Halloween Parade to be held Oct. 28

CUMBERLAND — The 60th annual South Cumberland Halloween Parade, sponsored by the South Cumberland Business and Civic Association, is scheduled for Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. to follow the same route as in past years. Costumed mummers will be judged at 6 p.m. in Smith Park and then will lead the parade.

The association is seeking businesses, individuals and clubs to celebrate the 60th anniversary by entering decorated floats or trailers in the parade. The float or trailer cannot exceed 35 feet in length and must have proper lighting for transporting to and from the parade.

All participants are reminded that no candy or other items are to be handed out or thrown to the spectators during the parade due to the safety risks involved.

Applications are being mailed to last year's participants. Anyone wishing to participate in the parade may contact Marsha Thomas, parade coordinator, at (301) 722-6070.



Woodmont lodge open to public

BIG POOL — Woodmont, a 1930s hunting lodge in Washington County, will hold an open house Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Park Service, Fort Frederick State Park is holding the event to showcase the treasure trove of antiquities and collectibles from the hunt club’s vivid past. The lodge has played host to numerous national sports heroes and celebrities, including seven U.S. presidents.

The lodge was originally built in 1870 as a rod and gun club for men of prominence. The present-day massive building was completed in the 1930s. DNR owns the grounds and the property is managed by the Woodmont chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America. Woodmont Lodge includes a 3,400-acre wildlife management area with 2,000 acres open to the public year-round.

The Woodmont property is located off Interstate 68 at Exit 77.

For more information, call Fort Frederick State Park at (301) 842-2155 or log on to www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/western/FortFrederick.html.



Consumer credit program Tuesday

KEYSER, W.Va. — The Mineral County Chamber of Commerce along with Aging and Family Services will sponsor a consumer credit presentation by attorneys from Attorney General Darrell McGraw’s Consumer Protection Division on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Pines Restaurant.

Assistant Attorney Generals Doug Davis and Kimberly Jones also will be offering information.

For reservations or more information, contact the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce at (304) 788-2513.



CEOS will meet today

WILEY FORD, W.Va. — The Morning Breakers Community Education and Outreach Service will meet today at the home of Melody Sachs. The nomination of officers will be held.



Mint issuing Harpers Ferry quarter in 2016

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. (AP) — The United States Mint is planning a Harpers Ferry quarter.

The agency said Wednesday it will issue the coin in 2016. The Harpers Ferry design will be the 33rd featured on coins issued as part of the agency’s America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

Under the program, the agency is issuing 56 quarters with designs emblematic of national parks or other national sites in each state, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.



O’Malley bracing for additional cuts

BALTIMORE (AP) — Gov. Martin O’Malley says he wouldn’t be surprised if the state will need to cut another $100 million to $200 million after revenue estimates are revised next week.

O’Malley says it’s unclear how much the estimates will be revised downward when the Board of Revenue Estimates meets.

Still, based on preliminary discussions he has had with Maryland Secretary of Budget and Management T. Eloise Foster, O’Malley is bracing for more spending reductions.

Foster is one of three members of the Board of Revenue Estimates, which also includes Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp.

In the first two months of the current fiscal year, which began in July, the Board of Public Works already has approved $736 million in budget cuts.



Four mining method protesters arrested

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Four people protesting Massey Energy’s mountaintop removal mining practices were arrested Wednesday after linking their arms together with plastic pipe and duct tape, briefly blocking a private road to a coal company office in southern West Virginia.

The protesters are affiliated with Climate Ground Zero, an environmental group that has been staging acts of civil disobedience against Richmond, Va.-based Massey all year from its base in Rock Creek.



Allegheny, PSC reach deal on financing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Allegheny Energy says it has a deal with the state Public Service Commission on financing a pollution-control project at a northern West Virginia plant.

The Greensburg, Pa.-based utility said Wednesday it will withdraw its July request for an interim rate increase of $82 million for fuel and purchased power costs. The company will pursue recovery of those costs as part of its annual fuel rate case filed last week.

The deal allows Allegheny to sell an additional $100 million in asset-backed securities to pay for a scrubber system it’s installing at the Fort Martin power plant in Monongalia County. The system will remove sulfur dioxide and mercury from its emissions.



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