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Michael Callas honored with Eisenhower Award

September 24, 2005|TAMELA BAKER

The Quad-State Legislative Conference gave its annual Eisenhower Award for public service to the late Michael G. Callas on Friday.

The founder of Callas Construction, he was known for his philanthropy and involvement with civic organizations such as the United Way, YMCA, Children's Village, Boys & Girls Clubs and the Mason-Dixon Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He also had been involved in the construction of schools and other projects in all four of the states represented - Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia.

Callas died May 31, 2004, at age 83.

Former Del. Peter Callas, D-Washington, accepted the award.

"He's very deserving," Peter Callas said of his brother, noting that someone recently had told him that after a fire destroyed his home, Michael Callas rebuilt it without charge. "That's the kind of person he was."

The Eisenhower Award went to Peter Callas in 2000.

"It's all in the family," he said.

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Also during the conference, legislators approved a resolution proposed by West Virginia Del. John Doyle, D-Jefferson, and state Sen. John Yoder, R-Jefferson, to support the site of the "Battle of Shepherdstown" within the boundary of Antietam National Battlefield. Doyle said the site, known as Far Away Farm, must clear several steps before it can become part of the national park.

The site has been a source of controversy since a developer proposed building 100 homes on it. The Jefferson County (W.Va.) Board of Zoning Appeals turned down the developer's application for a conditional-use permit last month.

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