Tri-State briefs

January 18, 2008

EMS providers in Pa. awarded grants

HARRISBURG, Pa. - State Rep. Todd Rock, R-Franklin, announced this week that 15 local EMS providers and volunteer fire companies serving the 90th Legislative District have been awarded approximately $213,889 from a grant program administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

"This funding will go a long way toward helping these brave men and women ... so that they are properly equipped and prepared to respond to actual emergencies," Rock said in a news release.

Specific recipients and grant amounts awarded are as follows:

· Blue Ridge Mountain Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad and Emergency Medical Services, $33,310.28

· Mont Alto Volunteer Fire Co. and Ambulance Association, $32,690.38

· Marion Volunteer Fire Co. and Emergency Medical Services, $32,070.06

· Mercersburg (MMP&W) Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services, $32,070.06

· South Mountain Volunteer Fire Co. and Emergency Medical Services, $29,267.79


· New Franklin Volunteer Fire Department, $23,031.04

· Always There Hook and Ladder Fire Co., $22,100.77

· Mechanics Steam Fire Engine and Hose Co., $21,480.44

· Waynesboro Ambulance Squad, $9,969.29

· Waynesboro Area Advanced Life Support Unit, $9,969.29

Grant awards may be specified for construction or renovation of a fire company or ambulance facility; purchase or repair of firefighting; ambulance or rescue equipment; training; or debt reduction.

Brook Lane opens school in Frederick

FREDERICK, Md. - Brook Lane Health Services is opening Laurel Hall School in Frederick on Wednesday, Brook lane announced in a news release.

The new school will serve students in grades one through 12. The nonpublic school will provides a structured environment for special needs students, according to the release.

Students earn credits that meet the requirements of the Maryland State Department of Education and are referred to the program through their local public school system, according to the release.

Laurel Hall School was developed to meet the needs of students in Frederick County. For several years, Frederick County Public Schools has been transporting students from all over Frederick County to Brook Lane's main campus north of Hagerstown.

"The transportation has been very difficult on our students," Principal Rachel Furr said in the release. "Our school in Frederick will decrease transportation time and allow more students to be served in their community."

The school has a capacity of 45 students.

Laurel Hall School in Frederick is at 4540 Mack Ave. off English Muffin Way, which is south of Interstate 270 on the Buckeystown Pike. The phone number is 301-698-5665.

Berkeley Co. Democrats to meet Jan. 28

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Democratic Association will hold its January meeting on Monday, Jan. 28, at Hoss's Steakshouse in Martinsburg.

An optional dinner/social hour starts at 6:30 p.m. followed by the meeting at 7:20. Taylor Perry is the scheduled speaker.

Democratic candidates will be present to meet and speak with attendees, and 2008 plans will be presented.

All Democrats and Independents are welcome.

For more information, call 304-263-6801 or visit

Scholarships available for Pa. students

WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. - Juniors from Franklin County high schools can now apply for a Lenfest College Scholarship, which could be worth up to $48,000 during a student's college career.

Applications are available at all Franklin County high schools and at the Lenfest Foundation Web site, The deadline to apply is Feb. 15.

The program is open to students in their junior year at the Chambersburg Area Senior High School, Fannett-Metal High School, Greencastle-Antrim High School, James Buchanan High School and Waynesboro Area Senior High School.

The foundation will award up to 15 scholarships in 2008, the seventh year of the college scholarship program. Students can earn up to $12,000 per year for four years toward the cost of attendance at any accredited U.S. private college or up to $7,500 a year for four years toward the cost of attendance at any accredited U.S. public college.

More information is available at

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