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November 01, 2008

Hagerstown to pay $55,000 toward fountain

The City of Hagerstown on Tuesday entered into an agreement with the Hagerstown Garden Club to install a bronze fountain in the roundabout at Park Circle.

The project will cost about $89,000, of which the city will pay $55,000 and the garden club $31,000, according to city documents. Antietam Tree & Landscape will contribute $3,000.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said Tuesday that the city's share of the cost will come from federal funding.

"(The money) would be utilized elsewhere if Hagerstown refused it," Bruchey said.

If everything goes as planned, construction could start in March and be finished by May, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said last month

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- Dan Dearth

County approves transportation grant

An annual grant request to help fund Washington County's public transportation programs was approved Tuesday by the County Commissioners.

The request for fiscal 2010 would help fund the County Commuter fixed-route bus service, the Statewide Special Transportation Assistance Program, the Paratransit program, the JOBS Shuttle and capital assistance plans.

The request is for $1.58 million in federal funding and $1.12 million in state funding, with a local match of $578,929.

The county commissioners voted 4-0 to authorize the grant request. Commissioners President John F. Barr was absent for the vote.

- Joshua Bowman

Rumsey Tech will host open house Monday

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - James Rumsey Technical Institute will host its annual Open House from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Monday.

All programs will be showcased, with instructors available to speak with potential students and parents.

Demonstrations will include forklift driving and mock surgical technology operations. LPN students will offer free blood pressure screenings to the public.

Visitors will have the opportunity to buy country ham sandwiches and baked goods, and door prizes will be awarded.

This is an opportunity for parents of current Rumsey students to speak with teachers. Parents who did not receive their edline access code from their students can acquire it at this time. Edline allows parents to access information on students' grades and attendance from their home computer.

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