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Community Foundation benefits from Barr's award

January 01, 2005|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

John F. Barr is attached to so many causes, he wasn't sure where to direct the $1,000 that came with being named The Herald-Mail's 2004 Person of the Year.

He settled on the Community Foundation of Washington County. The money will go into an endowment fund that earns interest.

Barr joins five other people in the Person of the Year club: John Waltersdorf, Norman Shea, Mike Callas, Art Callaham and James G. Piern.

The award first was given in 1999.

"We wanted to do something unique for the millennium," said John League, editor and publisher of The Herald-Mail.

He said the idea, which has lasted, was "to start the year out by celebrating something good."

More than 40 people were nominated to be 2004 Person of the Year.

League said that Herald-Mail employees who donated the most to the 2004 United Way campaign looked at the nominations and narrowed the field to the finalists.

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From there, a group of community leaders, including some past winners, picked Barr.

Besides a $1,000 donation for a civic cause, Barr received a crystal bowl.

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