By JULIE E. GREENE
Washington County's tourism information center in Breezewood, Pa., closed Monday and employees there were laid off, officials said.
Five Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau employees, including the three part-time employees at the information center, accepted a layoff offer from the county, according to Ron Stansbury, tourism bureau board president.
The information center, which opened in 1986, will remain closed unless the Washington County Commissioners hire people to work there, Stansbury said.
County Administrator Rodney Shoop said whether the Breezewood information center is reopened is up to the tourism bureau board.
Stansbury said the tourism bureau can't afford to keep the center open and had planned to close it today when the commissioners stepped in 10 days ago with a plan to keep it open for much of the summer.