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May 02, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

Part of South Potomac Street to be closed

South Potomac Street between Antietam and Washington streets will be closed to traffic from about 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, according to the city's Engineering and Inspections Department. The closure is a safety precaution while workers install heating and cooling units on the rooftops of two buildings.

Traffic approaching the area will be forced to detour around the site via East Washington, South Mulberry and East Antietam streets. Large southbound trucks approaching the downtown area from North Potomac Street should detour around the closure by taking West Franklin Street to Walnut Street, Virginia Avenue and West Wilson Boulevard.

Emergency vehicles will not be able to pass through the work zone.

Blues Fest organizers to buy rain insurance

The mayor and City Council gave authorization Tuesday to allow the Executive Committee of the Western Maryland Blues Fest to purchase rain insurance for the event on June 1 and 2.


City Community Affairs Director Karen Giffin said the policy for June 1 would cost $2,025 for $15,000 of coverage. To collect, it would have to rain 1/4 inch or more between 3 and 8 p.m., she said.

The coverage for June 2 would be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Once again, it would have to rain 1/4 inch or more to collect, Giffin said. The cost on June 2 would be $7,850 for $50,000 of coverage, she said.

The insurance would be paid for with money from the Blues Fest budget, and recoup any financial losses caused by rain, she said.

Five percent of the insurance proceeds would go to the Washington County Arts Council for its risk of beer and wine sales, she said.

Golf course to close Sunday for tournament

Hagerstown Greens at Hamilton Run will close at 2 p.m. Sunday for a private golf tournament. The course will reopen to the public Monday.

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