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Wood to step down from landmarks commission

October 16, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Citing health problems, Don C. Wood, the longtime chairman of the Berkeley County Landmarks Commission, announced his intention Thursday to resign in December.

Wood, 76, told Berkeley County commissioners Thursday that he also was resigning as president of the Berkeley County Historical Society, a position he has held for many years.

Since he became involved in historic preservation and research in the early 1970s, more than 3,000 properties in Berkeley County have been added to the National Register of Historic Places and 25 historic districts have been established, Wood said in a short interview after Thursday's county commission. About 2,000 of them are in the City of Martinsburg, he said.

"You leave quite a legacy behind you," County Commission President Ronald K. Collins told Wood, accepting his resignation with regret.

Wood said he planned to remain on the City of Martinsburg's Historic Preservation Review Commission, which reviews applications for changes to exterior architectural features of buildings in the city's downtown preservation district.

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"I'm not giving that up," said Wood, who lives in Martinsburg. Wood said he also plans to continue to stay involved in historical society activities after Sandra Riggleman takes over as president.

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