keep a flashlight and extra batteries on hand before the storm arrives so you do not have to go out into the storm and get them after the power goes out. Have extra blankets or sleeping bags to stay warm. Do not use gas stoves, kerosene heaters, or other heat sources that could cause carbon monoxide gas to build up. Be careful when using candles.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | October 30, 2012
Thousands of Washington County residents were without electricity, dozens of roads were flooded and a threat of more rain and flooding remained at midday Tuesday after the remnants of Hurricane Sandy swept thorugh the county overnight. A flood warning remained in effect for Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg through Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service. At 9 a.m. Tuesday, the creek had reached 9.3 feet, about a foot over flood stage. The creek is expected to crest at about 11.5 feet by 8 p.m. Tuesday, the weather service said.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | September 21, 2012
Firefighters drew water from the Potomac River to battle a fire that ripped through a remote, two-story house Friday night at 6601 Remsburg Road near Antietam National Battlefield. Sharpsburg Deputy Fire Chief Chris Mullendore said at the scene that firefighters had a hard time getting water to the fire because of the narrow roads and the house's remote location. “When we arrived, both floors of this house were on fire,” Mullendore said. He said firefighters were able to knock down flames on the first floor, but the staircase had burned away and they couldn't make it to the second level.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | July 20, 2012
Jan Hargest's goldfish floated upside down in its aquarium Thursday morning, the day after Hargest's Donnybrook Drive home lost electric power in the wake of Wednesday's storm. She said the electronic filtration system in the fish's water needed to be operational to help it breathe. “We're losing our food in the refrigerator,” Hargest said. “I'm worried about my fish. We still don't have power.” Hargest and about 220 other Potomac Edison customers in Washington County didn't have power as Thursday at 10:40 a.m., according to Potomac Edison's website.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 22, 2011
For the past decade, Chambersburg officials have been searching for ways to integrate renewable energy sources into its utility portfolio. On Monday night, they took steps toward that goal. By a unanimous vote, the Chambersburg Borough Council entered into a 10-year agreement with PPL Renewable Energy to build a methane-to-electricity power generating station at the Blue Ridge Landfill in Greene Township. The deal, which will begin in 2013 and run through 2022, will provide 6.4-megawatts of power at a fixed price of $63 per hour with no additional delivery or congestion fees because the power will run straight into the borough's substation near the Walker Road exit on Interstate 81. "This is locally produced sustainable recycled energy improving the environment, providing a benefit to the landfill and all the electric customers in Chambersburg," council president Bill McLaughlin said in a news release.
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April 21, 2011
Traffic on Eastern Boulevard will only be one lane in both directions between South Cannon Avenue and Dual Highway beginning at about noon today. Power lines need to be repaired on the westbound side of the street, according to Eric Parrish of F. L. Crane & Sons. Parrish was helping to lay out cones Monday morning to direct traffic. Power lines were being repaired there on Tuesday as well, and traffic was backed up in both directions on Eastern Boulevard between noon and 1 p.m. Parrish says that they should finish the repairs today.
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April 5, 2011
Traffic updates from Mobile Reporter Caleb Calhoun: 11:26 a.m.: Both drivers were taken to Meritus Medical Center following a two-vehicle, head-on crash at the intersection of Dual Highway and Edgewood Drive. The extent of their injuries was unknown. A Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said the Hagerstown Police Department arrived on the scene at 10:19 a.m. Officer Helman of the Hagerstown Police said that a driver turned left at a red light onto Edgewood and collided head-on with another car going west on Dual Highway.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | March 25, 2011
No Washington County residents have officially commented yet on a power line upgrade project that will stretch through Washington, Frederick and Carroll counties, officials said. The Maryland Public Service Commission held a public hearing Thursday at Hager Hall on Dual Highway as part of the application review for Potomac Edison's proposed upgrade to the hardware and capacity along the 40-mile power line known as the Monocacy-Ringgold-Carroll Transmission Line. Neither of the two residents who attended Thursday's hearing spoke.
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