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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | August 28, 2013
Immigration, the farm bill and alternative energy were among the topics members of the agricultural community asked U.S. Rep. John Delaney about on Wednesday night. About 40 people, including Maryland Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance, attended the event held at Rinehart Orchards' packing house, north of Smithsburg. J.D. Rinehart, owner and operator of the orchards, said he has employed 28 legal workers from Mexico this year to help with the harvest, picking peaches and apples.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 28, 2013
Increasing access to high-speed fiber-optic Internet connections in the home and office could be a future boon for economic development throughout Washington County, according to a Virginia-based consulting firm. “Washington County has, we think, a lot of strategic advantages,” said Andrew Cohill, president and founder of Design Nine, Inc., of Blacksburg, Va. Design Nine recently completed a broadband impact study for Washington County, unveiling its findings and financial projections before the Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.
NEWS
August 27, 2013
Cats A001949 - Young domestic shorthair, gender unknown, orange, found on Londontowne Drive in Hagerstown A001952 - Adult domestic medium-hair, male, gray and white, found on Main Street in Boonsboro A001969 - Young DSH, gender unknown, brown tabby, found on Greenfield Avenue in Maugansville A001984 - Adult DMH, male, orange and white, found on Alcott Road in Hagerstown   Dogs A001946 - Adult Spitz mix,...
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 27, 2013
The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday ironed out final details of a proposed amendment to a county ordinance that would create a standardized formula for determining school-mitigation costs imposed on developers. Several speakers went before the five commissioners on Aug. 6 during a public hearing, expressing a variety of concerns about the proposed formula for an alternate mitigation contribution contained within the county's Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance.
NEWS
August 26, 2013
Gabrielle Cory of Leonardtown, Md., in St. Mary's County, was named Miss Maryland Agriculture during opening-night festivities at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium. Sponsored by the Maryland Farm Bureau and Maryland State Fair, the two-day competition culminated with an on-stage contest Friday.   Twenty-two county farm bureaus were represented during the annual event. Janai Heise represented Washington County and Beth Reed represented Frederick County, Md. Taking the top agriculture spokesperson title, Cory, 16, lives on a 20-acre farmstead dedicated to forest conservation and also has sheep, cattle and poultry housed on her grandmother's farm.
BUSINESS
August 25, 2013
A band of volunteers from the Sellgren Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors LLC, on Professional Court in Hagerstown, recently descended on Habitat for Humanity's Veterans Build work site on Lexington Avenue in Hagerstown.   They put in a full day of volunteer labor and brought along with them a $10,000 check from the Wells Fargo Foundation for Habitat.  This is the third consecutive year that the Sellgren group has volunteered its time and talents to assist Habitat for Humanity of Washington County in the fight against poverty housing in Washington County.
EDUCATION
August 25, 2013
Principals, teachers and staff in Washington County Public Schools will welcome students and parents to meet-the-teacher and back-to- school nights, orientations and other events as the 2013-14 school year gets under way.  Here is a listing of back-to-school events: Boonsboro High - Back-to-school night, Monday, 7 p.m. Boonsboro Middle - Thursday, back-to-school night for grade six, 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Sept. 3, grades seven and eight, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Clear Spring Middle - Tuesday, Sept.
OPINION
By LLOYD WATERS | August 25, 2013
Last year's Dargan Days was a huge success, so we thought it a good idea to do the same thing this year. Sunday, Sept. 29, at 1 p.m. has been designated as the date and time for our end-of-summer gathering. All of you Dargan residents, then and now, be sure to bring a covered dish and some stories to share. Anyone else who sneaks in better have a covered dish and a good story as well. There will be no “shine” for purchase. Passports will be examined.  The Dargan gatekeeper won't be there in body this year, but we know she'll be watching from higher ground.
OBITUARIES
August 24, 2013
Juanita Belle Shirk, 94, of Clear Spring went to be with her Lord on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. Born July 12, 1919, in Slanesville, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Melvin Earl Powers and Minnie Myrtle Alkire Powers. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, the Rev. Jay Max Shirk, in 1994. Juanita was a member of St. Clements Episcopal Church in Indian Springs and St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Clear Spring for 42 years, where she served as president of the altar guild In previous years, she was employed by Celanese in Cumberland, Md., Dorbees in Hagerstown, Md., and London Fog Manufacturing in Hancock, Md. She retired from the Washington County tax credit application department in 1973.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | August 24, 2013
As a teenager in Jamaica, Jerome Edwards thought of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as a hero. Edwards, a special-education teacher at Williamsport High School, said King's “I Have a Dream” speech delivered Aug. 28, 1963, during the March on Washington still gives him goose bumps. Edwards' family immigrated to the United States in 1984, and as he describes it, he had the opportunity to witness the country changing as old racial attitudes crumbled, giving way to a new spirit of inclusiveness.
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