Smithsburg briefs

August 06, 2003|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Public Works stayed busy throughout July

SMITHSBURG - The Town of Smithsburg's Public Works Department was busy throughout the month of July.

Public Works Director William Loughridge said employees installed stop/street signs at the intersections of Joel and Byron drives, Colton and Amanda drives, Bachtell and Amanda drives and Amanda Drive at Smithsburg/Leitersburg Road.

Employees also made repairs stemming from several malicious destruction incidents, including replacing a woman's toilet that was ripped out of the floor of a Community Park bathroom and replacing an American flag put up for Smithsburg Pride Days that was stolen.

Town welcomes three new employees

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg's mayor and Town Council welcomed three new town employees at Tuesday's council meeting.

The town recently hired Karen "Sue" Bernier as the town's new police department administrative assistant, police officer James "J.R." Bowers and part-time Public Works employee Michael Shuck.


Police Chief Michael Potter praised Bernier for her computer expertise and Bowers for his high marks in the police academy and his eagerness to take part in additional educational opportunities, including the Hagerstown Police Department's shotgun training course.

Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said she recently attended Bowers' graduation from the Western Maryland Police Academy at Hagerstown Community College.

"He's really excited and seems to be doing well," Myers said. "We're glad to have him here."

Public Works Director William Loughridge said Shuck has demonstrated he is a hard worker and has a sense of humor.

"He's already told me he's going to have my job," Loughridge said.

Library Board raises $700,000 for library

SMITHSBURG - Library Board President Judith Ferro said the board has raised about $700,000 for the new library to be located at Veterans Park.

Ferro said the group received several donations during and around the time of Smithsburg Pride Days. Among the benefactors were the Lion's Club, the Citizen's Association, Joanne Miller's estate and the church association, according to Ferro.

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