Washington County briefs

April 16, 2003

Employees to honor and support troops

Washington County employees will hold an Honor and Support Our Armed Forces event Thursday at 12:15 p.m. in front of the Washington County Administration Building at 100 W. Washington St.

Employees have been asked to wear red, white and blue as they recite the "Pledge of Allegiance" and sing "God Bless America."

Medical information privacy act adopted

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday adopted the new federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which is intended to protect the medical information of county employees.

The act went into effect on April 14.

Military service to be highlighted

The Washington County Commissioners will name all county residents who have served or are serving in the armed forces as Citizens of the Year on April 22, according to a written statement from Public Information Officer Norman Bassett.


The proclamation will be presented to highlight the sacrifice and dedication of the county's troops and veterans, according to the statement.

The names, rank and branch of all employees who are members of the armed forces and veterans will be read.

Public is invited to rally for troops

A "Rally in Support of the Troops" event will be held Saturday at the Clarion Hotel, Washington County Public Information Officer Norman Bassett said Tuesday.

The event will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will include patriotic music from the Rohrersville Band and speakers from Washington County, the City of Hagerstown, state government, veterans groups and others.

Event organizers have asked that residents donate cash or small toiletry items, and a buffet lunch will be available for $12.95 per person.

Proceeds from the buffet will be donated to AMVETS for its support drive. Free flags and ribbons will be distributed, Bassett said.

The event is open to the public.

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