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October 08, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

Joyce gets extension to harvest seeds

A Sharpsburg-area landowner who has been found in violation of the Washington County Weed Control Ordinance will have an additional month to harvest seeds before cutting his grass.

The Washington County Commissioners approved an extension for Deane Joyce, who said he needs about two weeks to finish harvesting seeds before cutting the 7-foot grasses on his Mondell Road property, which he has argued is a nature study area.

Joyce is harvesting seeds from the property for the National Park Service, which will replant the seeds on Antietam National Battlefield.

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Commissioner William J. Wivell said Tuesday that the weed ordinance perhaps should have different standards for rural and urban areas.

Commissioners proclaim Disabilities Awareness Month

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday proclaimed October 2008 as Disabilities Awareness Month.

Commissioners President John F. Barr read a proclamation stating that October is Disabilities Awareness Month across the United States.

The proclamation also highlighted the goals of the Washington County Disability Advisory Committee: that people with disabilities should be empowered to achieve personal and professional goals, as well as live full, independent and productive lives.

The Disability Advisory Committee and Deafnet are sponsoring a free forum tonight on health care and people with disabilities from 5 to 7 p.m. at Robinwood Medical Center.

ATM, Web site to be available for deposits to county jail inmates

A new accounting system at the Washington County Detention Center will allow people to deposit funds into inmates' accounts using an on-site ATM or a secure Web site.

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a low bid of $33,050 from Cashless Systems Inc. of Apex, N.C., to install the system.

One other bid was received: Swanson Services Corp. bid $46,679 for the project.

Cashless Systems Inc. will provide an ATM machine in the jail's lobby for visitors to deposit money into an inmate's account with cash, credit or debit cards.

The system will also include a secure Web site for deposits and will track all money transactions for inmates, including purchases at the jail's commissary.

Funding for the project will come from the Inmate Welfare Fund.

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