Community briefs

December 26, 2003

Polar Bear Club plans annual icy dip

The Polar Bear Club of Williamsport invites the public to join them New Year's Day at River Bottom Park in Williamsport for a dip in the icy water of the Potomac River.

The event will raise funds for the Humane Society of Washington County.

The swim takes place at noon on New Year's Day. Participants and spectators should plan on arriving by 11:30 a.m.

To participate, pick up a registration brochure at the Humane Society of Washington County, 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown or register the day of the event. The registration fee is $20 and includes a long sleeved T-shirt and a participation certificate. T-shirt supplies will be limited the day of the event but additional shirts will be ordered as needed.

For information on the event, contact the Humane Society of Washington County, 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown or call 301-733-2060.

Volunteers sought to be 'stream waders'

Fairview Outdoor School is partnering with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to train "stream waders," in a program designed to improve the water quality in Maryland. Stream Waders is a volunteer stream sampling component of the Maryland Biological Stream Survey (MBSS).


Volunteers sample in the same watersheds across Maryland as those sampled by MBSS biologists and the collected data is combined.

Volunteers will receive training at Fairview Outdoor School on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

No experience in stream sampling is necessary. The volunteers will be given maps and sampling equipment, and will be asked to do one or two days of sampling and data collection at any time during March and April. Samples will be processed by DNR staff in their lab.

For information or to register for training, call DNR toll-free at 1-877-620-8DNR, ext. 8623 or call Fairview Outdoor School at 301-766-8138.

Funds established to benefit Cascade area

Two new funds have been created at the Community Foundation of Washington County MD Inc. that were designed to benefit the citizens of Northeastern Washington County.

The first fund, the Cascade Committee Community Endowment Fund, is a permanently endowed fund that will continue to grow over time and the earnings will be deposited into the second fund: The Cascade Community Fund.

It is from this fund that the Cascade Committee will recommend grants for projects in the greater Cascade area including Cascade, Highfield, Fort Ritchie, and Pen Mar.

For information or to learn how to support these funds, call the Community Foundation at 301-745-5210.

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