NORTH Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

October 16, 1992

Lack of parts delays upgrade of sewer plant

The new spray fields at the Manchester sewage-treatment plant will not be activated this fall, according to Town Manager Terry Short.

The initial start-up and testing for the system, which will spray effluent from the plant over a large area of ground sown in canary reed grass, had been planned for mid-October.

"Some equipment hasn't come in," the town manager said, "so it's looking like it won't be started until next spring because of the freezing problem."

The spray fields cannot be used during subfreezing weather, Mr. Short said.

And although a hard freeze wouldn't be expected until November, he said, a proper testing of the fields could not be done in a short time.

"It wouldn't make sense to start up for two weeks because it takes that length of time to shut it back down. We need enough time to give it a good shakedown," he said.

During the construction, small stones get into the pipes, Mr. Short said.

When the effluent from the sewage-treatment plant starts running through the pipes, these stones can block the spray heads, which then have to be removed.

"We want to be sure we have time to work all those things out," Mr. Short said.

Bluegrass concert will benefit social action

The second annual Family Bluegrass Gospel Concert will take place tomorrow at North Carroll High School in Hampstead.

The event, which will benefit the Northeast Social Action Program food and fuel fund, will feature South Central Bluegrass, Paul Adkins & the Borderline Band, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.

There will be two shows tomorrow, at 2 p.m. and at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 for students, children and for adults in advance. Adults will pay $8 at the door.

Advance tickets are available at Scharon's Black Eagle in Westminster, Boe's Strings in Frederick, Appalachian Bluegrass Shoppe in Catonsville and Baltimore Bluegrass

Inc. in Baltimore.

Donations of canned goods will be accepted at the door.

4( For more information, call 239-3538.

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