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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | February 10, 2011
A petroleum industry activist and a Montgomery County business advocate went head to head Thursday on the pros and cons of raising Maryland's gas tax during a discussion hosted by the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce. Rich Parsons, a consultant and former lobbyist who chairs the Montgomery County Business Political Action Committee, argued in support of a proposed 10-cent-per-gallon hike to the gas tax, saying it is the only way to fund much-needed road improvements statewide.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | April 16, 2013
A new Ripken Design study, analyzing alternative sites for a multiuse stadium, was in the hands of the Hagerstown City Council and mayor at Tuesday's council meeting, and on the city's website. The supplemental study examines the pros and cons of the downtown site the city council and former mayor Robert E. Bruchey II promoted last year, as well as the former Washington County Hospital site and two concepts in the area of the existing Municipal Stadium. “My personal preference is adjacent to the present site” of Municipal Stadium, Councilman Donald Munson said.
NEWS
August 23, 2004
The Minnesota Branch of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science Inc. offers pros and cons for many popular classroom pets. Mice: Active, lively, entertaining - but odoriferous, not easy to handle, short life span. Rats: Intelligent, friendly, trainable - but short life span with health problems at the end. Hamsters: Cute and appealing - but nocturnal and bad-tempered. Gerbils: Good-natured and healthy - but nocturnal and tough for children to handle.
NEWS
January 1, 2001
Students see pros and cons in proposed grading system By TARA REILLY / Staff Writer see also: Letter grades may help struggling students Some Washington County Public School students had mixed reactions to the proposed changes to the middle and high school grading systems. continued While some were in favor of the changes, others either disagreed or founds pros and cons with both methods. Elizabeth Suh, 17, a senior at North Hagerstown High School, thinks a change from percentages to letters is a good idea, because it would motivate students.
NEWS
April 17, 2001
W.Va. legislative session had its pros and cons By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg A new judge and a new ability to assess impact fees on developers were the major items affecting the Eastern Panhandle that came out of the just-concluded regular session of the West Virginia Legislature, local lawmakers said Monday. But lawmakers failed to make headway on getting "differential" pay for teachers and other state employees in the Panhandle who face a higher cost of living than their counterparts elsewhere in the state.
NEWS
By DON AINES | January 28, 2006
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - Penn-Mar Ethanol and Citizens for a Quality Environment have been battling in the courts over a proposed ethanol plant in Franklin County, but the debate over the pros and cons of the alternative fuel will move to a college campus Monday night. Wilson College will host a two-hour educational forum on economic and environmental consequences of ethanol beginning at 6 p.m. in Thomson Hall. David Morris, vice president of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in Minneapolis, will discuss the benefits of ethanol and Tadeusz Patzek of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California, Berkeley, will talk about the downside of the alternative fuel.
LIFESTYLE
February 4, 2013
A presentation for persons interested in learning more about the Lap-Band procedure being performed at WVU Hospitals-East City Hospital will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, in the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, on the City Hospital campus.  Dr. Robert E. Cicchino Jr., of University Surgical Associates, will provide an overview of the Lap-Band procedure, explain the pros and cons of the system, and give participants an opportunity to...
NEWS
April 4, 2006
The members of the Clear Spring FFA participated in the Maryland FFA Nursery/Landscape Career Development Event recently in Timonium, Md. The FFA members demonstrated their knowledge and skill in completing a general knowledge exam, client interview discussing the pros and cons of a proposed landscape plan, plant material and equipment identification, landscape measurement and landscape design. When the scores were tallied, the Clear Spring FFA members came out on top. Leading the way were gold medallists Katrina Hendershot in second place, Becky Funk in fifth place, Shannon Yeargan placed sixth and Stephanie Moore took seventh.
NEWS
February 20, 2002
Central booking facility considered The Hagerstown City Council and Washington County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to further study the benefits and cost of a central booking facility. City Police Chief Arthur Smith and Washington County Sheriff Charles F. Mades say a central booking facility would lessen the time police officers spend processing their arrests, and thus allow the officers to get back on the road faster. Mades said a central booking facility could be located at the detention center and a new building would not need to be built.
BUSINESS
By BOB POOR | January 13, 2013
Q: We think that we would like to start a home business. Do you have any guidelines that would be useful in putting our plans together? A: You can't go wrong going to www.sba.gov and searching for “starting and managing.” Starting a home-based business has many rewards, as well as challenges. The SBA guide provides resources that will help you learn more about working out of your house, starting a home-based business and managing your business within the law. Also, you don't want to miss the January SCORE Hagerstown roundtable.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | April 16, 2013
A new Ripken Design study, analyzing alternative sites for a multiuse stadium, was in the hands of the Hagerstown City Council and mayor at Tuesday's council meeting, and on the city's website. The supplemental study examines the pros and cons of the downtown site the city council and former mayor Robert E. Bruchey II promoted last year, as well as the former Washington County Hospital site and two concepts in the area of the existing Municipal Stadium. “My personal preference is adjacent to the present site” of Municipal Stadium, Councilman Donald Munson said.
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LIFESTYLE
February 4, 2013
A presentation for persons interested in learning more about the Lap-Band procedure being performed at WVU Hospitals-East City Hospital will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, in the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, on the City Hospital campus.  Dr. Robert E. Cicchino Jr., of University Surgical Associates, will provide an overview of the Lap-Band procedure, explain the pros and cons of the system, and give participants an opportunity to...
BUSINESS
By BOB POOR | January 13, 2013
Q: We think that we would like to start a home business. Do you have any guidelines that would be useful in putting our plans together? A: You can't go wrong going to www.sba.gov and searching for “starting and managing.” Starting a home-based business has many rewards, as well as challenges. The SBA guide provides resources that will help you learn more about working out of your house, starting a home-based business and managing your business within the law. Also, you don't want to miss the January SCORE Hagerstown roundtable.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | September 24, 2012
Concerns about establishing a dog park in Hagerstown, including possible problems like dogs attacking children or dogs getting hit by balls from nearby baseball fields, were raised Monday night during a meeting at City Hall. About 20 people attended the meeting. Several people associated with American Little League attended a meeting about the proposed facility in Hager Park and said they were worried about mixing the dog park with the Little League games played there. Lewis Berry, an American Little League coach and a league board member, talked about dogs possibly getting away from their owners at the dog park.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | February 10, 2011
A petroleum industry activist and a Montgomery County business advocate went head to head Thursday on the pros and cons of raising Maryland's gas tax during a discussion hosted by the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce. Rich Parsons, a consultant and former lobbyist who chairs the Montgomery County Business Political Action Committee, argued in support of a proposed 10-cent-per-gallon hike to the gas tax, saying it is the only way to fund much-needed road improvements statewide.
NEWS
January 24, 2011
Is firewood the best fuel choice for you? As winter tightens its grip, the cost of keeping warm increases. And this year’s escalating energy prices have many homeowners re-evaluating their fuel options.   Among the possibilities: firewood. “Wood is a renewable resource that when used with modern catalytic stoves can be an environmentally sound and cost-effective source of home heat,” said Jonathan Kays, a natural resources specialist with University of Maryland Extension, part of the University of Maryland’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
NEWS
April 21, 2010
Compact fluorescent light bulbs Pros Uses less energy than incandescent bulbs, reducing demand for electricity and amount of mercury emitted from power plants. An Energy Star-qualified CFL bulb will use 75 percent less energy than an incandescent bulb. An Energy Star-qualified CFL bulb will last about 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb. An Energy Star-qualified CFL bulb will pay for itself in about 6 months. Cons Disposal isn't convenient because bulbs contain mercury.
NEWS
January 31, 2009
Buyers want bargains. Some even limit their search to REOs and short-sale listings. REO, or real estate-owned, refers to a property that a mortgage lender acquired through a foreclosure. It's owned by the bank. A short sale refers to a situation where the sellers still own the property but they can't sell for enough to pay off the mortgage(s) and costs of sale. There are pros and cons to buying distressed sale properties. They often sell below market price. However with REOs, there is usually very little information about the property and no seller disclosures.
NEWS
By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | April 27, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY - It sounds great, but watch your step. There are quagmires among the latest kinds of deals homeowners - and bargain hunters - are reaching for as economic troubles continue, the top official with the Pen-Mar Regional Association of Realtors warns. "Bottom line: It is not as clean-cut, the end of the rainbow, as everyone seems to think," said Joan McLernon, president-elect of the 800-member group. And it's a buyer-beware market for those looking to find bargains as homeowners and lenders alike try to sell the properties, others caution.
NEWS
By JOSHUA BOWMAN | January 30, 2008
The pros and cons of Washington County's proposed home rule charter will be debated tonight from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater. The public is invited to attend the debate on Washington County's proposed home rule charter, which will be voted on in the Feb. 12 primary election. Those participating in the debate in favor of the proposed charter will be Jeanne Singer, who served as chairwoman of the charter board for Washington County; James F. Kercheval, a Washington County Commissioner; and Brien Poffenberger, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce.
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