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by DAVE McMILLION | October 14, 2004
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Fifteen police, fire and emergency medical personnel were honored Wednesday night during the Public Service Recognition Banquet at Charles Town Races & Slots for outstanding accomplishments in their fields. Ed Smith, operations manager for the Jefferson County Ambulance Authority, was recognized in the career emergency medical services category. The Jefferson County Ambulance Authority was established in 1999 after volunteer ambulance crews said they were having trouble responding to a growing number of calls in the county, which totalled about 3,000 a year at the time.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | August 31, 2004
If you know unsung heroes in Washington County who give selflessly of their time, the Community Foundation of Washington County, MD, Inc. wants to hear from you, Executive Director Brad Sell said Monday. For the fifth year, the organization is taking nominations for its People's Choice Awards, Sell said. The awards are a way to honor people who normally are not recognized for their good deeds, Sell said. About 40 to 60 people usually are nominated for the award and a panel of judges chooses three winners, he said.
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by RYAN C. TUCK | August 2, 2004
What makes a person a "wonderful citizen?" Anyone can suggest an answer by nominating a Washington County resident as one of Washington County's Most Wonderful Citizens. The Washington County Commissioners are accepting nominations for the program and plan to recognize all nominees in the fall in a ceremony sponsored by Citicorp Credit Services Inc. A panel of judges will select a grand winner who will represent the county at a ceremony given by Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich at the State House and St. John's College in Annapolis in November.
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by BRIAN SHAPPELL | December 23, 2003
Editor's note: This is one in a series of stories running on the 12 days before Christmas to recognize people who make the holidays better for others. shappell@herald-mail.com WILLIAMSPORT - For eight years, Jeff Long has been making sure that those who go to Byron Memorial Park in Williamsport to view the holiday lights have something to talk about. Long, the town's street supervisor, once again coordinated efforts to decorate the park for the holiday, and many were wowed by what some said was the best display there ever.
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by DAVE McMILLION | October 23, 2003
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County's fire, police and emergency medical personnel who provide outstanding service and act as "our homeland security" were honored during a banquet at Charles Town Races & Slots Wednesday night. It is the third year the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and the track have teamed up to sponsor the banquet. "This is a wonderful event and we just hope it grows and grows and grows every year," said master of ceremonies Edward "Pat" Dockeney.
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by MARLO BARNHART | August 12, 2003
The Washington County Community Foundation is accepting nominations of unsung heroes for The People's Choice award. For the fourth year in a row, the foundation will honor three people in the community who work behind the scenes to make life better for others in Washington County. The People's Choice award nominations are due by Oct. 3. Last year's winners were William McLean for his 50 years on the board at the Washington County Association for Retarded Citizens; Vivian Hackman, who volunteered more than 43,000 hours for the Washington County Hospital Auxiliary; and Ralph Stottlemyer Jr., a Washington County teacher and veteran coach.
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by MEG H. PARTINGTON | April 20, 2003
megp@herald-mail.com Cloaked in white coveralls with veils over their faces are the hobbyists who may be saving our food supply. Since parasitic mites were introduced in the states around the mid-1980s, beekeeping has become an essential avocation, according to area apiarists, or beekeepers. When the mites, believed to be from Southeast Asia, came to the United States, 70 percent to 90 percent of the natural wild honeybee colonies in North America were destroyed, says John Seets, owner of Seets Apiaries in Catonsville, Md. Most of the current bee population is cared for by beekeepers with colonies in their back yards, he says.
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by MARLO BARNHART | April 10, 2003
marlob@herald-mail.com For 30 years, the late William Edward McKinley conducted church services on the last Friday of each month at the Hagerstown Union Rescue Mission. His family is commemorating that devotion by dedicating the new recreation hall at the mission to his memory. "Dad saw this as his ministry," said his son, Bill McKinley. "The last seven years he was on oxygen but he still went the last Friday of the month. " William Edward McKinley died in April 1999 at the age of 74. He worked at Mack Trucks, Cushwa Brick and retired from General Motors in Martinsburg, W.Va.
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by DAVE McMILLION | October 16, 2002
charlestown@herald-mail.com Outstanding fire and police personnel who "consistently put their lives on the line" for Jefferson County residents were honored at an annual banquet at Charles Town Races & Slots on Tuesday night. The top rescue and police personnel were chosen in four categories: law enforcement, career medical service providers, voluntary emergency medical services providers and fire service providers. Supervisors from the various police, fire and ambulance companies in the county nominate a member of their force as an outstanding officer.
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