Community briefs

March 18, 2004

Rock slides close two miles of rail trail

BIG POOL - Two miles of the Western Maryland Rail Trail have been closed due to rock slides that damaged a portion of the trail asphalt surface and scattered rocks and debris on the trail.

The closure is from mile marker 13 west of Locher Road to mile marker 15 east of Seavolt Road.

Until the area can be repaired, that portion of the trail is closed to public use due to safety issues at the Roundtop Area. The closure will remain in effect until repairs can be made.

The Western Maryland Rail Trail is currently about 20 miles long. Beginning about one half-mile west of Fort Frederick State Park in Washington County, the trail follows the former Western Maryland Railroad line through Hancock.

Park seeks volunteers for its bike patrol

The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park is recruiting members for its volunteer bike patrol.


Bike patrol members routinely answer questions, distribute park literature and respond to requests for first aid. They work with National Park Service rangers and U.S. Park Police officers to assist the park's more than 3 million visitors a year.

Bike patrol members are furnished with all the necessary training, including adult CPR and first aid courses. They are equipped with park radios, first aid kits and park literature. They also are issued uniform vests.

Members are expected to provide their own bicycles and are asked for a time commitment of 40 hours per year.

For information and an application for membership, call 301-582-0813.

Ruritan to sponsor a potpie supper

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Kauffman Ruritan Club will sponsor a Potpie Supper on Saturday, April 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Kauffman Community Center, at 7289 Ruritan Drive, Chambersburg, Pa.

The menu will feature both beef and ham potpie, pepper slaw, applesauce and dessert. Adults are $6 and children 6 to 12 are $3 and children under 6 eat free.

For directions, call Cindy Custer at 1-717-375-2143 or Connie Widder at 1-717-375-4164 or e-mail

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