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July 13, 2010

Council takes first step to allow beer at golf course



WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The Waynesboro Borough Council last week took an early step toward allowing golfers participating in tournaments at Waynesboro's Municipal Golf Course to consume alcohol.

The council's unanimous vote means the rule changes will be advertised and scheduled for public hearings, possibly in August, Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said.

"Basically it says this is the ordinance we want to show to the public and we'll send it to the state," he said, saying the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry must look at the revisions.

Possession and use of alcohol by adults 21 and older would be permitted at borough-approved tournament events, according to draft revisions for the ordinance.

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Tournament organizers would not be permitted to sell alcohol, but they could make it available as an amenity, the draft ordinance states.

The council approved the step unanimously.

-- Jennifer Fitch

West Nile spraying scheduled for this week in Pa.



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. --Spraying to control adult mosquito populations will be conducted during the evening hours Wednesday and Thursday in a portion of Greene Township.

Recent samples from Greene Township show high counts of Culex mosquitoes that exceed recommended thresholds and are capable of transmitting West Nile Virus, according to a news release from the Franklin County West Nile Program.

The ULV treatments will be conducted, weather-permitting, after sundown by personnel from the Franklin County West Nile Program using the product BioMist, according to the release.

No human cases of West Nile Virus have been detected in Pennsylvania this year and no samples of mosquitoes from Franklin County have tested positive for the disease so far this year.

Fort Detrick updates website



FREDERICK, Md. -- Fort Detrick recently unveiled additional updates to its website, "Responsible Detrick," dedicated to providing the community access to information about the installation's energy conservation, historical preservation and environmental restoration activities, including the Area B cleanup efforts.

Key sections of "Responsible Detrick" will include frequently asked questions, a large body of historical work, published reports and ongoing projects.

The website address is http://www.detrick.army.mil.

Pa. tax rebate extended



HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The deadline to apply for the Pennsylvania's Property Tax/Rent Rebate program has been extended until Dec. 31 to give state residents more time to apply, according to state Sen. Richard Alloway II, R-Franklin/Adams/York.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program provides rebates on property taxes or rent paid by seniors and disabled individuals in 2009. To be eligible, applicants must meet income requirements and be a Pennsylvania resident age 65 and older; a widow or widower age 50 and older; or a permanently disabled individual age 18 or older.

The program is available to homeowners with a household income of $35,000 or less, and renters with a household income of $15,000 or less, excluding one-half of Social Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits.

Information and applications are available online through the state Department of Revenue's website, http://www.revenue.state.pa.us, or by calling 888-222-9190.

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