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Towns tout Maryland Municipal League directory

October 03, 2000

Towns tout Maryland Municipal League directory



By ANDREA BROWN-HURLEY / Staff Writer


CLEAR SPRING - Washington County's nine municipalities now come in hardcover.

A new Maryland Municipal League book features two pages of glossy color photographs and facts for each county town from Smithsburg to Hancock.

Municipal League District Vice President John Slayman and Clear Spring Vice Mayor Julie Albowicz Tuesday presented three copies of "Maryland's 157: The Incorporated Cities and Towns," to principals at Clear Spring's elementary, middle and high schools.

"It's a beautifully colored, illustrated book and I hope the children enjoy it as much as we enjoyed putting it together," Albowicz said.

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Municipal government officials are distributing copies of the book to all county schools and libraries.

"They're great books," said Boonsboro Mayor Skip Kauffman. "They're very educational."

The 338-page volume highlights Clear Spring's National Pike Days festival and Boonsboro's annual Fishing Derby in Shafer Park. The book spotlights Hagerstown's Hager House and Sharpsburg's National Cemetery.

It contains photographs of the Cushwa Brick warehouse along the C&O Canal in Williamsport, West Water Street in Smithsburg and several of Keedysville's churches and private gardens.

The book also outlines the state's different forms of municipal government, and lists each municipality's incorporation date.

"That book is great, real great," said Funkstown Mayor Robert C. Kline. The Municipal League "didn't slight anybody," he said.

All municipalities were given two pages on which to spotlight material such as town histories, annual events and unusual facts.

One of Clear Spring's pages shows a photo of an old graveyard footstone that was found along the National Pike in the early 1990s.

Officials in every town and city across the state were asked to send in articles and pictures, and the Maryland Municipal League's board of directors and a subcommittee spent two years compiling the information into book form, Slayman said.

Additional copies of the book are available through municipal offices at a cost of $28 each.

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