Williamsport town briefs

February 16, 2005

BROOD will ramble at Riverbottom Park

WILLIAMSPORT - Basset Rescue of Old Dominion, or BROOD, can use Riverbottom Park for its annual Basset Hound Ramble, the Williamsport Town Council unanimously voted Monday.

The Basset Hound Ramble will be May 28 at the C&O Canal National Historical Park, according to a letter from Diane Morgan, BROOD's treasurer.

Town Council OKs boost for band effort

WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport Town Council voted unanimously Monday to donate $50 to a Williamsport Band Boosters' fund-raiser.

The Band Boosters are holding a Basket Bingo on March 6. Proceeds will help pay for a band trip in the spring of 2006.


Town Council hears deputies' summary

WILLIAMSPORT - The Washington County Sheriff's Department's resident deputies responded to 260 complaints in January, according to a report distributed to the mayor and Town Council on Monday.

Deputies arrested two adults.

They gave out 10 speeding tickets, four parking tickets and 16 other tickets, the report says.

They charged one person with driving while intoxicated or under the influence.

The report says one driver was stopped for allegedly going 32 mph over the speed limit and another driver allegedly was driving 35 mph over the limit.

It's Ida Grimes' Day on 100th birthday

WILLIAMSPORT - Today is Ida K. Grimes Day in Williamsport, Mayor John W. Slayman declared at Monday's Town Council meeting.

Grimes is celebrating her 100th birthday today.

At the meeting, Slayman walked over to Grimes' seat in the audience, leaned over and read aloud a proclamation honoring her.

The proclamation said senior citizens have "wisdom, maturity and grace" and Grimes is "one of these treasured individuals."

"I didn't think I'd ever make it," Grimes said.

Slayman gave Grimes a bag of various items with Williamsport town designs on them.

Grimes stood and said, "I would like to thank you very much for the attention you've given me. I don't always get that."

Town invited to Scout ceremony

WILLIAMSPORT - The town has been asked to be part of an Eagle Scout ceremony at Williamsport United Methodist Church on March 12, Mayor John W. Slayman said Monday.

"I get a big kick out of doing that for these kids," he said.

Council tables county COG idea

WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport Town Council took no action Monday on a proposal for a Washington County Council of Governments.

Mayor John W. Slayman said Keedysville and Boonsboro have expressed support for the idea.

Smithsburg officials have said they support it, too.

Williamsport council members didn't comment on the idea, so it was tabled for them to think about it.

Registration for town election ends soon

WILLIAMSPORT - Tuesday, Feb. 22, is the last day for town residents to register to vote in next month's town election, Mayor John W. Slayman said Monday.

People may register from 1 to 8 p.m. The election will be March 7.

Crime watchers set to meet March 15

WILLIAMSPORT - The next meeting of the town's crime watch group will be March 15 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, it was announced after Monday's Town Council meeting.

Church addition draws mayor's praise

WILLIAMSPORT - Mayor John W. Slayman said the new addition at Zion Lutheran Church on West Potomac Street looked great when it was dedicated on Saturday.

"That place was packed," he said.

Calendar of events said nearly ready

WILLIAMSPORT - The calendar of events for 2005 is almost complete, Mayor John W. Slayman said.

A few dates still are being confirmed, but the calendar will include band performances, fireworks and an ice cream social, he said.

Changed ordinances take effect March 1

WILLIAMSPORT - A reorganized version of the town's ordinances will be used starting March 1, under an emergency resolution the Town Council unanimously approved Monday.

Town Attorney Edward Kuczynski, whose father, Robert, helped work on the project, said the format, not content, was updated.

"We haven't changed the substance of anything really to speak of," Edward Kuczynski said.

He said he requested March 1 to coincide with the effective date of an amended version of the town's charter. The council approved the changes to the charter in January.

Kuczynski said each council member could get a copy of the ordinances, which will be compiled in a four-volume set.

But Assistant Mayor Walter W. Tracy said only three copies are needed: one for the mayor, one for Town Hall and one for the public library.

Town congratulates county Board of Ed

WILLIAMSPORT - The town has prepared a resolution to honor the Washington County Board of Education for its 140th anniversary, Mayor John W. Slayman said Monday.

- Andrew Schotz

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