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Tri-State briefs for 5-29

May 29, 2003

Governor hosts senior forum today

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The first of the 2003 Governor's Senior Forums will be held today at the Berkeley County Senior Center in Martinsburg from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The topic of the forum is "What We Do Makes a Difference."

Dr. Konrad C. Nau, vice chairman of the Department of Family Medicine-Eastern Division, will be the guest speaker. Nau is program director of WVU's Rural Family Medicine Program and associate professor of family medicine at WVU's school of medicine. He will speak about aging well in the Eastern Panhandle.

Displays by several area senior agencies also will be on hand. The event is free and open to all seniors. Registration is not required. Coffee hour begins at 9:30 a.m.

Contract awarded for new Rumsey bridge

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Bob Wise said Tuesday that replacement of Jefferson County's James Rumsey Bridge soon will be under way following the award of a $15 million contract by the state's Division of Highways.


Awarded to Brayman Construction Corp. of Saxonburg, Pa., the Jefferson County contract calls for 1,996 tons of steel to construct a three-span steel girder bridge upstream of the existing bridge carrying W.Va. 480 to Maryland over the Potomac River and C&O Canal, Wise said in a news release.

Nearly 1,100 feet in length, the bridge will provide two 12-foot lanes with 4-foot shoulders and an 8-foot sidewalk on the downstream side that will extend an additional 1,200 feet to the intersection of Campus Drive, the main entrance to Shepherd College, according to the release.

On the Maryland side, work includes canal restoration and landscaping as well as building an access trail to the existing parking lot of the C&O Canal Park, a new parking area along the canal and a footbridge across the parking lot.

"This project is the result of an agreement with the National Park Service that will enhance the adjacent C&O Canal Park in the Maryland area," Wise said.

Safe Sitter class offered Saturday

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The West Virginia University Center for Rural Emergency Medicine will hold a free Safe Sitter course on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Martinsburg Salvation Army, 501 Virginia Ave.

Safe Sitter teaches boys and girls ages 11 to 13 to be a better baby sitter. Participants are taught a variety of techniques designed to prepare them to be safe, responsible and aware when caring for children.

Participants learn CPR, first aid, behavior management, how to refuse and accept baby-sitting jobs and more.

For more information, call 304-293-6682.

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