Tri-state briefs

April 04, 2007

Pa. 316 repair work under way this week

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Traffic will be down to a single lane of travel at times during construction work on Pa. 316, one of the major routes between Waynesboro and Chambersburg, Pa., the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced Tuesday.

Valley Quarries Inc. of Chambersburg is the contractor for $1.8 million worth of work between Grindstone Hill Road and Pa. 914 as well as the section near Martin's Famous Pastry Shoppe Inc. on Potato Roll Lane, according to PennDOT spokesman Michael Crochunis.

Site preparation and drainage work began Monday for the 3.5-mile project on the road that is traveled by nearly 10,000 vehicles daily, Crochunis said.

In addition to resurfacing, the project includes installation of guide rails, replacement of drainage pipes and improvements to the shoulders, Crochunis said.


PennDOT estimates the project will be completed by the end of May.

- Jennifer Fitch

Health screenings offered on Friday

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Encouraging area residents to prepare effectively for public health threats, such as bioterrorism and natural disasters, Martinsburg Mayor George Karos on Monday officially proclaimed this week as National Public Health Week in the city.

Karos made the proclamation in conjunction with members of the Berkeley County Board of Health, according to Pamela Holstein-Wallace, the county health department's Threat Preparedness Coordinator. The theme for the 12th national observance is "Preparedness and Public Health Threats."

On Friday, the Berkeley County Health Department will host free health screenings from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the agency's offices at 800 Emmett Rousch Drive, off South Queen Street. Residents can obtain free blood pressure and glucose screening, along with individual and family preparedness information and free radon test kits.

For more information, contact the Berkeley County Health Department at 304-263-5131 or on the Web at

Easter chicks can be source of disease

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - With Easter right around the corner, West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass is advising parents that the traditional Easter gifts of baby chicks or ducklings can be a source of disease.

"Hand-washing after handling baby chicks is an important safeguard against disease," Douglass said in a news release.

"Just as we warn parents to make sure their children wash their hands after visiting petting zoos, we want them to take the same precautions with animals in the home, especially when young children are involved," he said.

Poultry can carry salmonella bacteria in their intestines, which is excreted in their feces. Young children who frequently have their fingers in their mouths are likely to ingest the bacteria and become ill, he explained.

Wilson College to offer noncredit computer porficiency class

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Wilson College, an approved provider of Act 48 professional development credits for teachers, will offer a noncredit computer proficiency class that will fulfill Act 48 requirements.

The class, which will be held three times, is open to anyone who wants to improve their computer skills.

The class will be held on three consecutive Saturdays - April 21, 28 and May 5 - from 9 a.m. to noon. File management and organization will be covered in all three classes. Specific topics include Microsoft Word (April 21), Excel (April 28) and PowerPoint (May 5).

The class will be taught by Keith Smith, a professional educator for 31 years and an information technology instructor at Wilson College for the past 10 years.

Guided by Act 48 mandates, the class will boost a professional educator's skills in using technology in the classroom, as well as enhance and build computer knowledge.

The class is limited to 15 people and the cost is $79.

For more information and/or to register, contact Wilson's Office of Continuing Education at 800-421-8402 or 717-262-2025, or email Wilson Enrichment Programs Coordinator Mary Foltz at

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