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by JULIE E. GREENE | November 4, 2003
SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg property owners who repeatedly have to be advised to mow high grass and weeds could face fines in the future for those warnings. Town Attorney Charles Wagaman recommended Town Council members pass a law that would fine property owners who receive a second notice within a two-year span. The fine could be $45 and could pay for the expense of notifying property owners so taxpayers don't have to foot the bill, he said. The issue came up at Monday night's mayor and council meeting because some local properties required multiple notices.
By JOSHUA BOWMAN | September 17, 2008
SHARPSBURG -- A Sharpsburg man who has been growing a small-plot habitat on his property for eight years has been notified that the 7-foot high grasses in his yard violate Washington County's weed control ordinance. The Washington County Commissioners' decision on the matter, if unchallenged, will force Dean Joyce to mow his yard or pay stiff fines. Some of Joyce's neighbors applauded the commissioners' decision last week, saying the habitat looks terrible, spreads weeds into adjoining yards and is inappropriate in a subdivision.
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - On the day her play "Crystal Weeds" opened, Chambersburg native and playwright Jennifer Kreyl received a call from Act II Playhouse, a prestigious playhouse in Philadelphia, according to her husband and co-producer, Mike Shoeman. Kreyl submitted the play to Act II in December, and "they called that day of all days to say they're interested in producing it," Kreyl said. Kreyl's first full-length play, "Crystal Weeds," opened Friday and ran for three performances.
By HEATHER KEELS | August 3, 2010
Complaints about overgrown lawns and other weed ordinance violations in Washington County are coming in at such a high rate that the county is considering hiring a contractor to mow those lots, officials said. Since April 12, the county has had 179 weed ordinance complaints, Permits and Inspections Director Daniel F. DiVito said Tuesday. "This is something that is not going away, especially with the number of foreclosures, the properties that are being owned by banks and companies that are not around here," DiVito said.
By DAVE McMILLION | June 16, 2009
SMITHSBURG -- The Washington County Commissioners went to Smithsburg Tuesday night to allow town officials and Smithsburg residents to talk about issues of interest to them. But much of the meeting at Smithsburg's Town Hall didn't have anything to do with Smithsburg. Most of the discussion was taken up by Sharpsburg-area residents complaining about a property owner on Mondell Road who has allowed grass to grow up on his land as part of a nature study area. Last year, grass on the property reached about 7 feet high.
By ANNETTE IPSAN | May 31, 2010
Got weeds? If you garden, you have weeds. They are an unfortunate fact of life that makes for much wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth. What's a gardener to do? Traditional weed control involves pulling, digging, spraying and cursing. There must be a better way. Noted garden writer and horticulturalist Lee Reich has a plan. I heard Lee speak recently at a Master Gardener conference about "weedless gardening," the title of his newest book, and I was intrigued. Surely this PhD pro who did plant and soil research with both the USDA and Cornell University could teach me a thing or two. Lee has developed a four-prong approach to dealing with weeds that makes a lot of sense.
October 26, 2009
The Green School Committee at Conococheague Elementary School coordinated and hosted a fall cleanup day at the school on Oct. 10. Families donated time, energy and tools to the effort, which included planting new native Maryland wildflowers in the flower beds, spreading mulch under the playground equipment and raking leaves from the school grounds. Conococheague also benefitted from the work of seven members of Citibank's Credit Operations Department during the United Way of Washington County's Day of Caring on Oct. 7. The team, led by Ted Woiccak and Vince Bourdeau, edged sidewalks, pulled weeds from flower beds and prepared new planting beds.
July 18, 2007
FREDERICK, Md. - The City of Frederick Code Enforcement Department has announced the completion of the sixth Operation Clean Sweep. Code Enforcement personnel conducted Operation Clean Sweep in the NAC 10 area on July 12 on areas bordered by South Jefferson Street, West South Street, South Market Street and north of Interstate 70. As a result, officers handed out 89 violation notices covering 110 different violations, including six violations...
By JULIE E. GREENE | May 10, 2008
Busy lives leave little time for yardwork. And if Mother Nature isn't cooperating by providing too much or too little rain, that can make things even more difficult. But surely an hour a week can be found to maintain the lawn and gardens. Perhaps you're doing the work alone or the family can help, packing an even greater punch into that hour. One person could mow, another could weed, and another could plant or pick up debris. A big part of making that hour a week efficient and not letting it drag on is planning, and perhaps making some changes to your style of gardening.
November 14, 2012
As part of the annual United Way of Washington County's Day of Caring, volunteers from Citicorp and Potomac Edison worked on the grounds of Potomac Center, off Marshall Street in Hagerstown. The volunteers trimmed bushes, pulled weeds, raked leaves, installed a volleyball net, cleaned out rain spouts and did other jobs. Potomac Center officials said they were grateful to the United Way and the volunteers for their service to the community.    
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