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August 05, 2012

Trees planted along recreational trail near W.Va. 9
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — More than 50 trees have been planted along the Eastern Panhandle Recreational Trail along W.Va. 9 in the last 12 months thanks to a collaborative effort of volunteers and state and local agencies.
One of the more recent plantings along the trail between Charles Town and Martinsburg on July 14 involved members of the Eastern Panhandle Trailblazers, Boy Scout Troop 163, the state Division of Forestry and Cacapon Institute, among others, officials announced recently.
The planting of nine trees last month was led by Tyler Richards of Boy Scout Troop 163 in his bid to obtain the rank of Eagle Scout, according to the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority, which donated mulch for the project.
The nearly mature trees were planted along the bike path just off W.Va. 9 at the northwest corner of the Opequon Connector exit, according to the Solid Waste Authority.
Due to the large size of the trees and rocky ground, the planting involved two evenings of hole digging and soil preparation by volunteers prior to the actual planting of trees, which involved about 35 volunteers, according to the Trailblazers’ website.
Richards provided most of the planning and leadership for the planting, which included planning meetings with the Trailblazers and Division of Forestry, obtaining all required permits and approvals, securing tools, topsoil, mulch and volunteers, according to the Trailblazers.
The Trailblazers’ work with the Division of Forestry, the Cacapon Institute’s Communi-Tree project, local schools and Scout troops, and numerous supporters has made the purchase and planting of 56 large and medium-size native trees in the last 12 months possible, the trail-advocacy organization said.

Borough to smoke test sewer system
WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Borough of Waynesboro will be conducting a smoke-testing evaluation of the sewer system today through Friday, Aug. 31, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. beginning in the eastern portion of the collection system and working west.
The smoke-testing procedure will help identify potential sources of inflow or infiltration into the sewer system, according to a news release.
The smoke is not toxic or staining, and should typically release through roof vents, the news release stated.
If customers do have smoke enter a home or business, they should open their windows and doors to fully ventilate the affected area and contact one of the on-site personnel who can assist them, the news release stated.
For more information, contact the borough offices at 717-762-2101.

Franklin County townships to be sprayed for mosquitoes
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Parts of Franklin County, Pa., will be sprayed for mosquitoes Tuesday and Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said in a news release.
Portions of Peters and Hamilton townships will be sprayed with Biomist 3 + 15. Thursday will be a backup date in case of inclement weather.
The work in residential areas will begin at sundown, the news release stated.
Spraying is designed to control populations of adult mosquitoes, which can carry the West Nile virus.

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