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Clear Spring officials re-elected

November 04, 1997

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

CLEAR SPRING - There were no surprises in the outcome of Monday's election of a mayor and two town council members.

With 53 ballots cast, incumbent Mayor Paul Hose Jr. was returned to office for another two years as were council members Mason Mundey and Gary Grove. Hose and Mundey each received 52 votes and Grove 49 votes.

One ballot was ruled invalid because it was indecipherable, according to Town Clerk Nancy Keefer. There were no write-in votes cast this year.

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The one surprise came with the strong turnout. Last November, only 38 people voted in the annual town election. The town has just over 200 residents.

Some voters may have ventured out in Monday's inclement weather at the urging of their children and grandchildren.

The youngsters were lured to the polls by a Kids Vote program organized by Vice Mayor Julie Albowicz.

"I spoke to the school administrators to encourage kids to come to vote," Julie Albowicz said. They had their own voting booth and registration table for the mock voting.

Seventeen youngsters ranging in age from 6 to 17 cast ballots. Their results mirrored the adult voting results with the three incumbents getting the most votes.

There were a number of write-ins on the kids' ballots, most of whom were school friends.

"My daughter hurried me to get her here so she could vote," said Debbie Staley. Her daughter, Courtney, 6, was the youngest to cast a ballot.

Four teens, Nikole Albowicz, Beth Fields, Amanda Mundey and Heather Snyder, manned the Kids' Vote table from 2:30 to 7 p.m. when both polls closed.

With the election behind them, all three town officials said the upcoming renovations on Main Street will be the biggest challenge facing the town in the next two years.

The town's 1999 face lift will include new sewer lines, new sidewalks and even some trees and plantings in spots that had been only concrete.

The work is scheduled to begin in April 1999. If all goes well, all the construction would be done on the three-block stretch of U.S. 40 and part of Md. 68 during good weather.

"This is a big project for a town this size," said Hose, who has been an elected town official since the early 1980s.

There is no voter registration necessary in Clear Spring. Anyone 18 and older who has resided within town limits for 30 days is eligible to vote in a town election.

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