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Clear Spring scoops snow for new library

December 19, 2000

Clear Spring scoops snow for new library



By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer

photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer

GroundbreakingMore than 80 people braved winter weather Tuesday to attend the ground-breaking ceremony for the planned Clear Spring library, clearing a snowy path for the first library in the community in more than 50 years.

The short ceremony for the project, estimated to cost $779,000, was held under a tent except for the shoveling of the ground and snow.

"It may be snowing outside but it's definitely sunny here in Clear Spring," said Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook.

Snook and others praised Citizens for a Clear Spring Library for its important lobbying on the issue.

The county's share of the work has been has been small compared to that of local citizens, he said. Supporters of future library projects are being told to model after Clear Spring's, he said.

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The county's contribution was $200,000. Most of the remaining money is coming from foundations and donations.

"It is very heartwarming. And warming is what we need right now," Library Board President Michael Schaefer said of local citizens work

Comments by him and others about the weather drew laughter from audience members, some of whom were wearing hats, gloves and scarfs.

One of those holding a shovel was Ralph E. Weaver III, a child who was applauded during the ceremony for donating his $15 allowance to the cause.

Clear Spring Mayor Paul D. Hose Jr. said that when his children needed books for school assignments they had to travel to Hagerstown or Williamsport to get the books. With his children now adults, he can look forward to his grandchildren being able to use a much closer library, he said.

Many at the ceremony were students, like Weaver, whose actions and words helped supporters raise much of the project funding.

The branch will be called the Leonard P. Snyder Memorial Branch Library because the Snyder Foundation has pledged $350,0000 to the project.

Washington County Free Library Director Mary Baykan thanked the county for its money and encouragement, the town of Clear Spring for its support and citizens for their work and contributions.

When it is completed, the 8,000-square-foot library will become the county's largest branch, a distinction that currently belongs to Williamsport's 4,600-square-foot library, Baykan said.

Clear Spring had a small community library but it closed more than 50 years ago, she said. The planned new library will mark the first system library in the town.

The library's site is in the midst of the three-school campus west of town, bordered by U.S. 40 and Broadfording Road.

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