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Blues Fest decision praised

June 04, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

Hagerstown City Council members Tuesday praised city officials for making the wise, albeit unpopular, decision to end the eighth Western Maryland Blues Fest early Saturday due to storm forecasts.

"Even though there were a lot of very unhappy people there could have been a fatality," Councilwoman Penny May Nigh said.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner credited Acting Fire Chief Ron Kipe with making the ultimate decision to push for canceling the rest of the concerts Saturday afternoon because of reports of wind and electrical storms headed toward Hagerstown.

After the meeting, Kipe said he was just one of several people involved in the decision-making process.

Councilman N. Linn Hendershot said it was the first year the festival had to close down early because of rain and seven of eight is pretty good odds.

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