Tri-state briefs

September 17, 2002

Main Street group hopes to hire director

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Nan Stevens, president of the nearly 300-member Main Street Martinsburg, said an offer has been made to a prospective new executive director to succeed Tracie Ford, who left the job in July.

Stevens said about 10 people applied for the job. "We made an offer and we expect to know something by the end of the week," she said.

The salary range runs from the high $20,000 to the low $30,000 range, Stevens said.

The director is responsible for coordinating Main Street's promotions, including its annual Christmas programs and the upcoming chess tournament involving three-foot high chessmen which runs from Sept. 23 to Oct. 18 on the plaza in front of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library.

Stevens said the executive director also coordinates Main Street's four committees, including design, economic restructuring, promotion and organization.

City Council approves raises for employees

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Charles Town City Council on Monday approved 10 percent pay hikes for the city's 35 non-civil service employees.


Money to finance the raises is in the budget, according to Jane Arnett, city manager.

Tickets available for fall garden tour

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Franklin County Master Gardeners' will hold its fall garden tour, "An Autumn Stroll," Sept. 29 from noon to 4 p.m.

The tour will feature a diverse group of eight gardens in Chambersburg, Penn National and Shippensburg.

Tickets are $5, and are available at the Franklin County Extension Office, Franklin Farm Lane.

Tickets will also be available in limited quantities at the tour sites on Sept. 29.

Of particular interest will be the varied ways in which successful gardeners have coped with the past summer's water shortage and still created colorful landscapes on their properties.

Open fires banned at C&O Canal Park

Open fires are now banned in the C&O Canal National Historical Park, following along with Washington County and Maryland state park officials in trying to lessen the fire danger during the current drought.

The ban, which takes effect immediately, includes all open fires and charcoal fires in grills but does not affect gas-fueled camping stoves, park spokesman Dwight Dixon said.

Ground fogging for mosquitoes scheduled

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The city has contracted with Ehrlich Co. to conduct ground fogging for mosquito control on Saturday at about 5 a.m weather permitting, according to a news release.

The ground fogging will take place at War Memorial, Lambert and P.O. Faulkner parks. The rain date is Sept. 28.

Also, mosquito dunks will be placed in the Tuscarora and Dry Run creeks on Saturday.

Park camping to be suspended on Oct. 14

THURMONT, Md. - The William Houck Area Campground in Cunningham Falls State Park will be suspending camping services on Oct. 14 to replace water and sewer lines, according to a news release.

Camping services are expected to resume in May of 2003.

The Manor Campground at the park will be available will full facilities until Nov. 1. After that, the restroom will be temporarily shut down for seasonal maintenance.

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