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Some council members emotional at final meeting

May 26, 2009

The outgoing members of the Hagerstown City Council bid a fond farewell Tuesday night, which marked the last official meeting of their four-year terms.

Councilwoman Kelly S. Cromer said that although she will be gone and might be forgotten, she asked people to remember her cancer-stricken mother.

She left the incoming council with a few tips.

"Don't forget you work for the citizens," she said.

Councilwoman Penny M. Nigh broke into tears after reading a brief goodbye speech, while Councilwoman Alesia D. Parson-McBean said she was proud of her accomplishments.

Those accomplishments, she said, included the creation of the Utility Relief Benefit Concert and the Jonathan Street improvement project.

Cromer, Nigh and Parson-McBean lost their council seats during the Democratic primary election in March.

The new council members will take office June 1.

-- Dan Dearth

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