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Washington County briefs

May 22, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

Commissioners approve EDC appointment

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved the appointment of Richard Seibert to the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Committee's Board of Directors.

Seibert will serve a three-year term starting July 1, 2008, and will replace James P. Hamill, who has been on the board since 2002.

Seibert is a managing partner of Knob Hall Winery in Clear Spring. He also has worked as the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Annapolis Center for Science-Based Public Policy, and is the past chairman of the National Energy Resources Organization.

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Emergency services day and week proclaimed

The Washington County Commissioners made two emergency services-related proclamations Tuesday.

Commissioner William J. Wivell proclaimed May 21 as Emergency Medical Services for Children Day in Washington County.

The designation recognizes the value and accomplishments of people who work to meet the emergency medical needs of children, according to the proclamation.

Commissioner Kristin B. Aleshire proclaimed May 18 to 24 as Emergency Medical Services Week in Washington County.

Kevin Lewis, the county's acting director of emergency services, and Brigitte Heller, the county's EMS coordinator, accepted the proclamation.

The commissioners said all citizens should recognize the accomplishments of emergency medical service workers in Washington County.

Luncheon held for student achievers

The Washington County Commissioners attended the Youth Meritorious Award and Community Partnership Character Counts! Award Year-End Luncheon Tuesday at the Elgin Station Community Center.

The lunch was held to honor the 15 local middle- and high-school students who have received Youth Meritorious Awards since September 2007 and the 42 students who have received the Character Counts! Award since November 2007, according to a program for the event.

Commissioners debate taxes, development ... and grammar?

While they usually spend their time arguing over things such as budgets and zoning, the Washington County Commissioners took some time Tuesday to debate the finer points of the English language.

Describing a meeting at a local Rotary club with a group of travelers from Tunisia on Tuesday, Commissioner James F. Kercheval used the phrase, "They spoke good English."

"I think you meant to say, 'They spoke English well," said Commissioner Kristin B. Aleshire, jumping on what seemed to him like an obvious grammatical error.

But maybe there's room for both sides in this debate.

Joan Johnson, chair of the English and Humanities Division at Hagerstown Community College, said both phrases probably are right because they function differently.

In the first, "good" is an adjective modifying "English." In the second, "well" is an adverb modifying "spoke."

Johnson said she prefers Aleshire's phrase, but doesn't think it is more correct.

"I can't say why it seems better to me because grammatically, they both look good," Johnson said.

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