Washington County briefs

January 16, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

Arts school asks county for money

The Contemporary School of Arts and Gallery Inc. on Tuesday asked the Washington County Commissioners for $30,000 in the county's fiscal year 2009 budget.

The school at 4 W. Franklin St. in Hagerstown offers after-school programs targeted at children in low- to middle-income families, according to Ron Lytle, president of the school's board. It also offers an art gallery and outreach programs.

Lytle said the school has received some grants but needs the county's help to stay competitive.

"There are a lot of organizations out here, and we are competing for the same tax dollars," Lytle said.

Washington County Attorney John M. Martirano told Lytle that the organization must be on the county's approved funding list to be added to the budget.

Groups must submit paperwork certifying their status as nonprofits and go through a public hearing to be added to the list.


January proclaimed Cervical Health Month

Washington County Commissioners President John F. Barr proclaimed this month Cervical Health Month during the commissioners' weekly meeting Tuesday.

Reading a proclamation before Earl E. Stoner and Melissa Lewis of the Washington County Health Department, Barr said about 190 Maryland women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer this year, and 75 will die from the disease, which is among the most preventable cancers for women.

"A simple test known as a Pap test can find abnormal changes in the cervix before they become cancerous," he read. "If detected early, cervical cancer is nearly 100 percent curable."

The commissioners' proclamation coincides with the U.S. Congress' designation of January as Cervical Health Awareness Month.

Commissioners approve appointments

The County Commissioners approved several appointments to local boards and commissions on Tuesday.

John "Jack" Miller was reappointed to a second two-year term on the Public Golf Corporation Board of Directors.

Donna Long was reappointed to a second two-year term on the Washington County Gaming Commission.

Gerald Anders, Arnold Eby and Charlie Semler were appointed to three-year terms on the Washington County Plumbing Board. Allen "Tad" Tweed was approved to move from alternate to full member on that board for a two-year term. Roy Ebersole was appointed to the plumbing board for a one-year term.

The appointments of Miller and Long were unanimous. The plumbing board appointments were approved 4-1, with Commissioner Kristin B. Aleshire voting "no."

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