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By JULIE E. GREENE | November 29, 2009
SMITHSBURG -- John Jacques uses a wood furnace, turns off lights when he leaves a room, and is in the process of having a geothermal heating and cooling system hooked up to his home to help reduce his energy costs. On Nov. 14, Jacques took his energy-saving strategy one step further by becoming, along with his brother Brian, the first in Washington County to have wind turbines installed to help generate electricity for their homes. "Just trying to conserve," both environmentally and financially, said John Jacques, 64. "Global warming and that sort of thing, I don't know what to make of. But makes sense to conserve energy.
NEWS
By LISA PREJEAN | July 9, 2010
Imagine that you are walking along the shore of a lake. As you gaze across the water, several stately windmills catch your eye. If you had to guess where you were, what would be your first choice? Ah, the tulip-lined fields of Holland? Yeah, that's probably what I'd say, too. But these windmills don't look like the storybook kind with latticework arms seeming to welcome all who pass by. These windmills serve an important purpose, and their streamlined, modern design seems to boast of that very fact.
NEWS
January 24, 2009
Help at accident scene was appreciated To the editor: I was one of the lucky ones to survive the horrific accident on Interstate 70 west on Monday, Jan. 19. I would like to sincerely thank all of the EMTs, firefighters, police officers and others who responded to this terrible crash site. From the school bus driver who so carefully drove the shell-shocked, but uninjured victims to the Red Cross shelter, to the many Red Cross volunteers who graciously provided such comfort to the group and kept us informed, to the management and staff of the Homewood Suites hotel who made us feel so welcome, everyone I encountered was extremely kind and generous.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | January 28, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- As small, roof-mounted "microturbines" make wind power more accessible to individual households, Hagerstown officials are debating whether to allow them in the city and, if so, how to regulate them. The Hagerstown Planning Commission decided Wednesday to look into adopting state-recommended regulations for appearance, lot size, setbacks, sound levels and ground clearance for wind turbines. Research presented at Wednesday's meeting showed wind turbines probably would not be cost-efficient in the city, where wind is limited and electric rates are already low. Still, commission chair Douglas S. Wright said he foresees them "popping up all over town" on the homes of environmentally conscious residents who don't care about the cost.
NEWS
January 26, 2008
Maryland faces great challenges with climate change. The recent report from the Maryland Commission on Climate Change echoes longstanding concerns of other reports from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and other credible groups about addressing climate challenges in a meaningful way. As a member of the commission's Greenhouse Gas and Carbon Mitigation Working Group, I want to thank Gov. Martin O'Malley and our political leaders for bold policy recommendations...
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | December 11, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Developers proposing a $250 million National Park Service Museum near Harpers Ferry, W.Va., have presented the idea to National Park Service officials in Washington, D.C., a spokesman for the project said Monday night. The developers hope they can win a lease agreement with the National Park Service to pave the way for the museum, said Bradley Gray. "We're in healthy discussions," Gray said outside a Charles Town City Council meeting. Bradley made the comments after asking the city council for a resolution in support of the project.
NEWS
by LAURA ERNDE | March 3, 2004
laurae@herald-mail.com ANNAPOLIS - Environmentalists were split Tuesday on legislation to encourage the use of wind power and other renewable energy sources in Maryland. While some praised the value of harnessing wind power to reduce dependence on foreign oil, others said the 400-foot wind turbines would be a blight on the landscape and would kill birds and bats that would unwittingly crash into them. Manufacturing industry representatives also opposed the bill at a hearing Tuesday, arguing they essentially would be subsidizing wind power companies at the cost of jobs at their plants.
NEWS
By GREG MASTERS | Capital News Service | December 16, 2011
Maryland lawmakers are preparing to resume debate on one of Gov. Martin O'Malley's major green initiatives, an offshore wind energy bill that stalled during the last legislative session amid concerns about the cost to utility companies and their customers. The bill would have subsidized the construction of between 80 and 200 wind turbines 12 miles off the coast of Ocean City by obligating the state's four investor-owned utilities - Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., Allegheny Power, Delmarva Power and Pepco - to buy offshore wind energy for 25 years.
OPINION
July 8, 2012
“I'd just like to thank the Potomac Edison repairmen for a great job they did repairing electrical lines and stuff around Sharpsburg. Under the weather conditions, I just say 'A great job. Well done, men.'” - Sharpsburg “I have just finished reading an article ... 'What does July 4 mean to you?' What does it really mean to us, as Americans? We do honor our country, we honor our friends, with picnics and parades, but do we ever really stop to be thankful of our independence, and how wonderful it really is?
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OPINION
October 14, 2012
“To the atheist from Clear Spring: Yes, it is your choice what you believe, but there should not be a law to take away others' choices. It should be thrown out. It's discriminating.” - Sabillasville, Md. “Kudos to a very courageous and informed man by the name of Jim Rosko, from Boonsboro. Mr. Rosko wrote a letter to the editor that appeared on Wednesday, Oct. 3, on the Opinion page. Mr. Rosko outlined a complete and accurate account of Barack Obama's failures in office as president of the United States.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | October 9, 2012
Tuscarora School District officials are looking to the sky as they try to expand learning opportunities for middle- and high-schoolers. The district is exploring funding opportunities to install a wind turbine on the school campus. Engineering plans soon will be submitted to various agencies for approval. The project is being done in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Wind for Schools program operated by Penn State University, according to Stanley Morgan, Tuscarora's facilities director.
OPINION
July 8, 2012
“I'd just like to thank the Potomac Edison repairmen for a great job they did repairing electrical lines and stuff around Sharpsburg. Under the weather conditions, I just say 'A great job. Well done, men.'” - Sharpsburg “I have just finished reading an article ... 'What does July 4 mean to you?' What does it really mean to us, as Americans? We do honor our country, we honor our friends, with picnics and parades, but do we ever really stop to be thankful of our independence, and how wonderful it really is?
NEWS
By GREG MASTERS | Capital News Service | December 16, 2011
Maryland lawmakers are preparing to resume debate on one of Gov. Martin O'Malley's major green initiatives, an offshore wind energy bill that stalled during the last legislative session amid concerns about the cost to utility companies and their customers. The bill would have subsidized the construction of between 80 and 200 wind turbines 12 miles off the coast of Ocean City by obligating the state's four investor-owned utilities - Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., Allegheny Power, Delmarva Power and Pepco - to buy offshore wind energy for 25 years.
NEWS
By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | August 31, 2011
After about 18 months of design and construction work and securing the required permits, the wind turbine at Washington County Technical High School was installed on the school's property on Wednesday. Tech High Principal Jeffrey Stouffer said in a phone interview that the turbine is ready to operate and will begin generating electricity when the wind speed reaches 7 mph. The Skystream 3.7 features a 45-foot pole with 6-foot fiberglass reinforced composite tri-blade, Stouffer said.
NEWS
By LISA PREJEAN | July 9, 2010
Imagine that you are walking along the shore of a lake. As you gaze across the water, several stately windmills catch your eye. If you had to guess where you were, what would be your first choice? Ah, the tulip-lined fields of Holland? Yeah, that's probably what I'd say, too. But these windmills don't look like the storybook kind with latticework arms seeming to welcome all who pass by. These windmills serve an important purpose, and their streamlined, modern design seems to boast of that very fact.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | November 29, 2009
SMITHSBURG -- John Jacques uses a wood furnace, turns off lights when he leaves a room, and is in the process of having a geothermal heating and cooling system hooked up to his home to help reduce his energy costs. On Nov. 14, Jacques took his energy-saving strategy one step further by becoming, along with his brother Brian, the first in Washington County to have wind turbines installed to help generate electricity for their homes. "Just trying to conserve," both environmentally and financially, said John Jacques, 64. "Global warming and that sort of thing, I don't know what to make of. But makes sense to conserve energy.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | January 28, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- As small, roof-mounted "microturbines" make wind power more accessible to individual households, Hagerstown officials are debating whether to allow them in the city and, if so, how to regulate them. The Hagerstown Planning Commission decided Wednesday to look into adopting state-recommended regulations for appearance, lot size, setbacks, sound levels and ground clearance for wind turbines. Research presented at Wednesday's meeting showed wind turbines probably would not be cost-efficient in the city, where wind is limited and electric rates are already low. Still, commission chair Douglas S. Wright said he foresees them "popping up all over town" on the homes of environmentally conscious residents who don't care about the cost.
NEWS
January 24, 2009
Help at accident scene was appreciated To the editor: I was one of the lucky ones to survive the horrific accident on Interstate 70 west on Monday, Jan. 19. I would like to sincerely thank all of the EMTs, firefighters, police officers and others who responded to this terrible crash site. From the school bus driver who so carefully drove the shell-shocked, but uninjured victims to the Red Cross shelter, to the many Red Cross volunteers who graciously provided such comfort to the group and kept us informed, to the management and staff of the Homewood Suites hotel who made us feel so welcome, everyone I encountered was extremely kind and generous.
NEWS
By TRISH RUDDER | April 25, 2008
 BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Excitement and wind was in the air Thursday morning for the installation of a wind generator at Mountain View Builders Solar House on Pious Ridge Road. Brothers and owners Mike and Pete McKechnie have been working toward getting the wind generator up and running for more than one year, Mike McKechnie said. "It will generate electricity that we can feed into the grid or we can use in the house," he said. The 107-foot-high lattice tower and stub to hold the turbine went up on the second attempt.
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