While growing up in Smithsburg, Thomas C. Newcomer would help his grandparents with their farm. While he was working in a field one day, his grandfather, who once served in the General Assembly, asked a simple question.
"What do you want to do with yourself?"
Newcomer talked about his ambitions and how he wanted to see the world. Then, his grandfather asked another question.
"And after you've done all that, what are you gonna do for your fellow man?"
These days, Newcomer does a lot.
In addition to running R. Bruce Carson Jewelers in downtown Hagerstown, Newcomer has been a leader for local nonprofit organizations of all stripes - from business groups such as the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce and the Hagerstown/Washington County Industrial Foundation, to educational concerns such as Grace Academy and the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown's steering committee, to cultural organizations such as the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, and to groups that help such as the United Way.