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Plaque honors Gene Smith, deceased council member

July 05, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

BOONSBORO - Even when he was sick, former Boonsboro Town Councilman Gene William Smith still wanted to serve the area he called home, his daughter, Victoria Messner, said.

On Monday, the day before Smith would have turned 77, Messner said she and her family planned to be on hand for the acceptance of a plaque honoring her father before the Town Council meeting.

Smith, whose death in December left a hole on Town Council, liked Boonsboro's "small-town flavor," Messner said.

The plaque will be placed on a lamp post near the trolley station, which the town plans to renovate in an effort to promote historic tourism, town Treasurer Richard E. Hawkins Sr. said.

"He was very big in preserving the trolley station, 'very important to the history of Boonsboro' - that's what he said," Hawkins said.

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George Messner, a member of the Economic Development Commission, said his father-in-law believed Boonsboro's history was a key to its future.

"He just stood for moderate, progressive growth, to really try to do the most good for the largest number of people," said Messner, who is married to Victoria Messner.

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