Community briefs

December 24, 2002

Lecture to focus on Milton Billmyer

Local author-historian Roger Keller will present the Robert McCauley Historical Lecture "Capt. M.J. Billmyer-CSA" Monday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. in meeting room B/C at Washington County Free Library.

Due to limited seating, free tickets must be obtained in advance at the Adult Reference Desk.

Milton J. Billmyer was a farmer from VanClevesville, Berkeley County, then in Virginia. A member of the Jefferson guards, he was present at Harpers Ferry for the capture of John Brown in October 1859. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted in Company F, First Virginia Calvary.

Billmyer farmed near Shepherdstown during the war, died there in 1907, and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.

Roger Keller is a longtime radio broadcaster and has written three books relating to Civil War history in Washington County.

The next lecture is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 3, when Professor Paul McDermott will present "Landscapes of Maryland."


For information, call John Frye in the Western Maryland Room, 301-739-3250, ext. 158.

County receives funds for emergency uses

Washington County has been chosen to receive $62,840 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the area. The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Council of Jewish Federations, National Council Churches of Christ in the USA, Catholic Charities USA and United Way of American, which will provide the administrative staff and function as fiscal agent.

The Washington County Local Emergency Food and Shelter Board will determine how the funds are to be distributed among emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations in the area.

Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local government or private voluntary organizations chosen to receive funds must be nonprofit, and meet other criteria.

The deadline for application is Jan. 16.

For information on the program, contact Tina Harr, United Way of Washington County, 18706 Crestwood Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21742-3990 or call 301-739-8200, ext. 3.

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