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Foundation aims to help four communities

February 05, 2002

Foundation aims to help four communities



By SCOTT BUTKI
scottb@herald-mail.com


A private nonprofit charitable foundation has been created with the intent of improving the quality of life for residents of four communities, including Cascade.

The One Mountain Foundation also would help residents of Sabillasville, Md., Blue Ridge Summit and Greenstone, Pa. Greenstone is a small town in Adams County, Pa.

The chairman of the foundation is Karl Weissenbach, who also is chairman of the Cascade Committee.

The Cascade Committee was created to prevent the Washington County Board of Education from closing Cascade Elementary School but it also is concerned with other issues, such as the redevelopment of the former Fort Ritchie Army base, Weissenbach said.

The committee and the foundation will be separate organizations but will have similar goals, he said.

Bob Davis, a Blue Ridge Summit community activist, will serve as foundation co-chairman, Weissenbach said.

He said the foundation will be funded by contributions and bequests.

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The foundation will promote and support educational programs, historical preservation, and other projects.

The hope is that the foundation's work will lead to increased economic prosperity in the region, Weissenbach said.

Improving the area would make it easier to impress potential tenants for Fort Ritchie, he said.

"We will show potential investors we have a really good community that wants their consideration of moving into the neighborhood," he said.

Weissenbach listed the foundation goals as:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Getting public and private funding for the preservation of historic buildings in the area, including a wing of Cascade Elementary School that was built in 1924.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Creating, funding and managing a multipurpose center that would serve the four areas. The center would be a place for meetings, seminars, plays, and youth and senior activities. It could include a proposed White House press center for those covering events at Camp David.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Providing funding for books, computers and teaching materials that promote learning.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Helping to pay for equipment and facilities for a proposed county park at the former Fort Ritchie Army base.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Providing scholarship money.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Providing financial aid, clothing and holiday gifts for needy residents.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Donating uniforms, equipment and trophies to area children in local youth organizations including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and a youth baseball and softball league.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Working with law enforcement agencies to start crime prevention programs. The foundation would help fund local fire and rescue squads.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Starting area beautification programs to include planting trees and shrubs and seeding grass.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Having one foundation board member on the PenMar Development Corporation board of directors. PenMar was created by the state to redevelop Fort Ritchie to gain back jobs lost when the base closed.

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