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February 11, 2005|by TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A representative of the Berkeley Springs Farmers Market asked the Bath Town Council at Monday's meeting for funding for fiscal year 2005-06 and permission to operate the market.

Larry Lower, who said the Farmers Market "is successful more each year," said it will open the first Sunday in May and be open each Sunday for 26 weeks, except Apple Butter Festival weekend.

Lower said the Farmers Market budget for last year was $3,500, and two-thirds of that came from vendor fees and sales from the co-op booth operated by the Morgan County Master Gardeners.

Council members approved the request to operate the Farmers Market. Mayor Susan Webster said the market "is such a wonderful addition to the community."


Lower also asked for financial support from the Town of Bath for the statewide Master Gardeners Association conference at Cacapon State Park May 12 to 15. Lower said he needs to raise $5,000 to support the conference.

Council members approved a request from Dick Williams of the Morgan County Master Gardeners Association to hold the annual Plant Fair on May 6 and 7.

Mayor to represent Morgan County

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Town of Bath Mayor Susan Webster told council members she recently was appointed to the Eastern Panhandle Transportation Authority by the Morgan County Commission. The EPTA is made up of representatives from Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson counties.

Webster said concerns about U.S. 522, which runs through town, will be brought to the group's attention.

Webster also said that W.Va. 9 from the town to the Berkeley County line "used to be a back road but now is a major commuter road and needs to be improved." She said the state is losing tax dollars because people avoid W.Va. 9 to shop in Martinsburg, W.Va., and opt to shop in Hagerstown or Winchester, Va.

Bath Police Department's Operation Slow Down "is off and running."

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Mayor Susan Webster said the Bath Police Department's Operation Slow Down "is off and running." Stop signs are going up at the intersection of Mercer and Market streets and Mercer and Independence streets, said Webster.

Tickets have been written to slow people down, she said. The department is targeting speeding and running stop signs and red lights during the month of February, she said.

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