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Tri-State briefs

August 27, 2010

New sections of W.Va. 9 set to open Tuesday



CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia Secretary of Transportation Paul Mattox and highway officials announced that two new sections of W.Va. 9 in Berkeley and Jefferson counties will open to traffic beginning Tuesday.

The nearly $25 million first section is 2.05 miles from Opequon Creek to Short Road (Berkeley County Route 9/19) while the 2.65-mile second section from Short Road to Leetown Road (Jefferson County Route 1) contract was around $27 million.

Orders Construction Co. Inc. and Central Contracting Inc., both of St. Albans, W.Va., performed the work.

"The opening of this 4.65-mile section will allow motorists to travel from Opequon Creek to Leetown Road, thus allowing uninterrupted access from I-81 to Charles Town," Mattox said in a news release. "We are pleased with the continued progress of this important upgrade, and know travelers and residents will feel its impact."

Kauffman to host senior fair at Chambersburg Mall



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- State Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Cumberland/Franklin, is hosting his 2010 Senior Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at the Chambersburg Mall, 3055 Black Gap Road.

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"The fair is always such a great event with something to offer everyone who attends," Kauffman said in a news release. "I really enjoy meeting with local residents, and helping to provide them with information and resources that can help them with everything from estate planning to learning about rebates and discounts available to them through various agencies."

Kauffman said more than 60 representatives from state agencies, local governments, businesses and organizations will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.

The fair, sponsored by the Village of Laurel Run, is free and offers free health screenings, lunch and door prizes.

Attorneys, wives make pledge to Hospice effort



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Martinsburg attorneys Clarence E. Martin III and Walter M. Jones III, along with their spouses, Judy and Lisa, recently made a $50,000 pledge to Hospice of the Panhandle's "Building the Dream" capital campaign at the offices of Martin & Seibert.

The campaign will fund construction of a 14-bed inpatient hospice house and consolidated offices on 19 acres of land along W.Va. 9 at the Berkeley-Jefferson county border.

The capital campaign, the first for the nonprofit agency in 15 years, is designed to raise at least $3 million for the projects, which will cost approximately $9 million. To date, more than $1.28 million has been pledged in the fundraising effort. All of the money has been pledged locally.

In July, Hospice closed on the 19 acres on which the buildings will be constructed. Work on site plans and architectural renderings continues as fundraising progresses.

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