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August 4, 2013
Meritus Health's trauma and emergency services department recently hosted an awards ceremony for young artists selected for their winning entries in a safety art contest. 
LIFESTYLE
August 8, 2013
Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 14, and continuing the second Wednesday each month, Meritus Health will offer free safety seat checks by appointment between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Trained safety seat technicians will work with attendees to check for proper installation and proper fit of all restraints for children brought to the event. Checks will take place in the valet parking area of Meritus Medical Center's parking lot. In the case of inclement weather, the appointments will move near the ambulance entrance of the hospital.  To schedule a safety seat check, call 301-790-8366.
NEWS
February 10, 2013
The Washington County Commission on Aging will hold an AARP driver-safety program Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway, 11114 Lincoln Ave. The instructor is Terry Marshall. The class is designed to help drivers improve their skills. The course costs $12 per person for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Checks should be made payable to AARP. For more information, call Judy Brewer at 301-790-0275, ext. 220.
NEWS
August 26, 2011
Washington County officials provided the following list of practical measures people can take to help ensure their safety during Hurricane Irene: Listen to radio or television for weather reports and emergency information. Maintain adequate food and medical supplies. Avoid travel in low-lying areas that are prone to localized flooding and do not drive through standing water. Avoid over-exertion and provide adequate rest periods during clean-up and recovery efforts.
NEWS
March 7, 2012
A farm equipment safety seminar will be held Saturday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Smith's Implements, 13115 Cearfoss Pike in Hagerstown. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and advanced registration is requested by Friday. The two-hour seminar will include demonstrations and hands-on activities with tractors, weed trimmers, chain saws and power take-off safety. The seminar is a partnership of Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission, Agricultural Marketing, Smith's Implements and Nationwide Insurance.
NEWS
August 16, 2012
A Martinsburg-area contractor was the apparent low bidder for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning work to be done in Berkeley County's new public safety building for the sheriff's department's law-enforcement division. The $340,000 bid by Air-ROW Sheet Metal Co. Inc., announced Thursday by Berkeley County Council President William L. “Bill” Stubblefield, was $9,000 less than the bid submitted by Hagerstown-based M.S. Johnston Co. Inc. Millers Electric Co. Inc., also of Martinsburg, submitted a $434,200 bid for the county project under way at 510 S. Raleigh St. A fourth bid was rejected because the contractor failed to attend a mandatory prebid conference, Berkeley County Deputy Administrator Alan Davis said.
NEWS
July 26, 2002
The following agencies are scheduled to participate in a public safety seminar scheduled for Aug. 22 at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater. Hagerstown City Police Maryland State Police Washington County Sheriff's Department Division of Parole and Probation Department of Social Services Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused (CASA) Department of Juvenile Justice Washington County Health Department City Housing Authority Washington County State's Attorney's Office Maryland Correctional Training Center
NEWS
August 27, 2012
What Pennsylvania's State Department calls a “safety net” photo identification card is now available to certain registered voters. The card, which is being rolled out Monday and Tuesday at PennDOT centers, was developed in response to complaints many voters cannot qualify for a conventional PennDOT identification card. To apply, voters must first apply for a PennDOT card. If they cannot provide the required birth certificate, officials say they'll be issued a State Department card so long as they're registered to vote, know their Social Security number and can verify their address.
NEWS
January 13, 2004
Tommy Brown watches as a large tree is cut into pieces Monday after being pulled by a crane from Antietam Creek in Funkstown. Brown and other Washington County Highway Department workers were clearing trees and debris lodged against the bridge.
NEWS
October 25, 2011
Maryland Natural Resources Police are offering safety tips to hunters following a tree-stand accident last week east of Hancock that sent a man and woman to the hospital. Robert D. Funk, 53, and Holly E. Funk, 22, both of Hancock, were taken to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown after the tree stand they were using became detached from a tree and fell about 13 feet, according to Natural Resources Police Sgt. Art Windemuth. The injuries were not life-threatening, Windemuth said.
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NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | September 10, 2013
Nine-year-old Ty Ambush said he was ready to tackle any emergency with the safety tips he learned Tuesday during Preparedness in the Park at Hagerstown City Park. Ty and dozens of other pupils from St. Mary's Catholic School received flashlights, whistles and other safety-oriented items that organizers passed out at the event to teach children the importance of being prepared during a natural or man-made disaster. “They gave us all this real cool stuff,” Ty said. “I'll probably end up using it if I'm in an emergency.” Kevin Lewis, director of Washington County Emergency Services, said Preparedness in the Park was part of National Preparedness Month, which was set up after the terrorist attacks on Sept.
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NEWS
August 28, 2013
A “Safe Kids Checkpoint” will be held Friday at Target in The Commons shopping center off Apple Harvest Drive by the Governor's Highway Safety Program's child passenger safety initiative. Nationally certified child passenger safety technicians will be available , from 9:30 to noon to check child safety seats for any damage, expiration date and possible recall, according to the Child Passenger Safety Program of West Virginia.
NEWS
August 22, 2013
Berkeley County Council awarded a long-delayed flooring work contract for the county's new public safety building to a Winchester, Va.-based company. The Floor Shop, one of two bidders for the flooring work at 510 S. Raleigh St., bid $127,000 for the materials and installation. The other company, Lasco Contracting Co. LLC of Sandston, Va., bid $391,200, according to bid results. County Operations Officer Alan J. Davis said the county met with the low bidder to review the building again to be assured the bid was accurate, given the wide disparity between the proposals.
NEWS
matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 20, 2013
Administrators and teachers in Berkeley and Jefferson counties have been experiencing what gunfire in their public school buildings sounds and feels like as part of a fledgling safe-schools initiative.  “Hopefully, we'll never need this, and they'll never hear it again, but at the same time, I think it helps. You can never be too prepared,” said Ron Stephens, Berkeley County Schools' assistant superintendent for pupil services. “And if it saves one life or makes people take things more seriously when we're talking about safety protocol, then it's well worth it.” The firing of blank ammunition inside the school buildings is part of the Eastern Panhandle Safe Schools Initiative, which is an ongoing collaborative effort of the FBI, West Virginia State Police, Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Berkeley County Schools and Jefferson County Schools.
OPINION
By ART CALLAHAM | August 18, 2013
I was sure the “speed camera” issue was going to get the usual number of “pooh hoohs” from the usual suspects who are against anything and everything. A good friend of mine told me that “if you have six loud people against anything here in Washington County, you have a majority.” It took me a moment to process that truism; but, I only had to remember the new medical facility issue, some truck stop proposals, and almost anything dealing with land use to see the truth in my friend's statement.
NEWS
August 11, 2013
The Washington County Commission on Aging will offer its AARP driver-safety program Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Washington County Sheriff's Office, 500 Western Maryland Parkway in Hagerstown. The instructor will be William Baschke Jr. The class is designed to help drivers improve their skills. The course costs $12 per person for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Checks should be made payable to AARP. For more information, call Judy Brewer at 301-790-0275, extension 220.
LIFESTYLE
August 8, 2013
Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 14, and continuing the second Wednesday each month, Meritus Health will offer free safety seat checks by appointment between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Trained safety seat technicians will work with attendees to check for proper installation and proper fit of all restraints for children brought to the event. Checks will take place in the valet parking area of Meritus Medical Center's parking lot. In the case of inclement weather, the appointments will move near the ambulance entrance of the hospital.  To schedule a safety seat check, call 301-790-8366.
NEWS
August 4, 2013
Meritus Health's trauma and emergency services department recently hosted an awards ceremony for young artists selected for their winning entries in a safety art contest. 
OPINION
By LLOYD WATERS | July 28, 2013
“Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional” is the advice I heard someone once say. As I look around me, it seems like everyone is growing a bit older, even me. Last week, I had another birthday - the conclusion of my 365-day orbit around the sun. Feels like warp speed!  Shucks, I still remember the days of swimming in the pond next to the old John Brown house. When I look back at all the bends on life's path, I tend to remember some people who were there to influence me during those 65 years.
NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | July 27, 2013
About 150 people attended Kaplan University's first Community Outreach and Public Safety Day in Hagerstown on Saturday. The event, hosted primarily on the lawns of the local Kaplan campus, featured more than a dozen area organizations, including the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Long Meadow Volunteer Fire Co. and Humane Society of Washington County, event coordinator Heather Guessford said.  “Everybody's offering a different niche of...
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