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Fame could be in her future

October 03, 2007|By MARLO BARNHART

SMITHSBURG - When Shirley Aurand travels to Glen Burnie, Md., on Oct. 25, she won't know whether she or someone else will be inducted into the Maryland Seniors Hall of Fame.

But still flush from just being nominated, Aurand said she already feels like a winner.

"Other representatives from other counties will also be there for the luncheon," said the Smithsburg councilwoman.

A South Carolina native, Aurand, 72, has lived 40 years in the Smithsburg area - 34 of those years within the town limits.

All those years ago, she came to the area with her late husband to Baltimore and then Myersville because of his work.

Aurand said her early career centered around the secretarial profession. "Then I got a job at the Smithsburg Post Office in 1973 and retired after more than 23 years there in 1997," she said.

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She has three sons and one daughter as well as several stepchildren. There are 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She has been involved in the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association since 1987 and has been president of the local chapter for the past five years.

"There are 33 chapters in the state," she said. Active on the state legislation committee, Aurand and other members push for seniors' needs in the Maryland General Assembly.

Hearings on taxes and long-term care, to name a few issues, are regularly attended by Aurand and her colleagues.

Active in AARP, Aurand is also vice president currently for the SALT Council - Citizens and Law Enforcement Together.

"I've been on the nursing home visitation team for three years," Aurand said. "We go to Coffman Nursing Home."

Her stint on the Smithsburg Town Council started in January 2003, when she was tapped to fill an unexpired seat. In 2004, Aurand was elected to a four-year term.

"I was on the Citizen Police Advisory committee - we plan the Christmas party every year," she said. She's now on the merged Smithsburg Parks and Improvement commission.

Smithsburg Hometown Christmas is scheduled this year for Dec. 15 with activities including a parade, party and breakfast at the Smithsburg Fire Hall. Contests and storytelling are also on tap.

When asked where her propensity for community service originated, Aurand said she remembers her daddy taking vegetables to neighbors and going to the grocery store for others.

"I was always involved in the kids' sports and activities," she said of her younger days. "We bought our house because it was close to the Little League fields."

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