Community briefs

December 12, 1997

Phoenix seeking new site for building

Phoenix Color Corp. has not dropped plans to construct a third building this spring, but must choose a new location, the company president said Wednesday.

The $8 million building was slated to be built in front of Phoenix Color's second building, which is on Western Maryland Parkway in Hagerstown, said Louis LaSorsa.

But the nine-acre site is too small, LaSorsa said.

Company officials are looking for another site nearby, either in the city or Washington County, he said.

The roughly 100,000-square-foot building is to be constructed by November, 1998, LaSorsa said. It would be used for book manufacturing and employ about 200 people, he said.


Phoenix's first building is on Tandy Drive in the Washington County Business Park.

Phoenix makes paperback covers and dust jackets for books.

City will pay portion of traffic signal cost

The City of Hagerstown is expected to pay $4,489 toward the cost of installing a traffic signal at Mill and Frederick streets because city officials miscalculated how much the signal would cost a local developer, city officials said Tuesday.

When the engineering department approved plans for the Julia Manor Health Care Center at that intersection, the agreement included the developer paying $8,000 toward a traffic signal, officials said.

But, the signal will cost $12,489, said City Engineer Bruce Johnston.

The developer, Ranger Construction, refused to pay the difference, city officials said.

Councilman J. Wallace McClure said the city should pay the difference.

"Yes, we made a mistake," one that the city won't repeat, McClure said.

The city had budgeted $20,000 to install a signal at that intersection before they knew of the plans for the nursing home, Johnston said.

Gift shop drawing will boost agencies

Throughout the holiday season, a Hagerstown gift shop is sponsoring a drawing with proceeds benefitting Food Resources Inc. and Hospice of Washington County.

Timeless Memories, located at 620 Potomac Ave., is having a $1 drawing for a Princess Di Beanie Baby collectible.

Food Resources is a nonprofit food warehouse from which charities can obtain food for the needy.

Hospice provides a team approach to home care services for the terminally ill and their families.

For more information on the drawing, call 301-739-8463.

'Santa Paws' will be at Long Meadow

Fluffy and Bowser can get their pictures taken with a very special jolly, holiday fellow beginning this weekend with proceeds going to support the Washington County SPCA.

"Santa Paws" will be available at the Long Meadow Shopping Center the next two Saturdays, Dec. 13 and 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to SPCA director Shelly Moore.

The pictures will be taken at the storefront near the south end of the shopping center with the sign Santa Paws on the painted window, Moore said.

And on Sunday, Dec. 14, Santa Paws will be on hand for pictures at the SPCA shelter on Maugansville Road during the open house from noon to 4 p.m.

Polaroid pictures are $5 each and will be available immediately.

Winners announced in Funkstown event

Funkstown's annual house decorating contest was held in conjunction with the town's Old Tyme Christmas and Illumination event on Dec. 5.

Judging was in three categories. Winners were:


* First Place - Richard Cramer, 212 E. Baltimore St.

* Second Place - Richard Gaver, 220 E. Chestnut St.

* Third Place - Sylvester Hose Jr., 101 E. Cemetery St.

Old Tyme

* First Place - Charles Snodderly, 219 E. Chestnut St.

* Second Place - William "Buck" McCoy, One W. Maple St.

* Third Place - Gingerbread House, 109 E. Maple St.


* First Place - Edward Hose, 21 W. Green St.

* Second Place - William Dellinger, 101 E. Maple St.

* Third Place - Jeffrey Cooper, 35 E. Baltimore St.

Prizes are: $25 for first place, $15 for second place and $10 for third place.

The basket drawing winner was Kevin Sullivan, 414 Beaver Creek Road.

Yard waste collection is slated Tuesday

Hagerstown residents have one more chance to put their yard waste out for curbside pickup this year.

Tuesday is the last day yard waste can be set out this year, said Downtown Coordinator Karen Giffin.

Yard waste is to be placed in reusable containers or paper yard waste and leaf bags and placed at the curb after 4 p.m. on Tuesday to be picked up early Wednesday morning.

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