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Washington County briefs

November 10, 2004

REACH asks for $50,000 for shelter


REACH officials asked the Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday to contribute $50,000 toward the organization's new cold weather shelter for the homeless.

REACH, which stands for Religious Effort to Assist and Care for the Homeless, is asking that the City of Hagerstown contribute the same amount.

The organization has raised a little more than $500,000 toward the project's $750,000 price tag, REACH Vice President Tom Newell told the County Commissioners.

REACH is building a center on the third floor of the former Cannon Shoe Factory, which is owned by Christ's Reformed United Church of Christ.

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REACH has signed a 30-year rent-free lease with the church for the West Franklin Street property.

The center will serve as a permanent location for the cold weather shelter and REACH offices.

County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said during Tuesday's meeting that the commissioners would consider the request and make a decision in the next couple of weeks.

Commissioners OK six grant agreements


The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved six transportation grant agreements.

The grants provide federal and state money for County Commuter and specialized transit operations, according to a written statement from the county.

- Tara Reilly

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