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May 08, 2008

Hotel for Clear Spring gains site approval

The town of Clear Spring soon will have a new hotel.

The planning commission approved a site plan Monday for a Sleep Inn and Suites on Houck Avenue behind the McDonald's on Clear Spring Road.

The hotel will be three stories with 79 rooms, according to the plans.

The Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals approved a variance that will allow the hotel's sign to be 632 square feet in size and 150 feet high so it can be seen from Interstate 70.

Normal regulations would require the sign to be 300 square feet and 35 feet high.

The town supports the hotel's plans, which overlap into Clear Spring's municipal boundary, Town Clerk Juanita K. Grimm said at Monday's meeting.

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Second-grader selected 'Miss Poppy'

BOONSBORO - Eight-year-old Calista Virginia Plante, who was selected as this year's "Miss Poppy" by American Legion Post 10 Auxiliary, handed out flowers and collected donations Monday night as the Boonsboro Town Council observed Poppy Month.

The red poppy is a symbol of sacrifice in war, Boonsboro Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman said in a proclamation dedicating the month to recognizing such sacrifice.

Calista, a second-grader at Sharpsburg Elementary School, is the daughter of Maryland State Police trooper Russ Plante, who was also recognized Monday.

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