Washington County Commission briefs

October 08, 2003|by TARA REILLY

Former museum director is honored

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday presented a proclamation to Jean Woods, former director of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

Woods, director since 1982, retired on July 31.

County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook presented the proclamation to Woods, which acknowledged her interest, time and dedication to the museum.

Under Woods' direction, endowments to the museum have grown to almost $4 million and the museum's donor base is nationwide, according to a written statement.

The Museum of Fine Arts was reaccredited twice by the American Association of Museums during Woods' tenure. The focus of its 7,000-piece collection is 19th- and early 20th-century American artwork, according to the statement.


Domestic Violence awareness touted

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Vicki Sadevandhi of Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused Inc. (CASA) and Washington County Sheriff's Department Capt. Douglas Mullendore received the proclamation.

Commissioner James F. Kercheval made the presentation.

CASA provided services to 1,405 county citizens and responded to 15,019 hot-line calls in the county in the last fiscal year.

The Washington County Department of Social Services investigated 206 cases of sexual abuse, 385 cases of physical abuse and 1,058 cases of neglect in the last fiscal year, according to the proclamation.

Disabilities Awareness Month proclaimed

The month of October also was declared Disabilities Awareness Month on Tuesday by the Washington County Commissioners.

Peggy Martin, chairwoman of the Washington County Disabilities Advisory Committee, and members Sondra Funk and Pat McMillan received the proclamation from Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook.

Part of a nationwide commemoration, activities planned during October in Washington County will spotlight the abilities of people with disabling conditions, and focus on the continuing need for removal of physical and mental barriers in the community, according to a written statement.

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