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Tri-State Briefs for 6/18

June 18, 2002

Martinsburg to celebrate West Virginia Day

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Main Street Martinsburg Inc. will celebrate West Virginia Day on Thursday on the square in downtown Martinsburg.

The all-day celebration begins at 8:30 a.m. with a live radio broadcast remote by WRNR. Throughout the day, downtown businesses will conduct sidewalk sales, while area quilters and other artisans will demonstrate and sell their crafts.

Local historian Don Wood will host a two-hour historic walking tour of downtown Martinsburg beginning at 10 a.m. The tour will begin at the Belle Boyd House.

Lunch will be available on the Square to be followed by a cake-cutting ceremony led by Martinsburg Mayor George Karos. There also will be free ice cream and live music by Sam Felker, Pam Green (Patsy Cline impersonator) and The Kitchen Band.


Activities for kids, such as face painting, will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Post to sponsor pew at Letterkenny Chapel

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Tarquino-Washabaugh Post No. 1930 of the Catholic War Veterans will sponsor one of the pews at the Letterkenny Chapel as part of the ongoing chapel restoration and preservation project.

Joseph and Samuel Tarquino will present a $1,000 check during a ceremony at the chapel on Friday.

The check will bring the total collected for the chapel to more than $32,000. Pledges and the expected sponsorship of the remaining pews and stained glass windows will bring the total above $50,000, which is needed for the completion of improvements and repairs.

Those wishing to purchase honorary pews or windows can contact the Rev. Jeffrey Roth, chair of the Letterkenny Chapel Committee of the United Churches of the Chambersburg Area, at 717-263-8593.

The chapel was originally built by Italian prisoners of war at Letterkenny during World War II. It was used as a post chapel for the Army depot until 1997. United Churches is in the process of acquiring the chapel to ensure its preservation and to provide religious services to military and civilian personnel at the depot and residents of Franklin County.

Pa. grants to support improvement projects

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - State Sen. Terry Punt, R-Franklin, announced the approval of nearly $500,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds to support improvement projects in Franklin County, Pa.

Franklin County will receive $484,510 for the following projects:

n Indian Lake Campground Corp., water system upgrades for the Fannettsburg community.

n Metal Township Municipal Authority, to subsidize sewer system tap fees and hookups in the Fannettsburg community.

n St. Thomas Township Municipal Authority, to subsidize sewer system tap fees and hookups in Edenville.

n Elevator installation at St. Thomas Township Fire and Rescue to make the second floor handicap-accessible.

The grant program is federally funded and administered by the state Department of Community and Economy development.

"It is important that taxpayer funds return to local communities to support improvement efforts," Punt said.

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