Community briefs

January 05, 2007

Christmas tree recycling offered

Washington County residents may recycle up to two Christmas trees per household at no charge at county landfill locations, according to a county press release.

Christmas trees free of decorations will be accepted daily through Jan. 31 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., excluding holidays, according to the release.

Trees are being accepted at Forty West Landfill, one mile west of Huyetts Crossroads; Greensburg Convenience Center, 13125 Bikle Road; Hancock Convenience Center, 6502 Hess Road; Kaetzel Convenience Center, 2926 Kaetzel Road; and Dargan Convenience Center, 2201 Dargan School Road.

The program, authorized by the Washington County Commissioners, is a service of the Solid Waste Department.

For information, call 240-313-2790.

Officials consider eelway passages

The National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are exploring options for constructing eelway passages on the Potomac River at Dams 4 and 5, according to a C&O Canal press release.


The passages would enhance the migration of the American eel and open 120 miles of river habitat that is critical for the American eel's life cycle, according to the release.

The National Park Service invites public comments on the project. Comments received will be used to develop and guide the environmental evaluation for the project, according to the release.

The public will be able to comment on the proposed project from Jan. 8 to Feb. 10. A public meeting will be Jan. 17 at the Williamsport Community Building in Byron Memorial Park from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Project information will be presented at the meeting, and project planners will be available to answer questions.

Information about the project is available on the park service Planning, Environment and Public Comment Web site at Written comments may be submitted through the PEPC Web site.

BNI group to host open house Jan. 18

The Hagerstown Thursday Breakfast Business Networking International (BNI) group will host a visitors' day Jan. 18 at 7:30 a.m. at Always Ron's Restaurant on Burhans Boulevard.

The networking group is a business referral organization that provides a structured environment for the development and exchange of business referrals.

People from all professions are invited to attend the free event.

For information, call Ann Boyes at 301-791-2080.

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