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Volunteers needed to paint buildings at Fairgrounds

July 11, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

The city of Hagerstown is asking for volunteers to continue painting the former Entrance Building and Gatekeepers House at Fairgrounds Park Saturday, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said Wednesday.

The two city-owned buildings in the 400 block of North Mulberry Street are connected and vacant. The total structure is about 150 feet long, 30 feet wide and about 20 to 25 feet high, City Public Works Manager Eric Deike said.

Volunteers have been helping with the painting on recent Saturdays, Tissue said.

"The volunteers have done a great job contributing to the overall product. They really did their part," Tissue said.

By the end of the day Saturday, about half of the buildings will be painted, Tissue said. City employees will paint the top half of the building, he said.

Volunteers should enter Fairgrounds Park at the Cannon Avenue gate and report to the rear of the building, he said.

The painting will begin about 8 a.m. and stop about 4:30 p.m., he said.

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Volunteers will be given a free T-shirt, he said.

The city will provide paint and brushes, Tissue said. He suggested volunteers bring old clothing, sunscreen, hats, gloves and lunch.

Volunteers must sign a release form, and anyone under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian sign the form.

The city will provide drinking water and portable restrooms.

In case of inclement weather, volunteers should call 301-739-8577, ext. 128, and listen to a pre-recorded message that will indicate if the work will proceed as scheduled.

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