August 12, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

Street light memorials are available again

CLEAR SPRING - Those wishing to honor a loved one with a memorial street light in Clear Spring will get another chance to do so as the Clear Spring Garden Club explores putting up more lights on side streets.

The areas being looked at include North and South Martin streets as well as North Mill Street, said Cindy Downs, a member of the Clear Spring Garden Club, which was responsible for the erection of two dozen black wrought-iron street lights that now dot Cumberland Street.

At a cost of about $1,000 each, the street lights already installed have plaques that detail who the lamps honor and who donated them. They were designed to resemble the old gas lamps that once graced Clear Spring streets.

The lights on Cumberland Street went in at the completion of the state-funded streetscape project last year. Individuals donated most of the funds for the new lights, proving that "people do take pride in their community," Downs said.


The town pays the electric bill for the new lights, which the lighting company guaranteed are more energy efficient and provide better light. The old street lights were removed earlier this year.

Anyone interested in purchasing a street light memorial may contact Downs at 301-842-3637.

Town to continue using inmate crews

CLEAR SPRING - The Clear Spring Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to continue using inmate crews for work details around the town even though a charge now is being assessed.

"It's a great benefit to the town, even with a cost," said Mason Mundey, council member and street commissioner. He uses the crews to keep alleys and sidewalks clear of brush and debris.

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