Community briefs

October 03, 2003

League of Women Voters to host forum

The League of Women Voters of Washington County will host an informational forum on Tuesday, Oct. 14, to update the public on the progress of the Our Democracy, Our Airways Act and offer advice on how to influence its outcome.

The act would require television and radio stations to provide free airtime and advertising vouchers to candidates and political parties before elections.

The local League event will take place at 7 p.m. at the community center of the Village at Robinwood.

According to the Alliance for Better Campaigns, candidates, parties and special interest organizations spent approximately $1 billion on political ads in the 2002 election.

The Washington County event is open to the public. For information, contract Spring Ward at 301-733-8053.

National Life Chain to link up Sunday

The Hagerstown area's 12th annual participation in the National Life Chain will take place Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m.


The Life Chain is peaceful, prayerful and nonconfrontational, organizers said. Participants are encouraged not to block roads or businesses. The chain will be broken at Foxshire Plaza. Participants are asked not to park or stand at Foxshire.

The Chain will form on the Dual Highway from Ames Shopping Center to the Hagerstown Church of God. Organizers said the goal is to create a 2-mile line of people standing 10-feet apart holding signs that say "Abortion Kills Children" and "Adoption the Loving Option" among others.

There will be no rain date. Participants are asked to bring baby care items and/or financial donations for the Hagerstown Crisis Pregnancy Centers.

Road repairs slated for National Pike

The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration is starting a $900,000 project to repair and resurface U.S. 40 - National Pike - between the eastern corporate limit of Clear Spring and east of Spickler Road in Washington County.

The 3.4-mile project is under way and is slated for completion in late fall, weather permitting.

SHA will repair and resurface the roadway, apply new reflective pavement markings, construct drainage improvements, and modify sections of traffic barrier along U.S. 40.

While the work is being done, single-lane closures may occur Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. No lane closures will take place on Saturdays or Sundays.

The contractor for the project is P&W Excavating, Inc. of McConnellsburg, Pa.

Anyone with questions may call SHA's District Six Office at 301-729-8400 or toll free at 1-800-760-7138.

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