Mayor found home in Clear Spring

October 09, 2007|By MARLO BARNHART

CLEAR SPRING - If you ask Paul "Dave" Hose Jr. why he became mayor of Clear Spring in the mid-1980s and keeps running for this post every two years, he will smile and say because few others want the job.

But then he admits it's his way of giving something to the town he has called home since he completed his stint in the U.S. Air Force.

Hose announced last week that he is seeking another term as mayor. The election is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 5, at Town Hall.

A Williamsport native, Hose, 59, went to a two-room school in Pinesburg the first five years of his education. He is a 1965 graduate of Williamsport High School.


While he was serving in Vietnam, his parents moved to Clear Spring from Williamsport.

When Hose was finishing his tour of duty in New Jersey, he met his future wife, Toni. The couple settled in Clear Spring and have two children and one grandchild.

His political career began when then Mayor Bill Albowicz asked him to run for assistant mayor. He won that post in 1984 and was elected mayor the following year.

He decided not to seek re-election in 1989, but returned to the post two years later and has served as mayor ever since. For a number of those years, Albowicz, now deceased, was a council member in a role reversal with Hose.

An employee since 1973 of Volvo Powertrain North America, formerly Mack Trucks, Hose telephones Town Clerk Juanita Grimm every morning before he goes to work.

A groomer on the assembly line, Hose said he looks for things that need to be done to engines as they go to the test room. He said he likes his work.

"I stop at Town Hall after work each day to do my mayoral duties," Hose said. He signs checks, reads letters and hears about any problems.

"Town clerks keep the wheels greased through the day in most county towns," Hose said, noting that Grimm handles the day-to-day duties in Clear Spring with efficiency.

A few years ago, Hose was moved to a night shift, so monthly town meetings had to be rescheduled to afternoons. When he went back on the day shift, the meetings went back to 7 p.m. on the second Monday of the month.

One of the less pleasant parts of the mayor's job is getting calls late at night if there is an alarm at either the town-owned water or sewer systems.

For all the work that goes into the job of mayor, the pay is a mere $100 a month, Hose said.

"In all the years I've been mayor, I've never spent any of it until 2006," Hose said.

That year, he took his wife on an Alaskan cruise - a trip they both enjoyed immensely.

But even while in Alaska, Hose said he called the Town Hall while he was away and checked up on things.

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