October 6, 2011
It only takes John Lenahan about a one- to two-mile walk from his North End home to collect more recyclables than he can carry. Some days he'd venture farther from home, but he has to unload the plastic grocery bags filled with aluminum soda cans and plastic bottles. Once home, the trash he's collected goes into his recycling bins, since Hagerstown residents have curbside pickup. Lenahan's also quick to remove the lids on plastic bottles, aware that sealed up bottles get washed into storm drains and take up a lot of room because they can't be crushed.
June 6, 2011
“Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The founding fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go back home and work for a living.” — Hagerstown “Fairplay caller, when Republicans wanted to drill under Clinton, Clinton said no, it would take 10 years. When gas prices were $4 per gallon under Bush, Pelosi wouldn’t let Bush drill. You Democrats wanted her and you got your wish. Mr. President won’t permit drilling, despite the loss of jobs and our national security.
January 22, 1998
What's a recycler to do No jokes, please, about my being hung up on recycling. But I've got this closet full of clothes hangers - years worth of them that I've gotten from dry cleaners. I can't stand to throw them away, and I have far more hangers than I have clothes to hang on them. Though I've pretty much stopped acquiring any more of them, they still seem to be increasing in number. Sometimes I think they reproduce in my closet at night. Recycling is an iffy option.
October 24, 2009
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- In Washington County Public Schools, one of the newest teachers on campuses this year is the cafeteria. Here, students are learning how to be ecofriendly. Gone are disposable items, such as trays, plates, cups and utensils. Now, instead of the trash can, most tableware heads to the dishwasher. And the paper milk cartons familiar to several generations of students? They've been replaced by plastic bottles. There also are recycling bins for paper, plastic and aluminum, which are carted away to a co-mingled Dumpster.
July 12, 2011
Councilman voices complaints about dogs in cemetery FUNKSTOWN — Funkstown Councilman John Phillips III said people have been letting their dogs run loose in Funkstown Community Park and Funkstown Cemetery, calling the waste left behind at the cemetery "disgusting" and "disrespectful. " During a Town Council meeting Monday night, Phillips said he had received several calls about people letting dogs run off their leashes in the cemetery. Signs stating "no pets allowed" need to be posted at the cemetery's entrances for enforcement purposes, Phillips said.
April 23, 2013
“This is for the street cleaner here in the wonderful city of Hagerstown. There is a street called Fry Avenue, and somehow he never gets down our street, for about the last three years. I'd appreciate it. And there are two sides to our street, also. It's one block, one way. I think it won't take him long to do it. We would appreciate it.” - Hagerstown “Nice articles in the paper, the opinion from The Herald-Mail. You hit it on target, with all this rhetoric we hear up here from most of the politicians in Washington County.
June 21, 2012
American pit bulls have been mischaracterized To the editor: It is hard to believe that in this day that people can be so misinformed about any subject. Some have said that American pit bulls were originally bred for dog fighting. Well, that is not the truth. The American pit bull was a family and farm dog. The dog helped to wrangle livestock when needed and he was a trusted, loyal and loving family member. The only reason the American pit bull is associated with dog fighting is because of their humans.