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Poster shows city at millennium

January 02, 2001

Poster shows city at millennium



By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer

Millenium PosterImages of Hagerstown at the turn of the millennium, including the Hager House, the Centre at Hagerstown and downtown streetscapes, will be preserved in a poster that could be finished within a month.

"I feel the turn of the millennium is a pretty significant time and point in anyone's life and the city's. So I wanted to capture the essence or flavor of the city," said City Councilman J. Wallace McClure, who came up with the idea for the poster more than a year ago.

The poster is "97 percent complete," McClure said Tuesday.

Holding a draft version of the poster, he said the poster should be completed within a month, at which time he would like to make it available to the public, probably at a small price to cover the cost of making the poster. City spokeswoman Karen Giffin said so far the poster has cost the city about $900, including $120 for a frame for the latest version.

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The poster is titled, "Hagerstown Maryland at the Turn of the Millennium." It features 14 pictures from around Hagerstown, including four looking down the streets from Public Square, one each of the three high schools in the city, and the new J. Louis Boublitz District Court Building.

McClure said he wanted the poster to have pictures of sites that are significant to city residents, which is why he thought it was important to include photos of St. Maria Goretti High School and North and South Hagerstown high schools.

The pictures also offer a glimpse of the city's past, present and future, McClure said.

The pictures of the streetscapes taken from Public Square, "are in anticipation of changes in the next 100 years," he said.

The pictures of the Centre at Hagerstown shopping plaza, the District Court building and the fairgrounds, show new significant city projects that are under way.

"I think it gives a pretty good idea of what's going on around the city," McClure said. "I hope people can relate to this and want to hang it in their house."

Among the changes for the final version of the poster, McClure wants to add a picture of Municipal Stadium in place of a picture of the Mansion House at City Park.

McClure said the stadium is a more significant structure than the mansion. Also, the stadium is the city-owned building that is "most likely to be different in 100 years," he said.

McClure said the poster will not include any pictures of churches.

"We decided that you can't do one church without doing them all, so we eliminated that," he said.

McClure said photographer Mark Youngblood of Youngblood Studios and Robin Lyles, co-owner of Icon Graphics, did most of the work on the poster. Giffin said the work done by Lyles and Icon Graphics was donated.

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