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.


"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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