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Federal money may help fund new Smithsburg library

June 04, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg residents are waiting to hear whether federal funds will come in to help make a new Smithsburg library a reality.

Judith Ferro, chair of the library board, told the Smithsburg mayor and Town Council members Tuesday that she is cautiously optimistic that some funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) may be earmarked for the project.

"So far we have $675,000 in the library fund," Ferro said. About $1 million will be needed to replace the small stone building near the town square on Water Street that has been home to the Smithsburg Library since 1921.

The recent House and Garden tour in Smithsburg added $1,050 to the fund. A number of additional fund-raisers are in the works, including an event during Smithsburg Pride Days in July.

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A Miss Teen Smithsburg competition is being promoted, with the winner being the girl who raises the most money, said Charlie Slick, one of the organizers of the event. All that money will go to the library fund.

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