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Western Md. officials seek to save Sideling Hill exhibit

July 28, 2009|By HEATHER KEELS

A group of local politicians, and tourism and business officials are to meet Wednesday afternoon to discuss strategies for saving the Sideling Hill Exhibit Center from closure, Washington County Commissioner Kristin B. Aleshire said.

The meeting will be closed to the public to encourage uninhibited discussion and negotiations, said Thomas B. Riford, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

It will bring together officials from Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties, the state tourism office, the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission and the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Aleshire said. State Sen. George C. Edwards, R-Garrett/Allegany/Washington, is also expected to attend, he said.

State officials announced last week that the Sideling Hill Exhibit Center would be closed Aug. 15 as part of $280 million in cuts and fund transfers approved by the state Board of Public Works.

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Aleshire spearheaded an effort to fight the closure when he e-mailed more than 200 local officials Thursday to seek their help in finding a way to keep the center open.

Riford said some possibilities that could come up at the meeting include keeping the center open with reduced hours, pooling funding from several counties and utilizing resources from other state agencies.

The exhibit center opened in 1991 at the site of a deep rock cut and includes a four-level geological museum, travel information center and observation platforms.

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