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Morgan library to be given loan

August 30, 1997

By DON AINES

Staff Writer, Martinsburg

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A $500,000 check will be handed over Wednesday by U.S. Rep. Bob Wise, D-W.Va., to the Morgan County Public Library Trustees for a new library on Washington Street.

The 51/2-percent, 26-year loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service will be used to renovate a house and to build on an addition, according to Stanley Ehlenbeck, chairman of the board of trustees.

The existing library is located on Fairfax Street, about a block away from the Johnson House that had been donated to the trustees, Ehlenbeck explained. Once the new library is ready, Ehlenbeck said the Fairfax Street location would be used for county government office space.

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The two-story addition will be "designed to blend in with the architecture of the Johnson House," Ehlenbeck said. The new library will cover 5,200 square feet and was designed by Grove Architecture of Martinsburg.

Ehlenbeck said the renovation and construction of the addition should begin early next month and the project is expected to be completed by June of next year. The main contractor for the job is Building Systems Inc. of Hagerstown.

The late Tom and Louise "Rick" Davis established an endowment for the project which Ehlenbeck said could cost more than $200,000. A fund-raising campaign is also under way.

"We're seeking pledges, people willing to pledge $100 or $500 a year for five or 10 years," Ehlenbeck said. Those who donate $500 or more can have their names listed on a plaque at the entrance.

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