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Tri-state briefs

July 11, 2002

Fire grant program to be introduced



HARRISBURG, Pa. - State Rep. Jeff Coy said Tuesday he will soon introduce legislation to create a permanent grant program for volunteer fire and ambulance companies.

A $100 million bond, which voters will be asked to approve by referendum during the Nov. 5 general election, would fund Coy's proposal. Voters will be asked whether they favor a bond issue to enhance the delivery of volunteer fire and emergency services.

Coy's bill would be ready for passage if voters approve the referendum, according to a news release.

"Unfortunately, there were no grants for fire and ambulance services in the new budget," Coy said in the release. "Volunteer firefighters save taxpayers $6 billion a year. I believe there is an immediate need for these grants, and the legislature should be ready to act quickly if voters approve the referendum."

Coy, D-Franklin, said his bill would ensure consistent delivery of service to communities and keep emergency workers trained and ready for any emergency.

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"We cannot delay funding to people who put themselves in danger to save lives and property every day," Coy said.




Shepherd creates Eldridge Scholarship



SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherd College Foundation has created the David C. Eldridge Scholarship in honor of Eldridge's retirement after 28 years as a professor of physics and registrar at Shepherd.

The scholarship will provide awards to West Virginia students who pursue a major in one of the sciences, maintain at least a 2.5-grade-point average and qualify for financial aid.

Eldridge was honored during a retirement dinner in May with a framed McMurran Hall pen-and-ink drawing and a certificate.

Donations to the David C. Eldridge Scholarship endowment may be sent to Shepherd College Foundation, P.O. Box 3210, Shepherdstown, WV 25443-3210.




W.Va. mall to host senior fair on Friday



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Martinsburg Mall will host a Senior Fair on Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Participating vendors and organizations include:

  • Outlook Pointe at Martinsburg.

  • City Hospital.

  • Williamsport Retirement Village.

  • Panhandle Home Health.

  • Berkeley Senior Services.

  • Fahrney-Keedy Memorial Home.

  • Somerford Assisted Living.

  • Chesapeake Financial Group.

  • Heartland of Martinsburg.






Drop-in shelter hosting cooling center



FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick Community Action Agency reminds residents that it operates a drop-in center that serves as a day shelter for the homeless.

The drop-in center, 110 S. Market St., is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m..

It serves as a cooling center during the summer months for those who are homeless, who don't have air conditioning or are at risk for heat exposure.

The center provides a place where people can relax, read newspapers, socialize or take part in a range of services provided by the agency.

For more information, call 301-694-1506.

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