Tri-State briefs

July 26, 2007

Tobacco workshop scheduled for Aug. 30

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A free workshop focusing on the advantages for businesses to reduce employee tobacco use and implementing a tobacco-free workplace policy will be Aug. 30 at City Hospital.

"Reducing Employee Tobacco Use: A Solution to Reduce Health Care Costs" will be from 9 to 11 a.m. in the second floor conference room of the Dorothy McCormack Center, according to Teresa E. McCabe, vice president of Marketing & Development for West Virginia University Hospitals-East.

"Reducing employee tobacco use makes great business sense," Dana DeJarnett, health promotion specialist at The Wellness Center, said in a press release announcing the workshop.

"Tobacco use carries heavy costs for employers in health care expenditures, absences and productivity in addition to posing serious health risks for employees," DeJarnett said.


The workshop is free for local businesses, but space is limited, McCabe said.

For information or to register, call 304-264-1000, ext. 1814, or send an e-mail to DeJarnett at

Zoning education sessions continue

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County residents have three more opportunities in the next few weeks to get information on a proposed zoning ordinance that is expected to be on the primary election ballot in May 2008.

The next session is set for Friday at 9 a.m. in Room B1 of the James Rumsey Technical Institute off W.Va. 9 near Hedgesville, W.Va.

The other two sessions on Aug. 4 and 7 also will begin at 9 a.m. The Aug. 4 session will be in the Berkeley County government's Dunn Building at 400 W. Stephen St. in Martinsburg. The Aug. 7 session will be in the LGI Room of Musselman High School in Inwood, W.Va. Formal public hearings also will held.

Questions or comments about the zoning ordinance can be e-mailed to

More information about the ordinance is available on the Berkeley County Commission's Web site at

- Matthew Umstead

Human Services Expo slated for Sept. 27

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Franklin County Community Forum is accepting agency registrations for participation and setup for its annual Human Services Expo set for Sept. 27 at the Franklin Fore Hall, 158 W. King St., Chambersburg.

The Expo is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

The cost to set up a display is $15 per table. The registration deadline is Aug. 15.

For information or to register, call 717-267-3507 or go to and click on human/family.

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