June 24, 1997

Rotary distributes $65,200 to groups

The Hagerstown Rotary Club has given $65,200 to more than 20 organizations in Washington County.

The largest single donation of $10,000 went to San Mar Children's Home.

Cedar Ridge was given $7,500 and W House and Hagerstown Junior College each received $5,000.

The Hagerstown Rotary Club Charitable Foundation was established in 1980. Since then, more than $682,000 has been distributed to civic and charitable organizations. The foundation's endowment fund exceeds $100,000.

Each year, the foundation solicits requests for contributions. The money distributed is to be used primarily for building projects. Projects that benefit children are favored.


Money is raised primarily through the Rotary 2-for-1 coupon book sales, the Rotary golf tournament and investment income.

Also receiving funds as announced June 18 were: the Washington County Agricultural Education Center, $3,000; Washington County Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependency, $1,000; The American Cancer Society, $1,000; The Boys and Girls Club of Washington County, $4,000; the Washington County Arts Council, $2,000; Boy Scouts, $2,500; Community Free Clinic, $1,000; Washington County Family Center, $1,500; Girls Inc., $1,000; the Washington County Historical Society, $1,500; Hospice of Washington County, $1,400; Mary's Center, $1,400; Parent/Child Center, $2,500; Salvation Army, $3,000; Western Maryland Center, $3,000; Y-Me, $900; the YMCA, $2,500; Hagerstown Rotary Club, $2,000, and Goodwill Industries, $2,500.

Foundation board members are M. Kenneth Long Jr., Richard N. Funkhouser, Alan J. Levin, Ralph E. Giffin and Donovan G. Bachtell.

Signup offered for farm program

Frederick County has announced an open application period for the fourth year of the Critical Farms Program. The purpose of the program is to preserve farmland and to promote agriculture, by enabling a full-time farmer to acquire farmland at its most critical time - when it is being transferred.

The county will buy options on development rights up to 75 percent of the appraised easement value. The County Commissioners have allocated $250,000 for 1998.

Full-time farmers are eligible to apply if they have a contract to purchase a farm or if they have bought a farm within the last six months. The farm must meet the requirements of the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program.

The open application period for the program is the first 14 days of each month, beginning July 1, while funds are available. For information, contact Tim Blaser at 301-694-2513.

Election for theater board is delayed

The election for The Maryland Theatre's board of directors has been pushed back six months to the end of the year to coincide with the theater's new fiscal year, according to the board president.

Instead of holding the election this month, it will be in December and new board members will take office in January, Patricia Wolford said.

Wolford is nearing the end of her second three-year term on the board, she said.

Last year, board members changed the bylaws extending the term limit from two to three terms.

They also changed the fiscal year to match the calendar year.

Fort Ritchie plans July 4th celebration

Final plans are in place for Fort Ritchie's annual Independence Day Celebration on Friday, July 4.

Open to the public, the day kicks off at noon and concludes with an extravagant fireworks display at 9:45 p.m.

There will be food and game booths; the 4th Annual Custom and Classic Car Show; an obedience dog show; a live band and DJ music; strolling entertainment; pony rides; a wildlife display; bingo; and more.

Passes to the swimming pool will be available for $2 per person. Pool hours will be from noon to 7 p.m. No cutoffs. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a responsible person age 13 or older. Children under 6 are free if accompanied by a paying adult.

Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and portable tables. The lakes will be closed.

No pets, roller blades, roller skates or bicycles.

For information, call Harry Geesaman at 301-878-5890.

In the event of heavy rain, the celebration will be held on Saturday, July 5. Listen to local radio stations for Fort Ritchie's announcement.

City course golf passes available

Six-month passes are available for the Municipal Golf Course in Hagerstown. The 6-month passes are $110 for individual and $175 for family membership and are valid July 1 through Dec. 31.

Passes are available at the golf course or at the Public Works office at 51 West Memorial Blvd.

For more call the golf course at 301-733-8630 or the Public Works office at 301-739-8577, ext. 178.

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