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Retired Army colonel named to Gaming Commission

April 29, 1999

Lawmakers appointed a retired Army colonel to the Washington County Gaming Commission on Thursday.

Orlyn Oestereich of Boonsboro will represent the Washington County Club Association on the commission, which distributes to charity nearly $2 million a year in tip jar gambling profits.

Oestereich, 71, retired in 1983 as administrator of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Oestereich will serve in the volunteer role until June 30, 2000. He replaces William G. Porter, whose term expired July 1, 1998.

"It's going to be a learning process for me. I do have an interest in the community," Oestereich said.

The Washington County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly rejected an earlier nominee for the position, citing a possible conflict of interest.

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John Bumbaugh was a former commander of the Clear Spring American Legion, which applied for a $5,000 grant from the Gaming Commission last year. The request was denied.

The delegation has one vacancy to fill on the seven-member commission. That appointee will replace Chairman Fred R. Rohrer, who resigned.

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