Tri-state briefs

January 21, 2003

Two appointed to county zoning board

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Commission last Thursday nominated Charles Town attorney Doug Rockwell and Jefferson County resident Tom Trumble to two open positions on the Jefferson County Zoning Board of Appeals.

Rockwell was named to a full, three-year term.

Trumble was named to an unexpired term that will run a little less than two years, Commission President Jane Tabb said.

Trumble will fill a position vacated by Ernest Benner.

Among other issues, the Jefferson County Zoning Board of Appeals hears appeals on decisions from the county's zoning administrator about how the county's land use laws are applied.

Commission to recite pledge before meeting

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Commission decided last Thursday to recite the pledge of allegiance before each meeting.


Commissioner Rusty Morgan said he wants to recite the pledge of allegiance because he believes it will set a good tone for the meetings.

Commissioner Greg Corliss said, "We're all in a different world with the terrorism threat" and the reference to liberty and justice for all in the pledge of allegiance should be a "county commission concern."

Water problems concern commission

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Commissioner Rusty Morgan said Thursday he is concerned about water problems on the Blue Ridge Mountain and is interested in helping citizens who use the water.

Morgan was referring to several letters the commission has received about water problems on the mountain.

"I'm sensitive to that. Something's wrong," Morgan said.

Blue Ridge Mountain property owners who depend on a poorly designed water system for their water have asked for help from local and state officials to correct problems in the utility service.

The well water system that serves about 385 customers in the Westridge Hills, Harpers Ferry Campsites, and Keyes Ferry Acres subdivisions has numerous problems including under-sized lines, leaks and high levels of iron in the water, said Lee Snyder, owner of Jefferson Utilities, a private company that took over the system in an attempt to stabilize the situation.

When leaks occur in the system, it can take up to two days to find them, said Snyder.

Commissioner Al Hooper said he believes the issue is so complex that someone like U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., needs to be consulted on the matter.

Some estimates to correct the problem have been up to $12 million, Hooper said.

"I think it's bigger than we can handle," Hooper said.

Daffodil Days to benefit Cancer Society

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - For the last 30 years, the American Cancer Society has marked the beginning of spring with Daffodil Days.

The 2003 campaign begins in Franklin County, Pa., on Wednesday with a kickoff luncheon for volunteers. The event will be held at the Four Points Sheraton, Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg.

The daffodil is the first flower of spring, the flower of hope for cancer patients and their families. Businesses wishing to participate by selling daffodils to employees or by being sale site may contact the American Cancer Society, Franklin Unit, at 452 E. King St., Chambersburg, or call the office at 717-264-4412. Individuals also may volunteer.

The American Cancer Society provides information 24 hours a day, seven days a week through its toll-free number, 800-ACS-2345 and its Web site,

Big Brothers Big Sisters to host open house

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County will host an open house Monday, Jan. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. to commemorate National Mentoring Month.

Anyone interested in mentoring is invited to attend and learn more about becoming a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters, the agency said. Mentors and their "littles" will attend. Representative of Big Brothers Big Sisters will also be available to answer questions and accept applications.

Franklin County Big Brothers Big Sisters has been promoting one-to-one youth mentoring since 1997 and serves more than 220 children in Franklin County.

For more information, call 717-261-0094, visit the agency's Web site at, or stop by the open house at 55 Hamilton Road, Chambersburg.

Health scholarships offered by Pa. auxiliary

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Area Hospital Auxiliary is offering seven scholarships this year to students pursuing health-related careers.

The scholarships include a $1,500 scholarship and two $750 scholarships to graduating high school seniors and a $1,500 scholarship and a $750 scholarship to adults pursuing health-related careers. The scholarships are funded in part through the ongoing One Million Penny Drive.

Through the continued generosity of a local couple, the auxiliary said it will offer a $1,500 scholarship for a graduating senior and $750 for an adult interested in a nursing career.

Although high grades are not a requisite for the scholarships, school and community activities are important, as is financial need.

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