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Meeting to address water main proposal at battlefield, park

April 23, 2003

FREDERICK, Md. - The National Park Service will hold a public meeting Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the cafeteria at Ballenger Creek Elementary School, 5250 King Brook Drive in Frederick.

The purpose of the meeting is to inform the public about the Frederick County Division of Utilities and Solid Waste Management's proposal to place a water transmission main through Monocacy National Battlefield and Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park.

The county's proposed water transmission main project will consist of approximately 14 miles of 42-inch- diameter water main, beginning at the county's New Design Water Treatment Plant, north generally along Md. 85 and the Monocacy River (through the Monocacy Battlefield property) to Reichs Ford Road, and continuing north to the River Oaks subdivision near Md. 144.

The project will include a 2.5-million-gallon water storage tank and booster pumping station near Reichs Ford Road and an additional raw water transmission main through the C&O Canal National Historical Park.

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Officials from the park service and Frederick County will be available to discuss the possible impacts to the parks.

Bill Fanos, a New York City firefighter who serves with Engine 16, Ladder 7 in midtown Manhattan, which responded to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, will share his experiences Sunday, May 4, at 9 and 10:30 a.m. at Hagerstown Church of the Nazarene, 141 N. Edgewood Drive between Dual Highway and Robinwood Medical Center.

Fanos will focus on the importance of his faith in sustaining him throughout the event.

The public is invited.

For more information, call 301-797-4524.

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