Ttri-state briefs for 1/28

January 28, 2003

55 ALIVE driving courses offered

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Older residents interested in sharpening their driving skills and reducing their insurance rates can register for one of several 55 ALIVE/Mature Driving courses sponsored by state Rep. Jeff Coy, D-Franklin. Both day and evening courses are available.

The first course will be held April 16-17 from 8 a.m. to noon at Franklin Fire Co., 158 W. King St., Chambersburg. The second will be from April 23-24 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the same location.

The third course will be May 14-15 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Shippensburg Firefighters' Activities Center, 33 W. Orange St. The course also will be held May 20 and 22 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the same location.

Refreshments will be served during a break.

AARP 55 ALIVE/Mature Driving is the nation's first and largest classroom driver improvement course for motorists 50 and older. The course is taught in two, four-hour sessions over two days. It is designed to help drivers refine existing skills and develop safe, defensive-driving techniques. There are no tests.


Upon successful completion of both sessions of the course, graduates may be eligible to receive a multi-year discount on their auto insurance premiums. If a couple jointly owns a vehicle, both owners must attend the course to receive the insurance reduction.

The 55 ALIVE program teaches the basic rules of driving, accident prevention measures and the effect of adverse driving conditions such as night, inclement weather and rush-hour driving.

A $10 registration fee is to be paid at the door, but those interested must register first with Coy's office by calling his Chambersburg office at 717-264-3943 or his Shippensburg office at 717-532-1707.

Martinsburg police to hold citizens academy

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Martinsburg Police Department is accepting applications for its fifth session of the Martinsburg Citizens Academy tentatively scheduled to be held in February.

The goal of the Citizens Academy is to give participants a basic understanding of the duties and responsibilites of police officers, according to a news release. Participants will learn about the duties of the Berkeley County prosecutor and county magistrates.

A tour of the Martinsburg Fire Department and Eastern Regional Jail are included.

The academy will be held in the municipal courtroom of the Martinsburg Police Department on Wednesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. for nine consecutive weeks.

Applications are available at the Martinsburg Police Department, 232 N. Queen St. The deadline to return the applications is Feb. 7.

For more information, call Cpl. Kevin Miller at 304-264-2100.

Capito to host open house at new office

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - U.S. Rep Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., will hold an open house Wednesday to celebrate the grand opening of her Martinsburg congressional office.

The new office is at 300 Foxcroft Ave, Suite 102, Martinsburg.

The open house is from 5:30-7 p.m.

Capito invites all area residents to the open house.

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