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BREAKINGNEWS
May 5, 2011
A boil water advisory for the Town of Myersville has been lifted, Town Manager Kristin Aleshire announced Thursday afternoon. The town and the Maryland Department of the Environment announced the precautionary boil water advisory Tuesday to customers in the areas of Main Street north of Cedar Street, Meadow Ridge, Canada Hill and Deer Woods, according to a town news release. The advisory was issued while repairs were made to a broken water main, and was to remain in effect until water service was fully restored and water quality tests verified the safety of the water supply, the release said.
NEWS
March 17, 2006
Leonard Young, of Thomas, Bennett & Hunter Inc., cleans up Thursday after making a concrete delivery for the construction of a play system at Emma K. Doub Elementary School.
NEWS
November 5, 2004
Smithsburg High School's Charlie Wisz (756) leads a pack of runners trying to navigate the wet and sloppy course Thursday during the Maryland Class 1A West cross country championships at Clear Spring High School.
NEWS
July 2, 2012
State public health officials have issued a boil-water advisory for all of West Virginia. Environmental Health Services Director Barbara Taylor said statewide power outages related to the Friday night storm have put many water supplies at risk, and the advisory will remain in effect until further notice. She said the warning applies to any area that had low water pressure, cloudy water or a loss of water service. The advisory means that consumers should bring their drinking water to a full rolling boil for at least one minute before drinking it, cooking with it, or bathing and brushing teeth.
NEWS
July 14, 2013
The community of Mont Alto owes its existence to the Mont Alto Iron Works, according to local historian Charlie Kauffman. The Hughes family from Ireland came to the United States and started the company in 1807. Company officials set up a feudal system with community offerings, like grounds for herding. Still, the growth of the coal-blasted iron company outpaced the level of goods and services being offered, Kauffman said. Families began to settle nearby on other land, he said.
NEWS
December 10, 2010
Crews from the City of Hagerstown and Washington County worked together Friday morning to mitigate an unexpected icy situation on Western Maryland Parkway between U.S. 40 and Md. 144. City Utility Director Mike Spiker said a contractor was working on the Hellane water tank, near the west-end reservoir, when water released through the drainage system pooled on the northbound lane of Western Maryland Parkway (Md. 910). Below freezing temperatures caused ice to form on the road, said Edwin Plan, director of the Washington County Highway Department.
NEWS
August 7, 2007
· Turn water off immediately after washing hands · Turn water off while brushing teeth · Run washing machines and dishwashers at full capacity · Water outdoors in early morning or evening hours · Limit recreational use of hose/sprinklers · Utilize water out of dehumidifiers to water plants · Put bricks or stones in toilets so less water is used during flushing · Install low-flow...
NEWS
March 2, 2005
The remains of Monday's winter storm were still apparent Tuesday on this snow-covered bridge that crosses Antietam Creek off Frederick Road near Funkstown.
NEWS
By JEFF RUGG / Creators Syndicate | March 28, 2009
Q: I have been thinking about putting in a rain garden. Do you have any advice? A: A rain garden is similar to other perennial flowerbeds that you might build - it just holds water longer. Rather than building a raised flowerbed by adding organic matter to get better drainage, a rain garden is a flowerbed built slightly lower so that water accumulates. Rain gardens provide several benefits to your landscape. They trap water that will slowly soak into the soil and not run off. This water helps your landscape because more water is available for a longer time deeper underground.
NEWS
January 8, 2007
Hagerstown Community College's Center for Continuing Education is offering a new class this month that gives students the opportunity to experience yoga in the water. Yog-Wa, taught by Anita Binder at Village at Robinwood, enhances flexibility, strength, balance, breathing and body awareness in a warm-water indoor pool. Students will be taught a blend of traditional postures, including Warrior, Eagle and Cobra. Two sessions will be held - one on Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for eight weeks beginning Jan. 18, and one on Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for eight weeks, beginning Jan. 15. For registration information, call 301-790-2800, ext. 236.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | September 10, 2013
Contractors continue to work on upgrading Waynesboro's wastewater treatment plant as they eye a spring 2014 completion for the $10.2 million project. The wastewater treatment plant was built in the 1930s and last upgraded in the 1980s, according to Jon Fleagle, chairman of the Waynesboro Borough Authority. The Waynesboro Borough Council received an update on the project Tuesday evening from Fleagle and Leiter Pryor, the borough's director of utilities. The borough's 5,500 sewer customers had rate increases each year since 2010 to fund the project.
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NEWS
September 9, 2013
The Williamsport Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to put a project to repair the town's water tower out to bid. Williamsport Town Clerk Donnie Stotlemyer said the project is estimated to cost about $320,000. The town has already received a grant from the Maryland Department of the Environment worth $160,000, which will be matched by the town. The tower, located near the intersection of Sunset Avenue and Conococheague Street, can hold 300,000 gallons of water. It was taken out of service in 2008, because the hydraulic valves that are part of the tower were not functioning properly, Stotlemeyer said.
NEWS
September 8, 2013
No one was injured Saturday night when a small electrical fire occurred in a mobile home in the 400 block of Pepper Tree Road, off Grade Road, according to emergency service officials. The renters had the power turned off and put the fire out using a garden hose before firefighters arrived, said Lt. Justin Delmotte with Bedington Volunteer Fire Department. The fire was in a light fixture in the dining room ceiling, Delmotte said. Neighbors saw smoke and called 911, he said. Firefighters disconnected power to the home, which will not be habitable again until the power is turned back on, Delmotte said.
OPINION
By LLOYD WATERS | September 8, 2013
It was 8:45 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, and I was at work at Maryland Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown. Someone said that an airplane had flown into the World Trade Center. I went to an adjacent office, turned on a TV and watched in horror as the blue skies over New York City turned to black, gray and then white smoke. A plane had crashed into the 80th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. The site became even more horrific as a second plane flew into the 60th floor of the South Tower.
OPINION
By LLOYD WATERS | September 1, 2013
“Where is my faith? Even deep down there is nothing but emptiness and darkness. What do I labor for? If there be no God, there can be no soul. If there be no soul, then Jesus you are not true.” Strange words indeed coming from the pen of Mother Teresa.  Although she is headed for sainthood in the Catholic Church, those words contained in her composed letters throughout her life suggest some serious doubts in regard to her faith. Mother Teresa has always been a person I most admired for a lot of different reasons.
NEWS
August 30, 2013
A water-main break off Blairton Road early Friday left about 40 Berkeley County water customers without service for several hours, according to a water district official. The service break in the 8-inch plastic line along Mercedes Drive damaged about 200 feet of the road, said Paul Fisher, executive director of the county Public Service Water District. Water service was turned off about 5:30 a.m., until short-term repair was completed Friday afternoon, Fisher said. Hundreds of feet of water line - from Blairton Road to a second cul-de-sac in the residential development served by Mercedes Drive - will be replaced with ductile iron pipe by water district workers, he said.
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.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | August 21, 2013
Opposition to a Washington County proposal to change land-use regulations around four towns including Hancock showed no signs of abating Wednesday night when about 65 people turned out for an informational meeting -   including one resident who brought a petition with 66 signatures of people against the plan. Residents who would be affected by the land-use changes said they are afraid of being forced to hook up to public water and sewer service, and that they will be forced to pay town taxes if the regulations are passed.
OPINION
By LLOYD WATERS | August 18, 2013
In California, some 30,000 inmates are taking part in a hunger strike to protest their “inhumane” treatment within that state's prison system. Prisoners are demanding changes to the practice of long-term placement in solitary confinement units. It is estimated that more than 3,000 inmates in California prisons are housed in high security isolation units. Although I suppose it's all right to go on a hunger strike to protest something you believe in, when I read of the recent assault of a staff person at the North Branch Correctional facility, I have to wonder about one's definition of “inhumane.” Is it more inhumane to confine a violent inmate to a cell for a long period of time, or permit that same individual to commit a vicious assault against another human being (staff person)
OPINION
By LLOYD WATERS | August 11, 2013
Friday night finally got here and I had a busy week. I gave notice to my employer that I was leaving. I was tired of dealing with Windows 8. It was time to unwind a little. I was tired and hungry. My buddy and I decided to stop by Funkstown Tavern for one of those tasty burgers, a little cream of crab soup and a Blue Moon, which helps the dryness of one's mouth. (That orange slice is full of Vitamin C, so it has to be healthy.) As we lounged in back of the establishment, we were treated to some good tunes.
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