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Railroad history emphasized in group's projects

September 28, 1998|By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg's rich railroad history is at the center of two Main Street Martinsburg projects, one a fund-raiser and the other aimed at drawing holiday shoppers downtown, according to Executive Director Tracie B. Ford.

Martinsburg restaurants are being asked to buy packets of railroad-themed paper placemats and boxes of crayons in the group's first fund-raising activity since it was restarted earlier this year, Ford said.

The placemats, designed by Martinsburg architect Lisa M. Dall'Olio, include pictures of trains and local railroad buildings that children can color in, tidbits of local railroad history and a mini-quiz on the city's historical roundhouse.

In addition to raising money, the placemats are a way to let visitors and newer residents know about Martinsburg's railroad history, Ford said.

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If the placemats are popular, the railroad-themed design could be followed by designs showcasing other aspects of the city's history, she said.

Accent Printing is donating the printing, Rockwell's Office Supply is donating the paper, and the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention & Visitors Bureau is funding the crayon purchase.

While the roundhouse is featured prominently on the placemat, the fund-raiser has nothing to do with the effort to save the roundhouse complex from demolition, Ford said.

All proceeds will go into Main Street Martinsburg's general fund, which supports the city-funded group's downtown revitalization and economic development efforts, she said.

Upcoming events include the Christmas Model Railroad Showcase Competition, Ford said.

The community will serve as judge of the model train layouts decorating downtown storefronts in the weeks before Christmas, she said.

The winner will receive a prize package including two round-trip Amtrak tickets to Chicago, according to a flier on the event.

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