Bastian says she'd show 'compassion' as Orphans Court judge

July 10, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD


After her brother died, Gloria Bastian took guardianship of his three children.

The experience is one of the reasons that Bastian, 72, of 10607 Appletree Lane in Williamsport, filed as a Republican on June 29 to run for Judge of Washington County Orphans Court, she said.

Orphans Court judges meet two days a week at the Washington County Courthouse to probate wills, set attorneys' fees, settle disputes over estates, and appoint administrators and guardians.

They serve four-year terms and make $7,000 a year.

Five Republicans, including incumbents John M. Shriver and Joseph Eichelberger, filed to run, along with two Democrats. Samuel Bayer did not file for re-election.


The filing deadline was July 3.

The primary election is Sept. 12. The general election is Nov. 7.

"I feel that I could do a good job and I would truly enjoy it," Bastian said. "I feel that I have the capability and compassion to fill the job."

She spends most of her time volunteering for the The American Red Cross Disaster Team, The Maryland Theatre and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Fleet Reserve Association.

She is a member of the American Legion Post 42 Auxiliary and an active member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church Women's Club in Halfway.

She has lived for two years in Japan and three years in Hawaii, and has traveled to Alaska, China and Europe.

Bastian, whose husband was in the Navy, has lived in Washington County since 1970. She has six children, who range in age from 42 to 51.

She has worked as a bank teller, a tax preparer and a bookkeeper. Bastian had her own bookkeeping and income tax business, from which she retired.

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