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Clear Spring briefs

March 11, 2003

Golf tournament scheduled


The Clear Spring Football Committee in May will host its second annual golf tournament to raise funds for a new football team at Clear Spring High School.

The tournament will start at 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 9, at Black Rock Golf Course. The deadline to register is Friday, April 25.

The cost of $65 per person or $260 per four-golfer team includes lunch, cart and greens fees.

Hole sponsors are needed. If interested, call 301-842-3138.




Boosters plan dinner


The Clear Spring High School Athletic Boosters Club will host a roast beef dinner at the school Saturday, March 22, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $5.75 for adults and $3.75 for ages 12 and younger, and may be purchased at the door or from athletes prior to the event.

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Town to take part in abuse awareness event


CLEAR SPRING - In order to show support for Child Abuse Awareness month in April, the Clear Spring Mayor and Town Council agreed Monday night to string blue lights on a pine tree at the east end of town.

In a letter from Capt. Doug Mullendore of the Washington County Sheriff's Department, the town was asked to make the symbolic display to raise awareness for child abuse issues.

Clear Spring Vice Mayor Julie Albowicz said there is a tree on Cumberland Street just north of the traffic light at the entrance to the town limits that would lend itself to such a display.

Mullendore said in his letter that the lights for the tree would be supplied by the Washington County Family Violence Council.

Town officials are invited to attend a kickoff campaign for Child Abuse Awareness month to be held at Bester Elementary School on South Potomac Street in Hagerstown beginning at 6 p.m.

Several towns, including Hagerstown and Boonsboro, participated last year, Mullendore said, and more towns - including Clear Spring - are being welcomed aboard this year.




Water, sewer rates to be discussed at April meeting


CLEAR SPRING - After months of speculation, the question of whether water and sewer rates will go up in 2003 is to be part of the April 14 town meeting agenda.

"That is the first step, discussing it," said Clear Spring Mayor Paul Hose Jr.

For the past two years, Pat Kline of Kline and Co., certified public accountants, has been recommending rate hikes that would increase the average yearly water bill by $120 and the average annual sewer bill by $68.

Currently and for many years, in-town water customers have been paying $18 per quarter while those hooked up outside the town limits pay $27 every three months.

The quarterly charge for sewer service is $85 for all customers.

"If we find that we do have to raise the rates, there will have to be a public hearing," Hose said. The hearing will be advertised and scheduled so those who want to comment can attend.

The need to finance a state-mandated water filtration system costing nearly $1 million is the driving force for increasing the rates.

But even without the improvements, each of the funds has been steadily dwindling in recent years as operation costs continue to escalate, Kline has said.

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