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February 8, 2002
County home rule to be object of study group By SCOTT BUTKI scottb@herald-mail.com A study group is being assembled to gauge public interest in switching to "home rule" government in Washington County, said Linda Irvin-Craig, who is on the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce's government affairs committee. The Chamber, the League of Women Voters of Washington County and the Greater Hagerstown Committee are working on the project jointly, she said.
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by RICHARD F. BELISLE | September 15, 2005
waynesboro@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, Pa. - If enough interest is generated among area residents, experts in the field of foreign policy once again will come to Waynesboro to speak on topics that affect the nation's role in international affairs. Such a group flourished in the area from its founding in 1981 through the 1980s and 1990s, until it petered out at the beginning of the new century. "It fell apart in 2000," Mary Steel of Fayetteville, Pa., said of the Cumberland Valley Foreign Policy Study Group.
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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | September 24, 2011
Local emergency services officials maintained this week that a combined public safety training center is needed in Washington County despite comments made Tuesday by state legislators questioning whether a training center is necessary. Kevin L. Lewis, the county's director of emergency services, said he thought gaining the delegation's support would be a matter of informing them about the advantages it would provide and the limitations of training resources currently available. "We talk about this being a combined public safety training center for the purposes of educating all of our personnel ... (but)
NEWS
September 17, 2009
Hagerstown Community College's Center for Continuing Education will offer a calligraphy art class as part of its Lifelong Learning courses. Intended for students of all skill levels, "Calligraphy Art" is a study group that provides students with the opportunity to apply the fundamentals of layout and design to individual projects. Students will study Uncial script, which was used by scribes to illustrate books from the fifth through eighth centuries. Students are encouraged to bring their favorite poem, text or phrases to class to practice.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | December 18, 2012
Washington County commissioner salaries should stay where they are, but the sheriff should get a raise, the commissioners decided Tuesday as part of a pay-review process. The commissioners were responding to a report presented by an appointed group that meets, by law, every four years to study the salaries of several county positions. The study group recommended that the salary of the commissioners rise from $30,000 a year to $35,000. The president of the commissioners would receive $40,000 a year instead of the current $33,000.
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by JENNIFER FITCH | February 28, 2007
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Even as Washington Township Boulevard is being built north of Waynesboro, a study group planning for the community's future acknowledged Tuesday that the road someday could be overwhelmed by traffic generated by new residential and commercial development. "It's going to have to be four lanes before too long," said Randy Kuhn, a member of the Washington Township Planning Commission. The study group - contributing to a comprehensive plan being developed by Reading, Pa., engineering firm Spotts, Stevens and McCoy - kicked around possibilities to enhance the area's traffic flow, especially west of town.
NEWS
March 23, 2001
Franklin County drafts recreation plan By DON AINES / Staff Writer Franklin County could get into the recreation business in a limited way, assisting municipalities and groups with planning and securing funding for projects, according to a draft version of a comprehensive Recreation, Park and Open Space plan. In addition to helping townships and boroughs with recreation projects, the plan suggests two other areas where the county can act to improve recreational opportunities: A countywide plan for hiking and biking trails and helping to preserve open space and greenways for public use. "It's local efforts that are filling the need," said John Trant, a planner for Pashek Associates, the consulting firm that is conducting the study.
NEWS
February 7, 2003
Build a convention center in Washington County? If the idea proposed this week sounds familiar, it's because a citizen task force and a group of Frostburg State University MBA students studied the idea in the late 1990s. The study found some significant hurdles to overcome to make the project a reality. The June 1997 proposal was for a $9 million facility that would accommodate up to 5,000 people. At the time, Ben Hart, director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, said it would allow Hagerstown to draw events too small for the Baltimore Convention Center, but too large for existing local facilities.
NEWS
May 18, 2001
Those who didn't win can still help the city Congratulations to the winners of Tuesday's Hagerstown city election. All who ran can be proud that their campaigns stuck to the issues, avoided personal attacks and gave voters a variety of good choices. But it would be a shame if the city were to lose the input of those who were not victorious for the next four years. What do we have in mind? Prior to 1980, the city functioned with many more citizen advisory boards than it does now. The council in office then eliminated them to streamline government, but in the process it also removed opportunities for people who were interested in government to get involved without running for office.
NEWS
By BRENDAN KIRBY | April 6, 2000
Washington County has made another contribution to public health: Local residents took part in a study examining the link between genetics and smoker-related illnesses. cont. from front page The research drew upon information from a study group that already has produced hundreds of scientific papers. In the latest study, researchers examined 1,290 people to determine whether a gene already linked to smoking illnesses increased the risk of heart disease. About a quarter of those people came from Washington County.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | December 18, 2012
Washington County commissioner salaries should stay where they are, but the sheriff should get a raise, the commissioners decided Tuesday as part of a pay-review process. The commissioners were responding to a report presented by an appointed group that meets, by law, every four years to study the salaries of several county positions. The study group recommended that the salary of the commissioners rise from $30,000 a year to $35,000. The president of the commissioners would receive $40,000 a year instead of the current $33,000.
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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | September 24, 2011
Local emergency services officials maintained this week that a combined public safety training center is needed in Washington County despite comments made Tuesday by state legislators questioning whether a training center is necessary. Kevin L. Lewis, the county's director of emergency services, said he thought gaining the delegation's support would be a matter of informing them about the advantages it would provide and the limitations of training resources currently available. "We talk about this being a combined public safety training center for the purposes of educating all of our personnel ... (but)
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | September 18, 2011
Sustained economic woes and the need to upgrade and build public schools is driving education officials to consider new ways of financing projects. Maryland's Public School Construction Program is hosting a seminar Monday in Annapolis for local school systems to learn about alternative funding and financing methods. The Task Force to Study Public School Facilities' 2004 report, known as the Kopp Commission Report, estimated $3.85 billion would be needed to bring schools statewide up to minimum standards.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | February 5, 2011
About 100 volunteers have been meeting since last fall to study ideas that would provide more educational opportunities for Washington County Public Schools' students. Following is a brief look at each of the study groups' recommendations based on information in the 260-page report and presentations at Tuesday's Board of Education meeting. The full report was expected to be available today at the school system's home page at www.wcps.k12.md.us/index.html . A video of the school board meeting is available under the "school board" tab. Renzulli learning Incorporate the Renzulli learning strategy at elementary, middle and high school levels.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | February 5, 2011
Imagine that money and space were not an issue. Then think about what kind of programs you would want Washington County public school children to experience. That's what Washington County Public Schools asked a group of about 100 volunteers to do last fall, providing them with several ideas and allowing them to suggest their own. It was the third time the school system had asked a group to think freely about the school system's future. Some of the results from the first study group, which met in 2002, are Barbara Ingram School for the Arts and the International Baccalaureate program at North Hagerstown High, Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said.
NEWS
October 15, 2009
Gretchen Smith, a social studies teacher and department chair at North Hagerstown High School, has been accepted into a select group of American and Austrian educators who will spend Oct. 24 to Nov. 1 in Salzburg and other locations in Austria. They will attend a workshop titled "A Visionary Partnership across Continents: George C. Marshall and the European Recovery Program in Austria. " High school level U.S./European history, social studies, German and economics teachers were invited to apply for placement in the workshop.
NEWS
September 17, 2009
Hagerstown Community College's Center for Continuing Education will offer a calligraphy art class as part of its Lifelong Learning courses. Intended for students of all skill levels, "Calligraphy Art" is a study group that provides students with the opportunity to apply the fundamentals of layout and design to individual projects. Students will study Uncial script, which was used by scribes to illustrate books from the fifth through eighth centuries. Students are encouraged to bring their favorite poem, text or phrases to class to practice.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | July 1, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- The purpose of a task force studying the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown is being disputed, and Del. John P. Donoghue, one of the group's newest members, says the study group is a "waste of time. " Donoghue, D-Washington, said Tuesday the findings of the task force, which met for the first time last month, are irrelevant. "We all know that we deserve the money," Donoghue said of USM-H funding. "We don't need everyone telling us what we need to do. We know what we need to do. We know as long as myself and Senator (Donald F.)
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | June 23, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- A task force studying the viability of the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown met for the first time Tuesday at the downtown campus on West Washington Street. The first meeting drew about 20 education, business and community leaders from state and local agencies. There will be three meetings, one each month through August, and officials said the task force will submit a report to state lawmakers when its work is completed. USM-H Executive Director C. David Warner III said he hopes the report will help end attempts by some state lawmakers who in the past two years have tried to cut the center's budget.
NEWS
August 11, 2007
Valley Assembly of God Christian Life Center, 17544 York Road, Hagerstown, this Sunday, the Rev. Robert C. Jones will be speaking at the 10 a.m. service on the topic, Observations of David, Part 2. Bible Study for all ages is at 9 a.m. The Royal Rangers and Missionettes meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday Oasis service and NuVision Youth is at 7 p.m. The topic is Praise. New Hope Church of Christ, 30 W. Salisbury St., Williamsport, Evangelist Thomas Huff will be speaking this Sunday on topic, Christ the King.
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