Community briefs

December 02, 1997

Community briefs

Cold weather shelters open

Single adults in need of shelter in Washington County can go to REACH Cold Weather Shelters at the following locations:

Now through Dec. 14 - First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown.

Dec. 14 through Dec. 28 - Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown, 20 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown.

College hosting AIDSpresentation

EMMITSBURG, Md. - Mount Saint Mary's College will recognize the need for continued AIDS and HIV research and increased public awareness this week.

On Wednesday, the public is invited to hear an AIDS/HIV presentation by Trish Grove of the Frederick County Health Department at 7 p.m. in Knott Auditorium.


Admission is free.

For more information, call Marian Williams of the Mount's Health Center at 1-301-447-5288 or call the public relations office at 1-301-447-5366 (e-mail to

River talk planned

U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, R-Md., will hold a public meeting to discuss the American Heritage Rivers from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Allegany College auditorium.

Karen Hobbs of the President's Council on Environmental Quality will be in attendance to explain the Clinton Administration's program.

Boonsboro briefs

BOONSBORO - The Town of Boonsboro will pay the bulk of the cost of a study to determine a rate structure for a new regional water system with Keedysville.

The mayor and Town Council voted Monday night to fund 85 percent, or $8,500, of the $10,000 study.

The study is necessary to receive a $1.5 million grant from the state to fund the building of a filtration plant for the system, said Councilman Kevin Chambers.

The town needs the study to show the method it will use to pay back the grant and any revolving loans it will receive, Chambers said.

Keedysville will be billed the remaining $1,500, he said.

The 85 percent-15 percent division is based on current water usage by the two towns, Chambers said.

The money for the study will come out of Boonsboro's water fund, he said.

Although both towns' mayors have signed a letter of intent to establish a regional water system, officials from the towns still need to get together to work out a formal deal, Town Attorney Art Schneider said.

BOONSBORO - Several projects are on the board to spruce up Shafer Memorial Park before it reopens May 1, Boonsboro Town Councilman Richard Hawkins reported at the town meeting Monday night.

Work at the park will include remodeling of the bathrooms on the park's upper level, putting a fireproof roof on one of the pavilions, adding new playground equipment for 2- to 5-year-old children and putting a small roof over the new sign at the park's entrance, Hawkins said.

All work is scheduled to be completed by April 30, he said.

BOONSBORO - Town officials were asked to form a committee to organize events in the town during Washington County's year-long millennium celebration.

Each town in the county is being asked to form its own committee, millennium steering committee member Doug Bast told the mayor and Council Monday night.

The county's celebration will start with the annual Independence Day event at Antietam National Battlefield in July 2000 and conclude with that same event in July 2001, Bast said.

Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. asked Bast why those dates were chosen.

Bast said that, contrary to what many people think, the new millennium starts Jan. 1, 2001, not Jan. 1, 2000.

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