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August 17, 2004

Couple gives money for skateboard park

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - An anonymous couple plans to donate $25,000 to the Washington Township Supervisors to develop a rollerblade and skateboard facility at the 174-acre Pine Hill Recreational Area, Township Manager Michael Christopher told the Township Supervisors Monday night.

The couple learned of the need for the facility through stories in The Morning Herald and other publications, Christopher said.

The money won't pay for all of the construction. What's left will be made up from the $600-per-lot impact fees for recreation that the town is levying against developers, Christopher said.

The supervisors have scheduled a special meeting with rollerblading and skateboarding enthusiasts, which they said are mostly teenagers, for Aug. 26 to learn what features such a facility needs.

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The names of the donors would be made public later, Christopher said.

- Richard F. Belisle




Post office emptied after unit's motor fails

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Berkeley Springs post office was evacuated for an hour Monday morning after an air conditioning unit's motor burned, Postmaster Kenneth Owens said.

Smoke was the main problem from the electrical fire at the 417 N. Washington St. post office, Owens said.

The incident occurred at 8:15 a.m., 15 minutes before the post office opens.

Eighteen employees returned to the post office after firefighters ventilated the office, Owens said.

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