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July 15, 2004

Ceremony to replace Mack groundbreaking

Mack Trucks Inc. will hold a ceremony Oct. 8 to recognize construction projects at the company's campus north of Hagerstown, plant spokeswoman Patti Friend said Wednesday.

The company planned a groundbreaking for its new engine development laboratory on June 11, but the event was postponed because several dignitaries that were going to attend changed their plans to attend the funeral of President Reagan that day.

The October event will not be a groundbreaking because construction will start before then, Friend said.

Gov. Robert Ehrlich, U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett Jr., U.S. Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Paul Sarbanes, and the Swedish ambassador are expected to attend, Friend said.

County schools get $5,000 award

BALTIMORE - The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has awarded Washington County Public Schools $5,000 to increase student participation in the School Breakfast Program.


The school system's Food and Nutrition Services Department will use the money to expand its "Smart Cart" portable breakfast program.

Washington County started the Smart Cart program during the 2003-04 school year at Western Heights Middle School, using MSDE Breakfast Expansion and Start-Up (BEST) grant funds.

This year's plans include implementing an electronic accounting system for the carts and expanding the program to other middle schools in the county.

Under the federal school breakfast program, students in all Washington County Schools can purchase a nutritious breakfast every school day for $1.

Students who qualify, based on federal income requirements, can get school breakfast free or at a reduced price of 30 cents.

Washington County is one of two school systems that won an MSDE BEST Grant for the 2004-05 school year. Montgomery County, Md., plans to use its $5,000 grant to expand and market its school breakfast program at Stonegate Elementary School.

MSDE awards BEST grants annually to school systems that propose innovative ways to encourage children to start each day with a healthy school breakfast.

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