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State Police barrack celebrates season with 'mom'

December 14, 2000

State Police barrack celebrates season with 'mom'



By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer


Shirley Rowe was in her glory Thursday at a Christmas luncheon at the Maryland State Police barrack in Hagerstown.

The Maugansville woman who volunteers at the barrack is known affectionately as "Mom" to many current officers as well as those who have retired or been transferred.

"Our thanks to Shirley and her helpers for this luncheon," said Major Frank Moran, western regional commander.

Assisting were Janet Moreland, Ruth Shawyer, Candy Turano and Kathy Sentelle.

Rowe is known for her special talent of creating stuffed bears wearing little MSP uniforms fashioned from real uniforms' material. She presents these gifts to troopers who are retiring or leaving the local barracks.

She also puts on quite a holiday spread as was evidenced Thursday as troopers, their families and guests gathered.

She even made the centerpieces and decorations.

The Rev. Allan Weatherholt Jr., barrack chaplain, led the invocation, giving thanks and asking that the less fortunate be remembered.

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Another volunteer who attended the dinner was Richard G. Bachtell of Smithsburg. As the father of two troopers, Rick and Gary Bachtell, he said he enjoys driving state police mail between Hagerstown and Pikesville.

"I just started last year but I really like doing it," he said.

Former barrack commanders Allen Swope, Bruce Smith and Cecil Bittinger attended, visiting with former co-workers and meeting the new troopers.

"I always enjoy these get-togethers and the food's great too," Swope said.

Some former troopers are now civilians while others have "changed hats," working as resident Washington County Sheriff's deputies and on security staffs at area courthouses, for example.

Also joining in the festivities were members of a special investigative unit that is currently in Hagerstown working on a homicide case.

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