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Award 'starts out year with something good'

January 02, 2003|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

The Herald-Mail Co. started its annual tradition of honoring a community figure as Person of the Year in 1999.

The winner that year was John M. Waltersdorf, former owner of Tristate Electrical & Electronics Supply Co. in Hagerstown.

In 2000, Michael G. Callas, the chairman and chief executive officer of Callas Contractors in Hagerstown, was selected.

Last year's winner was Norman Shea, former president of Hagerstown Community College.

Each winner receives a crystal trophy and $1,000 to donate to the charity of his choice. This year's winner, Art Callaham, the executive director of The Greater Hagerstown Committee, Inc., chose United Way of Washington County.

A plaque at The Herald-Mail lists the names of the winners, who are announced in the Jan. 1 newspaper.

Herald-Mail Publisher John League said the award was started so the newspaper and the community could "start out the year with something good, celebrate somebody's good deeds."

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A group of community leaders and Herald-Mail employees selects the winner.

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