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April 17, 2010
A storm that blew through the Tri-State region Friday afternoon knocked down some trees and power lines in Washington County, a 911 dispatcher said. Jefferson County, W.Va., also had scattered trees and wires down, a dispatcher there said. Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer's Web site reported that .15 inches of rain fell and the top wind speed was 53 mph, at 3:55 p.m. The National Weather Service issued a statement Friday night that strong thunderstorms, with wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph, were on their way to the region.
NEWS
November 10, 2009
The ABC Professional Tree Services is trimming trees along Allegheny Energy power lines.
LIFESTYLE
Celeste Maiorana | January 7, 2011
In late December, in the wake of the storm that didn’t give us the snow that was predicted but did deliver the winds, I took a woodland walk with my family. As we stepped outside, the effects of the wind could be heard and seen, roaring through and tossing the tops of the trees with great vigor. At ground level, though, it was much more calm. We sauntered along the path, enjoying the sunshine, which has seemed too-often absent lately. As we approached the western boundary, which runs along open pasture and cropland, we suddenly felt the full force of the wind.
NEWS
Celeste Maiorana | April 9, 2011
People have a way of categorizing things and making sharp distinctions. We plant our flower gardens here, our trees over there, and our vegetable gardens, well, some place out of the way so we won't notice those pesky weeds, which are so hard to keep under control in late summer. But nature is rarely so clear in its distinctions. Species tend to exist in complex communities, vying for space, water and nutrients. These complex communities tend to be healthier and more self-sustaining than our system of growing plants of a kind together, exclusive of others.
NEWS
by SCOTT BUTKI | December 26, 2002
scottb@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - The City of Hagerstown is taking steps to reduce the chances of a repeat of the power problems it had following a recent ice storm. Some trees fell on power lines in the city during the Dec. 11 storm, causing power outages. The city is going to pay a contractor to trim trees and, in some cases, remove trees entirely, that are in the public right-of-way in the Carroll Heights neighborhood, city Light Manager Michael Spiker said.
NEWS
May 29, 2012
Trees and other debris were blocking some lanes of travel on Franklin County, Pa., roads, particularly in the hard-hit St. Thomas and Fort Loudon areas, according to 911 dispatchers. However, no roads in Franklin County were completely closed at 5:15 p.m., dispatchers said. St. Thomas Fire Department had crews out evaluating problem spots, according to personnel on station. No vehicle collisions were reported in Franklin County related to the storm as of 5:15 p.m., dispatchers said.
NEWS
June 20, 2012
Planting areas for trees became a last-minute add-on to a parking lot rehabilitation project in the Borough of Waynesboro on Wednesday. Susan D'heedene, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, asked the Waynesboro Borough Council to make changes to a parking lot project already under way. Maintenance crews recently started preparation work for next week's paving of the church lot, which is open to public parking under a lease agreement. D'heedene asked for cuts to be made in sections where trees can be planted.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | May 12, 2010
WAYNESBORO, PA. -- Trees, Victorian-style lights and an imprinted walkway installed at Rotary Parking Lot are contributing to town officials' vision for the downtown's future. Patrick Fleagle, economic development director for Main Street Waynesboro Inc., said people can park for free in the municipal lot. They can go to West Main Street businesses through their back doors or by using a pedestrian walkway. "Most of the changes that occurred down there are aesthetic changes that lend themselves to the idea of a plaza," Fleagle said.
LIFESTYLE
April 8, 2013
Volunteers are needed for a tree planting from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 13, at at the Antietam Meadow Park, a community natural area park located near Waynesboro. Antietam Watershed Association, in partnership with Washington Township and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, is working to maintain a riparian forest buffer planting on the Antietam Creek. Learn from professional foresters how to plant trees and what trees are well-suited for streamside plantings. The group will plant more than 800 trees at the site.
LIFESTYLE
May 31, 2013
The Arbor Day Foundation has a booklet that helps people identify trees in a simple, step-by-step process. The booklet, “What Tree Is That?” is available for a $5 donation to the nonprofit tree-planting organization. The booklet is an easy-to-use tree identification guide that features hand-drawn botanical illustrations highlighting the distinctive characteristics of many tree species. Nature lovers and professional arborists alike have called the pocket field guide one of the most user-friendly resources to have.
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NEWS
September 9, 2013
A man police said robbed a bank in Franklin County later died and several troopers were injured after a pursuit that ended in Cumberland County, according to Pennsylvania State Police. State police responded to an armed robbery of an M&T Bank at 1798 Lincoln Way East in Guilford Township, Pa., shortly before 5 p.m. Monday, state police spokesman Trooper Robert Hicks said in a news release. The male suspect in the 4:52 p.m. robbery was driving a black minivan spotted by a trooper, Hicks said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 14, 2013
There are urbanized areas in Berkeley County that match inner-city neighborhoods in some of the nation's largest cities when it comes to the amount of tree canopy and concrete or asphalt-covered surfaces, according to a University of Vermont report. In fact, the percent of leaves, branches and stems of trees, or canopy, that cover the ground when viewed from above the eastern side of Berkeley County in the Opequon Creek watershed is less than Pittsburgh and Baltimore County, among other communities where similar assessments have been completed, said the report, which was commissioned by the Cacapon Institute.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | August 5, 2013
Waynesboro Fish & Game Protective Association LLC received approval Monday for 12 acres of its Christmas tree farm to be designated as an agricultural security area. The Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors voted 4-0 to approve the organization's application for the municipal program. Acceptance into a municipal agricultural security area is a requirement before a property can be part of the Franklin County Agricultural Land Preservation Program. Fish and game club officials said they have applied with the county program.
NEWS
August 2, 2013
Anyone who joins the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation in August with a $10 donation will receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees through the foundation's Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting in each member's area, which falls between Oct. 15 and Dec. 10. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. Planting instructions are enclosed with each shipment of trees. "Dogwood trees will add color and beauty to your yard throughout the year, with their showy spring flowers, scarlet autumn foliage and red berries that attract songbirds in the winter," said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the foundation.
LIFESTYLE
July 31, 2013
 The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a Tree Walk at Shepherdstown's Morgan's Grove Park Thursday, Aug. 15. The walk will be led by arborist Shawn Walker. Participants will meet at 6 p.m. in the Park's lower parking lot by the train tracks and soccer fields. The walk will last about two hours. It will focus on identification of tree species, the habitats and landscape values of different trees, and the issues different tree species may pose for both forest managers and homeowners.
NEWS
July 15, 2013
No injuries were reported after a vehicle hit a tree on Crystal Falls Drive on Monday night, according to a Washington County 911 supervisor. The accident in the 9500 block of Crystal Falls Drive was reported at 8:41 p.m. Monday, the 911 supervisor said. That area is north of Interstate 70. - Julie E. Greene
NEWS
July 8, 2013
America's forestland is a prized natural resource, and anyone can help plant trees in these vital areas by joining the Arbor Day Foundation this month. Through the Replanting Our National Forests campaign, the Arbor Day Foundation will honor each new member who joins in July by planting 10 trees in forests that have been devastated by wildfires, insects and disease. The cost for joining the foundation is a $10 donation. America's national forests face enormous challenges, including unprecedented wildfires that have left a backlog of more than 1 million acres in need of replanting.
NEWS
June 26, 2013
A storm that blew through Hagerstown on Tuesday night resulted in reports of some downed trees, as well as power outages in the downtown Hagerstown area, a Washington County 911 supervisor said. As of shortly after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, the power outages were in the areas of Burhans Boulevard, Franklin Street, and North Jonathan Street, the supervisor said. The outages were affecting some traffic signals, he said. By 6:35 a.m. Wednesday, only five Potomac Edison customers in Washington County were without electricity, according to the FirstEnergy Storm Center website.
LIFESTYLE
May 31, 2013
The Arbor Day Foundation has a booklet that helps people identify trees in a simple, step-by-step process. The booklet, “What Tree Is That?” is available for a $5 donation to the nonprofit tree-planting organization. The booklet is an easy-to-use tree identification guide that features hand-drawn botanical illustrations highlighting the distinctive characteristics of many tree species. Nature lovers and professional arborists alike have called the pocket field guide one of the most user-friendly resources to have.
NEWS
May 29, 2013
The deadline to enter the annual Eastern Panhandle big tree contest is Aug. 1, the Eastern Panhandle Conservation District announced Wednesday. The individual who submits the winning entry for the largest tulip poplar tree this year will receive $500 and a copy of the poem “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer from Del. John Overington, R-Berkeley, who has sponsored the contest since 2009. The winner, who also can designate their winnings to a charity of his or her choice, will be recognized at the Eastern Panhandle Conservation District's fall banquet.
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