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Smithsburg briefs

December 02, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

Christmas parade set for Dec. 13



SMITHSBURG -- Smithsburg will have its Christmas parade Dec. 13, but Smithsburg Town Council members learned Tuesday night that not everyone is gung-ho about the idea.

Council members learned that a person affiliated with a local school band that is expected to be in the parade has concerns about the event.

There was concern that any cold weather could affect the ability to play instruments in the parade.

Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said if people don't want to participate, maybe the town will not sponsor it anymore.

Residents to receive recycling information



SMITHSBURG -- Smithsburg Town Council members voted Tuesday night to spend up to $500 to send out a mass mailing to area residents about a curbside recycling program they are considering.

The mailings would tell residents how the program will work.

Smithsburg EMS fund drive requests mailed



SMITHSBURG - The first mailing of the fiscal year 2009 fund drive request for Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services has been sent to all households in the first-due response area, said Assistant Chief James Ulrich.

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Anyone who did not receive a fund drive request letter may contact the agency by calling 301-824-3314.

Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services (SEMS) is a volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Ulrich stressed that the fund drive is a major source of operating income for the department because in Washington County, there is no direct tax or fee to support emergency medical services.

As of Nov. 1, approximately 10 percent of households in the response area made donations to the department.

SEMS: Make sure address is properly marked



SMITHSBURG - With winter weather fast approaching, Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services representatives are urging residents to make sure that homes, driveways and/or mailboxes are properly marked with numerical addresses.

Houses should have the numerical address listed and not spelled out. It is also helpful if the house number is reflective and large enough to read from the farthest edge of the road, said SEMS Assistant Chief James Ulrich.

If you have a driveway, it needs to be clearly marked. A driveway that is shared by multiple residences poses a special challenge. Along the main road, each individual house number should be posted. If the main driveway splits off, each split should have the appropriate house numbers listed there, as well.

Mailboxes should be marked with the address on both sides, not just the side from which the postal carrier approaches. This benefits not only the EMS company, but fire and police departments as well.

Smithsburg EMS responds to 82 calls in November



SMITHSBURG - For the month of November, Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services (SEMS) responded to 82 calls for service, bringing the 2008 total to 974 calls as of Dec. 1.

The November calls included 18 within Smithsburg town limits and 11 in the Leitersburg area. There were seven calls each to the Mount Aetna and Cascade/Pen Mar areas.

Mutual-aid calls to neighboring counties included six to Frederick County, Md., and seven to Franklin County, Pa. Another six calls were to the Hagerstown area and one was to the Boonsboro area.

During the month, SEMS personnel transported 57 patients to local hospitals, responded to assist with a structure fire, and provided a standby crew for the Smithsburg High School playoff football game.

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