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By DAN DEARTH | January 3, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - In an effort to protect children from secondhand smoke, a Hagerstown man said Wednesday he wants to educate adults about the health risks involved with smoking in vehicles when children are riding as passengers. Andy Smith of Brothers United Who Dare To Care, an organization that was organized to help black men take responsibility for their lives, their families and their community, said clinical studies show that children who are exposed to smoke in confined areas are more likely to suffer from asthma and other long-term illnesses.
NEWS
By KEVIN G. GILBERT / Staff Photographer | September 19, 2007
A Conrail locomotive spews thick, black smoke as it pulls cars laden with coal Tuesday and approaches the railyard in Hagerstown's West End.
OPINION
August 29, 2013
When all is said and done, the primary purpose of a public park is exercise and fresh air. So we support the Hagerstown City Council's move to ban smoking in these green environs. It's true that smokers must feel like an endangered species, roped in ever-tightening corners. But when people visit a park, they should not be subjected to clouds of smoke. Secondhand smoke is a proven carcinogen, which basically defeats the purpose of venturing outdoors in pursuit of a healthy lifestyle.
NEWS
April 9, 2010
If you were driving down Washington Avenue March 24 around 5:30 p.m., you might have seen something unusual outside of Girls Inc. of Washington County. There, you would have found a group of girls holding a sign notifying drivers of the fact that 50 Americans die every single hour from tobacco-related diseases. Along with this statistic was a plea for readers who smoke to stop so that they do not become one of these victims. This activity, and several others that day, was part of Girls Inc.'s observance of Kick Butts Day. The girls joined with thousands of youths in every state and around the world to make a difference by living out the Kick Butts Day motto of "Stand OutSpeak Upand Seize Control Against Big Tobacco" This is an annually celebrated event at Girls Inc. and something that the staff is committed to sharing with the girls as they follow their mission to encourage all girls to be strong, smart and bold.
NEWS
January 16, 1998
Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II is smoking again. Bruchey said Friday that he picked the habit up again during the Christmas holiday. "You shouldn't try to quit smoking during holidays," he said. The mayor had quit during the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 20. He had made several "half-hearted" attempts to stop smoking earlier. He picked up the habit 18 years ago while serving in the Army in Germany. Bruchey said personal and medical reasons led him to start smoking again, but he wouldn't elaborate.
NEWS
by TIM ROWLAND | March 16, 2004
For those women who have asked the age-old question, "What's a little lung cancer if I can keep my trim figure?" the answer may be: Not much. Last week came the news that fatness is rapidly catching up to smoking as the nation's No. 1 killer, and likely will take over the top spot in "when the roll is called up yonder" status in another year or two. According to news accounts, "Although tobacco is still the top cause of avoidable deaths, the...
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By DAN DEARTH | February 21, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Viewing photographs of nicotine-stained teeth and cancer-ridden tongues isn't the way most children like to spend their weekends. But that's what happened for a few hours Saturday afternoon at North Street School in Hagerstown. About 30 children and their parents gathered at the school to attend a meeting of the Neighborhood Youth Club, an organization that promotes black history and teaches children about the dangers of smoking. Hagerstown resident Daphne Hughes said she brought her five children to the event so they could see for themselves the health problems that are associated with smoking.
NEWS
April 20, 1999
Smoking banned on school grounds Smoking is now prohibited on school grounds in Washington County at all times. The Washington County Board of Education approved a policy change Tuesday that means stricter alcohol, tobacco and drug rules for students. Smoking is now prohibited during football games, track meets, after hours and on weekends. Neither students nor parents and teachers are allowed to smoke. "There is zero tolerance and that has to be the mission," said School Board member B. Marie Byers.
NEWS
By MARLO BARNHART | April 28, 2007
There was no shortage of role models at Friday night's No Smoking Youth Club banquet for family and friends at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center. Staff, visitors and even the keynote speaker were there to sing the praises of quitting smoking or better yet, never starting. "Smoking is probably the most preventable health problem we have," author and health educator Richard Williams said. "Diabetes, heart and lung problems are all connected to smoking. " Williams has a doctorate in health education and administration, and has taught college-level courses in nutrition and health education.
NEWS
by MARLO BARNHART | March 6, 2004
marlob@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Board of Health unanimously passed an amendment Friday to the 2003 Clean Indoor Air Regulation, sharpening the definition of bars. But to restaurant owner Danny Smith, the group more importantly finally cleared the way for him to take the same steps as Charles Town Races & Slots to keep smokers happy in certain designated areas in his establishment. "All I want is a level playing field," Smith said.
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NEWS
September 3, 2013
Firefighters responded to 19105 Shamrock Lane in north Hagerstown Tuesday night for smoke in a house, according to a Washington County 911 supervisor. Details were not immediately available, but Red Cross officials were sent to the scene after the call was received at 9:20 p.m., the supervisor said. Shamrock Lane is between Woodburn Drive and Blue Ridge Road.
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OPINION
August 29, 2013
When all is said and done, the primary purpose of a public park is exercise and fresh air. So we support the Hagerstown City Council's move to ban smoking in these green environs. It's true that smokers must feel like an endangered species, roped in ever-tightening corners. But when people visit a park, they should not be subjected to clouds of smoke. Secondhand smoke is a proven carcinogen, which basically defeats the purpose of venturing outdoors in pursuit of a healthy lifestyle.
NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | July 7, 2013
An update to state law that requires residential battery-operated smoke alarms to be replaced with ones having long-life, sealed-in batteries by 2018 went into effect July 1. The change is a result of cleaning up sections of the fire laws of Maryland that had been in place for 38 years, Deputy State Fire Marshal Bruce D. Bouch said last week. The law stipulates that homeowners replace battery-operated alarms that are at the end of their 10-year lifespan or once they reach the end of their 10-year lifespan with a unit powered by a 10-year sealed-in battery.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE and RAYCHEL HARVEY-JONES | June 27, 2013
An apartment building off Little Elliott Drive in Hagerstown was evacuated Thursday night after a small fire broke out inside one of the units, according to city fire official at the scene. Battalion Chief Brian Pile said that flames broke out in the closet area of Apt. 7 of the second floor in the building at 12833 Cortland Apartments. Damage was minimal, and it appeared that mostly clothes were destroyed before the building's sprinkler system extinguished the blaze, Pile said.
LIFESTYLE
By BOB GARVER | Special to The Herald-Mail | June 3, 2013
The trouble with “Now You See Me”  - or any other movie about magic - is that you know there's going to be a huge twist at the end. These movies make you wait until the last minute to find out who was really in control, how they pulled off their ultimate trick, who was being tricked and indeed what the trick even was. Sometimes the big twist is impressive, usually it isn't. But it almost always negates a lot of the plot points that came before it. The action might be exciting, but don't bother to follow the story, because when the time is right, everything is going to turn topsy-turvy anyway.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | May 25, 2013
There was no shortage of horsepower, adrenaline or excitement Saturday night at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center. Truck-and-tractor-pull season is back in full swing, and the first Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League-sanctioned show of the year drew thousands for all of the ear-busting, dirt-slinging action a gearhead could hope for. A steady line of cars and trucks still was arriving as the event kicked off shortly after 6 p.m., featuring...
NEWS
May 2, 2013
An electrical malfunction in a ceiling fan in a first floor bathroom caused smoke to build-up in a house at 13502 Halifax Drive Thursday night, according to a spokesman for the Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Co. Firefighters removed the fan from the house in Hagerstown's North End and damage was minimal, said Sgt. Jeremy Smiley. Smiley said people in the house off Longmeadow Road decided to stay in a hotel for the night. Firefighters received the call at 9:12 p.m.
SPORTS
April 28, 2013
Adam LaRoche's slump is now at 26 hitless at-bats with strikeouts accounting for half the outs. Unfamiliarity with Reds rookie pitcher Tony Cingrani had the Nationals collectively looking awkward at the plate. With a chance to complete a four-game series sweep, Washington struck out 11 times against the left-hander - including four in one inning - and 14 overall against five Cincinnati pitchers in a 5-2 loss to the Reds on Sunday. In his third career start, Cingrani (2-0) pitched six scoreless innings and allowed only two hits, one coming off the bat of Nationals rookie Anthony Rendon.
SPORTS
April 27, 2013
Four Hickory errors helped the Hagerstown Suns build an early four-run lead en route to an 8-2 victory over the Crawdads on Saturday at Municipal Stadium. The miscues extended the first, fourth and fifth innings and allowed the Suns (12-11) to take a 4-1 lead. The errors were too much for the Crawdads (14-9) despite two more home runs to pad their South Atlantic League-leading total. Kylin Turnbull (1-0) returned to the Suns and immediately notched a victory with six innings of three-hit pitching, allowing one run without a walk while striking out seven.
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