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Clear Spring briefs

October 12, 2004

Clear Spring's town vice mayor resigns


CLEAR SPRING - Her voice cracking with emotion, Julianna Albowicz, the current town vice mayor, read a letter of resignation at Monday night's meeting, thanking everyone for giving her a chance to serve the town she has called home for more than 30 years.

The resignation was prompted by her plans to move to a new residence near Hagerstown where she will be closer to her job - staffing the Western Maryland office of U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.

Albowicz, 57, co-owned Hoff Liquors with her husband, the late William Albowicz, until his death in the fall of 2002. They worked together at the business for 38 years while raising their four children.

Determined to stay in or near Clear Spring, Albowicz continued to live upstairs over the business while looking for work and a new place to live. The new job came last December but the search for a house in the Clear Spring town limits was unsuccessful.

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"It has been a pleasure being here and serving this town," Albowicz said.

Mason Mundey said he enjoyed working with her over the years on town business.

In honor of her last meeting, pie was served to those attending Monday night's meeting.

Mayor Paul Hose Jr. said Albowicz's seat will remain vacant until a new vice mayor is sworn in Jan. 1, 2005. The town election is Nov. 1.




Residents complain about teens


CLEAR SPRING - Three residents attended Monday night's town meeting to discuss the dangers caused by children and teenagers who ride bicycles and skateboards on the side streets of town that run parallel to U.S. 40.

"We know the kids were told to stay off the main street and the sidewalks but now they are in the back alleys," said Lib Lowman, who said she sees them racing up and down from her back porch.

One child fell and received 10 stitches, Lowman said. She said she is concerned that someone is going to be more seriously hurt.

Lillian Hart said the youngsters say they are in the alleys because they have been told they can't ride their bicycles and skateboards in the county park in Clear Spring.

"We have got to find a place for these kids to go," said Krista Bonds, a downtown resident and candidate for vice mayor in the upcoming town election.

Council member Mason Mundey, who is the town street commissioner, said a number of solutions are being explored.




Dirt pile moved for new water tower


CLEAR SPRING - After months and months of talk, planning and paperwork, the dirt has been moved at the reservoir site west of Clear Spring for the new water tower and filtration system equipment.

"It's about time," said Mayor Paul Hose Jr. The first progress meeting is planned for Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at Town Hall, he said.

- Marlo Barnhart

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