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Effort on to revive Keedysville clinic

November 01, 1999|By ANDREA ROWLAND

KEEDYSVILLE- The mayor of Sharpsburg and a state delegate are joining forces to revive a community health clinic in Keedysville.

Mayor George Kesler is urging concerned citizens to join him at the Little Antietam Community Center on Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. to discuss the status of the Washington County Health Department-sponsored clinic that has been operating in the center for nearly 20 years, he said.

The health clinic apparently closed in late August, said Kesler, who serves on the advisory board of the Senior Nutrition Center at the same 39 Mount Vernon Dr. location.

"Del. Chris Shank is fully supporting us to get it back," Kesler said.

A letter from health department officials to Shank stated that there were not enough clients to merit keeping the clinic open, Kesler said.

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But the clinic's unpredictable hours often discouraged prospective clients, said Kesler, who added that poor advertising barred many people from realizing the health service was available.

"We want them to open it back up and give us one year to promote it," Kesler said.

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