Washington County Government Contacts and Important Info

In response to the continuing outage of County computer systems, including the County website, Radio Free Hub City has setup a temporary collection of webpages with important information about the county, as well as direct dial numbers for County services. We have replaced some of our regular advertising with this article to help community members during this situation.

Smithsburg 2022 Holiday Events Schedule

SMITHSBURG, MD News (11/26/2022) – Here are the current holiday events for the Town of Smithsburg, MD:

Tree Lighting – Friday December 2, 6-8 PM, Veterans Park

Breakfast with Santa – Saturday December 3, 7-10 AM, Smithsburg Community Volunteer Fire Company, 22 N Main Street

Shop with a Cop – Monday December 12, 5-9 PM, Maple Grove Estate Community Center

What is Mastodon? A social media expert explains how the ‘federated’ network works and why it won’t be a new Twitter

In the wake of Elon Musk’s noisy takeover of Twitter, people have been looking for alternatives to the increasingly toxic microblogging social media platform. Many of those fleeing or hedging their bets have turned to Mastodon, which has attracted hundreds of thousands of new users since Twitter’s acquisition.

Washington County Government Impacted by Cybersecurity Incident

HAGERSTOWN, MD News (11/25/2022) – On November 24, 2022, Washington County Government experienced a cybersecurity incident resulting in disruption to certain computer systems, the County’s website, and certain County services. At this time, the disruption is affecting capabilities at the Emergency Communications Center (911) but does not prevent citizens from being able to report an emergency situation. The County assures residents that all critical public safety services are operational. Citizens seeking emergency support can still place a call to the 911 emergency telephone number and public safety personnel will be dispatched.

Hagerstown Turkey Drop Doesn’t Go as Planned (Satire)

HAGERSTOWN, MD News (11/19/2022) – In what was supposed to be a day of celebration of the city’s new logo, where families received free turkeys thrown out of a helicopter over Hagerstown City Park, turned out to be a terrifying event for both the turkeys and the participants. In a hail of gobbles and feathers, some locals had to quickly flee the area when wild turkeys began chasing them through the park.

Opinion: Election fraud lessons from the 1866 Congressional elections

HAGERSTOWN, MD News (11/14/2022) – While some have cried foul over David Trone’s defeat of Neil Parrott in the Congressional District 6 race, looking at history we can see that election fraud has been of great concern in this area even in the 19th century, especially during times of national strife and conflict. There are some important lessons to be learned from the 1866 election, and a local newspaper captured it perfectly.

Maryland Attorney General Reaches Settlement with Google Over Location Tracking Practices

Maryland News (11/14/2022) – Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh today
announced that his Consumer Protection Division along with 39 other attorneys general have reached a $391.5 million multistate settlement with Google over its location tracking practices relating to Google Account settings.

Thanksgiving Crafts

Thanksgiving is a time of year in which families from all across the nation gather together and enjoy the presence of each other and give thanks for the fact that we live in this great country and have the means with which to celebrate in this manner. It is a great time that is representative of the hand of friendship that was extended to us in the past and the season of harvest.