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Clear Spring man dishes out the 'Scoops'

November 12, 2007|By MARLO BARNHART

CLEAR SPRING - When the idea for publishing a periodic newsletter for the Clear Spring District Historical Association came up a few years ago, Kenny Clopper jumped at the opportunity.

"I was looking for an excuse to buy a color laser printer for my computer," Clopper said with a chuckle.

A member of the active association since he moved back to his childhood home, Clopper said the idea was to have something published in between the Used to Be magazine.

President Dave Wiles has been publishing Used to Be for a long time, but with the time pressures of work, he couldn't get that effort out as often as he would like.

Filled with historic information about the Clear Spring area, Used to Be is a multipage publication for members and other interested parties.

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So about four years ago, Wiles came up with the idea of "Scoops," which is more activity oriented, Clopper said.

Clopper, 66, moved to the Clear Spring area when he was 7 years old. As an adult, he spent 29 years in the military, traveling and living all over the world with his wife, Barbara.

Later, he was a civilian working at the Pentagon and then at Fort Ritchie. After 37 years of being away, the Cloppers came "home" in 1996.

"We ended up about 100 yards away from where I was raised," Clopper said.

He remembers going to historical society meetings with his mother many years ago. She still lives next door to Kenny and Barbara.

Then Kenny got involved on his own and said he enjoys it immensely. His wife is on the board.

"I used to contribute by mowing the grass at Plumb Grove," Clopper said, referring to the historic home on Draper Road the association has restored over the years.

During his military career, Clopper did some desktop publishing, publishing a daily publication for the U.S. Air Force called The Blue Line.

"Scoops" usually comes out before or after an association event. The next big event is the annual Christmas candlelight program in December.

To join the association and receive the newsletters, call 301-842-1101.

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