Clear Spring Briefs

February 13, 2007|by MARLO BARNHART

Council votes to join Civil War program

CLEAR SPRING - Town officials took the first step Monday night to climb on board the Maryland Civil War Heritage Area bandwagon, a decision that could open tourism possibilities for the town as early as next year.

The vote was unanimous to introduce the proposed amendment to Clear Spring's comprehensive development plan.

Mayor Paul Hose Jr. said there would be a public hearing on the proposal at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 12, just before the regular town meeting.

Stephen Goodrich, chief planner for the Washington County Planning Department, handed out his wording for the proposed amendment.

"The whole point is to bring more tourists here, to spend money in Clear Spring," Goodrich said.

If the town adopts the proposed amendment, it would be eligible for grants, loans and tax credits for projects that would improve or promote heritage tourism.

While the deadline for grants or loans for this year is just days away, the town could sign on in time to tap available funds next year for projects submitted by either the town or entities within the town, Goodrich said.


"I know the Clear Spring District Historical Association is interested," he said.

While there is no limit to the number of projects that could be proposed, there is a limit on the amount of money that is available throughout the heritage area that includes parts of Frederick and Carroll counties as well as Washington County, Goodrich said.

Councilman Steve Blickenstaff said he would like to see if Plumb Grove could be added even though it isn't within the corporate limits of Clear Spring.

Goodrich said he would look into that possibility.

Town Council honors high school students

CLEAR SPRING - Two outstanding Clear Spring High School students were honored Monday night at the Clear Spring Town Council meeting.

Virginia Lowe, a ninth grader, and Jordan Thurber, a sophomore, each received a certificate for a $50 savings bond. Their parents took home a letter, congratulating them on their children's outstanding academic accomplishments.

Mayor Paul Hose Jr. reminded both students that when they are seniors they will be eligible to apply for the annual town scholarship.

Town Council OKs FBLA week

CLEAR SPRING - Laura Canfield appeared before the Clear Spring Town Council Monday night, asking that the week of Feb. 12 be recognized as Future Business Leaders of America/Phi Beta Lambda Week.

Canfield, a junior at Clear Spring High School, said there will be a variety of fundraisers during the week, including the Penny Wars between classes. One day will be Business Dress Day, she said.

FBLA teaches high school students basic business and leadership principles and helps students make the transition from school to work.

The vote was unanimous to recognize the week.

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