October 01, 1997

Incidents force library to close rear door

Washington County Free Library patrons no longer can enter the downtown library through the back door, the library's director said.

The 100 S. Potomac St. library has had problems with vandalism and graffiti in the back lobby, said Director Mary Baykan. The bathroom has been trashed and a purse snatching occurred, she said.

Since the area is not monitored, Baykan said it would be safer to restrict entry to the South Potomac Street side.

Employees will be able to use the back door by using a key code and will be limited to parking in the back lot off East Antietam Street, she said.


Patrons are encouraged to park in the lot off South Potomac Street since it is closer to the front entrance, Baykan said. The front door is handicap-accessible and there are handicap parking spaces in the nearby lot, she said. Another handicap parking space might be added.

Conference planned on ADD problems

WILLIAMSPORT - A conference focusing on children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other special needs will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 18 at Springfield Middle School in Williamsport.

The 10th annual Parent Information and Training Center Conference will offer information on how to deal with family stress and autism and on financial planning for children with disabilities.

For more information, call the Parent Information and Training Center at 1-301-766-8221.

AC&T contributes $25,000 to ag center

The Washington County Agricultural Education Center has announced that AC&T, has contributed $25,000 toward the Ag Center's facilities fund, which now stands close to $150,000.

Adna Fulton, president and owner of AC&T, made the contribution nothing his family's agricultural background and the importance of the county's agricultural heritage.

AC&T is a locally owned petroleum distributor which also operates a retail gasoline and convenience store chain in the area.

The Ag Center's facilities fund is committed creating the Rural Heritage Museum planned for three buildings at the center, and is subject to a matching funds from the state of Maryland.

According to John Staub, president of the Ag Center's board of directors, the state has agreed to a matching fund grant of $350,000 and the Ag Center has until May 1999 to achieve the goal.

The Washington County Agricultural Education Center, which broke ground in 1995, is six miles south of Hagerstown on Sharpsburg Pike.

West Washington only one lane tonight

One lane of traffic will remain open on West Washington Street approaching Public Square tonight as workers install underground conduits for utilities, city engineering officials said.

The street will be reduced to one lane between 8 p.m. today and 5 a.m. Friday.

A lane was scheduled to be closed Tuesday night, but workers weren't ready yet, according to the engineering department.

Other streets along the square could be partially closed later this fall for underground work.

The renovation of the square is expected to be done by the Mummers' Parade on Nov. 1.

Functional tests slated in October

Students from across the state, including those in Washington County, will take Maryland functional tests this month.

Students are scheduled to take the Maryland Functional Reading Test on Oct. 16 and the Maryland Functional Mathematics Test on Oct. 21.

The Maryland Functional Testing Program is designed to assess students' basic competence in the areas of reading, math, writing and citizenship.

Students must pass the tests to graduate from high school.

Goretti scholarships total $1.8 million

Students at Saint Maria Goretti High School in Hagerstown were awarded $1.8 million in scholarships this year, according to the school.

This year's class of 47 seniors has accepted $1.1 million of the money, said school spokeswoman Diane Favret.

In public schools this year, a little more than $5.6 million in scholarships were awarded to Washington County seniors. There are 1,049 seniors in the county this year.

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