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Honorees 'get out there and get involved'

January 01, 2006|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

andrews@herald-mail.com

After a New Year's Eve of "Auld Lang Syne" comes a New Year's Day of accolades The Herald-Mail way.

This is the seventh straight year that a profile of the newspaper's Person of the Year has anchored the front of the Jan. 1 edition.

"The newspaper, by nature, (has) to report a lot of the things that don't go right in the community," Publisher John League said. "We want to start each year focusing on something that went right in the community."

Honorees "get out there and get involved," League said. "They say yes to the things that 99 percent of the community say no to."

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The newspaper received about 30 to 35 entries from the community, he said.

A group of Herald-Mail employees - including the company's top contributors to United Way of Washington County - winnowed the pool to a handful of finalists.

A committee of 12 community leaders and past Person of the Year honorees picked this year's honoree, John R. Hershey Jr.

Hershey's six predecessors, from earliest to most recent, are: John Waltersdorf, Norman Shea, Mike Callas, Art Callaham, James G. Piern and John F. Barr.

The Herald-Mail gives each winner a crystal bowl and $1,000 to donate to a civic cause.

Hershey asked for his $1,000 to be split: $500 to San Mar Children's Home in Boonsboro and $500 to the Hagerstown YMCA, both of which have building projects in the works.

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