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November 20, 2006

The Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioners presented a plaque to Mrs. Robert (Geri) Royer on Tuesday, Nov. 7, honoring her and her family for service to the voters of their precinct, Waynesboro 2-2.

For the 39 years, the Royers have opened their home to the community during primary and general elections each year. The Nov. 7 election was the last time their home would be used as a polling place.

Voters who came in during the ceremony commented on how they would miss the friendly atmosphere. "We have wonderful, dedicated election workers throughout the county," said G. Warren Elliott, chairman of the commissioners. "But this lady and her family have truly given of themselves in a unique way to provide a real service to this community."

Two staff members at the Waynesboro Area (Pa.) YMCA have been honored by the association as one of "The Friendliest People In Town."


Julie Rodgers, childcare worker at the YMCA for the past four years, qualified for the recognition by successfully completing nine hours of training in personal relationship skills. Rodgers, her husband, Sam, and children Jenna and Brooks, live in Waynesboro and attend Calvary Assembly of God Church. Rodgers enjoys scrapbooking and walking.

Donna Gerhold, aquatics instructor at the YMCA, qualified for the recognition by successfully completing nine hours of training in personal relationship skills. The training is part of the YMCA's "Friendliest Place in Town" program.

The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation's Washington County One-Stop Job Center presented the Community Free Clinic in Hagerstown with a donation of $850. This is the sixth year that employees in the division of Unemployment Insurance and the Job Center have held a fundraiser for the clinic.

"It's amazing what just 35 employees can do when they care about a cause. This is the most we've ever raised," says Joan Hawbaker, the organizer of the event and UI claim center specialist. "The staff support this effort because so many of our customers need the services of the Community Free Clinic."

The donation was acquired through various fundraising activities within the office. Employees donated lunch items into a pool of food, then paid to eat, and the office held a silent auction of items that were donated by staff members who cleaned out their closets at home. The check was presented to the Director of the Community Free Clinic, Robin Roberson.

For more information about DLLR's One-Stop Center, please call 301-393-8255.

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