Smithsburg briefs

July 07, 2010

Council honors Richard Eckstine

SMITHSBURG -- Smithsburg Town Council members and Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers Tuesday night remembered former Smithsburg Town Council member Richard Eckstine, who died about two weeks ago, Myers said.

Besides serving on the council, Eckstine also read water meters for the town, council members and Myers said during the regular council meeting.

Town officials recalled how Eckstine sometimes had coffee and breakfast with town residents as he read the meters.

"He loved this town," Myers said.

According to a Feb. 3, 1999, story in The Herald-Mail, Eckstine worked through snowstorms and hot spells. He skirted snakes and spiders, and was bitten twice by dogs. And he kept smiling, according to the story.


Electric service for parade might be upgraded

SMITHSBURG -- Town officials are considering upgrading the electric service for Veterans Park, said Carlo Belella of the Smithsburg Parks and Improvement Commission.

Belella told Smithsburg Town Council members during the town council meeting Tuesday night that circuit breakers at the park are often tripped when large events like Smithsburg Pride Days are held at the park along Water Street.

Public works director to retire

SMITHSBURG -- William Loughridge, director of public works in Smithsburg, plans to retire Dec. 31, Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said at the Smithsburg Town Council meeting Tuesday night.

Town council members discussed how they will advertise the vacant position.

Smithsburg EMS reports 104 calls in June

SMITHSBURG -- Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services had 104 calls for service in June, bringing the total number of calls for the year to 513, Deputy Chief James Ulrich said during the Smithsburg Town Council meeting Tuesday night.

Among the department's calls were 65 medical calls and 27 trauma calls, Ulrich said.

The department also responded to a farm machinery accident, a structure fire and a train derailment, Ulrich said.

--Dave McMillion

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