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Despite zoning violation, EDC wins gingerbread house contest

December 15, 2011|By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com
  • Eight entries in a "favorite gingerbread structure" contest were on display Thursday morning at the County Administration Building in Hagerstown. Each county department was invited to submit an entry. The Economic Development Commission's entry - a pretzel-stick replica of the Poffenberger and Reeder log cabins at the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum - took first-place in the contest.
By Yvette May, Staff Photographer

It seems not even gingerbread houses are exempt from the watchful eye of Washington County government.

Before judging had ended Thursday morning in a "favorite gingerbread structure" contest for employees in the County Administration Building in Hagerstown, a playful zoning violation notice had been slapped on one of the entries.

"The county attorney's office came out and put (the notice) on it," said Timothy R. Troxell, executive director of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission, whose office submitted the errant entry. "It was for constructing two homes on one parcel."

Nevertheless, the EDC's entry — a pretzel-stick replica of the Poffenberger and Reeder log cabins at the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum — took first-place in the contest.

 Agricultural Marketing Specialist Leslie Hart came up with the idea and made the houses on her own time at home, Troxell said.

"It probably took about a week and a half, a couple hours every evening," Hart said.

The process was slow because after stacking two or three pretzel "logs," the runny confectioners' sugar icing Hart used as glue had to be allowed to dry before adding more logs, she said.

A model of the house in Disney's "Up" constructed by the county administrator's office took second place, and an entry by the county attorney's office took third place, contest Chairwoman Tina Rupert said.

Another entry portrayed the construction site of the Washington County Senior Center, with a building permit submitted along with the entry.

The contest was open to all county offices in the County Administration Building at 100 W. Washington St., Rupert said. The winner received a ribbon, she said.

 In past years, the building has had contests for door-decorating, wreaths and Christmas trees, but this was the first year for a gingerbread contest, she said.

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