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Washington County, in plane sight

November 25, 2004|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

andrews@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - Members of a community leadership group will tour Washington County by air next month.

For Leadership Hagerstown, the tour isn't unusual, but the plane ride is.

Neal Glessner, a member of this year's Leadership Hagerstown class, said his committee was brainstorming ideas for an economic development tour for the full group. Someone said, half joking, that the best vantage point would be the sky.

Glessner said he thought of Dave Rider, the only person he knew with a private airplane large enough to hold the entire class of 25 people.

Rider agreed to carry the group in his 1946 Douglas DC-3, said Glessner, the president of Glessner Alarm & Communications in Hagerstown.

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"When you go to the airport, you can't miss it," Glessner said. "It's bright yellow and green."

The flight will be on the morning of Dec. 10, which is Business and Economic Development Day for the class. Each month carries a different theme.

Glessner said he and Rider took a helicopter ride to discuss the tour and Rider agreed to be a guide next month.

There was some concern about whether Rider would be heard over the noisy engines, so he'll use a microphone.

Terry Chrisman Jr. of Mack Trucks - who also is in the current Leadership Hagerstown class - will provide headsets for people to hear what Rider says, Glessner said.

Glessner said the second half of the day will be a panel discussion and lunch at Fountainhead Country Club. People familiar with development in Washington and Frederick counties are scheduled to speak.

This year's Leadership Hagerstown class had a retreat in September and took a tour of historical spots in October.

Themes for the rest of the school year are Health and Human Services Day in January, State Government Day in February, Local Government Day in March, Culture and Quality of Life Day in April and Leadership Development Day in May.

Graduation will be in June.

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