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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | December 14, 2010
Berkeley County Schools was awarded $1 million in state funding Monday to support the renovation and expansion of Martinsburg North Middle School, Superintendent Manny P. Arvon confirmed Tuesday. The county school district was one of six that were awarded Major Improvement Program  project grants by the West Virginia School Building Authority at the board’s quarterly meeting. The state funding will be used to renovate core areas of the school, including the gymnasium and hopefully the cafeteria, Arvon said.
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September 17, 2010
The Hagerstown Walmart at 17850 Garland Groh Blvd. held a grand reopening Friday. The event was held to give local shoppers a glimpse of the results of a three-month remodeling project, the company said in a prepared release. Changes include a new layout, wider aisles, low-profile shelving, a bright interior paint scheme, enhanced lighting and easy-to-read signage, according to the release. "We listened to our customers and have redesigned the store to make shopping at Walmart even easier," store manager Steven James said in the release.
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By DANA BROWN | July 20, 2010
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library in Greencastle has kicked off a capital campaign for a proposed $1.2 million renovation and expansion project. The proposed project will help make the facility "future ready," library association president Kay Witmer said. "It's really a necessity," Witmer said. "We've worked hard to come up with a plan that will give us what we need for the future. " Plans for improvements to the existing structure include updating the heating and air conditioning systems, upgrading existing windows and lighting and improving the electrical system in an effort to increase energy efficiency and decrease utility costs, Witmer said.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | May 13, 2011
The renovation of the AC&T Travel and Convenience Store on Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65) and Lappans Road (Md. 68) is nearly finished, according to store manager Amanda Huntzberry. Huntzberry says that the project should be finished in about two weeks. "We've remodeled the inside of the store and upgraded our fuel systems outside," she said. Huntzberry work to upgrade the store began in September 2010. Parts of the parking lots and the store have been blocked off at different times since then.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | October 1, 2012
As Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church's congregation held a rededication ceremony Sunday for its downtown Boonsboro church, which was damaged in a fire 16 months ago, the Rev. Reinold Schlak reminded the parishioners what's truly important. “It's not the building. It's what the building does. It's what the people in the building do,” said Schlak, assistant to the bishop of the Delaware-Maryland Synod and a guest speaker who gave the sermon during the rededication service. After the Chartes Cathedral in France had its sixth fire, around 1200, the community excitedly rebuilt the church, Schlak said.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | April 2, 2012
Despite being nearly $200,000 short of its fundraising goal, The Salvation Army has started construction of a $1.8 million project in Hagerstown that includes new offices, a gymnasium and renovation of the organization's existing women's and children's shelter. Salvation Army Maj. Robert Lyle said Monday he was hopeful that donors would step up to contribute the rest of the money. “We do have a lot of folks in this community who are sympathetic to what we're doing,” Lyle said.
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by RICHARD BELISLE | February 17, 2003
waynesboro@herald-mail.com The screech of power saws and the pounding of hammers filled the second floor of the old Capitol Theatre building in Chambersburg on Friday as professional trades people and technical school students framed walls and ceilings with 2-by-4s to get the space ready for sheet rock. It's a small part of an overall $5 million effort - including new construction and renovation - to make over the second block of South Main Street in a project centered on the renewal of the 76-year-old Capitol Theatre.
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By AMY WALLAUER | February 26, 1998
Courthouse renovation talks continue MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Discussions about renovations of the Berkeley County Courthouse continued Wednesday as the County Commission and architect Michael Proffitt reviewed options. The projects to tackle first include the building's outdated electrical wiring and lack of emergency exits. "When the building was constructed, we didn't have computers, we didn't have fax machines, we didn't have copy machines, and we need to upgrade to accommodate that," said County Administrator Deborah Sheetenhelm.
NEWS
July 13, 2000
Sheriff's renovation cost soars By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer The total estimated cost for additions and renovations to the Washington County Sheriff's Department patrol facility has increased about $600,000 to approximately $1.5 million, Public Works Director Gary Rohrer said this week. Rohrer said he will ask the Washington County Commissioners at Tuesday's meeting if they want to proceed with plans to double the size of the facility despite an estimate more than 60 percent higher.
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By DAVE McMILLION | January 13, 2009
WILLIAMSPORT -- A former Washington County Commissioner on Monday night proposed renovating an old clock tower in town, saying it could spark an interest in redeveloping the town. Ron Bowers, speaking to Williamsport Town Council members, said The Order of the Knights of Pythias in 1908 donated the clock tower on North Conococheague Street for a town clock. The Order of the Knights of Pythias is an international, nonsectarian fraternal order, established in 1864 in Washington, D.C. Bowers noted that the 9,200-square-foot building needs new windows and said that perhaps a window- manufacturing company could be convinced to donate some.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | August 29, 2013
Cramped quarters in the Greencastle-Antrim School District have caused the school district to take another look at a building project it shelved two years ago because of the economic downturn. On Thursday, the Greencastle-Antrim School Board held a work session to revisit a renovation plan for the middle and high schools. Mark Barnhardt, senior vice president of EI Associates in Harrisburg, Pa., who completed the district's original feasibility study, prepared a PowerPoint presentation on the project.
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NEWS
July 29, 2013
The Hagerstown City Council has voted to approve the city's application for state funding through Maryland's Community Legacy program for the renovation of two downtown projects. The city plans to use grant awards for the renovations of 170 W. Washington Street - the former Holiday Motel, also once known as the Midtown Motel - and 43-53 W. Washington St., which the city acquired this spring using the previous fiscal year's $100,000 legacy grant to finance a portion of the acquisition.
EDUCATION
July 24, 2013
Work is continuing on planning and carrying out renovations at the Washington County Public Schools system's future administrative offices along Downsville Pike. Crews will begin putting a new roof on the administrative building this summer, with the project expected to be completed by the end of November, according to school system documents. Removing asbestos, which was applied as a spray-on insulation on steel on the first and second floors, is expected to begin this month, said Mark Mills, director of maintenance and operations.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | June 23, 2013
Ambrose Park, a four-acre tract that was designated a public park by city officials in 1975, is undergoing major renovations and upgrades that are expected to greatly increase its use by nearby residents. More than $300,000 in federal, state and local funds are being pumped into the improvements, said Steve Catlett, executive director of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks & Recreation Board, which operates and maintains the city-owned facility. The work is expected to be finished in time for a September dedication, Catlett said.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | June 16, 2013
As he stood before almost 200 people, many if not all of whom were members of his congregation, Maj. Robert Lyle said two, maybe three men attended his first Sunday service when he and his wife arrived seven years ago to take over leadership of The Salvation Army's Hagerstown Corps. During a farewell luncheon for Majs. Robert and Karen Lyle on Sunday, Advisory Board Chairman Don Funk listed several facility improvements during the Lyles' tenure, including the construction of the $1.8 million Shifler Family Community Center that housed the luncheon on George Street in Hagerstown's West End. Maj. Robert Lyle said leading the Hagerstown Corps was really about showing a group of people “that there's more to being a church than coming on Sunday.
NEWS
May 23, 2013
The Hagerstown Historic District Commission presented awards Tuesday night to organizations and individuals for rehabilitation projects in town. The awards, presented during a Hagerstown City Council meeting, were given for four projects. They included:   • A 2013 Outstanding Rehabilitation Project - Recognition for the renovation of a building at 140 S. Potomac St. near the Washington County Free Library. J&D Solutions was recognized for the work on the circa-1890s building, which is a prominent, architecturally significant building, according to award documents.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | April 22, 2013
Berkeley County Schools will be able to use $5.9 million in state funding it had received for the construction of two new schools to instead renovate Martinsburg North Middle School. The grant award of the reallocated funding was decided Monday by the West Virginia School Building Authority at the agency's quarterly meeting in Charleston, W.Va. Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Manny P. Arvon said he was pleased that the state allowed the reallocation of funds previously awarded for Spring Mills High School and Gerrardstown Area Middle School to the Martinsburg project.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | April 16, 2013
Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Manny P. Arvon hopes renovations planned for Martinsburg North Middle School can begin at the end of the school year. Bids totaling $8.1 million for the project were awarded Tuesday night by the Berkeley County Board of Education, contingent upon anticipated funding decisions to be made Monday by the state School Building Authority. The SBA is scheduled to meet Monday to consider a recommendation by its finance committee to “recapture” a total of $6.9 million in state funds that were awarded for Spring Mills High School and Gerrardstown Area Middle School construction projects.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | April 7, 2013
Some students at Western Heights Middle School have to walk through an empty room or a classroom with students to get to their own classroom. The school's Spanish and French teacher's desk is in a narrow storage room that exits onto the hallway. Her classroom is next door. Band class is held on the school's auditorium stage, said Principal Mike Kuhaneck, explaining the layout during a Wednesday tour of the 1300 Marshall St. school's ground floor. Those conditions will improve with renovations to the West End school's ground floor, expected to be substantially complete in time for classrooms to be ready for the first day of the next school year on Aug. 21, school system officials said.
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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | April 3, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley's capital budget bill that cleared the Senate on Wednesday sets aside $100,000 for renovations and repairs to Lock 44, Lockhouse 44 and the Western Maryland Railroad Lift Bridge in Williamsport as part of improvements to Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. A bond bill request by state Sen. George C. Edwards, R-Garrett/Allegany/Washington, asked for $175,000 for the renovations, but the request was only partially funded. The National Park Service is expected to match the amount.
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