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Quad-State briefs

August 03, 2000

Quad-State briefs



A former Maryland delegate received the fifth-annual Dwight D. Eisenhower Community Service Award at Thursday's Quad-State Legislative Conference.

"It is quite a surprise, believe me," said Peter G. Callas, as he accepted the award for his work as an elected official and volunteer.

Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, described Callas as a hard-working person and a longtime friend.

"He's done wonderful things for this community," Munson said.

Callas was on the Washington County Board of Education from 1978 to 1982 and served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1983 to 1995.

Since then he has served on the Washington County Agricultural Education Center board and led the effort to establish a memorial to former Hagerstown High School Principal John D. Zentmyer.

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A national business journal has named Hagerstown one of the top 50 "places with attitude."

Business Xpansion Journal's July issue highlighted Hagerstown's economic rebound, noting the area went from 11 percent unemployment at the height of the recession to less than 3 percent today.

Hagerstown and the other cities named have a positive attitude because of a thriving, classic "old economy" industrial mix, the magazine said.

The magazine described the people of Hagerstown as "makers," practical people who have constructive skills and value self-sufficiency.

Residents have traditional family values and experience the world by working on it - building a house, raising children, fixing a car or canning vegetables, it said.

- Laura Ernde

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