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How well do you know Hagerstown?

July 22, 1999

Perseverance and a few well-timed glances made Connie and Greg Weaver $100 richer this week.

The Hagerstown couple submitted all 12 correct answers to the clues given in the third annual Hagerstown landmarks competition after 15 to 20 hours of hunting around city limits.

[cont. from lifestyle]

"We probably put about 200 miles on the car, (used) two tanks of gas," says Connie Weaver, 28.

"You think you'd be able to pinpoint some of these pictures they take," says Greg Weaver, 33. Even though he's a Hagerstown native, he says it was tough to find the clues provided by Herald-Mail photographers in Lifestyle Sunday, July 11.

While out searching on her own, Connie found the handprints on the railroad bridge on West Washington Street between Walnut Street and Burhans Boulevard. She cut through some side streets and stopped in the alley next to the American Red Cross office on South Prospect Street. She looked out her window and saw the horse tether block - clue No. 12.

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By Friday, July 16, the Weavers had found all but clue No. 4. Connie went out searching for three hours the next day with her father-in-law, Robert E. Weaver, but had no luck finding the face that she says looks like an angel.

Greg Weaver wasn't ready to give up.

He rooted around for 1 1/2 hours Saturday, July 17, then laid eyes on the somber expression that had eluded them until that moment. The face gazed up at him from the bronze cannon on a memorial to the Spanish-American War at the corner of North Potomac Street and East North Avenue.

"I was screaming and hollering. I was so relieved just to find that," he says.

Connie Weaver says the contest is entertaining and frustrating and reinforces the idea that looks can be deceiving.

"It's fun. It gives us something to do," Greg Weaver says.

Sharing the honor of submitting all the correct answers were Harold and Jeanette Snyder and Robert E. Weaver, all of Hagerstown. They also share a street with Greg and Connie Weaver - Beechwood Drive - and have helped each other find the elusive clues for other landmarks competitions.

But Greg and Connie Weaver were the lucky ones whose names were drawn from a hat. They say they're going to share their winnings with the Snyders, who have actively participated in the contest with them every year.

Twenty-nine people submitted their guesses by our deadline of 10 a.m. July 19.

Along with clue No. 4, clue No. 1 stumped many people. It can be seen at Washington County Human Development Council Inc., 433 Brewer Ave.

Thanks for your participation!

- Meg H. Partington, Staff Writer

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