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By James P. Farrell Martinsburg: On Sept. 27, I made a stop at the West Virginia Welcome Station on I-81 north. I was greatly impressed with the cleanliness, appearance, and the overheard complimentary remarks from travelers from other areas. As I checked, I was the only West Virginia auto in the visitor area.
As I traveled north everything was neat, clean, just as we want travelers to remember our great beautiful state. Then I came to the 10-mile marker and just to the right was this horrible "junkyard." Trailers parked in grass (weeds), old unit containers and whatever else might be covered over. This is what out-of-staters will remember most.
Isn't there a law requiring a fence to hide such a disgrace and aren't signs supposed to be so far from the interstate? Neither of these are in use at the above area. I hope someone, somewhere, can require the owner/operator of this abomination to abide with the laws, if they exist.

By Johanna Altland,
program coordinator,
Greater Washington MDA
On Aug.14, 2004, Martinsburg IAFF Local 805 joined the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) in the annual nationwide "Fill the Boot" campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The firefighters were at the Martinsburg Mall holding their boots out for passing motorists to fill up with spare change. The first Martinsburg "Fill the Boot" campaign raised $3,421.23, but IAFF Local 805 took it upon themselves to add another $1,578.77 from their general fund to bring their grand total up to $5,000, Congratulations Martinsburg IAFF Local 805 on a fantastic job.
This year marked the 50th anniversary of the IAFF's partnership with the MDA in the battle against neuromuscular diseases. Since 1953, the IAFF has contributed more than $200 million through the nationwide fundraising campaigns. Firefighters across the nation are to be commended for their hard work and dedication not only to their careers, but also to their communities.
For more information about the "Fill the Boot" program or the Muscular Dystrophy Association, please contact the Greater Washington area MDA at (703) 476-5780.



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