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May 11, 2007

Frankenberry appointed to board



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Ryan Frankenberry, the Democratic Party's nominee in the 2006 election for a Berkeley County Commission seat, was appointed by commissioners on Thursday to serve on the Dog Nuisance Appeal Board.

Frankenberry's appointment came after the Commission determined he did not meet state-mandated qualifications to fill a particular vacancy on the Berkeley County Farmland Protection Board.

That vacancy was created by farmer Bill Butler, who stepped down earlier this year.




Red Cross chapter's home still in limbo



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County chapter of the American Red Cross might end up at former CVS store building, that is expected to be purchased by the Berkeley County Building Commission.

If the vacant commercial property across from the county's judicial center is acceptable for occupancy, County commissioners on Thursday told Red Cross executive director Karen Sumner the organization may be able to use the space one or two years.

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After that, Commissioners indicated they would likely ask the organization to find a new home.

Citing capital campaign efforts in Washington County, Md., Sumner told commissioners a similar effort to raise money for the chapter's own facility likely would take five years.

- Matthew Umstead




Pa. residents to get new ZIP code July 1



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Some Chambersburg-area residents are getting a new zip.

The United States Postal Service announced this week that several thousand Chambersburg-area customers will get a new ZIP code this summer.

The new five-digit ZIP code, 17202, will be added to the Chambersburg delivery area on July 1, according to a Postal Service news release.

The delivery area is currently served by the 17201 ZIP code. Residents of the Borough of Chambersburg and P.O. box customers will not be affected. The change affects customers outside the borough who are served by the Chambersburg post office, according to the release.

All customers will continue to use Chambersburg, Pa., as the last line of their delivery address.

Affected customers will receive a letter notifying them of the change during the last week of May.

The letter will advise them of their new ZIP code, the release said.




Commission reformation proposal delayed again



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -The Berkeley County Commission on Thursday again delayed consideration of a revised resolution that asks the West Virginia Legislature pass a bill to allow county voters to decide whether to increase the number of commissioners to five.

The delay was attributed to a possible change in the schedule for a special election vote on the county's proposed ordinance, now slated for Nov. 6.

County Commissioner Ronald K. Collins said after the meeting that county leaders needed to enact a transferable development rights ordinance to jibe with proposed ordinance and acknowledged that may cause the vote to be delayed.

"We don't want to rush this thing, we want to do it right," Collins said of the zoning effort.

Along with the zoning question, voters in November were going to asked whether they supported increasing the number of commissioners from three to five. The date of the election for the latter question is part of the resolution being considered.

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