Community Briefs Nov. 28

November 28, 2001

Community Briefs Nov. 28

Cellular company seeks 'wireless heroes'

U.S. Cellular is calling on "wireless heroes" nationwide to stand up and be counted.

Any U.S. Cellular customer who has used a wireless phone in a way beneficial to the community, such as saving a life or preventing a crime, may submit his or her story to compete in a national awards competition.

In June 2002, winners will receive an all-expense paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., where they will be honored at the VITA Samaritan Awards Dinner and meet with U.S. congressional leaders.

Sponsored by Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA), the VITA Wireless Samaritan Awards recognize outstanding public service and heroism of individuals who have used their wireless phones to summon help in an emergency.


To qualify for this year's VITA Samaritan Award, entrants must be U.S. Cellular customers and their actions must have occurred during 2001.

Entries must be submitted by Dec. 31 to U.S. Cellular, External Communications Department, 8410 Bryn Mawr, Chicago, IL 60631.

Legal Assistants group to hold Christmas party

The Martinsburg Region of the Legal Assistants of West Virginia will hold its annual Christmas Reception Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Memphis Bar-B-Q on Foxcroft Avenue, in Martinsburg.

Members of the organization and those who are in training or working as paralegals are invited to attend. Organizers ask that those attending bring a gift to exchange and a toy donation for the Salvation Army. For information, call 1-304-262-9300.

Park closes Manahan Road to vehicles

Manahan Road, in Catoctin Mountain Park, Thurmont, Md., has been closed to vehicles.

The gravel section north of the intersection with Park Central Road closes each year in late November. With an average elevation of 1,500 feet, this area usually receives more freezing precipitation than any other area of the park.

The Poplar Grove Youth Tenting Area on Manahan Road remains open during the closure.

Manahan Road will reopen to vehicular traffic in March 2002, as weather conditions permit.

Direct questions regarding the status of Manahan Road to the Visitor Center at 1-301-663-9388.

Victor Cullen board to hold open meeting

The Victor Cullen Academy Community Advisory Board will hold an open meeting Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m., at St. John's United Church of Christ parish hall, next to the church in Sabillasville, Md.

The open meeting is intended to give members of the community a chance to ask questions or express concerns.

Send e-mail to; address a letter to Chairman VCACAB, P.O. Box 1092, Cascade, Md. 21719; or call the academy at 301-241-4189.

Veterans parade plans are moving ahead

Plans for a World War II-Pearl Harbor veterans parade through downtown Hagerstown on Dec. 8 are moving ahead.

Veterans interested in participating in the parade and a planned dinner to follow must sign up by today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the William D. Byron Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1936, 66-70 E. Washington St.

Following the parade, the post will host a free dinner for veterans.

Health Department phone numbers changed

The Washington County Health Department phone numbers have changed due to a switch to a digital phone system, Health Officer William Christoffel said Monday.

All Health Department phone numbers now have a 240 area code and a 313 prefix, he said.

The Health Department's phone number for information, for example, has switched from 301-791-3200 to 240-313-3200.

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