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Museum requests money

November 01, 2006|by TARA REILLY

HAGERSTOWN - The board president of a downtown Hagerstown interactive museum on Tuesday again asked the Washington County Commissioners for money.

B. Marie Byers, board president of Discovery Station at Hagerstown Inc., said a $20,000 contribution from the commissioners would help pay for a business administrator and an exhibit that would be locally built and marketed to other museums.

The commissioners did not discuss at the meeting whether they supported giving Discovery Station another contribution.

The museum asked the commissioners for money on at least two other occasions.

In April, Discovery Station asked for $30,000 in fiscal year 2006 and $30,000 in fiscal year 2007, which began July 1. The commissioners decided to give the museum $20,000 for fiscal year 2006.

Discovery Station again asked for $30,000 in July, saying the museum's revenues weren't meeting its budget.

Commissioner John C. Munson said after the meeting that the commissioners rejected that request.

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The Washington County Gaming Commission gave the museum a $35,091 grant in August.

Byers told the County Commissioners Tuesday that the museum has cut expenses, such as paying lower rent and using Washington County students to help at the museum.

She thanked the commissioners for their support, saying the museum has had some recent success. Byers mentioned that the museum has a new exhibit called Brain Teasers. That exhibit includes 20 different puzzles that test problem-solving skills, according to Discovery Station's fall newsletter.

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