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MARC to feed Jan. 20 riders

January 16, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Free coffee and donuts will be served Tuesday morning at Caperton Station in Martinsburg to people who are riding the MARC commuter train for the inauguration of Barack Obama, officials announced this week.

Coffee service will start at 6 a.m., 30 minutes before MARC's first train departure and will continue until the departure of the second train at 7.30 a.m., according to an announcement by Civitan of Martinsburg president Gene Kinder and Washington Heritage Trail volunteer Jim Castleman.

Both trains required an advance ticket purchase and are completely booked, MARC officials have said.

"We are delighted in this small way to participate in the president's inauguration and thank the City of Martinsburg for its amazing cooperation on such a short timeline," Kinder said in a news release.

The Washington Heritage Trail Welcome Center will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Inauguration Day.

"This partnership with Civitan is just one more service our local national scenic byway is providing to the community," said Kim Reid, president of the Berkeley County Washington Heritage Trail Trustees.

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More information is available by calling Castleman at 304-264-9977.

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