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Williamsport Town Council briefs

February 15, 2012

Ida Grimes celebrates 107th birthday

WILLIAMSPORT — Williamsport residents Thursday will celebrate the 107th birthday of town resident Ida Grimes.

Several large cards that were signed by town residents were on display on a table during the Williamsport Town Council meeting Monday night. The cards are to be presented to Grimes on her birthday, Town Clerk Donnie Stotlemyer said.

A proclamation from the Maryland House of Delegates, and a proclamation from Mayor James G. McCleaf and the town council will also be given to Grimes, Stotlemyer said.

A party will be held at Grimes’ house from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., town officials said.

In 2009, when she turned 104, a celebration was held to honor Grimes in Byron Memorial Park.

At that event, Grimes arrived at a band shell in a white limousine and more than 100 people attended.

Grimes is known for her long teaching career, which included time at Pinesburg School near Williamsport.

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Boys and Girls Club collects $2,848 during Christmas
WILLIAMSPORT — The Boys and Girls Club in Williamsport collected $2,848 in donations during Christmas celebrations at Byron Memorial Park, club spokesman Mack Krantz told the Williamsport Town Council  Monday night.

The donations, which will fund programs at the local Boys and Girls Club, were collected from visitors to the park as they drove through to see Christmas decorations.

The Williamsport Food Bank collected $724 during two nights at the park, as well as about 400 pounds of donated food, a spokeswoman for the group said.

Town recognized for support of Polar Bear Plunge
WILLIAMSPORT —  The Humane Society of Washington County Monday night presented a plaque to the Williamsport Town Council  and Mayor James G. McCleaf II for the town’s support of the annual Polar Bear Plunge.

The annual fundraiser for the local humane society involves people taking a quick winter dip in the Potomac River in Williamsport.

In this year’s event, held on Jan. 1, the humane society netted $17,500 for animals.

In a letter, humane society officials  thanked McCleaf for participating and announcing winners of contests at the event.

Humane society representative Ben Cross presented the plaque to the  mayor and council members.

Carolyn Spinney appointed to planning and zoning panel

WILLIAMSPORT — The Williamsport Town Council Monday night appointed town resident Carolyn Spinney to the Williamsport Planning and Zoning Commission.

Spinney has been volunteering on the planning and zoning commission, and shows a “sincere interest” in the town, according to Town Clerk Donnie Stotlemyer and a letter recommending that she be appointed.

— Dave McMillion

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