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By KAREN HANNA | April 15, 2007
HAGERSTOWN A new law that would prohibit people from smoking in bars, restaurants and private clubs has some members of fraternal organizations fuming. "It's supposed to be United ... U.S.A. Why should you want somebody to dictate what you can and can't do? We're not communists," said Bob Keedy, who on Sunday sat at the bar of the Fraternal Order of Eagles on Locust Street in Hagerstown. The Maryland General Assembly voted near the end of its session to approve a statewide smoking ban. The ban does not include an earlier proposal to exempt private clubs.
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NEWS
April 14, 2007
"Just when you think you've read it all in this column, another fascinating inquiry surfaces. Now, someone wants to know how to get rid of a mouse in their house without killing it, and they have a cat. One wonders if Tim Rowland is writing this column. Anyway, the first thing the mouse lover should do is get rid of the cat, since cats don't understand that mice are entitled to nine lives, too. Then, put a leash on the mouse and take it to the SPCA where someone can adopt it and give it a nice home.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | April 6, 2007
Munson explains his vote for smoking ban ANNAPOLIS - Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, told the Senate on Thursday that his vote to outlaw smoking in bars and restaurants statewide was historic for him. "This is the first time in 33 years I've ever voted for a bill of this kind," he said, referring to the length of his state legislative career. "I thought this bill was flexible enough that it wouldn't put people out of business," Munson said in an interview after the vote.
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by KAREN HANNA | March 26, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY - A day after the Maryland House of Delegates passed a version of a bill that would ban smoking in restaurants and bars, restaurant general manager Bobby Resh wasn't holding his breath when asked how the measure would affect business. Talk of the ban already had lit his fire. At Richardson's Restaurant, Resh said "90 to 95 percent" of the bar customers smoke. "Yeah, they're not really saving anybody from anybody because with that said, 85 percent of my staff smokes, so I don't know who's protecting who from whom," Resh, a nonsmoker who opposes the ban, said Sunday.
NEWS
January 29, 2007
"I'm glad to see that we have lots of places to relocate for lower gas prices. To the person who said to move - FYI, we are just trying to help everyone see the disparity in the prices. This is totally crazy and we need someone to step up and take a stand with these owners in Washington County. " - Hagerstown "Attention people, gas was selling for a $1.99 at the Freestate station in Frederick and in Hagerstown is running about $2.17. Do you go to a grocery store that has higher prices?
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | January 21, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Where there's smoke, there's ire. Health advocates are trying again to extinguish smoking from bars and restaurants, the last Maryland workplaces not covered by a statewide ban. The fight over secondhand smoke has returned to the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis. On Friday, Sen. Robert J. Garagiola, D-Montgomery, filed the Clean Indoor Air Act of 2007. Del. Barbara A. Frush, D-Anne Arundel/Prince George's, plans to file a House version on Wednesday, according to her office.
NEWS
April 13, 2004
Thanks for support of Shriners' circus To the editor: Thanks, gratitude and appreciation are due to those who attended and supported the 2004 edition of the Ali Ghan Shriners Circus held at the the Hagerstown Community College ARCC on Saturday, April 3. Thank you to the many businesses in the Hagerstown and Washington County area that purchased advertising space in our program. Thank you to those businesses that went the extra mile and were corporate sponsors for the circus.
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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