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June 02, 2005

Callas wins contract for research station

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. - The Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Jefferson County, W.Va., has awarded a $4.7 million contract to a local firm for repairs and renovations to the station, U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., announced Wednesday.

The $4.7 million contract was awarded Wednesday to Callas Contractors of Hagerstown. The contract work consists of renovations to the main laboratory building, headhouse and growth chamber suite, engineering shop, and construction of a new pesticide storage building. The work includes HVAC, electrical, architectural, ventilation and sprinkler system upgrades, and a new hot water heating system.

"The research conducted at the Appalachian Fruit Research Station helps to ensure that our natural resources are managed wisely and the nation's fruit supplies are safe and dependable," Byrd said in a news release.

In recent years' appropriations bills, Byrd has secured a total of $5.87 million for renovations to the lab, based on a 2002 U.S. Department of Agriculture report detailing needed long-term improvements to the station's facilities.


The Appalachian Fruit Research Station encompasses 550 acres and has a staff of 79 permanent and part-time personnel, including 21 scientists, who undertake research in deciduous fruit production, protection, harvesting and sorting.

Pa. road to close during veterans ride

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Antrim Township will close a portion of Grindstone Hill Road between Pa. 16 and Corporal Rihl Lane on Sunday from 9 p.m. until about 12:30 p.m.

The portion of road will serve as the staging area for the 15th annual Operation God Bless America veterans motorcycle ride to Martinsburg, W.Va.

Road-closed signs will be posted. Motorists may utilize Corporal Rihl Lane and Bemisderfer Road for access between Pa. 16 and Leitersburg Road.

Motorcyclists will leave at noon and head south on Grindstone Hill Road to Leitersburg Road. The procession will enter the Borough of Greencastle and proceed north on South Ridge Avenue to Baltimore Street. The riders will continue west to Antrim Way (U.S. 11) and follow Antrim Way to Exit 3 of Interstate 81. The riders will follow I-81 to Martinsburg.

For more information on the event, call 717-328-9238.

Traffic signal work to be bid in W.Va.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Work on traffic signals on W.Va. 9 in the Eastern Panhandle is among contracts added to the West Virginia Department of Transportation Division of Highways' June 14 bid opening, Gov. Joe Manchin announced in a news release.

· A Berkeley County contract calls for modifying a signal at the intersection of Hedgesville Road at the approach to the Hedgesville Centre. The bank in the shopping area is paying for the modifications, which include adding video cameras to better sense approaching traffic, the release said.

· Video equipment also will be used in the installation of a new Jefferson County signal at the Potomac Marketplace Shopping Center. The center's developer is paying for the installation.

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