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Tri-State briefs

November 22, 2007

Water restrictions lifted in Frederick

FREDERICK, Md. - Mayor W. Jeff Holtzinger lifted the mandatory water restrictions for the City of Frederick effective Wednesday, the city announced in a news release.

As a safeguard, all residents are asked to continue conserving water use for anything but ordinary household, domestic and culinary purposes.

"If this area does not receive significant precipitation over the winter months, it is likely that a mandatory ban will be required all of the summer of 2008 and possibly in the spring of 2008," Holtzinger said in the release.

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Holtzinger formally declared a mandatory water restriction for the city on Oct. 15.

Free toys, clothing offered to the needy

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Tri-State-area families in need are invited to get free toys, children's clothing, men's and ladies clothing, household items and children's books on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The free day will be from 9 a.m. to noon at Charles Town Church of Christ on Country Club Road off U.S. 340 between Charles Town and Harpers Ferry, W.Va. The event is one of the church's community ministries.

The church is accepting donations for the event.

For more information or directions, call 304-725-7730 or 304-725-2433.

Toy industry group launches Web site

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Toy Industry Association has launched a Web site and toll-free phone number designed to provide up-to-date information about toy safety and toy recalls, U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., said Tuesday in a press release.

"As a parent, I am troubled by the number of recent news reports concerning toy recalls from China," Shuster said. "Friday marks the launch of the Christmas shopping season and no parent should fear buying a toy for their child."

The TIA's Web site, www.toyinfo.org, offers safety tips and insights from consumer safety experts as well as current information on recalled toys. Consumers can call 1-888-884-TOYS with questions about specific products or safety issues.

Fire department gets federal money

INWOOD, W.Va. - U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito on Wednesday announced that the South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $44,645 by the Department of Homeland Security.

"The South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Department is an important resource for the residents of Inwood and southern Berkeley County," Capito, R-W.Va., said in a press release. "This grant will help ensure that local volunteers have the resources they need to help their neighbors and do their job."

The award through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program generally is given to enhance the preparedness capabilities of local fire departments and emergency medical service organizations, including equipment upgrades and training for first responders, according to Capito's office.

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