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County Connection Newsletter – January 29, 2021

County Connection Newsletter – January 29, 2021

View  this  newsletter  as  a webpage here: https://conta.cc/3ou6ExN

 
 
Greetings from the County Administrator!
 
As the new Washington County Administrator, I am excited to be back with Washington County Government and look forward to serving its citizens. I would like to extend a special thank you to County staff, educators, essential workers, first responders, and all healthcare providers that have met the extraordinary needs of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although this has been a challenging time, we are looking forward to better days ahead by working together for a brighter future in Washington County.
 
In just a few short months, we will mark one year in the fight against COVID-19. This past year has served changes and challenges unlike anything we have experienced in our lifetime. We are hopeful that with many in our community waiting to get vaccinated, this pandemic will be behind us in the near future.
 
Please continue to follow CDC guidelines to protect yourself and your loved ones:
 
  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance
 
During November and December, Washington County experienced a drastic increase in the positivity rate, hospitalizations, and deaths due to COVID-19. Those numbers have started to decrease in January, and we are hoping they continue on this downward trend over the next several months.
 
Washington County is currently in Phase 1C of vaccinating the population. If you are 65 and older, please click on the left box below to complete a Vaccination Appointment Request. If you are in Phase 1A, 1B, or 1C, please click on the right box below to complete the Vaccination Appointment Request. We appreciate your patience as Meritus Health and the Health Department work on scheduling vaccination appointments for community residents. This process will take weeks, potentially months to complete due to limited vaccine supply.
 
 
THREADS OF HOPE
Washington County Government, in partnership with the Washington County Health Department, launched a public messaging outreach campaign in December 2020. This campaign is focused on those who may be struggling with anxiety, depression, thoughts of suicide, or substance use. The campaign encourages anyone that may be struggling to please dial 2-1-1 to receive assistance. For a more in-depth look at resources available in Washington County related to behavioral health impacted by COVID-19, please visit www.washcohope.com.
 
Golden thread bracelets have been distributed to over 25 businesses and community organizations across Washington County who have signed up to be a Threads of Hope partner. All partners are asked to hand out bracelets to anyone who may need encouragement during this season. The County has partnered with High Rock Studios for a series of videos focused on behavioral health and the added difficulties COVID-19 has brought on.
 
The County recognizes that nothing about this year has been normal. As we persevere through the winter months, staying connected may become more difficult. It is okay to reach out for help. Citizens are encouraged to check on friends and family members. Find creative ways to connect virtually or send cards of encouragement in the mail. We will get through this together.
THREADS OF HOPE: Grandma's House
 
PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: HAGERSTOWN REGIONAL AIRPORT TERMINAL EXPANSION
 
Location: Hagerstown Regional Airport – 18434 Showalter Road, Hagerstown
 
 
The terminal expansion project at Hagerstown Regional Airport is taking shape and expected to be completed in March 2021. This project is a 5,000 square feet addition to the hold room, doubling the size from 150 passengers to 300 passengers. Restrooms have been relocated, TSA check-in has been moved, and there will be a concession area in the hold room.
 
This $6 million project was funded by a federal grant that provided 90 percent of the funding, with 5 percent from state funding and 5 percent from local funding.
 
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is being planned for March 2021, just in time for the spring and summer rush at HGR.
 
PARKS & RECREATION
 
 
Begins February 2, 2021
 
Teen Leadership Academy
 
Teens are invited to join this 13-week program, where they will be introduced to and discuss youth leadership skills and concepts. There will be opportunities to practice their skills through exercise, games, and role-play experiences. Topics include decision-making, goal setting, relationship building, communication, and citizenship. Click the photo to register!
 
 
Begins February 10, 2021
 
Join Instinctive Defense’s Carol Ann Williams for a six-week Women’s Self Defense program. This program will include:
  • Basics of self-defense
  • How to handle a stranger situation
  • How to survive an attack in a compromised position
  • How to defend yourself in real-life scenarios
  • Intro to Jiu Jitsu – both standing and ground techniques
Class space is limited so register early. Click on the photo above for registration information.
 
Begins February 16, 2021
 
The basic objectives of these traditional Japanese Karate classes are to develop character while physically and mentally strengthening and conditioning the individual. Instruction is lead by Robert O’Brien. Uniform and testing are optional and require additional fees.
 
Click on the photo above for registration information.
 
 
Youth Skototan Karate
 
The basic objectives of these traditional karate classes are to develop character while physically and mentally strengthening and conditioning the participants. Uniform and testing are optional and require additional fees.
 
Click on the photo to register!
 
Begins February 16, 2021!
 
 
February 20, 2021
 
Free Throw Contest
 
Test your free throw abilities at our co-ed free throw contest at Hagerstown Community College’s ARCC gym. This contest is co-ed and is free to all participants that register.
 
Click the photo to register!
 
 
Begins March 2, 2021
 
A 13-week introduction to and application of several personal fitness topics including but not limited to exercise, nutrition, health care, good sleeping habits, stress management. This program will include the setting of fitness goals and developing a 12-week fitness plan. The goal of this program is to educate participants and encourage them to experience positive fitness results and achieve their goals. Youth ages 13-17 years of age. Click the photo above to register!
 
Begins March 4, 2021
 
This pick-up league will focus on recreational, non-competitive soccer for adults 18 years of age & older. Participants must register individually. Participants must register prior to the start of the league. No walk-in registrations will be accepted. Click the photo above to register!
 
 
March 6, 2021
 
Three-Point Contest
 
The three-point shoot out contest is a free event for all participants that register. This is a co-ed activity and is supervised by Recreation Staff and/or volunteers to ensure a safe and fun time for all. Click on the photo to register!
 
 
Community FitLot Program
 
Join us for an intro class, a one-hour circuit training workout, or an 8-week series to get into a regular active routine. All FitLot classes are 100% free to attend and are led by a certified fitness professional. You must be at least 16 years of age or older to participate. Click the photo to register!
 
Begins March 15, 2021
 
 
Begins March 16, 2021
 
This is a non-competitive, fitness building club. Participants will be introduced to sprinting, distance running, and field events. Click the photo above to register!
 
Begins March 16, 2021
 
Children will participate in a wide variety of running exercises. This program centers around physical activity and how it relates to a healthy and happy lifestyle. Designed for fun, fitness, and participation. Click the photo above to register!
 
 
Begins March 20, 2021
 
Youth Basketball Skills Clinic
 
This one-day youth basketball clinic will take place in Hagerstown and will focus on the fundamental skills of basketball. This is a great clinic that will involve exercises, drills, dribbling, passing, shooting, and much more. This clinic will be co-ed and staffed with instructors, coaches, and Recreation Department Staff. Click the photo to register!
 
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
 
 
Business & Industry Directory
 
The Washington County Department of Business Development announces the launch of its digital Business & Industry Directory. Find labor and employment information, make connections with like industries and see what resources Washington County has to offer. This directory is a resource for area businesses, non-local businesses, and consumers alike. With a vast array of industries located in the County, we hope you find the directory valuable. We encourage any business in Washington County to submit an application to be listed on the B&I Directory by clicking on the graphic to the right or emailing the Department of Business Development at b&[email protected]
 
ENGINEERING
 
 
Professional Boulevard Bridge
 
Construction is ongoing at Professional Boulevard Bridge. The steel girders were set in the Fall of 2020 and concrete deck work will continue this spring. Professional Boulevard Phase II work is anticipated to begin in 2021.
 
 
Back Road Repair
 
Back Road repair and drainage work is near completion and the road is scheduled to be reopened this spring. Public notices will be provided prior to the road opening.
 
STAY INFORMED
 
 
Commissioner Meetings
 
The Board of County Commissioners hold public meetings on Tuesdays usually at 10:00 AM. Commissioners are currently conducting all meetings in a virtual capacity. All meetings can be viewed on Washington County Government Facebook page and YouTube channel.
 
The meeting schedule can be located here.
 
 
Sign-Up for Email Notifications
 
Stay informed with what’s happening around the County.
 
Click here to sign-up for email notifications and choose what information you would like to receive. Your email address will be kept strictly confidential.
 
 
Download the Wash Co Govt App!
 
Get the latest updates at your fingertips by downloading the Washington County Government App on your smartphone.
 
The app can be downloaded by iPhone users on the App Store and Android users on Google Play.
 
Download today and find local events, COVID-19 updates, and the latest news from Washington County Government.
 
HAGERSTOWN REGIONAL AIRPORT (HGR)
 
 
HGR Terminal Ribbon Cutting
 
As the terminal expansion enters its final stage, Hagerstown Regional Airport is planning a ribbon-cutting ceremony for early March. Stay tuned to HGR social media for more details regarding this celebration!
 
BLACK ROCK GOLF COURSE
 
 
PRO SHOP – Get the latest gear!
 
Stop by the Pro Shop at Black Rock Golf Course to purchase the latest golf gear and try out the new simulator. Don’t forget to book your tee time today at blackrockgolfcourse.com.
 

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