Neighborhood News

December 14, 1997

Neighborhood News

The Waynesboro, Pa., Hospital Emergency Department staff is asking motorists to participate Friday in National Lights On For Life Day by driving with their headlights on all day to remind people about the impaired driving problem and remember those killed by impaired drivers.

Alcohol is a factor in approximately 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes and is a leading killer of young Americans. The December holidays are among the deadliest times of the year on our nation's highways and impaired driving is a big part of the problem.

The emergency department staff is joining with hundreds of organizations around the country to declare December National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month and to call for stronger policies and programs to deter impaired driving, motorcycle riding and walking.


Local and state police departments will observe National Holiday Lifesavers Weekend Friday through Sunday by stepping up enforcement efforts against impaired drivers, motorcyclists, speeders, aggressive drivers and others who make the roads especially dangerous this time of year.

Applications for new funding under the Federal Highway Administration's Recreational Trails Fund Program are being sought by the West Virginia Department of Transportation.

Congress recently gave a six-month extension to the reimbursement program for development or improvement of motorized or nonmotorized trail projects on publicly owned or controlled land.

Over the past two years, the program has provided more than $450,000 for 29 trail projects throughout the state.

Applicants must be governmental agencies or bodies or nonprofit organizations and can use in-kind services, volunteer labor or donated materials as well as cash for their required 50 percent match.

Although an applicant can submit more than one individual project for a trail or trail system, each project is limited to $12,500 in federal Recreational Trail funds, to be matched with at least $12,500 by the sponsor.

Applications must be received by WVDOT no later than Jan. 30.

For program guidelines and applications, call Richard Hartman at 1-304-558-3165 or fax a request for an application to 1-304-558-3783.

Christmas wreaths decorated by area charities and nonprofit organizations will be available for purchase through a silent auction from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 at Penn National Off-Track Wagering in Chambersburg, Pa. All proceeds will benefit the charities.

The wreaths will be judged that day by department managers and Penn National will award $300 for first place, $200 for second, $100 for third and $50 for fourth. All other participants will receive $25.

The wreaths have been decorated by the Antietam Humane Society; Building Our Pride in Chambersburg Inc.; Cumberland Valley Mental Health Center; Deaf Services; Easter Seals of Franklin County; Franklin & Fulton County Mental Health Association; Franklin County AIDS Network, Franklin County Shelter for the Homeless; Make A Wish Foundation; and the March of Dimes, Cumberland Valley division.

Money donated by Nursery Supplies, Inc. and Mid-States Distributors, corporate sponsors, will be divided between the charities.

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