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Williamsport briefs

August 16, 2006

Pool operations $4,500 in the red



WILLIAMSPORT - The town's pool operations were $4,500 in the hole as of Aug. 14, Councilman Nelson F. Deal said Monday.

He said the deficit is largely because of maintenance and capital expenses.

On the other hand, the town has grossed $6,800 this year on pool parties - of which it will keep about half, he said.

Last year, the town's share of pool-party profits was $20, said Deal, who oversees the operation of the pool.

"It's a cement pond, but it still attracts people," he said.

The town switched this year from Century Pool Management of Monrovia, Md., to the Hagerstown YMCA to run the pool.

Deal called for Washington County to contribute to the pool's operating cost because it attracts many people from outside the town's boundaries, including Berkeley County, W.Va., residents.




Bicycle race will close some roads



WILLIAMSPORT - Some roads in town will be closed Sunday for a bicycle race.

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Joe Jefferson, who is helping to promote the event, described it as "NASCAR on two wheels."

Jefferson told the Williamsport Town Council that it will be a championship race, drawing riders from Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Male and female riders will compete in age categories. The first race will start at 9 a.m.




McCleaf nominated to serve on park panel



WILLIAMSPORT - Mayor James G. McCleaf II said Monday that he was nominated to serve on a federal advisory commission for the C&O Canal National Historical Park.

He said state Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, was instrumental in his selection to the commission.




Re-enactors get OK for firing demos



WILLIAMSPORT - A Civil War re-enactment group won approval Monday to have gun demonstrations during a town festival this month.

Mark Deasley said he belongs to Company H of the 3rd Arkansas, a Confederate living-history group that plans to demonstrate formations and drills, display gear and answer questions.

On Monday, the Williamsport Town Council discussed Deasley's request to have firing demonstrations at Byron Memorial Park during the Williamsport Days festival on Aug. 26 and 27.

Town Attorney Edward Kuczynski said there would be no projectiles, so laws against firing weapons don't seem to apply.

He suggested neighbors be warned in advance because of the shooting noises.

Councilman Jeff Cline said he supported the shooting demonstrations, as long as weapons were inspected before the event.

The town council voted 4-1 to approve the demonstrations.

Councilwoman Gloria J. Bitner voted "no." Councilman James C. Kalbfleisch was absent.




Workshop meeting date changed



WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport Town Council decided on Monday to change the date of its September workshop meeting.

Typically, the town council holds a workshop meeting on the first Monday of each month and a regular meeting on the second Monday.

Next month, though, the first Monday will be Labor Day, a holiday.

The town council agreed to move the workshop meeting to Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 6:30 p.m.

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