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Two pulled from tourism

July 21, 1997

By STEVEN T. DENNIS

Staff Writer

Two Washington County employees who had been scheduled to continue working at the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau on Public Square have moved to other offices.

The CVB transition team had been told that Greg Larson and Paulette Sprinkle would stay on at the CVB at least until new Executive Director Ben Hart starts work Aug. 17 to ensure a smooth transition.

There are now no county employees working at the CVB, said President Ron Stansbury. Stansbury said the CVB had hired three part-time people to answer phones and staff the tourism office on Public Square.

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Larson, who had worked as the bureau's sales representative, is now working full-time coordinating the 135th Anniversary Re-enactment of the Battle of Antietam.

Sprinkle has an office at 33 W. Washington St., Stansbury said.

Larson said he will work for the county until Sept. 20, when he is scheduled to "become a free agent," he said.

County Administrator Rodney Shoop did not return phone calls Monday.

The County Commissioners had also offered to pay the salaries of workers to keep tourism offices at Breezewood and Williamsport open.

But those facilities were closed after some workers said they were tired of the uncertainty and preferred to be laid off. Instead, the McDonald's in Williamsport has served as a tourism center, with a stand of brochures supplied by the CVB.

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