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Hagerstown City Council briefs

January 22, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

City's fire chief remains in Frederick hospital



Hagerstown City Council members and the mayor said during Tuesday's meeting that they are keeping Hagerstown Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker in their thoughts.

Hawbaker, 54, has been hospitalized since Dec. 29 at Frederick (Md.) Memorial Hospital with an immune system disorder.

Hawbaker was listed in stable condition at the hospital Tuesday night.

Mayor William M. Breichner asked residents to keep Hawbaker in their thoughts and prayers.

Councilman N. Linn Hendershot asked city residents to send greeting cards to Hawbaker.

The cards may be sent to Hawbaker at City Hall, 1 E. Franklin St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Hawbaker is not allowed any visitors.

Hawbaker, who has been the city's fire chief since 1985, was hospitalized after being diagnosed with Guillain-Barr syndrome - a rare disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the nervous system, sometimes causing paralysis.

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In Hawbaker's absence, Deputy Chief Rick Kipe is in charge of the fire department, Zimmerman said.

City, arts council will hold concert series



The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday gave consensus approval to a request by the Washington County Arts Council to partner with them on a summer concert series.

The four concerts would be held in June, July and August.

The city's contribution would be $6,000.

SCORE representative speaks to city council



A representative of a volunteer group gave a presentation to the Hagerstown City Council Tuesday.

Last year the volunteers at the nonprofit SCORE - Service Core of Retired Executives - did consultations for 129 small businesses, business counselor Charles Zemene said.

The group has existed since 1983, he said.

Zemene made a presentation to the city so officials would know to steer officials of small businesses needing help toward the group, he said.

"Keep up the good work," Councilwoman Carol Moller said.

For information about SCORE, call 301-739-2015, ext. 103.

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