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August 27, 2009|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT

Cardin comes through



In this time of health care debates, the Tri-State Health Center in Hancock is quietly making a difference.

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., came with good news and a check for more than $1 million to help the mission of the center.

The funding is part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

Funds will be used to upgrade the facilities in Hancock, Cumberland, Md., and McConnellsburg, Pa.

New equipment and a new computerized chart system are also planned.

The center offers medical treatment on a sliding scale. Last year alone, it gave away $680,000 in medications. Already this year, it has given out $420,000 in medications due to a sharp increase in patients.

Last year, the center served more than 6,000 patients and at least 1,200 were uninsured. No matter what side you are on in the current debate, we can all rejoice that folks out here can get excellent and affordable medical care in their own backyard.

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Taney Street improves



If you come to Hancock in the next month to ride the Western Maryland Rail Trail, look for the improvements taking place along Taney Street.

Taney is a short street that connects Main Street, the Rail Trail and Canal Road.

Improvements will include decorative light poles, banners featuring local history and landscaping. Taney Street itself will get a new look that will invite visitors onto Main Street.

Already, on the Main Street, there are light poles and new flower baskets, donated by Tower Bank.

Extra vegetation has been cut back along the rear of the Main Street buildings that line the Rail Trail, and new siding has been added to an old canal building across from the C&O Bike Shop.

Now, our challenge is to continue to attract new businesses to the downtown.

Concert planned



A country music concert will take place Thursday, Sept. 3, to benefit a local man who was injured in a farm accident last June. Stacy Hill was hurt when a tire blew on his tractor. Bring a lawn chair and $15 per person over the age of 13 to the show grounds next to the Wilkens Farm and Home Supply in Warfordsburg, Pa., just off Interstate 70. The bluegrass/gospel band Barry Scott and Second Wind will perform at 3 p.m. For more information, call 717-860-1880.

Railway veterans



The National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees will hold its quarterly meeting Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the Park-n-Dine Restaurant at 6 p.m. Railway workers are invited to the meeting to learn more about the group and its work with retired employees and their spouses.

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