For at least 10 years now, The Herald-Mail's editorials have emphasized the importance of involving citizens directly in the operations of local government. Without fanfare, without salary, such people serve on advisory committees, study groups and panels like local planning commissions.
Too often their sacrifices of time and money go unappreciated, which is why we're so pleased that the Hagerstown /Washington County Chamber of Commerce saw fit to honor three outstanding local volunteers last week.
The first was Charles Sekula, owner of the Schmankerl Stube restaurant on South Potomac Street in downtown Hagerstown. Undaunted by two rejections of his application for a city development loan, he persisted, and the third time was the charm. His restaurant has prospered, but Sekula has done more than attend to his own business. He has served on many committees, refusing to let things bog down as they so often do when government is slow to act. He's a great choice for Volunteer of the Year.