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by MARLO BARNHART | March 13, 2007
CLEAR SPRING - Members of Boy Scout Troop 117 are planning to make the Clear Spring community a little cleaner during April. The scouts will be participating in Adopt A Highway - from Orebank Road to Clear Spring High School. In addition, they will be sweeping the sidewalks in the town limits during April, weather permitting.
NEWS
April 8, 2008
Richard Epps loaded shelves recently at the new Boonsboro Free Library on Md. 34 just outside the town limits. A branch of the Washington County Free Library, the building will have its official grand opening April 16. The Hoffberger Moving Service removed the books from the old library in the Boonsboro Town Hall building and restacked them in the new location.
NEWS
February 12, 1997
By STEVEN T. DENNIS Staff Writer The controversial Trails of Little Antietam housing development just outside Keedysville has cleared another hurdle. With a 4-1 vote Tuesday, the Washington County Commissioners conditionally approved the extension of a water and sewer service designation to the proposed development off Dogstreet Road. Developer Victor Peeke's plans to put 35 houses in Keedysville and 66 outside the town limits has sparked opposition from area residents concerned about the burden on water and sewer systems, roads and schools.
NEWS
by MARLO BARNHART | January 11, 2005
marlob@herald-mail.com CLEAR SPRING - For the second time in three months, the Town of Clear Spring received official notice Monday night that a veteran council member was resigning because of a change in residency. Gary L. Grove, 57, submitted a letter at the monthly meeting stating that because he is moving out of the town limits in mid-January, he will necessarily be resigning his position as of Jan. 31. "We hate to see you go," said Town Mayor Paul Hose Jr. Grove began his public service 21 years ago as vice mayor and then served as a council member during that uninterrupted period.
NEWS
By SCOTT BUTKI | November 1, 1998
KEEDYSVILLE - A proposed annexation that will add more than 90 acres to Keedysville has become the talk of the town, according to the owner of the Keedysville Country Store. "A lot of people are very upset about it," said owner Kathy Rogers. Some citizens feel there is nothing they can do to stop it, she said. However, Mayor K. Lee Brandenburg said he has not heard any opposition or support for the idea from town residents. He is more for it than against it, Brandenburg added.
NEWS
June 4, 2003
According to Capt. James Ulrich, the Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services had 69 calls for service during the month of May. Of those calls, eight were to Frederick County, four to Franklin County, Pa., and nine were in town limits. Ten calls were to Boonsboro while the department provided coverage during their carnival. The most common call types were trouble breathing and car accidents. The department also responded to two water rescues in Leitersburg during the month.
NEWS
November 7, 2007
SMITHSBURG - For the month of October, Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services responded to 101 calls for service, bringing the 2007 total to 992 calls. That's up from 901 calls during the same time frame last year. A breakdown for the month included 23 calls within Smithsburg town limits and another 10 calls to areas served by Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Department. The department answered eight calls in its portion of Mount Aetna Volunteer Fire Company's response area. Mutual-aid calls to other counties included 23 to Frederick County, Md., and six to Franklin County, Pa. Smithsburg EMS personnel also assisted or handled three calls in the response area of Hagerstown's Community Rescue Service.
NEWS
September 13, 2005
Mayor, council seats are up for grabs CLEAR SPRING - Two council seats and the position of mayor will be up for grabs this fall, and prospective candidates have until 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, to make their intentions known. Applications for the positions are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Town Hall, according to Town Clerk Juanita Grimm. Candidates must have resided within town limits for at least two years before the Nov. 7 election. Candidates must be at least 21 years old, a qualified voter and maintain permanent residence in the town during the two-year term of office.
NEWS
February 7, 2007
SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services responded to 109 calls for service in January, according to Capt. James Ulrich. Those calls included 23 within Smithsburg town limits and 17 calls to areas served by Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Department. Smithsburg EMS answered 10 calls in its portion of Mount Aetna Volunteer Fire Co.'s response area. Mutual aid calls to other counties included six each to Frederick County, Md., and Franklin County, Pa. Smithsburg EMS personnel were dispatched to eight calls in the response area of Hagerstown's Community Rescue Service.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | November 9, 2009
FUNKSTOWN -- Funkstown water customers will see their rates go up 3.6 percent, effective Dec. 1, Town Clerk/Treasurer Brenda Haynes said Monday night. After listening to concerns about rising water rates for about an hour during a public hearing Monday night at Town Hall, the Town Council approved the rate increase through an emergency ordinance by a 5-0 vote. About a dozen people attended the hearing, about five of whom spoke up with concerns about the rate increase, wanting to know what they and the town could do to prevent it. Ted and Ginny Atkinson, who live outside town on Hebb Road, said they've paid $200 to $400 a quarter this year for water and sewer, and it's been higher than that.
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NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | October 13, 2009
No comments on water rate hike WILLIAMSPORT - There were no citizen comments Monday night at a public hearing on the Town of Williamsport's proposal to raise water rates 5 percent. The increase is being proposed because the town buys its water from the City of Hagerstown, which voted last month to increase its water rates effective Nov. 1, Williamsport Mayor James G. McCleaf said. The increase in the city's rate will be 4.4 percent, but McCleaf suggested rounding up to 5 percent to help the town's water and sewer fund, which has long been losing money, he said.
NEWS
October 8, 2009
"Hagerstown caller, in case you've already forgotten, President Obama (won) with 53 percent of the vote, which is hardly a landslide, and even if it had been, it certainly wouldn't prevent those of us who didn't vote for him for exercising our constitutional and God-given right of freedom of speech, from speaking out to oppose his policies. " -- Frederick, Md. "American Legion magazine, October 2009, talks about all the 59 countries that men and women are enlisting in our military service, because of an immigration law; three years in, you get American citizenship.
NEWS
September 2, 2009
SMITHSBURG -- Summer remained busy for members of Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services, which responded to 115 calls last month. The August total represents a 23 percent increase over the responses made in July. Deputy Chief James Ulrich said the busy month for the volunteer, nonprofit department pushed the year's total to 786 calls as of Sept. 1. Personnel transported 78 patients to area hospitals this month -- a total of nearly 500 transports made so far this year. The number of calls to various communities included 30 within Smithsburg town limits, 11 to Leitersburg and Ringgold, seven each to Mount Aetna, Cascade and Pen Mar areas.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | May 12, 2009
WILLIAMSPORT -- A local resident's concern about storefronts in downtown Williamsport being converted into apartments sparked a discussion among Williamsport Town Council members and their attorney Monday night. Walter Williams asked town council members if there is anything they can do to prevent more storefronts from being turned into apartments. He said he is concerned about eventually coming up Conococheague Street some day and seeing nothing but apartments. He said the issue needs to be addressed, since the town is trying to determine its tourism potential, especially in regard to users of the nearby C&O Canal National Historical Park.
NEWS
February 21, 2009
Just be a part of the community To the editor: When I was growing up in the '50s and '60s, there was never any question about clearing snow and ice from the sidewalk in front of our home. Dad met my two brothers and me with four snow shovels, one for him and one for each of us. We shoveled not only the sidewalk out front, but also those of the elderly and infirm who lived in our section of town. When we were done with that, we went to the church and rectory and cleared their walkways.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | December 1, 2008
CLEAR SPRING Pamela M. Sasser won a tight race Monday in a runoff election to fill a seat on the Clear Spring Town Council. Fifty-six votes were cast in Monday's election, according to Town Clerk Juanita Grimm. Sasser, 43, received 29 votes, and her opponent, Walter D. Irvin Jr., 44, received 27 votes. Monday's election was a follow-up to the town's Nov. 4 election that resulted in a tie between Sasser and Irvin. Each received 23 votes that day. Vice Mayor Steven L. Blickenstaff also ran in that election, but was unopposed.
NEWS
August 21, 2008
Bath clerk receives recognition BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Margie McCumbee Allgyer, the Town of Bath clerk, was awarded the West Virginia Clerk/Recorder of the Year for 2007-08, Bath Mayor Susan J. Webster said. At Tuesday night's council meeting, Webster said she and Allgyer attended the Municipal League meeting recently held in Morgantown, W.Va. "I was very overwhelmed and completely surprised," Allgyer said. Allgyer received a plaque that read: "For exemplary leadership abilities and symbolic commitment combined with your inspirational courage, the W.Va.
NEWS
July 10, 2008
From the week of July 8, 1958 Williamsport's Mayor and Council plan a second effort to obtain a swimming pool for the town. Discussed last night was a new proposal for a pool that would cost far less than the $100,000 originally proposed. Specifications for the pool, which would measure 50 by 100 feet, will be put out for quotations from contractors. If the pool can be built for the new sum that the town has in mind, it will become a reality. A committee has been appointed by Mayor L. Beard Miller to look into the pool construction project.
NEWS
May 29, 2008
Town could benefit from hotel/motel tax FUNKSTOWN - The issue of hotel/motel tax funds and how they can benefit Funkstown came up at Wednesday's town meeting. Town Clerk Brenda Haynes reported that Councilwoman Sharon Chirgott attended a recent meeting where two options were discussed - funds would be given out either by population or whether there are hotels or motels in the jurisdiction. "Sharon voted for population so Funkstown wouldn't be left out," Haynes said.
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