Neighborhood News

December 21, 1997

Neighborhood News

The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va., will be closed Christmas Day and Friday.

Clinics will reopen on Monday, Dec. 29 and will be open Friday, Jan. 2.


The Environmental Education Advisory Committee of Greencastle-Antrim, Pa., School District and Boy Scout Troop 99 are collecting Christmas trees for recycling as a community service project.

The trees will be chipped by Bartlett Tree Experts for use as mulch around the school district.

Trees can be dropped off at the Environmental Center, 500 Leitersburg St., any time after Christmas and before Jan. 10.

Trees will be collected Jan. 10 for those living in the borough. Residents are asked to place their trees by curbs before 8 a.m. that day.


For more information, call Charles White at 1-717-597-6458.


Comprehensive eye examinations and eyeglasses will be provided during Save Your Vision Week, March 1-7, in Pennsylvania through VISION USA, which provides free eye examinations and vision care to low-income working families in the state.

Those interested in receiving eye care in March must apply in January to establish their eligibility. To qualify for this program, applicants must:

* Have a job or live in a household in which at least one person is working full or part time

* Not have health insurance that covers eye examinations

* Have an income falling below an established level based on household size

* Not have had an eye examination during the past two years

Those who wish to participate can call the office of state Rep. Jeffrey Coy, D-Franklin, at 1-717-234-3943 or 1-717-532-1707 to fill out an application.

The forms are also available at local Salvation Army offices; through the Association for the Blind executive office at 1-717-234-3261; or by writing to VISION USA, 243 -----. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63141.

Applicants can register by phone from Jan. 2-30 by calling 1-800-766-4466.


Applications for new funding under the Federal Highway Administration's National Scenic Byway Program are being sought by the West Virginia Department of Transportation.

The Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1997 recently passed by Congress authorizes the reimbursable grant program for roads that were designated as scenic byways by the State of West Virginia before June 28, 1996.

Applicants must be incorporated organizations responsible for managing designated byways and can use in-kind services, volunteer labor or donated materials as well as cash for their required 20 percent match.

Applicants must have the match in place at the time of submission. Applications must be received no later than Jan. 30.

For program guidelines and applications, call Karen Ebert Allen at 1-304-558-3165.


Hunters harvested a record 79,484 antlerless deer during West Virginia's 1997 antlerless deer season, which ran from Dec. 8-13 in 24 counties and Dec. 6-13 in another 22 counties.

The record harvest is 5 percent above the 1992 harvest of 75,605 and 29 percent above the 1996 antlerless harvest of 61,598, according to John B. Rader, director of the Division of Natural Resources.

In Berkeley County, 318 antlerless deer were harvested; in Jefferson County, 239; and in Morgan County, 957.

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