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The answers to this year's annual Landmarks Contest

August 29, 2010|By TIFFANY ARNOLD
  • Rick Magner, 45, of Hagerstown, won this year's Landmarks Contest. He said his father, Skip Magner, told him that the cryptic stripes for Clue No. 1 belonged to the suit-clad goat from the Potomac Street restaurant The Gourmet Goat.
Photo by Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer,

We asked readers to trawl downtown in search of "animals" and offered $300 to the person who found them all for The Herald-Mail's 14th annual Landmarks Contest.

But in the end, no lion taming, blood hounds or hunting teams were needed.

Of the 123 entries, 96 found all of the wildlife embedded in Hagerstown's streets - in the form of church gargoyles and the faces of wildcats, birds and bulls that punctuated the molding of buildings and on signs in the city streets.

Rick Magner, 45, of Hagerstown, was the lucky winner this year, after his name was drawn from a hat.

"I've done it every year," said Magner, a first-time winner.

Magner said he spent a week trying to find all the clues. He said clue No. 1 and clue No. 4 were the hardest to find.

He said he swapped clues with another contestant he bumped into on the street to get No. 4, the molding on the facade of the Washington County Arts Council building along Washington Street.

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"I gave him No. 9," Magner said, referring to the swan at the fountain at University Plaza.

He said he didn't catch the person's name.

Magner said his father, Skip Magner, told him that the cryptic stripes for Clue No. 1 belonged to the suit-clad goat from the Potomac Street coffee shop The Gourmet Goat.

"It was the last one I needed to find," said Magner said.

Magner is a nursing home bus driver and lives with his wife, Lori, and the family dog, Kacci, a cocker spaniel.

What does he plan to do with the money? Will he split the money with his dad?

"I may give him some of it," Magner said.

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