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Students, adults rally for library

March 17, 1999|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

CLEAR SPRING - Gripping placards and chanting "We need a library," about 20 Clear Spring school students and adults marched in front of Town Hall before Tuesday night's Town Council meeting.

The youngsters and members of Citizens for a Clear Spring Library turned out to enlist the aid of the Washington County Commissioners, who were in town to announce Clear Spring's tax rebate allotment.

Clear Spring has no library and residents must travel to either Hagerstown or Hancock to use one. The school libraries close in the afternoon.

Isabelle Stottlemyer said library supporters were at the meeting "to show their sincerity, enthusiasm and support coming from a broad base."

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She presented the County Commissioners with a petition she said had been signed by 760 people.

About 15 members of the library group and students asked the commissioners to help the town get a library.

Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said the commissioners will work with the group to try to make the library a reality.

"To do a project and have everyone's support makes it easier to accomplish," said Snook.

He asked Stottlemyer to form a committee to outline the town's needs and the costs to create a library.

Stottlemyer, a teacher at Clear Spring Elementary School, asked the commissioners for $60,000 to $70,000 in matching funds to make improvements to the old Odd Fellows Hall on Cumberland Street, which could be used as a temporary site.

The group also would need an undetermined amount of money from the Washington County Library System for part-time staffing at a library.

Members requested the group be designated a nonprofit organization so that they could apply for a grant from the Clear Spring Snyder Fund.

Patty and Don Blair, owners of the Odd Fellows Hall, agreed to rent the building for a library for $1 a year with a 10-year lease.

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