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Hagerstown honorees have public service in common

November 09, 2007

William "Bill" Beard, 73, of 19026 Cherry Tree Drive in Hagerstown, has been a volunteer in several local nonprofit organizations.

They include MIHI (Many Individuals Helping Individuals), which specializes in projects making area facilities more accessible to people with disabilities. In addition, Beard founded the Corporation for Assistive Technology, in which he designs and - with others - builds ramps for area residents who must use wheelchairs.

Beard also has volunteered for such organizations as SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), the United Way, Western Maryland Hospital Center, Washington County Commission on Aging, ARC of Washington County, Habitat for Humanity and the Disability Advisory Council. He also has served on the Human Services Transportation Coordination Subcommittee of the Washington County Developmental Disabilities Advisory Committee.

Daniel R. Fleming, 86, of 1 Tonoloway St. in Hancock, helped form the Hancock Rotary Club in 1943. During World War II, he earned a Bronze Star and a Silver Star.

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Fleming was elected a town councilman in 1957 and, two years later, was elected mayor - a job he held for six straight terms.

In 1959, he was a charter member and, for many years, president of the Hancock Development Corp., which succeeded in bringing in such large employers as London Fog Corp., Fleetwood Industries and Rayloc. Fleming also led the effort to salvage an old elementary school, which became a community center and now houses offices for local government and nonprofit agencies.

He was also a key in saving, moving and renovating War Memorial Library after it was damaged by a flood in 1996. And, with Robert McCusker, he helped raise money and build a monument to honor local war veterans.

Blaine M. Snyder, 74, of 13902 Kellen Drive in Hagerstown, has served for more than 50 years as a member of First Hose Fire Co. There, he has worked as a firefighter and as a leader.

He is an active member of the Emergency Management Agency, planning and preparing for the safety of the community.

He is also a member of the Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown and the Washington County Association of Museums and Historic Sites. In addition, he is a past president of the Hagerstown chapter of the National Railway Historical Society and is active in restoration of historical rail equipment.

He is a charter member of the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, having chaired its board of directors for 13 years.

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