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November 20, 2006
Samantha Spencer, a member of the Boonsboro FFA chapter, competed in the National FFA Agriscience Fair in October during the 79th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. Her project, "The Dirt on Soil," was on display at the convention.
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By JEFF RUGG / Creators Syndicate | August 14, 2009
Q: We have a few trees in what we laughingly call our park. Some of the tree roots are sticking above the ground and I am afraid that someone might trip or the roots might be damaged by the maintenance of the grass with lawnmowers and Weedwackers, etc. I researched this somewhat and am now confused. Some say you can cover them with soil and mulch. Some say that would suffocate them and that putting some soil between the roots and then a light layer of mulch over the area might be OK. What's your opinion?
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | November 28, 2012
Construction of the new Washington County Free Library in downtown Hagerstown is scheduled to be finished around the first week of May, with the library probably opening in June, said Joseph Kroboth III, the county's public works director. Those dates could change depending on construction progress, he said. The project has already experienced some delays. The latest cost estimate is $17.2 million, including approximately $1.2 million in approved change orders that account for slightly more than half of the project's contingency budget, Kroboth said Wednesday.
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By ANNETTE IPSAN | November 20, 2007
What's the upside of raking all those fall leaves? Compost, gardener's gold. Dark, crumbly compost enriches the soil and grows healthier plants. Made from decayed leaves, grass clippings, kitchen scraps and more, compost is simply natural materials broken down into amazing soil food. Sure, Mother Nature breaks down natural stuff like leaves and twigs. But, she takes a long time. Composting speeds up the process to create a nutritious soil amendment in as little as two months.
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March 2, 2013
The Washington County Master Gardeners will hold a workshop on starter vegetable gardens Saturday, April 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Washington County Agricultural Education Center, 7303 Sharpsburg Pike in Boonsboro.   Participants will learn how to grow vegetables in small spaces including containers, raised beds, lasagna gardens and bags of soil. The workshop will cover soil testing, site evaluation and timing for best results.   The cost for the hands-on class is $10, which includes take-home seeds and a plant.  To request a registration form, call Diane at 301-791-1304 or send an email to dwoodrin@umd.edu .
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by DAVE McMILLION | March 29, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A berm made of contaminated soil from an old orchard and standing 23 feet high will be used to separate the 3,200-home Huntfield development from the historic Claymont mansion, officials said at a Charles Town Planning Commission meeting Monday night. A Huntfield official said using the contaminated soil to build the berm does not pose any public health risk and said the berm will be constructed in accordance with state regulations.
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By JEFF RUGG / Creators Syndicate | April 4, 2009
Q: A local store is selling strawberry pots already filled with strawberry plants, and I was wondering how to take care of them and if this is a good way to grow plants. How long will I get strawberries? A: Strawberry pots can be a great way to grow strawberries, herbs and small annual flowering plants. A strawberry pot is a flower pot, usually less than 2 feet tall, that has a series of holes around the sides where additional plants are planted. They can be made from clay or ceramic pottery, plastic and even wood.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | December 21, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -Along with some "goodies," Lance and Pam Swartwood of Martinsburg have sent a small tin of dirt from their backyard to three GIs with Berkeley County ties who have done tours of duty in Iraq. "My husband just thinks of things like that," Swartwood said after the couple were thanked Thursday morning by their most recent "adopted" soldier, U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Philip Gardner, who is the son-in-law of Berkeley County Commissioner Ronald K. Collins. Introduced by Collins at the commission's regular meeting, Gardner presented the Swartwoods with an American flag in a wood and glass display case.
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by DAVE McMILLION | September 4, 2006
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - A Jefferson County zoning board has scaled back the number of homes to be allowed in a controversial housing subdivision that a local attorney claimed was to be built where there were high levels of DDT, arsenic and diesel fuel. The Paynes Ford Station subdivision was slated to have 201 houses, but the Jefferson County Board of Zoning of Appeals ruled on Aug. 10 that the subdivision will be limited to 37 homes, said Shepherdstown attorney Andy Arnold, who represented adjacent property owners.
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by JENNIFER FITCH | April 28, 2006
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Washington Township, Pa., officials and representatives of Carlino Development Group of Wyomissing, Pa., are scheduled to talk today about what one resident recently called "our own, very personal 187-acre Superfund site. " Pat O'Connor was referring to the Thornhill Development in planning stages on a former apple orchard on Old Forge Road. Pesticides applied to the apples over several decades have left arsenic and lead in the soil, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Spokesman John Repetz said.
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