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by KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | July 20, 2002
kimy@herald-mail.com In an effort to reduce response times in the West End of Hagerstown, Community Rescue Service has begun operating an ambulance out of Antietam Fire Co. on a trial basis. CRS Chief Chris Amos said Friday that an ambulance and a crew will work out of the station on Summit Avenue daily from 2 to 7 p.m. The service began Thursday, he said. Typically, it takes an ambulance 9 to 10 minutes to reach calls in the West End from CRS' base on Eastern Boulevard, Amos said.
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March 13, 2001
Bill to limit public access to 911 tapes is irrational Prompted by a desire to limit radio and TV broadcasters' use of audio tracks from 911 calls, the West Virginia Senate is pushing a bill to keep such calls confidential unless a judge orders their release. It's a ridiculous attempt to fix a system that isn't broken and should be opposed by all who care about the free flow of information. The bill originated in the Senate Juiciary Committee last Thursday and is being fast-tracked so that it could come to the floor as soon as this week.
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by JANET HEIM | September 11, 2006
Word Processing Services Inc., a family-owned and operated business in Hagerstown, recently was honored with the 2005 Dealer of Distinction Award from Great America Leasing Corp., its leasing company. This is the second consecutive year WPS has received the award. WPS is a document management provider with offices in Hagerstown, Altoona, Pa., and Mechanicsburg, Pa., said Vice President Joe Dellaposta. It has been in business since 1973 and has gone from being strictly a copier company to a business that helps companies manage documents, as well as selling and servicing office equipment.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | March 19, 2009
ANNAPOLIS -- Current practice would allow anyone with a working vehicle to transport a dead body to the state medical examiner in the trunk of their car, according to Tom Wetzel, who owns a Hagerstown body transport company. Wetzel testified Thursday before a House of Delegates committee in favor of legislation introduced by Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Allegany/Washington, that would ensure more regulation of body transportation services. Under Myers' bills, the Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene would have to adopt regulations that require a body transportation service to transport a body in a way that shows the deceased person proper dignity.
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June 12, 1997
Employee residency rules to ease on Oct. 1 City of Hagerstown employees will no longer have to live in Maryland starting Oct. 1, although some city officials don't agree like the idea. City officials said they would approve a new residency requirement that doesn't address general city employees, but that continues to direct that the city administrator and newly hired department managers must live in the city. Legislators approved a law last spring that will allow local government employees to live outside Maryland.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro | March 17, 2000
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Increasing runs to the Greencastle-Antrim area are prompting Medic II, the advanced life-support unit based at Waynesboro Hospital, to staff a paramedic and emergency vehicle at the Rescue Hose Co. No. 1 firehouse, Medic II's operations chief said Thursday. Brian Mitchell said 30 percent of Medic II's calls go to the Greencastle area, 10 miles east of Waynesboro, and beyond. The unit's four emergency vehicles, staffed with 22 full- and part-time paramedics and registered nurses, respond to about 1,800 emergencies a year, all in southern Franklin County.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | April 29, 2010
BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. -- The Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors have applied for a grant that would help them acquire land believed to have been part of the Battle of Monterey Pass during the Civil War. The application paperwork described the property as the site of Gen. George Custer's battlefield line at 3 a.m. July 5, 1863. Historian John Miller has described the battle, the second-largest in Pennsylvania, as confusing due to poor weather and terrain. An interesting aspect of the battle is that it was fought on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line, he said.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | May 11, 2010
PLEASANT VALLEY -- Southern Washington County residents gathered Monday to hear officials make their case for a new communications tower in the Sandy Hook area. County officials have said a 190-foot tower would fill a wide communication gap that leaves firefighters, emergency medical service workers and police officers vulnerable. Some residents and environmentalists were skeptical, alleging that the tower would be an eyesore in an area known for beautiful views. About 75 people attended Monday's public meeting at Pleasant Valley Elementary School.
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | July 13, 2006
FALLING WATERS, W.Va. - Officials with E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. are expected to hold a press conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday to formally announce the donation of nine acres of wooded property in northern Berkeley County to the Bedington Volunteer Fire Department. DuPont regional public affairs spokesman David Hastings said Wednesday that he and two other officials are planning to take part in a small, informal presentation at the fire department's main station off Bedington Road.
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March 23, 2009
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- If you, a relative or a friend is in some type of care facility and has a problem, where can you turn? Locally, the Washington County Commission on Aging has an ombudsman who visits nursing homes when there are complaints about the facilities, said Linda Crone, who deals with community-based programs at the Commission on Aging. Senior citizens or their family members also can call the ombudsman for information about problems at local nursing homes, Crone said.
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