Tri-state briefs

March 15, 2004

Exchange Club forming in Panhandle

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Organizers are forming a new Exchange Club in the Martinsburg/Hedgesville area.

An informational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Hedgesville United Methodist Church at 201 S. Mary St.

The organization's purpose and goals will be explained, light refreshments will be served and applications to join will be available. The public is encouraged to attend.

Dave Ashburn, president of the Hagerstown Exchange Club and one of the organizers, said, "We are looking forward to a good turnout judging from the enthusiastic response we have received so far."


Exchange Club is a national organization whose goals are Americanism and prevention of child abuse. It was founded in 1911 and currently has 35,000 members in 44 districts across the United States.

The Hagerstown Exchange Club supports the Washington County Parent Child Center through its fund-raisers, as well as youth-oriented activities such as sports teams, scholarships and respect for the flag, Ashburn said.

For information, call Millie Lowman, executive director of the Parent Child Center in Hagerstown, at 301-791-2224 or Cynthia Oates in Hedgesville at 304-754-5580.

Shepherdstown PD receives federal grant

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - U.S. Rep Shelley Moore Capito said last week that Shepherdstown and Hampshire County each will receive $75,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to help fund the hiring of law enforcement officers.

Capito, R-W.Va., wrote a letter of support to Attorney General John Ashcroft stressing the need for additional officers. The grants were awarded under the COPS Universal Hiring Program, and provide up to 75 percent of a new officer's total salary and benefits for three years. State or local funds pay the remainder.

"Federal funding is especially crucial for small town and rural police departments," Capito said in a news release.

"We'll be able to provide 24-hour police protection for ... Shepherdstown," Shepherdstown Chief of Police Charles C. Cole said in the release.

Theater receives gift from woman's estate

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - The Caledonia Theatre Co. has received a gift of $110,000 from the estate of Edna V. Stanley, the company said in a news release.

Stanley, who died recently at the age of 95, was a schoolteacher in her early life and married Ralph Stanley, a professor at Wilson College. The Stanleys had no children and Edna Stanley was very generous with charity gifts to the community, according to the news release.

Other beneficiaries included the Coyle Free Library, United Way of Franklin County, Cumberland Valley Mental Health Center and the Chambersburg Area School District Endowment Fund, the release said.

"We are overwhelmed with Ms. Stanley's love for Totem Pole Playhouse," said Nathan Rotz, president of Caledonia Theatre Co. "Our board will be working on a plan to utilize these unrestricted funds in her memory."

Caledonia Theatre Co., which was formed in 1994, is the nonprofit agency that funds and supports Totem Pole Playhouse.

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