Completion of Route 219 to Maryland in Limbo
There isn't enough money to finish the Route 219 project from Meyersdale south to the Maryland line. Only certain highway projects qualify for Appalachian Development Highway System funds, and the Route 219 project does qualify; however Pennsylvania has only a little over $540 million left in the fund, and an estimated $3.1 billion in costs to complete highways in its eight designated corridors. The majority of the money in Pennsylvania will be used to complete the 11-mile section from Meyersdale to Somerset.
Green Spring Home Destroyed by Fire
There were no injuries in a fire yesterday afternoon at a Hampshire County home, but the structure was completely destroyed. An elderly woman at the home was removed by relatives who had arrived at the site, located at the corner of Arnold Stickley and Crystal Hollow Roads. Assistance came from a number of area companies. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Commissioners Set Public Meeting on Sewer Project
The Allegany County Commissioners have scheduled a public meeting, regarding the upcoming Bedford Road Sewer Rehab Project in the Highlands Estates area. Allegany County Department of Public Works Officials, the contractor and the inspector will be on hand to answer questions and to discuss the anticipated project schedule. The contract for the Bedford Road project was awarded recently to the Shaffer Construction Company. The meeting has been set for next Monday, May 13th at 7 p.m. It will be held at the Allegany County Office Building on Kelly Road, Room 100.
West Virginia PSC Approves Keyser Rate Hike
The West Virginia Public Service Commission has approved the $12 million Keyser water project. This means the average city residents' bill will rise by 42 per cent. An appeal by the New Creek Water Association was rejected. The water system serves around 15,000 area residents-not only those in Keyser, but also customers in New Creek and McCoole.
Frostburg To Flush Hydrants
The city of Frostburg is planning to flush fire hydrants throughout the city tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday. The flushing may cause some minor problems such as interruptions of water service and temporary discoloration problems. Residents are urged to plan ahead, so they won't be affected by any water discoloration or minor interruptions. It is recommended that washing clothes be restricted tomorrow through Thursday.
Mountain Ridge Baccalaureate Service Set
A Baccalaureate Service, sponsored by the Mountain Ridge Fellowship of Christian Athletes and other churches will be held on Sunday, May 19th in the theatre at Mountain Ridge High School, beginning at 7 p.m. This service is a celebration to honor Mountain Ridge's graduating class, and a special senior class slide show will be presented. Mountain Ridge High School's graduation ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 29th.
State Police Urge Drivers to "Click It or Ticket"
The Maryland State Police say that more than 91 per cent of residents comply with the state's seat belt law, but many others are failing to buckle up during the night time hours, a time when roadways are more likely to be shared with impaired or drowsy drivers. Without a seat belt, the chances of being killed are almost 25 times greater when thrown from the vehicle and the forces in a collision can be enough to throw a person as much as 150 feet, or about 15 car lengths. Deputies from the Allegany County Sheriff's Office are enforcing the seat belt laws all year round.
Mountain Ridge Earns Superior Rating
The Mountain Ridge High School Concert band has earned a superior rating at the Maryland State Band and Orchestra Festival at Morgan State University. This is the highest rating possible. The group is under the direction of David Kauffman. The festival, organized by the Maryland Music Educators Association, assembles bands from throughout the state who earned a superior rating their local band festival. Mountain Ridge earned superior ratings from each judge at the local festival and then swept the superior ratings again at the state festival. This represents the first time that the band at Mountain Ridge has earned this recognition.
Berlin Police Sergeant Resigns
The Berlin, Pennsylvania Police Department's officer-in-charge submitted his resignation last week. Sgt. Chad Salley left the position for "personal reasons" and officials are handling Salley's departure like a furlough, so he can receive health benefits until he finds another job. Sgt. Rodney Norman was hired as officer-in-charge, and will be paid the contract rate for the position.
Addison Borough to Observe National Road
Addison Borough is recognizing the historic National Road, now Route 40. The first segment of the road, from Cumberland to Wheeling, was built in 1818. It enters Pennsylvania in Addison and exits the stte in West Alexander, near the Ohio border. Celebrations are planned May 16th through the 18th. There are updates on the observance on Facebook. The page is entitled "Old Pike Days Festival."
Two Killed In Motorcycle Crash on I-70
Interstate 70 Eastbound was closed for about 4 hours on Saturday, due to a fatal crash involving motorcycles. The accident happened as a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Matthew Adams was struck by a 1992 Harley, operated by 46-year old Mark D. Stevens of Falling Waters. That bike continued to hit another, driven by Mark B. Stephens, who had a passenger onboard,19-year old Megan Daymude of Inwood, West Virginia. Ms. Daymude was pronounced dead at the scene, and the younger Stevens was pronounced dead at Baltimore Shock Trauma. While the Maryland State Police investigted, I-70 westboundwas closed while the Medevac unit was on the scene.
Washington County BOE Owns Former Allegheny Energy Building
The Washington County Board of Education now owns the land and building that formerly housed Allegheny Energy along Downsville Pike. The purchase price was $5.5 million. The school system plans to move its administrative offices to the Downsville Pike location. There is an issue of back property taxes, but the former owners-Vinayaka Missions has paid over $56,000 in back taxes with interest. Now that the school system owns it, the property will be exempt from property taxes and personal property taxes.
O'Malley Announces Maryland/Israel Partnership
Governor Martin O'Malley has announced a new Maryland/Israel partnership, as a result of an eight-day trade mission to Israel and Jordan. The partnership will fund join development efforts by Maryland and Israeli companies in the cyber security and life sciences sectors. The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and Israel's Ministry of Industry will decide which research to fund, and Maryland companies could also qualify for tax credits.
West Virginia Awaits Waiver on "No Child Left Behind"
The state of West Virginia is awaiting word on a flexibility request when it comes to the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. The state Board of Education is attempting to free its public schools from certain federal rules and deadlines under the act, and approval for the waiver would clear the way for West Virginia to address underperforming schools.