H-M Person of the Year nominations due Friday

November 13, 2008

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Back in 1999, when many businesspeople were concerned the Y2K bug would bring their operations to a grinding halt, two Herald-Mail editors decided to look at the new millennium's approach in a positive way.

They approached Publisher John League with an idea to start 2000 on a high note, by marking Jan. 1 with the announcement of The Herald-Mail's Person of the Year.

It was decided that the Person of the Year would be someone who had made a significant, positive impact on Hagerstown and Washington County.


Candidates for the honor would be nominated by people in the community, then chosen by a combination of local citizens and Herald-Mail employees.

The winner is featured in a detailed profile that appears on the front page of the Jan. 1 edition of The Herald-Mail.

In addition, that person is given a crystal bowl and $1,000 for his or her favorite charity. The winner's name is engraved on a plaque displayed at the newspaper's office.

Choosing among the nominees is always difficult. Anyone who has been involved has found that there are a great many people in this community who donate their time and resources to making life better here in a variety of ways.

All of the winners so far, including John Barr, the late Mike Callas, Norman Shea, John Waltersdorf, Art Callaham, John Hershey, Lois Harrison and Elizabeth Morgan and James G. Pierné, have had one thing in common.

They are less concerned with getting public credit for what they do than they are about actually accomplishing something.

For example, Mike Callas was well known in the community, but it was only after his death that the many good deeds he had done and the causes he supported were revealed.

One need not be well-known to be nominated for this honor. The only requirement is that the nominee must live in Washington County and have done good things for the community. Even those who don't win might be recognized in a series of stories about people who make a difference in the community. Please consider suggesting a worthy candidate.

Nominating a worthy person is the one way everyone can make a difference. Please do it today, because the deadline is Friday, Nov. 14. Thank you.

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