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Tri-state briefs for Feb. 11

February 11, 2003

Forum to focus on No Child Left Behind


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Wilson College education club will host its first education panel on Feb. 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Allen Auditorium on the ground level of Warfield Hall.

The panel will focus on a discussion of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 and examination of the implications of the legislation. Comments by the panel members will be followed by open dialogue with the audience.

The panel will include representatives from the education community including Marjorie Blaze from the Pennsylvania Department of Education; Eric C. Michael, Chambersburg Area School District assistant superintendent; Michael Finucane, Chambersburg Area School District school board member; Sarah Bair, Wilson College assistant professor of education; Jeffrey Bair, principal of Maple Avenue Middle School in Littlestown, Pa.; Sheldon Rabinowitz, Chambersburg Area School District elementary teacher; and Wilson College students.




United Way to announce 2002 campaign totals


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The United Way of Franklin County will hold its annual meeting on Feb. 26 with a noon luncheon event at the Orchards Restaurant and Banquet Facility, 1580 Orchard Drive.

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The event will also serve as the official closing of the fall 2002 United Way campaign. A final total of pledges raised will be announced with awards given to area businesses for their participation.

The public is invited to attend, but reservations are requested. For more information, call 717-262-0015.




Health screenings offered at fairgrounds


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Farm Bureau will sponsor a life-line screening program on Feb. 21 at the 4-H Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall.

The screenings are for community members who want to find out if they are at risk for a stroke or vascular disease.

The tests take 10 minutes each and cost $33. Results are sent to participants.

Space is limited and preregistration is required.

Call 1-800-643-6075 for an appointment or more information.




Commission seeks input on transfer tax hike


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Commission is seeking public comment on its plan to raise a county excise tax to help pay for the proposed farmland preservation program approved last month.

The commission wants to raise the real estate transfer tax by $2.20 per $1,000 of land, according to a county official.

If the commissioners increase the transfer tax to the maximum allowable rate, the county would receive $6.60 per $1,000 of land value, said Jefferson County Commission member Jane Tabb.

The commission will accept written comment until noon on Feb. 18. Comments can be mailed to the commission at P.O. Box 250, Charles Town, WV 25414. The item will be placed on the Feb. 20 County Commission agenda.




Library expansion plans to be unveiled tonight


BOLIVAR, W.Va. - The Board of Trustees of the Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Public Library will unveil the design of the proposed expansion tonight at 7.

The meeting is open to the public and will take place at the library at 600 Polk St. in Bolivar.

Attendees will have an opportunity to view the design drawings and discuss the design with the architect. Members of the library's Board of Trustees will be available to discuss the project.

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