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Tri-State briefs

May 02, 2008

W.Va. recycling event to last one month



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority and Apple Valley Waste Services have announced a month-long collection and recycling event for May.

Any Berkeley County resident who is served by Apple Valley Waste can schedule the curbside pickup of up to two appliances, or residents can haul their metal, household appliances to the South Berkeley or Grapevine Road recycling centers, according to a joint news release by Solid Waste Authority chairman Clint Hogbin and Apple Valley's general manager J.P. Phillips.

The recycling event includes units such as dryers, stoves, washers and hot water heaters and also includes units that contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFC). CFCs are an ozone layer-depleting material unique to certain consumer grade items containing cooling elements and are commonly referred to as "freon."

To qualify for acceptance, the units must have all foreign items such as food waste removed, Hogbin and Phillips said in the announcement.

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Each unit will be inspected by the recycling center and Apple Valley staff before acceptance.

Residents served by Apple Valley Waste can schedule an appliance pickup by calling the company at 304-724-1834 or 877-267-1280 during business hours.

The recycling centers are open Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More information about the Berkeley County Recycling Program is available on the Internet at www.berkeleycountycomm.org/recycling.htm.




Buckles' farm needs conservation help



CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and other West Virginia conservation and educational groups are looking for volunteers on Saturday to help plant 1,000 trees and shrubs, restore wetlands and improve local water quality at the Gap View Beef Cattle Farm in Jefferson County.

The farm is owned by Frank W. Buckles, who is 107 years old, the last surviving American veteran of World War I and a long-time conservationist.

Long before the environmental movement, and back when he was an active farmer, Buckles instinctively took measures to protect nearby streams and wetlands from erosion and run-off, his daughter Susannah Buckles Flanagan said. But now he needs a little help to restore wetlands on his property.

The planting will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and volunteers are encouraged to dress for the weather. Equipment and refreshments will be provided. Buckles also will greet those who wish to meet him.

Partners in Saturday's restoration project include: the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Jefferson County Watersheds Coalition, West Virginia Conservation Agency, Eastern Panhandle Environmental Protection, Shepherd University, and Natural Resource Conservation Service.

To register as a volunteer, contact Marcy Damon of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation at 443-482-2156 or MDrestoration@cbf.org.




Traffic to stop on I-81 in Pa. on Sunday at 7 a.m.



SCOTLAND, Pa. - On Sunday, several utilities affected by the Pa. 997 bridge replacement project at Interstate 81's Exit 20 in northern Franklin County will be dropping and removing their abandoned cables that cross the interstate highway, according to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokesman Greg Penny.

Starting at around 7 a.m., state police will stop traffic in both directions on I-81 in the vicinity of Exit 20 so that the cables can be safely dropped and removed, Penny said. Traffic should be stopped for no more than 15 minutes.

Motorists are asked to be alert to this operation and exercise caution when traveling in that area Sunday.




Greencastle-Antrim High School hosts 'Save a Life' program



GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Edu-tainment by Kramer will present "Save a Life" tour Wednesday, May 7, a high-impact national campaign that promotes alcohol awareness and demonstrates the debilitating results alcohol consumption has on the motor and nerve centers of the human body.

The program includes graphic representations of the consequences of drunken driving and a driving simulator demonstrating the effect of alcohol consumption.

"Save a Life" will be presented from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Greencastle-Antrim Senior High School, 300 S. Ridge Ave.

For information, call 888-655-7263 or e-mail info@kramerintl.com.

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