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By BRUCE HAMILTON | January 30, 1999
Some say Pluto isn't planetary, but local star-gazers disagree. For 69 years, the icy ball of rock and gas has been called a planet. But several scientists, including a University of Maryland astronomer, are thinking of revoking that title. "It has been clear for decades that Pluto did not fit in with the pattern of the other planets," wrote Mike A'Hearn, a University of Maryland professor, in an Internet statement. A'Hearn serves as president of the International Astronomical Union's Planetary Systems Sciences Division.
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September 14, 2007
Planetarium enthusiasts can investigate the night skies with the help of a regular series of podcasts hosted by Rod Martin. The director of the William M. Brish Planetarium gives a monthly sky tour. Previews of planetarium programs and special events, along with Tristate Astronomer highlights, are available at www.antPod.com . The Washington County Public Schools' planetarium is at the Board of Education offices at 820 Commonwealth Ave. in Hagerstown. All programs are Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on days when school is in session or teachers have professional training scheduled.
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By DAVE MCMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | August 29, 2011
Ernst Country Market has been in the Ernst family since 1945 and Greg Ernst has operated the store on Dam Number 5 Road since 1973. Now, Ernst is preparing the store for the future with a 156-panel solar system on the roof that is expected to offset approximately 20 percent of the store's annual electric bill. “For me, it's like an investment for the next generation,” said Ernst, who noted that he hopes family members will continue to run the business. Ernst Country Market is one of a growing number of businesses - small and large - that are turning to solar power to help them offset electricity costs.
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January 22, 2009
Voices like angels Glory be they can sing - Listen to the glorious sound of the National Christian Choir at Independent Bible Church in Martinsburg, W.Va., on Sunday evening. Bulls aren't welcome Careful. Don't break anything. An exhibit of private collectors' blue and white porcelain from the Qing Dynasty opens Saturday at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. There's a reception Sunday. Riding the rails If you haven't seen enough model train layouts this season, check out Waynesboro Model RR Club's open house this weekend.
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November 24, 2004
Wednesday, Nov. 24 8 p.m. on NBC "Tim McGraw: Here and Now" A musical special from the chart-topping country artist will include a duet with his wife, Faith Hill, an appearance by Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre, and a performance by McGraw and Nelly of their hit, "Over and Over. " 8 p.m. on the WB "A Walk to Remember" Thrown together by circumstances, North Carolina teens (Shane West and Mandy Moore) become an unlikely couple.
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January 26, 2007
Meet the artists The January show is "New Year, New Members. " Meet artists Trudy Coody from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today; Ruth Peyton from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and Marie McCafferty from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Mansion House Art Gallery, City Park, Hagers- town. Free. Call 301-797-6813. Trains of Christmas The visions, sounds and snows of Christmas and winter on an O-gauge railroad featuring the trains of Lionel, MTH and others. 1 to 5 p.m. today, Saturday, and Sunday; winter layout on display through Sunday, Feb. 25. Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, 300 S. Burhans Blvd.
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By KATE COLEMAN | April 23, 2009
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra will close its 27th season with a concert that promises to be out of this world. "A Symphonic Space Odyssey" will carry Maryland Theatre audiences on a journey through the solar system with several musical stops. Carl Nielsen's "Helios Overture" was inspired by the rising and setting of the sun seen by the Danish composer while cruising the Aegean Sea. Claude Debussy's "Clair de lune" will honor earth's silvery satellite, and the program's first half will conclude with the stirring "Star Wars" main theme by John Williams.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | March 25, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Principal Gladys Leon compared Benjamin Chambers Elementary School to the story of "The Three Little Bears. " Three elementary schools -- Mary B. Sharpe, U.L. Gordy and King Street -- came together to form what the student and faculty feel is "just right," she said. "Each day we're moving toward our happily ever after," Leon said at the school's dedication ceremony Wednesday. Officials might not have had an actual key to transfer during the ceremony, but they did have overwhelming spirit from the children and parents packed into the gymnasium.
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By LISA TEDRICK PREJEAN | May 17, 2008
We're studying the solar system in third grade. It is hard to imagine how vast our part of the universe truly is. For example, Earth is about 93 million miles from the sun. Who can picture that distance? It helps to look at a scaled version of the universe, particularly if you've had a hand in creating that scale. Last week during science class we were determined to do just that. Armed with paint stirring sticks, a shovel and a measuring tape, we climbed the hill at the back of our school and planted our first stick - labeled "sun" - at the edge of the woods.
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By ROD MARTIN and ANDY SMETZE, Tristate Astronomers | February 2, 2009
Visible evening planets Venus is very bright in the west. Saturn rises in mid-evening. Visible morning planets Mercury is visible low in the southeast late in the month. For more information about the visible evening planets and nighttime sky, download the planetarium's podcast "Skylights" from antpod.com . Solar system At magnitude -4.8, Venus is by far the brightest nighttime object except the Moon. It reaches its greatest brilliance this month as well as its highest sunset altitude.
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March 25, 2012
The owners of Creek Bound Farms, Jim and Bonnie Weddle, will host a free event for those who would like to tour their newly installed solar system.  Lunch will be provided for free and will be served by a local catering company. The tour will be Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Representatives from Advanced Solar Industries and Farm Credit will be on-site to answer questions about the installation process, system benefits and financing opportunities. Solar is the latest piece of equipment that many farmers are purchasing to help offset their operational costs and create predictable energy expenses for the future.
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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | October 4, 2011
The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted 4-0 Tuesday to approve an amendment to the county zoning ordinance that will allow commercial solar energy-generating systems as a special exception in some county districts. The amendment applies to grid-tied solar energy-generating systems whose primary purpose is sale to the public utility grid. Solar energy systems for primarily on-site energy use are already included in the ordinance. The new amendment allows the larger, grid-tied systems as a special exception in the Agriculture (Rural)
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By DAVE MCMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | August 29, 2011
Ernst Country Market has been in the Ernst family since 1945 and Greg Ernst has operated the store on Dam Number 5 Road since 1973. Now, Ernst is preparing the store for the future with a 156-panel solar system on the roof that is expected to offset approximately 20 percent of the store's annual electric bill. “For me, it's like an investment for the next generation,” said Ernst, who noted that he hopes family members will continue to run the business. Ernst Country Market is one of a growing number of businesses - small and large - that are turning to solar power to help them offset electricity costs.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | August 1, 2011
A public hearing on allowing large solar energy-generating systems in Washington County drew limited community response Monday. County planning staff has proposed amending the county's zoning ordinance to permit commercial solar energy- generating systems in select zones to meet rising demand for solar power from public and private interests. The state of Maryland has set a goal of having 20 percent of the energy generated in the state from renewable resources by 2022, Senior Planner Jill Baker said.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | December 27, 2010
Installing a solar-energy system can cost tens of thousands of dollars, but there are ways to offset the costs. Consumers who purchase such systems can receive a 30 percent tax credit from the Internal Revenue Service, according to Barry D. Martin, owner of Copyquik Printing & Graphics LLC, who installed a solar-energy system at his business. The credit translates to the federal government paying for about 30 percent of the system's cost, Martin said. Solar-system owners also can generate thousands of dollars a year in revenue through the sale of renewable energy certificates, Martin said.
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By KATE COLEMAN | April 23, 2009
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra will close its 27th season with a concert that promises to be out of this world. "A Symphonic Space Odyssey" will carry Maryland Theatre audiences on a journey through the solar system with several musical stops. Carl Nielsen's "Helios Overture" was inspired by the rising and setting of the sun seen by the Danish composer while cruising the Aegean Sea. Claude Debussy's "Clair de lune" will honor earth's silvery satellite, and the program's first half will conclude with the stirring "Star Wars" main theme by John Williams.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | March 25, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Principal Gladys Leon compared Benjamin Chambers Elementary School to the story of "The Three Little Bears. " Three elementary schools -- Mary B. Sharpe, U.L. Gordy and King Street -- came together to form what the student and faculty feel is "just right," she said. "Each day we're moving toward our happily ever after," Leon said at the school's dedication ceremony Wednesday. Officials might not have had an actual key to transfer during the ceremony, but they did have overwhelming spirit from the children and parents packed into the gymnasium.
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By ROD MARTIN and ANDY SMETZE, Tristate Astronomers | February 2, 2009
Visible evening planets Venus is very bright in the west. Saturn rises in mid-evening. Visible morning planets Mercury is visible low in the southeast late in the month. For more information about the visible evening planets and nighttime sky, download the planetarium's podcast "Skylights" from antpod.com . Solar system At magnitude -4.8, Venus is by far the brightest nighttime object except the Moon. It reaches its greatest brilliance this month as well as its highest sunset altitude.
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January 22, 2009
Voices like angels Glory be they can sing - Listen to the glorious sound of the National Christian Choir at Independent Bible Church in Martinsburg, W.Va., on Sunday evening. Bulls aren't welcome Careful. Don't break anything. An exhibit of private collectors' blue and white porcelain from the Qing Dynasty opens Saturday at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. There's a reception Sunday. Riding the rails If you haven't seen enough model train layouts this season, check out Waynesboro Model RR Club's open house this weekend.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | September 6, 2008
When Dan Murphy had his two-story house built in the late 1990s, it was a happy coincidence that the roof sloped due south. During recent years, Murphy became concerned about conserving energy and preparing for widespread power outages such as those following the Sept. 11 attacks or natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina. He also wanted to be a good role model for his children. He'd been taking small steps toward conservation, such as using window treatments wisely to conserve heat or cool the house, unplugging unused appliances, and replacing hot incandescent light bulbs with cooler compact fluorescent bulbs during the last two years.
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