Williamsport briefs

April 12, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Essay contest draws entries statewide

WILLIAMSPORT - Councilman Jeff Cline said Monday that an "If I Were Mayor, I Would ..." essay contest drew more entries statewide this year than last year.

At least eight Washington County schools participated, up from three last year, he said.

The essay contest, for fourth-graders, was sponsored by Maryland Municipal League and the Maryland Mayors' Association.

BROOD given use of park for event

WILLIAMSPORT - Basset Rescue of Old Dominion, or BROOD, will be allowed to use Riverbottom Park on May 27 for its annual Basset Hound Ramble, the Williamsport Town Council decided on Monday.

"We only need a small corner of the park near the Aqueduct to set up some tables and accept pledges," Diane Morgan, BROOD's secretary, wrote to the mayor and town council this month. "We also use some parking in the boat ramp area."

Morgan wrote that the nonprofit group expects about 200 people from the Tri-State area to participate.


Money coming in for July 4 fund

WILLIAMSPORT - The fund to pay for the town's July 4 celebration is up to about $1,400, Councilman Jeff Cline said Monday.

Private contributions covered the full cost of last year's fireworks show and related activities. A full day of activities is planned this year.

Castle set to make move to Williamsport

WILLIAMSPORT - James R. Castle, the town's acting clerk/treasurer, said he will be a town resident as of Saturday.

Castle, who was hired in March on a 90-day probation period, has been living in Frederick, Md.

Town accepts bid for as-is dump truck

WILLIAMSPORT - After opening seven bids, the Williamsport Town Council unanimously agreed on Monday to sell a 1989 GMC dump truck with a snowplow for $3,652, as is.

John E. Lindeman of Hagerstown submitted the winning bid.

James R. Castle, the acting clerk/treasurer, said the town decided it would cost too much to fix up the truck and keep it.

Other bidders were:

  • Joel Britner of Williamsport: $3,126

  • Tim Ammons: $2,892

  • Jack Mason of Falling Waters, W.Va.: $1,652

  • Clifford Noel of Williamsport: $1,602

  • Sherry Pluche of Williamsport: $1,255

  • John Frost: $731

Councilwoman feted with proclamation

WILLIAMSPORT - Monday was Gloria J. Bitner Day in Williamsport, according to a proclamation presented to her at the town council meeting.

Bitner has served on the town council since 1993.

Bitner said she knew something was up as more and more family members showed up for Monday's meeting.

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