Community briefs

March 25, 2005

Board of Education business meetings schedule changes

Because of a scheduling conflict, the Washington County Board of Education's schedule of business meetings has changed.

The April 6 meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. and televised live on Antietam Cable Channel 99. The meeting will be rebroadcast on Channel 99 on Thursday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday, April 10, at 1 p.m.

A second April meeting will not be held on the third Tuesday as regularly scheduled, but has been rescheduled for Monday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be broadcast on Channel 99 on Tuesday, April 26, and Thursday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m., and on Saturday, April 30, at 1 p.m.

That meeting will not be televised live because of programming conflicts with Hagerstown Community College classes aired on Channel 99.

County health department to begin accepting credit cards

The Washington County Health Department said it will begin accepting credit cards as an additional payment option April 1.


The health department says it will accept MasterCard and Visa.

Credit cards will be accepted to give more flexibility to clients, the health department said.

State Highway Administration to begin project on I-70 ramp

The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration will begin a $418,000 project to improve safety on the Interstate 70 eastbound ramp to northbound Interstate 81 in Washington County.

The work will begin on or about March 29 and will be completed before Memorial Day weekend, weather permitting, the SHA said.

Motorists traveling along the I-70 eastbound ramp wishing to access I-81 northbound will be directed to continue east along I-70 to exit 29 at Md. 632 (Downsville Pike) and to follow signs back onto I-70 westbound.

The project is intended to improve banking of the ramp, the SHA said. The project also includes drainage, resurfacing and guardrail upgrades.

Anyone with questions about traffic operations along I-70, I-81 or other state routes in Washington County may call SHA's District 6 office at 301-729-8400 or toll free at 1-800-760-7138.

C&O Canal historical park plans to hold public meeting

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park will hold a public meeting to discuss the draft access improvements to Point of Rocks, Brunswick, Fifteenmile Creek and Monocacy Aqueduct on Wednesday, March 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. at C&O Canal Headquarters, second-floor conference room.

The draft assessment documents is under a 30-day review until Saturday, April 16.

At the public meeting, information will be available for review at 7 p.m. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., National Park Service staff will present a project overview, followed by a question and answer period.

C&O Canal National Historical Park headquarters is at 1850 Dual Highway in Hagers-town.

For further information, call 301-739-4200.

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