Community briefs

June 11, 1998

In 1997, the National Organization for Women launched Victory 2000, a campaign to elect 2,000 feminist candidates to all levels of public office by the year 2000.

The Washington County NOW chapter will form an Activist Campaign Team.

Linda Smith, NOW vice president, will lead a workshop on how to get involved in a political campaign on Tuesday, June 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. The workshop will be held in the First Floor Conference Room of the Washington County Administration Building.

The workshop is free.

Those wishing to attend may call Smith at 301-733-2537.

To maintain the safety of Maryland's highways, the State Highway Administration reminds commercial, public and private advertisers to contact SHA before posting signs adjacent to state highways.

State and federal laws require permits for all promotional signs, including billboards, yard sale, commercial, political and real estate signs.

Maryland law prohibits a person from placing an advertising or political sign within an SHA right of way or on state property.


Federal and state laws also may require advertisers to get a permit before erecting signs on private property along a state highway. The permits allow SHA to keep track of the number, use, location, spacing and maintenance of signs.

Maryland law allows signs on private property without a permit when the sign advertises activities or projects available on that property and is within 100 feet of the business activity. Political signs are subject to the same conditions, and may not be posted more than 45 days prior to the election.

More details may be obtained by contacting the SHA District Office in Frederick, Md., at 1-301-624-8161.

FORT RITCHIE - One of the Army's major Signal Brigades will conduct a change of command ceremony on Fort Ritchie's parade field beginning at 10 a.m. on June 16.

The 1108th Army Signal Brigade which has been at Fort Ritchie for more than nine years, will honor Col. Velma L. Richardson, outgoing commander, and welcome Col. David E. Titus as the new commander for the 1108th.

The public is invited.

The Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau has unveiled its 1998 Official Visitors Guide for Hagerstown and Washington County.

Information covered in the 46-page, full-color guide includes accommodations, restaurants, attractions, museums and Civil War-related materials.

Each incorporated community in the county is highlighted.

The guide will be distributed in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Copies are available at the Visitors Center. Anyone wishing to display the Visitors Guide, may call Brenda Mackereth at 301-791-3246.

BALTIMORE - The Maryland Department of the Environment reminds owners of underground storage tanks that they only have until June 30 to apply for loans from the Underground Storage Tank Upgrade and Replacement Fund.

The fund provides loans to tank owners to finance the upgrade, replacement or abandonment of their tanks to comply with federal and state technical standards.

The current interest rate for a loan through this program is 4.4 percent. A maximum of $50,000 per site, up to $150,000 per year per applicant, is available.

For information, call MDE's Oil Control Program at 1-410-631-3442.

Hagerstown Chapter 36 Experimental Aircraft Association Inc. will hold its fourth fly-in and drive-in and Young Eagles Day at Washington County Regional Airport Saturday, June 13, and Sunday, June 14, beginning at 8 a.m.

Admission is free.

Young people between the ages of 6 1/2 and 18 will be flown for free with a parent's or guardian's permission and can become a member of Young Eagles of the EAA.

An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be available for $4, with food available all day.

For information, call Walter or June Green at 301-739-0074.

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