Tri-State briefs

May 16, 2008

New high school near Charles Town to be dedicated Saturday

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The public is invited to a dedication of the new Washington High School on Saturday at 11 a.m., according to Jefferson County Schools officials.

The school is south of downtown Charles Town near the intersection of Augustine Avenue and the Charles Town Bypass.

Among the dignitaries expected to participate in the ceremony are members of the West Virginia School Building Authority, which doles out money for new schools across the state, school officials said.

After the dedication ceremony in the auditorium, tours of the building will be offered until 1 p.m., officials said.

Land-use seminar Tuesday in Pa.

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The Adams County Partnership for Land Use Education in Adams County, Pa., will host a free seminar, "Citizen Engagement in Land Use" from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, according to a news release.

The seminar, at the Adams County Ag Center, will focus on how citizens can get involved in local decision-making and on the obligations of government planners, the news release stated.


Speakers are attorneys Clayton Wilcox and Susan Smith, both of whom have been involved in land use issues in Adams County.

For more information, contact Judy Chambers, Penn State Cooperative Extension in Adams County, at 717-334-6271 or

Franklin County students to get fire safety education in Hagerstown

Children's Village of Washington County Inc., in partnership with Columbia Gas, has announced plans to continue its fire-safety education program for students in Franklin County, Pa., public schools.

A gift of $10,000 from Columbia Gas will bring 27 classes of second-grade students from Franklin County public schools to Children's Village during the 2008-09 school year.

Children's Village and Columbia Gas have been partners on the Pennsylvania initiative since 2006, following a successful, federally funded pilot project.

"Approximately 600 new students and their families will be safer because of this program," Rochelle Morrell, executive director of Children's Village, said in the release. "Last school year, a student from Pennsylvania was honored for using skills he learned and practiced at Children's Village to properly handle a family emergency."

Morrell said Children's Village will continue to provide free life-safety education to all second-grade students in Washington County, as it has done for the past 18 years.

Children's Village of Washington County Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing free life-safety education to elementary school children.

For more information about Children's Village, go to

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