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NEWS
February 13, 2007
When Gov. Martin O'Malley announced his first budget, he said he would not rule out tax increases in the future. But first, he said, he would look for waste in government. Waste in government has always been easier to talk about than to actually locate, but this week the governor deployed a tool that just might unearth some. The (Baltimore) Sun on Monday reported that O'Malley will come to Annapolis with a new version of CitiStat - described as a statistics-based government management program.
NEWS
January 3, 2000
By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer The amount of liquid waste shipped to Washington County's Conococheague Industrial Pretreatment Plant from outside the county is expected to increase slightly when a new rail spur to the plant is completed around April, Marketing Director Greg Larsen said last week. The rail spur will make it easier for the plant's customers to come from a wider area, possibly as far as Canada, he said.
NEWS
August 15, 2008
ROME, Ga. - The Rome Braves decided to make an early evening of it. Rome scored six runs in the first inning and stood pat, shutting down the Hagerstown Suns on Thursday for a 6-1 victory. The first six batters to face Hagerstown starter Tom Milone reached base and all scored as the Braves batted around in the first. Rome used five hits, two Hagerstown errors and a sacrifice fly to produce all the runs. Carlos Lee led off the game with a triple to right and scored when Chad Lundahl reached on a throwing error by Hagerstown shortstop Jose Lozada.
NEWS
March 31, 2003
A pump failure caused approximately 130,000 to 150,000 gallons of treated but not disinfected wastewater to be released from the Hagerstown Waste Water Treatment Plant into the Antietam Creek Thursday, according to the Washington County Health Department. Water contact, swimming and fishing should be avoided in the creek between the plant and Beaver Creek. For more information, contact the Washington County Health Department at 301-791-3270.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | July 1, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- The purpose of a task force studying the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown is being disputed, and Del. John P. Donoghue, one of the group's newest members, says the study group is a "waste of time. " Donoghue, D-Washington, said Tuesday the findings of the task force, which met for the first time last month, are irrelevant. "We all know that we deserve the money," Donoghue said of USM-H funding. "We don't need everyone telling us what we need to do. We know what we need to do. We know as long as myself and Senator (Donald F.)
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 18, 2013
A West Virginia company has been given the initial go-ahead to begin planning a waste-to-energy operation that would be built at Washington County's Forty West Landfill west of Hagerstown. The company, America First Inc., is headed by President Kevin Whited, who went before the Washington County Board of Commissioners on Aug. 6. The board voted 4-0 to give the planning process of the public-private partnership a green light. Commissioners President Terry L. Baker abstained from the vote, saying he did not have enough information to take a position one way or the other.
NEWS
January 15, 2007
The proposal to enclose the Fairgrounds Park grandstand and turn it into an athletic complex is ... A great idea 150 votes (62 percent) A crazy idea 5 votes (2 percent) A waste of money 64 votes (26 percent) Crazy & a waste of money 0 votes (0 percent) I don't know 24 votes (10 percent) As of noon Sunday
NEWS
August 23, 2006
A downtown building was evacuated and traffic interrupted Tuesday afternoon when the Hagerstown Fire Department responded to a call for an odor of gas at 11 Public Square. According to Kyd Dieterich, battalion chief, the odor smelled more like sewage. "Apparently, some trash in the waste can left a horrifying smell," Dieterich said. Dieterich said the waste can had been emptied, but a stench remained. The offending waste can was in the offices of the Civil War Preservation Trust, on the second floor above the Rhubarb House, Dieterich said.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | April 19, 2006
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Officials with a sewage treatment facility in Washington, D.C., have considered disposing some of the plant's waste on a field in Jefferson County, but a contractor working on the project backed off the idea after deciding West Virginia's regulations were too restrictive, an official with the facility said Tuesday. Officials with the contractor are "collecting their thoughts" about the proposal and it still might be considered, said Chris Peot, an engineer with the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant in Washington, D.C. After Jefferson County Commission members heard about the proposal, they were concerned how the operation could affect the county's environment, particularly the county's groundwater.
NEWS
September 2, 1999
Due to the Labor Day holiday, Hagerstown's trash collection schedule will change for the week of Sept. 6. North End trash may be set out Monday for Tuesday morning collection and on Thursday for Friday morning collection. South End trash is to be set out Tuesday for Wednesday morning collection and on Friday for Saturday morning collection. Citywide yard waste collection will be Thursday morning. There will be no mixed paper collection the week of Sept. 6.
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OPINION
August 30, 2013
We tend to view projects that seem too good to be true with a raised eyebrow. But if the Washington County landfill can actually be “mined” for energy, it certainly would be a welcome use of rubbish that must otherwise be buried at high cost. America First Inc. wants to establish a public-private partnership with Washington County, a venture that would turn solid waste into alternative energy. The county's investment in the operation appears to be relatively small. It would set aside 15 acres at the landfill, which private investors would develop for the manufacturing of burnable pellets and synthetic liquid fuel.
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NEWS
August 26, 2013
PetSmart presented a check for $10,000 to Star Community on Monday as part of a new initiative that empowers the company's district managers and distribution centers to award up to $5,000 to nonprofit groups that enrich peoples' lives through pets, according to a Star Community news release. The $10,000 donation came from the local PetSmart distribution center on Hunters Green Parkway, as well as from 23 PetSmart stores and 100 associates in Western and northern Maryland, said Charlie Keller, operations manager for the local distribution center.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 18, 2013
A West Virginia company has been given the initial go-ahead to begin planning a waste-to-energy operation that would be built at Washington County's Forty West Landfill west of Hagerstown. The company, America First Inc., is headed by President Kevin Whited, who went before the Washington County Board of Commissioners on Aug. 6. The board voted 4-0 to give the planning process of the public-private partnership a green light. Commissioners President Terry L. Baker abstained from the vote, saying he did not have enough information to take a position one way or the other.
NEWS
August 17, 2013
The Berkeley County Council on Thursday appointed Michael K. Roberts to fill the unexpired term of a county Solid Waste Authority member who resigned and now works for the board. Roberts was appointed to fill the unexpired four-year term of Lynne Lashley, which ends in June 2016, according to county records. Lashley, who was hired by the solid waste authority through Choice Staffing in Martinsburg to serve as the board's treasurer, is expected to do bookkeeping work and answer office phone calls, according to Solid Waste Authority Chairman Clint Hogbin.
NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | March 14, 2013
While Hagerstown officials are working to come up with a redevelopment plan for the city's downtown, others are concerned about the city's cleanliness with regard to pet refuse. “Certainly, it's like littering, obviously, and it's even more disgusting than throwing a candy wrapper on the ground,” Mayor David S. Gysberts said recently. “But cleaning up after your pet or your animal is just your civic responsibility, it's just the right thing to do.” The pet droppings matter “can be enforced through code enforcement if a city official finds someone who's doing that, they can cite that person for not picking up after their dogs,” Gysberts said.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | March 13, 2013
The Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority voted Wednesday to impose a tax of 50 cents per ton on municipal waste handled at a yet-to-be-built facility that will produce solid refuse fuel from some of the trash. The county board's decision comes after a Public Service Commission administrative law judge signed off on the proposed $19 million mechanical-biological solid waste facility proposed by Entsorga West Virginia LLC to be operated near Martinsburg. The tax, which is authorized by state law, would not be collected until Entsorga begins handling waste, which could occur next year, Solid Waste Authority Chairman Clint Hogbin said Wednesday.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | March 11, 2013
A company that wants to produce solid refuse fuel from household garbage in Berkeley County should be allowed to do so, a West Virginia Public Service Commission administrative law judge has ruled. The recommended decision filed Monday grants a certificate of need to Entsorga West Virginia LLC to build and operate a proposed mechanical-biological solid waste management facility near Martinsburg at a cost of about $19 million. The project, which was officially backed by Berkeley County Council in January and previously endorsed by the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority, could be positioned to provide fuel to burn in the Essroc cement plant's kiln in 2014, officials have said.
NEWS
February 24, 2013
The City of Hagerstown will resume yard waste collections the week of March 3. The program will continue through the last full week of December, the city said in an emailed news release. The city reminded residents to set out yard waste the same night as they set out their trash and recycling. Yard waste can be placed at curbside after 4 p.m. but before midnight on the set-out day. In addition, the city said, yard waste must be placed at curbside in reusable containers such as garbage cans or cardboard boxes, or in paper yard waste bags.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 24, 2013
Berkeley County leaders are backing a company that wants to build a $19 million facility to produce a solid refuse fuel from household garbage that could then be burned at a Martinsburg cement plant. The Berkeley County Council voted 5-0 in support of Entsorga West Virginia LLC's proposal to build a commercial mixed waste resource recovery facility at the old county landfill property off Grapevine Road. Project consultant Emily F. Dyson told county leaders Thursday that Entsorga could be positioned to provide fuel to the Essroc cement plant in 2014 if the project clears final county and state regulatory, planning and engineering hurdles.
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