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New kettle houses help keep coins clinking

December 16, 1999

Christmas Angels: Day 8

New kettle houses help keep coins clinking

Editor's note: For these 12 days before Christmas we will be recognizing individuals and groups who make the holidays better for others. This is the fifth in a series.

Kettle drive housesBy MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer

photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer




As the holiday season approached, The Salvation Army in Hagerstown examined the existing Christmas kettle drive houses and found them to be in foul shape.

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"We were too embarrassed to put them out this year," said board member John Barr.

At first, Barr suggested calling the Association of Builders and Contractors or the Washington County Technical High School to have new houses built.

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"But I just decided to call in some favors and get it done myself," Barr said from his office at Ellsworth Electric Co.

Construction of the six new kettle houses was done by Tim Myers and his brother, Danny Myers, at Hagerstown Lumber Co.

"My friend Richard Renner and I painted them all," Barr said. Renner, of Fox Sales, occupies an office in the Ellsworth Electric building at 88 W. Lee St.

Tri-State Electric donated the electrical work necessary for the six new houses and a refurbished one. All are now positioned around Hagerstown and Washington County for the annual fund drive for the needy.

Barr's sense of community responsibility is part learned and part hereditary. The son of the late Jack Barr, he is president of the firm his father founded.

"My dad taught me well," John Barr said of his penchant for community service, which includes being on the board of directors of The Salvation Army.

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