March 10, 2013
The third annual rain barrel workshop will be Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor School at Fairview. More than 100 families have participated in past workshops. The workshop provides individuals and families an opportunity to complete the simple assembly of a rain barrel kit and learn more about conservation and water recycling. Admission is free; the cost of each rain barrel kit is $40. Registration is requested so sufficient materials will be available for everyone wanting to assemble a rain barrel.
February 10, 2013
The annual Maple Sugar Festival at Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor School at Fairview will be Saturday, March 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature maple-sugaring demonstrations, a bluegrass band and children's activities. There is no charge for admission and activities. A pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. will be served in the dining hall, sponsored by the Clear Spring Elementary School Green Club. Tickets for the breakfast are available for purchase by calling Clear Spring Elementary School at 301-766-8074.
June 25, 2012
A two-vehicle accident at the intersection of South Potomac Street and Oak Ridge Drive has disabled the traffic signal near Sheetz and left emergency crews in the dark, a Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said Monday night. The incident was reported at 8:06 p.m. and there were no injuries, the dispatcher said, but the collision took out the traffic signal control box next to the road, knocking out the signal. With a vehicle resting on the electrical connections, power had to be shut off to the signal box before crews could come in and repair the signal, the dispatcher said.
April 22, 2012
The annual Fairview Fishing Rodeo at Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor School at Fairview will be Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. All students and their families are welcome. Prizes will be awarded to students grouped in the following categories: prekindergarten through grade five, grades six to eight, and grades nine to 12. First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded in each age group for longest trout caught, and in the additional categories of longest fish of any species, shortest fish of any species and most fish caught of any species.
April 13, 2012
Congestion along the busy U.S. 340 corridor near the Potomac River is not a new issue to local residents or transportation officials from Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia. Searching for answers to traffic backups that can reach almost two miles long during rush hours, about 30 people attended a meeting Friday night at Pleasant Valley Elementary School in Knoxville, Md., to air their complaints. Officials from the Md. State Highway Administration were joined by West Virginia and Virginia Department of Transportation representatives to talk about the issues that motorists are facing, offer some short-term solutions and seek input.
April 2, 2012
U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., is expected to announce $500,000 in federal funding related to Volvo Construction Equipment at an event Tuesday. Shuster, state Sen. Richard Alloway, R-Franklin/Adams/York, local elected officials and Volvo representatives will be discussing improvements at the intersection of U.S. 11 and Rowe Road. The planned expansion of Volvo Construction Equipment's facility in Shippensburg is part of an estimated $100 million investment that will create direct and indirect jobs in the region, according to a news release.
January 26, 2012
“As an independent, I don't know - I have no dogs in this fight coming up in November, but when I see the knuckleheads that are in the Republican Party, there isn't a single one I'd vote for, so I guess I'm voting for President Obama. I mean, you got one who never tells the truth. He flip-flops more than the flip-flops I wear. You got another one who is sadistic, you got another one who can't remember what day it is. He's so far to the right, he'd only take care of Christians. Anybody that's not, heck with them.
December 14, 2011
At noon today, motorists will notice a new traffic signal at the intersection of U.S. 11 and Swamp Fox Road (Pa. 914). Greg Cook, chairman of the Guilford Township Supervisors, said initially that the light will flash amber to slow traffic. But, on Wednesday, the signal will begin to operate normally. With Waste Management's planned expansion of its landfill near Upton, Pa., Waste Management spokeswoman Cheryl Shields said the signal provides a safer route for trucks hauling waste from Interstate 81 north to the landfill.
November 25, 2011
Although Black Friday is considered the busiest shopping day of the year, foot traffic was light to moderate at many of the shops in downtown Hagerstown. Jenni Jones, co-manager of Potomac Bead Co. on West Washington Street, said eight customers had visited the shop by noon Friday, two hours after it opened at 10 a.m. That number of customers might seem low, but it was a big improvement over previous Black Fridays, Jones said. "We've had a pretty nice flow - not real busy, though" Jones said.
November 14, 2011
Three people were taken to the hospital Monday afternoon after a car and a pickup truck collided at the intersection of Robinwood Drive and Academic Boulevard in front of Hagerstown Community College, according to Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Matthew Bragunier. Bragunier said the Ford pickup truck traveling northbound on Robinwood Drive was attempting to make a left turn onto Academic Boulevard leading to HCC and the car, a Buick, was heading southbound when the accident occurred at a traffic light.