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Tri-state briefs for 2-21

February 21, 2005

W.Va. fire departments receive federal grants


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two Berkeley County, W.Va., fire departments recently received more than $340,000 in Assistance to Firefighters Grants from the Department of Homeland Security.

The Martinsburg Fire Department received a $143,871 grant, while the Hedgesville Fire Co. received a $198,546 grant, according to a news release from U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.

Chief Paul Bragg of the Martinsburg Fire Department said in the news release that the grant will be used to purchase a variety of new equipment for the department.

The Hedgesville department also will purchase equipment, including self-contained breathing apparatus, turn-out gear, gas meters, mist blowers, defibrillators and a system for refilling air packs, the release said.

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State fire departments have received 88 Assistance to Firefighters grants totaling more than $6.5 million, Capito said.




Fleagle appointed to state trauma board


HARRISBURG, Pa. - State Rep. Patrick E. Fleagle recently was appointed to the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation Board, a news release said.

Fleagle, R-Franklin, said the purpose of the foundation is to develop a private voluntary trauma center accreditation program and to develop standards for the operation of trauma centers in the state.

The nonprofit foundation consists of a 19-member board of directors that includes physicians, nurses and representatives from hospitals and the emergency services field.

Fleagle is a member of the Summit Health Board of Directors and the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. He also is a certified emergency medical technician.

"I feel that I will be an asset to this board, given my current understanding of and experience with the health-care industry," Fleagle said in the release.




School to hold winter carnival on Friday


GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Greencastle-Antrim Middle School Parent Teacher Organization will hold its 2005 winter carnival, "Galaxy Games," on Friday, with a make-up date set for Saturday.

The carnival celebrates the school's partnership with NASA. The annual fund-raising event features activities and opportunities for all members of the family and community.

Games and activities representing each planet will be available. Each traveler will receive a badge to redeem prizes at many of the planets in the galaxy. Activity choices will include games of chance, target games, athletics, and gym attractions and events such as a dance simulator and virtual baseball.

Entertainment will be available in the cafeteria. The Greencastle-Antrim Jazz Band will perform at 6 p.m. and the show choir will perform at 6:20 p.m. Karaoke will be available from 7 to 9 p.m.

Other exhibits include: Penn State SPIRIT Group, Moon Rocks; Astronomy Club telescopes in the courtyard (weather permitting); the State College Astro Physics Group - Mars Rover; a balloon rocket launch; and an authentic spacesuit on display for picture taking.

For more information or to volunteer for the carnival, call Kathy Olivier at 717-597-6977.

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