Community briefs

October 23, 2009

Discount groceries for military

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Military families can purchase discounted groceries at an upcoming sale sponsored by the West Virginia National Guard.

The sale will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at the Martinsburg National Guard Armory, home of West Virginia's 157th Military Police Co.

The sale will feature fresh meat and produce, household cleaning and personal care items, canned goods, snacks, pet food, water and sports drinks, and a variety of non-perishable goods.

Current and retired service members from any branch of service who have a valid Department of Defense, military identification card are eligible to shop at the sale. Military dependents with a valid military dependent identification card may shop without their sponsor.


Cash, checks, debit cards and major credit cards are acceptable forms of payment.

Gordon-Robertsschedule set

CUMBERLAND, Md. - The Gordon-Roberts House, 218 Washington St., has scheduled holiday events:

Saturday, Oct. 31, noon to 2 p.m., Black Hat tea. Advance ticket purchase required.

Thursday, Nov. 12, 5 to 7 p.m., Victory Garden program. Advance ticket purchase required.

Friday, Nov. 27, 3 to 5 p.m., Victorian Christmas open house. The F. Brooke Whiting Museum will offer a Christmas open house at the same time.

Sunday, Nov. 29, 1 to 3 p.m., A Victorian Christmas tea. Advance ticket purchase required.

Saturday, Dec. 5, 2 to 3:30 p.m., children's Christmas tea, includes craft making. Advance ticket purchase is required.

Saturday, Dec. 12, 5 to 7 p.m., Progressive Candlelight Dinner. Participants will board the trolley at the Queen City Transportation Museum. Advance ticket purchase required.

For ticket prices, call the museum at 301-777-8678.

Prospective candidate forum scheduled

Women at the Table will hold a Prospective Candidate Forum Saturday, Nov. 7, at Hagerstown Community College. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., and the forum will be from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Reservations are required and must be submitted no later than Friday, Oct. 30. The cost is $10. Registration forms will be at various locations around Hagerstown. For information, call Linda Irvin-Craig at 301-739-1481.

Panelists include current and former local and state elected officials.

Frederick plansleaf collection

FREDERICK, Md. -The City of Frederick Department of Public Works will begin the annual leaf collection campaign Monday, Nov. 2, continuing through Wednesday, Dec. 23.

Leaves will be collected in all areas at least three times throughout this period. All city residents may begin to set out leaves for collection on Sunday, Nov. 1. The last date for residents to set leaves out for collection is Dec. 20.

Those placing leaves in the gutter prior to the scheduled collection dates, should spread them in a lower pile along the gutter to make it easier for the street sweeper to clean the street. Also, spraying the piles down with water will help keep them from blowing away during periods of high wind. Use off street parking during this time if available. Call the Department of Public Works at 301-600-1440.

Community partnership successful

The Washington County Community Partnership for Children & Families (WCCP) was successful in fiscal year 2009 in fulfilling its mandates as a local management board initiative. The WCCP completed an updated needs assessment and coordinated many planning efforts directed toward the development of health and human services needed in the community. The WCCP managed 36 programs and projects with a combined budget of nearly $2 million. The programs funded through the WCCP served 6,456 children, youth and families and employed 80 individuals whose wages were partially or completely funded by the WCCP.

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