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Leitersburg Ruritan accepts award for environmental efforts

February 17, 2008

LEITERSBURG - At their February meeting, the members of the Leitersburg Ruritan accepted a national award, installed a new member, and had two speakers on home rule for Washington County presenting opposing views.

Larry Blount, a Ruritan national director, presented the bronze special community service award to the club for outstanding environmental work in the community.

As part of their mission, club members constructed and maintain the playground in Leitersburg and provide general maintenance and lawn upkeep in common areas.

George Kline of Leitersburg was welcomed as the newest member and will serve as a member of the programs and entertainment committee.

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David Hamlin and Tom Berry each gave a 15-minute talk on home rule. There was lively discussion following their presentation.

Ruritan is a civic organization with the purpose of creating a better understanding between people and through volunteer community service, making America's communities a better place to live and work.

The slogan of Ruritan is fellowship, goodwill and community service. The club surveys the needs of the community and then works to meet those needs.

The Leitersburg club was chartered in 1955 and continues to hold educational and informative monthly meetings that give members an opportunity to share ideas about community improvements and service projects.

The club's involvement in the community includes but is not limited to paying for street lights, sponsoring Boy Scout Troop 108 and supporting other youth programs.

In addition, the club conducts decorating contests for Christmas lighting and gives Christmas baskets as needed.

The club is also responsible for the annual Leitersburg Peach Festival which includes getting 60 to 70 crafters and setting up the entire grounds, coordinating with food vendors and displays.

The 2008 Peach Festival is schedule for Aug. 9 and 10.

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