Washington Township briefs

January 18, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |

Knitting business gets conditional use approval

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Knitting Cottage business on Monday received a conditional use approval needed to move from Hagerstown to Iron Bridge Road in Washington Township, Pa.

The township supervisors approved the business for agriculturally zoned land at 6810 Iron Bridge Road, replacing a candle shop that closed at the site. Township officials said the business will sell knitting supplies and host occasional classes.

Applicants Susan and Elizabeth Hostetter told the supervisors they are anxious to make the move.
Washington Township Planner Clint Rock said the township planning commission reviewed the project and recommended it be approved.

Blue Ridge squad had low damage on fire calls

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Blue Ridge Fire and Rescue Squad had little fire damage in its first-response area in 2010, the fire chief said Monday.

The $150,000 in damage was “extremely low for us,” Fire Chief Jim Meek told the Washington Township Supervisors.

The department responded to 289 fire calls last year, with many of those considered mutual aid to other areas, Meek said.

“The EMS side of the house is very busy,” he said.

Total calls, including fire, rescue and medical were about 980 in 2010, Meek said.

Township receives Monterey Pass donation

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The latest donation received to preserve the Battle of Monterey Pass site in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., brings the total collected to $9,716, Washington Township Manager Mike Christopher said Monday.

For 2011, $690 has been raised for the effort, Christopher said.

The Washington Township Supervisors and preservationists are looking to buy land on the mountaintop and create a destination to learn more about the Civil War battle. The township received a $41,900 grant, and it is looking to raise $58,000 to match those funds and complete the project.

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