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Census short on forms

March 31, 2000|By JULIE E. GREENE

Another day, another snafu for Census 2000.

Washington County residents who went to one of the 29 "Be Counted" sites Friday to pick up a short form or an envelope were probably met with disappointment.

An official with United States Census 2000 headquarters had said Thursday that those 29 sites would be stocked with short forms and envelopes this week, but most were not.

The Be Counted sites should have the short forms by Monday, said Wayne Kline, regional office manager for the Census. Those sites are expected to remain open until April 14.

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Census officials cautioned residents who received long forms not to substitute short forms. If they don't send in their long form, a Census worker will visit them in May.

The short forms at the Be Counted sites are only for people who are designated to receive those forms and didn't receive one in the mail.

Envelopes for the long form or the short form will not be available at the Be Counted sites, but are expected to be at the Questionnaire Assistance Centers by April 6, said Daniel Silver, assistant manager for field operations. Some of those centers are scheduled to open up to three days earlier.

According to the Census, the Questionnaire Assistance Centers are:

* Bethel Gardens Community Building, 356 Henry Ave. in Hagerstown.

* Memorial Recreation Center, 109 W. North Ave. in Hagerstown.

* Washington County Commission on Aging Nutrition Site, 9 Public Square in Hagerstown.

* Hancock Nutrition Site, 126-128 High St.

* Potomac Towers Nutrition Site, 11 W. Baltimore St. in Hagerstown.

* Smithsburg Nutrition Site, Blue Mountain Estates.

* Williamsport Nutrition Site, 215 Otho Holland Drive.

* Walnut Towers Nutrition Site, 12 S. Walnut St. in Hagerstown.

* Southeastern Nutrition Site, 40 Mount Vernon Drive in Keedysville.

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