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October 10, 2000

County briefs 10/11

County proclaims Fire Prevention Week

The Washington County Commissioners Tuesday issued a proclamation naming Oct. 8 through Oct. 14 Fire Prevention Week.

The proclamation was given to Douglas DeHaven, life safety educator with the Washington County Fire and Rescue Association, and Robert Cumberland, association administrative planner.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday all fire drills in the county and many throughout the nation will go off as part of the week's programs, DeHaven said. The event is known as the world's largest fire drill, he said.

Softball complex progress reported

Washington County Parks Manager Terry W. Shives Tuesday updated the County Commissioners on construction of the Kemps Mill Softball Complex.


The project will cost about $80,000 and use Program Open Space funds.

The current phase is comprised of construction of three girls softball fields, a stone parking lot, paved walkways, water and sewer lines, Shives said. The next phase, which includes construction of a concession stand with restrooms, will begin in spring 2001, he said.Teams can start playing on the fields this summer, he said.

County considers anniversary events

County Administrator Rodney Shoop Tuesday asked the County Commissioners whether they were interested in doing anything special next year for the county's 225th anniversary.

Commissioners Bert L. Iseminger and John L. Schnebly suggested the county work with historical preservationists to do something to commemorate the event while also drawing attention to the county.

The anniversary occurs in September 2001, Shoop said.

Loan extended for Civil War movie

The Washington County Commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved extending loan guarantees six months for the producers of a movie based on the Civil War novel "Gods and Generals."

In 1997 the county and the city of Hagerstown agreed to back Antietam Filmworks' loan from Farmers & Merchants Bank and Trust. The county has guaranteed $250,000 and the city is backing $50,000 of the film company's loan.

The line of credit is fully extended and the balance is about $350,000, County Attorney Richard Douglas said.

A previous extension of the county loan guarantee was scheduled to expire Oct. 25, Douglas said.

- Scott Butki

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