Tri-State briefs

January 27, 2013

Travel club presents donation to Starting Points

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A group of travel enthusiasts known as the “Wild and Wonderfuls,” a travel club from Berkeley Springs, W.Va., recently presented Starting Points of Morgan County with a $1,200 donation for its Backpack Program.

The funding from the donation came from the proceeds from a recent trip to New York City, led by two Morgan County Schools employees, Rachael Sarti and Rachel Fisher.

The Morgan County Backpack Program began in the fall of 2011 when a group from Starting Points Family Resource Center, Morgan County Schools, local nonprofits, youth programs and faith organizations joined forces to try to combat the growing issue of childhood hunger in Morgan County.

Based on similar programs across the region and country, the Morgan County Backpack Program provides a bag of nutritious, child-friendly food every Friday of the school year for children identified as having inadequate access to food on weekends and holidays.

The first set of bags was sent out the second week of January 2012 to approximately 70 students throughout the Morgan County Schools district. Since then, the number of students participating has grown to more than 200.

Starting Points is a partner agency of the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle.

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Reminder to dog owners to purchase pet license

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — State Sen. Richard Alloway II is reminding local dog owners that they can purchase a license for their pet by contacting their county treasurer.

All dogs ages 3 months and older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. An annual dog license costs $8.45 and a lifetime license costs $51.45. For spayed or neutered animals, the annual fee is $6.45 and the lifetime license costs $31.45. Discounts are available to older adults and people with disabilities.

Individuals who have questions regarding dog licensing laws can call the Department of Agriculture Dog Law Enforcement Office at 717-787-3062 or go to for more information.

Berkeley Co. Solid Waste Authority extends free mulch program

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority has extended its free mulch program until Feb. 28, according to a news release.

 To express its appreciation for the tremendous community support that was received in 2012, the solid waste authority offered free mulch to Berkeley County residents who participate in the county’s recycling program. The free mulch is available at the Grapevine Road Recycling Center and the South Berkeley Recycling Center.

To qualify, you must be a Berkeley County resident and participate in the Berkeley County Recycling Program. There is a limit of one pickup load per week. The Grapevine Road Recycling Center and the South Berkeley Recycling Center are open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about the recycling program, including locations of the recycling centers, go to

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