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May 01, 2002|BY SCOTT BUTKI

Donald Mowen named citizen of the month


The Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday named Donald R. Mowen of Hagerstown as citizen of the month for April.

Mowen is president and founder of the Dick Kelly Memorial Foundation Inc.

The foundation sponsors the Herald-Mail Dick Kelly Memorial Team Championship golf tournament, held at the Black Rock Golf Course each year since 1994, Commissioner Bert L. Iseminger said. The tournament has raised funds for 23 college scholarships, he said.

The foundation has co-sponsored eight area teenagers at national junior golf tournaments and paid for 30 area junior golf tournaments in which more than 2,100 teenagers participated, he said.

"Don Mowen, by example, has instilled in area youth a respect for the game of golf and its traditions of honesty, etiquette and sportsmanship," said the county award, which was read aloud by Iseminger.

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The commissioners also named April 30, 2002, as Donald R. Mowen Day.

Mowen said he was "humbled" by the honor. He thanked the commissioner as well as all who make the golf tournaments possible.

Commissioners OK shelter grant request


The Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved submittal of a $50,000 Emergency Shelter Grant application to the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.

The federal Emergency Shelter Grant Program provides money to help prevent homelessness and to help improve the quality of existing emergency and transitional shelters for the homeless, said Glenda Helman, director of services for the Washington County Community Action Council. The money is distributed to organizations through state governments, she said.

The application asks for $25,000 for the Community Action Council, $10,000 for CASA (Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused) and $10,000 for St. John's Episcopal Church for shelter maintenance and operation costs.

The application also requests $5,000 to REACH for security expenses for its Cold Weather Shelter.

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