Washington County briefs

June 23, 2004

Three are reappointed to battlefield panel

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday reappointed three members to the Antietam Battlefield Advisory Committee.

Ann Corcoran, John Schildt and Jan Wetterer were reappointed to three-year terms.

Veteran calls on officials to show patriotism

Speaking directly to the Washington County Commissioners Tuesday, veteran Ron Hovis accused the elected leaders of the City of Hagerstown and Washington County of not being publicly patriotic enough.Hovis said that while some public officials may be patriotic, he does not think enough of them attend public events relating to veterans.

He said he wrote to all city and county elected officials asking why they did not attend more events and only three responded.

Perhaps they forget that veterans fought - and in some cases died - for the rights Americans enjoy, he said.

Hovis prefaced his remarks by saying his comments might anger some in attendance but that was not his intent.


There are 17,000 veterans in the county, he said.

Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said each commissioner expresses patriotism in a personal way.

Nobody else responded to Hovis' remarks.

Masood appointed to parks advisory board

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday appointed Edward Masood to the Washington County Recreation and Parks Advisory Board.

Masood is the supervisor of arts, health, physical education and athletics for Washington County Public Schools.

William Sterner, athletic director at Hancock High School, was appointed to serve as the Washington County Board of Education's nonvoting member.

Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan recommended both appointments.

County partnership officers appointed

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved board officers for the Washington County Community Partnership.

James Blanks, a community representative, was named the board's chairman.

Millie Lowman, a community representative, was named vice chair.

Dave Engle, representing the Department of Social Services, was named secretary.

Dennis Davis, representing the Department of Juvenile Services, was named treasurer.

Emma Schwagel named Citizen of the Month

Emma Lou Schwagel of Boonsboro was named Washington County Citizen of the Month for June 2004.

From 1941 to 1945 she was a flight and ground school instructor at the Naval Air Primary Training Command's School in Arkansas.

Schwagel later moved to Washington County with her husband, the late Rome Schwagel, who had been the flight school's physical training director.

She taught at Boonsboro High School and she later became a guidance counselor there. Her husband served both as mayor of Keedysville and as a Washington County commissioner.

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