Fishack seeks help preserving past

June 06, 2007|by MARLO BARNHART

SMITHSBURG - Glenn Fishack may live in Greensburg now, but this Smithsburg native will never forget his roots in the town he called home most of his life.

"When I say I was born in Smithsburg, I mean I was born in Smithsburg - not at the Washington County Hospital," he said.

Fishack, 65, has always been active in his hometown so recently when he was approached to serve on the Smithsburg Parks and Improvement Commission, he said yes.

His history of service goes way back.

"I was the first Smithsburg Planning and Zoning chairman in the 1970s," he said.

At 18, Fishack joined the Smithsburg Fire Co. and is still active today. He served as chief for 25 years.

For the past 12 years, he has also been on the state amusement rides commission of the Maryland Department of Labor and Industry.


"We review accidents and make recommendations," Fishack said. "I travel the state for that. There are lots of wild rides."

Fishack also is chairman of the Department of Water Quality Advisory Commission for Washington County.

In May, Fishack took on his newest post in Smithsburg with hopes of making the town's parks even better than he feels they already are.

"I hope to share ideas for the elderly and the younger generation in the parks," he said. "We need a municipal swimming pool here - it's good for teaching health to kids."

Fishack worked at Mack Trucks, now Volvo Powertrain North America, from 1966 until 2006. After he retired, Fishack was a consultant for the firm for a while.

He served in the U.S. Army and later the Army Reserves, retiring in 1999. Because of his military service, Fishack has researched his own family's military service back to the Civil War.

He is calling on others in Smithsburg to do the same so that as much historical information can be preserved as possible.

"I want to challenge everyone to share their heritage with others," Fishack said. "I can trace mine back to the 1700s.

Fishack's wife, Margaret, is retired from the Washington County Commission on Aging. They have two children and two grandchildren.

Their son, Dale, 39, is the human resources director at Star Community. Rebecca, 25, works in the governor's office in Annapolis.

Fishack said his desire to give back to his community stems from his feeling that he has enjoyed a good life and wants to share that with others.

"I've been all over this world but I always come back to this valley," Fishack said. "I can still walk down the streets and know who lived where."

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