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By BRIEN POFFENBERGER | February 14, 2012
Last Thursday, our business community took a significant step in reshaping the county's image in the minds of Annapolis lawmakers. For seven years, working in concert with our own delegation, a local coalition has worked to position Washington County as an ideal place to do business. Last week in Annapolis, we put that message on display with a forum to show legislators what we really wanted to say: Washington County: We Mean Business! In what could only be described as an economic development trade show, members of the coalition hosted more than a dozen businesses from the width and breadth of our community.
By HEATHER KEELS | | December 12, 2011
Washington County has officially joined three other Western Maryland counties in a coalition that will hire two lobbyists to represent their "unique needs and perspectives" in Annapolis, according to a press release issued Monday. Washington, Allegany, Frederick and Carroll counties are participating in the group, which is called the Maryland Rural Counties Coalition. The coalition was created because of the member counties' dissatisfaction with PlanMaryland, a proposed statewide comprehensive plan, Washington County Commissioners President Terry Baker said.
August 18, 2013
Business licenses issued in June in Washington County: • American Eagle Retail Outfitters Retail Co., 667 Premium Outlets Blvd., Hagerstown, trader's license, chain store • Rik's Cafe LLC, 1065 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown, restaurant, trader's license • G2 Development, 410 Rose Dale Court, Suite 190, Warrenton, Va., out-of-state contractor • David L. McSherry Jr. and Kimberly G. Squires, DK Architectural Services, 11 Lehigh Ave.,...
Linda Irvin-Craig | November 21, 2012
The weekend of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, they came from North Dakota, Texas, Massachusetts, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Nebraska, which had the largest contingency, and met with an equal number from Maryland to experience the anniversary and much more. These families all had a common ancestor from Washington County and they were here to celebrate their personal history, as well. This common ancestor, Henry Eavey, entered the colonies in 1732 through Philadelphia, migrated into Maryland very soon thereafter and Washington County (actually Prince George's County at the time)
April 30, 2012
Poor Fort Ritchie. Lawsuits, bombs, Agent Orange. It's become the most depressing piece of real estate this side of Camden Yards. (Quick diversion: In the “I Might Owe the Baltimore Orioles an Apology” category, I choose to take the offensive. They have been winning ever since I wrote they are a bunch of worthless, sniveling coyotes. So, for a small retainer, I might be persuaded to keep writing these Orioles death-watch pieces if it spells their continued success. But I will withhold judgment until after their upcoming three-game rematch with the Yankees.)
June 10, 2013
Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland and the West Virginia counties of Berkeley, Morgan and Jefferson are under a tornado watch until 10 p.m. Monday, the National Weather Service announced at 2:06 p.m. A tornado watch means weather conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms that are capable of producing tornadoes.
By KAUSTUV BASU | | January 19, 2013
Washington County capital projects are scheduled to receive $23.2 million in the next fiscal year out of a proposed state capital budget of $1.5 billion. Those state figures do not include another $2.1 billion being proposed as part of the capital budget for the Department of Transportation. In Washington County, the Winebrenner Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is on Pen-Mar Road near Fort Ritchie, will receive $9.1 million for miscellaneous improvements. Hagerstown Community College will receive $4.5 million for expansion of its student center and another $666,000 to replace the roof at its Athletic, Recreation and Community Center.
By KAUSTUV BASU | | December 8, 2012
Marathon might be the only word to describe it. The Washington County delegation will spend Tuesday meeting with various interest groups and members of the public as the legislators prepare for the General Assembly session that begins Jan. 9 in Annapolis. The delegation's day will begin at 7:30 a.m. when it meets with the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, and will conclude at about 8 p.m. after the delegates have answered questions from the public and listened to their comments.
July 31, 2012
Jeff Semler, University of Maryland Extension educator in Washington County, recently received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agriculture Agents. The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission, Agriculture Marketing, recently recognized Jeff Semler for winning a national award. Semler received the Distinguished Service Award July 18 from the National Association of County Agriculture Agents during the association's annual meeting and professional improvement conference in Charleston, S.C. He was one of several honorees who represented the top 2 percent of the association's membership chosen by their peers and the director of Extension.
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