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Samuel Bayer files for Orphans' Court

July 06, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

Samuel Bayer has filed for one of three seats as a judge of the Orphans' Court for Washington County.

A retired businessman and lifelong Republican, Bayer, 74, is the second political newcomer to file for the post.

"Frankly, I'm looking for a part-time job and this looks interesting," Bayer said.

In 1971, Bayer founded the Cumberland Valley Revue, a monthly regional tourist and visitors magazine now known as The Valley Revue.

Bayer served as executive director of the Washington County Community Action Council from 1967 to 1970 and was employed for a time as a service technician for the Office Equipment Co.

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A 35-year member of the Exchange Club of Hagerstown, Bayer was also an active member of the Leitersburg Ruritan Club for more than 20 years, serving a three-year term on the Ruritan National Board of Directors.

Bayer served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War era and is a member of the American Legion, Morris Frock Post 42 and the R.S. Tagg Jr. Chapter of Disabled American Veterans.

Bayer attended schools in Leitersburg and Boonsboro and earned a high school diploma. He is a graduate of the Dale Carnegie program and took various continuing education courses at Hagerstown Community College.

Bayer's treasurer is Richard M. Long.

On May 20, John Shriver, 52, of Williamsport, became the first of the incumbent judges of the Orphans' Court for Washington County to file for another term.

Monday, incumbent Linda Fox, 59, also filed for re-election.

Political newcomer Joseph W. Eichelberger, 61, of Sharpsburg completes the field of four candidates vying for the three seats.

Judges of the Orphans' Court for Washington County meet two days a week at the Washington County Courthouse to probate wills, set attorneys' fees, settle disputes over estates and appoint administrators and guardians.

The job now pays $6,000 a year, but the salary will increase to $7,000 after the election.

The primary is Sept. 10 and the general election is Nov. 5.

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