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Misspelling evades detection for years

March 08, 2007|by ASHLEY HARTMAN

HAGERSTOWN - For nearly 20 years, the sign pointing to Municipal Stadium at the corner of Frederick Street and East Memorial Boulevard has been misspelled, and a city official says it went unnoticed until now.

The sign, which spells Municipal as "Municpal," was put up by Hagerstown's Traffic Signals and Signs Division in the mid- to late 1980s, according to Erik Kline, city traffic control supervisor.

Now that the city knows about the sign, replacing it is a top priority, he said.

"We were going to take it down this morning (Wednesday), but our guys are busy with snow removal, so we'll probably take it down tomorrow," Kline said.

Although Hagerstown Suns officials were aware of the misspelled sign, "It's just not way up on our priority list," said Will Smith, general manager of the Class A minor league baseball team that plays at Municipal Stadium.

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"I assumed that somebody knew because I was told that somebody was aware, by my predecessor, my boss," Smith said. "If I was aware that nobody knew, I would have made a phone call."

Kline does not think the misspelled sign reflects poorly on the city.

"I think it was a mistake that was made. I don't know that it necessarily makes us look bad," Kline said.

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