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Potomac Playmakers to pay half price for use of Washington County school facilities

July 23, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Potomac Playmakers will only have to pay half of the usual fees to use Washington County Public Schools facilities.

A Board of Education committee decided Tuesday to waive part of those fees, which total $1,200. Instead, the group will pay $600 to use the auditorium at Williamsport High School for performances scheduled for August.

The Potomac Playmakers staged their performances at the Women's Club in downtown Hagerstown until an October 2006 fire made that impossible. The group has used Williamsport High for performances while waiting for their own space to be completed in the former Tusing Warehouse behind Hagerstown City Hall.

The request to waive the fees for the August performance, which will span four days, was made by Potomac Playmakers' President Ruth Ridenour.

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School board member Wayne D. Ridenour, Ruth's brother, sits on the committee that made the decision to waive $600 in fees for the group. He declined to participate in the discussions.

Board Vice President Donna Brightman, who also is a member of the committee, said a letter should also be sent to Potomac Playmakers stating that this will be the last year the organization will receive the fee waiver.

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