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Community briefs

October 14, 2003

Input sought on Land Preservation plan


The Washington County Department of Planning and Community Development is seeking public input and comment on the 2003 Land Preservation and Recreation Plan.

The document, also known as the Parks Plan, sets out guidelines for development of parks and preservation of open space in Washington County and is updated every five years.

Copies of the draft plan are available for review at any branch of the Washington County Free Library during normal operating hours, and at the Planning Department at 80 W. Baltimore St. in Hagerstown from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Comments will be accepted in writing for 30 days. They should be submitted to the Washington County Department of Planning and Community Development, 100 W. Washington St., Hagerstown.

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For further information call the Planning Department at 240-313-2430.




Downtown businesses to host promotion


Hagerstown Economic Development Director Deborah Everhart announced last week that a joint promotion between the city and business owners in downtown Hagers-town called "Thursday Night Out on the Town" will occur this Thursday and Nov. 13 and Dec. 11 from 5 to 9 p.m.

The promotion will include street entertainment, discounts and specials at retail shops and free parking in the North Potomac Street parking deck or at any parking meter. Downtown visitors who stay to have dinner at one of the participating restaurants will receive a free dessert.

Participating restaurants include:

  • Washington Spy, 33 E. Antietam St.

  • The Gourmet Goat, 4 E. Franklin St.

  • The Broad Axe, 28 W. Franklin St.

  • Schmankerl Stube, 58 S. Potomac St.

  • Rocky's, One Public Square

  • Rhubarb House, 12 Public Square

  • Roccoco, 18 W. Washington St.

  • Bentley's Bagels, 94 W. Washington St.


For information, call the City of Hagerstown's Economic Development Office at 301-739-8577, extension 141.




SCORE offers help with loan applications


The U.S. Small Business Administration announced last week that local Maryland chapters of SCORE, Counselors to America's Small Business, are offering free help in preparing loan applications for small businesses impacted by Hurricane Isabel.

Businesses in the primary declared counties may apply for low-interest SBA disaster loans to repair or replace uninsured or underinsured disaster-damaged business property and contents.

Additionally, through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, SBA can provide eligible small businesses working capital loans to meet their continuing operating expenses and debt payments until normal operations resume.

Business owners may register with FEMA at 1-800-621-3362. Once registered, an application will be mailed automatically. Business loan applications also may be obtained via the SBA's Web site at www.sba.gov/disaster.

For information regarding SBA's disaster loan program or for a disaster recovery center nearest you, visit the SBA's Web site or call 1-800-659-2955. The hearing-impaired may call SBA via the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

The filing deadline to apply for loans to cover physical damages is Nov. 18, and the deadline to apply for loans to cover economic injury is June 21, 2004.

In Hagerstown, business owners can find loan preparation assistance by sending correspondence to Hagerstown SCORE, 111 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, MD 21740, or by calling 301-739-2015.

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