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Some kind of wonderful

September 20, 2006|by ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - Anne Hinkle spends three days a week volunteering at the Western Maryland Hospital Center, a day at Hagerstown Community College and a day at the Western Maryland Med Bank.

For her efforts, Hinkle, 89, was chosen Tuesday as Washington County's "Most Wonderful Citizen" at the 20th annual Maryland You Are Beautiful luncheon at Venice Inn.

Hinkle will join honorees from other Maryland counties at a Nov. 2 reception with Gov. Robert Ehrlich in Baltimore.

"I'm sure you enjoy and love your work as I do," Hinkle told the other "Wonderful Citizen" honorees as she accepted the honor.

The students at HCC call her "Mom" and "Nana" and gently tease her when she's checking them into the Athletic, Recreation and Community Center, she said.

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"I live alone ... I don't like to sit at home ... I don't like television," she said.

Instead, she knits, crochets and works in the community.

Her volunteer efforts recently led Hinkle to a bartending class. As a volunteer at The Maryland Theatre, she helps run the refreshment counter. Because of new state regulations, she had to get her bartending license because the theater needed a licensed bartender on the premises.

"I have a license, but I don't know anything about mixing drinks," she said.

She moved to Washington County in 1938 and has volunteered, "since the first Sunday I was in church," she said.

She served as a deacon, an elder and worked with the Sunday school for her Presbyterian church, she said.

But she never keeps track of the hours she works, she said.

For the last six years, Hinkle has logged three to four hours a week at the Western Maryland Med Bank doing clerical work, said Audrey Miller, supervisor of the program.

"She's wonderful to work with. She's always got a smile on," Miller said.

The nomination form for the "Wonderful Citizen" program stated that Hinkle volunteered more than 4,000 hours with Western Maryland Hospital Center Auxiliary, according to Tom Riford, president of Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, which co-sponsored the program. The Board of County Commissioners also sponsors the annual event.

Hinkle was nominated by Maryland Theatre Executive Director Brian Sullivan and Executive Director of the Washington County Arts Council Kevin Moriarty.

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