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State of the City making evening debut

March 01, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- For the first time in recent history, the City of Hagerstown will hold its State of the City address at night.

The Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce will host the event at 7 p.m. Tuesday at The Maryland Theatre.

Brien J. Poffenberger, Chamber of Commerce president, said he recently met with city officials to find a way to make the event -- which typically is held in the morning -- more accessible to the public.

"We agreed that having it in the morning probably prohibited some folks from attending," he said.

Residents might have shied away from attending in the past because they didn't want to pay the cost of the breakfast, Poffenberger said. Last year's breakfast cost about $17.

Poffenberger said this year's event is free and open to the public.

The 2009 State of the City address should last about an hour, according to a press release from the City of Hagerstown.

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The theme of Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II's speech will be "Meeting Today's Challenges for a Brighter Future."

Wright-Gardner Insurance and The Maryland Theatre are the sponsors.

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