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What's Wrong With This Picture?

August 26, 2012
  • This fountain at City Park in Hagerstown, installed last month, replaced one on which the motor broke. John F. Barr, a Washington County commissioner, donated the roughly $2,800 it cost to buy the new fountain.
Photo by Andy Schotz

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A follow-up: In this space nearly three months ago, The Herald-Mail reported that Bob Hose of Hagerstown wanted to know if the city planned to fix a fountain in the lake at City Park.
Hose wrote: “At one time, the park had a beautiful in-lake fountain that harmonized with the natural beauty of the lake and its surroundings. For many years, the fountain came on early in the morning and stayed on until dusk from spring through early fall. For the past two years, the in-lake fountain has not been used.”

Who fixed it: City of Hagerstown

What they say: At the time, Junior Mason, the city’s parks superintendent, said the motor on a previous fountain broke. The city wanted a new one that was more durable.

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Last month, the fountain was replaced.

Mason said Thursday that the key was finding a motor that drew water off the surface instead of from the bottom, which caused the last motor to clog and break down.

Mason said John F. Barr, a Washington County commissioner, donated the roughly $2,800 it cost to buy the new fountain.

In a follow-up email, Hose wrote:

“I saw the fountain again on the first full day that it was in operation, July 20. Since then, I never fail to comment on how it refreshes and enhances the park setting. My wife and I take many morning walks around the lake: the fountain is really beautiful. Could it be that the ducks and fish seem a little happier since the fountain began spraying again? I know that I am.

“Your column is a great outlet for improving our local environment and the refurbishing of the fountain is greatly appreciated. Many thanks to all those individuals who helped bring back the fountain.”

Asked about the donation, Barr said he goes by the park a few times a day and noticed the fountain wasn’t working.

When Hose mentioned it in The Herald-Mail, Barr called city officials and offered to help.

“I’m a cheerleader for this community,” Barr said.

Barr’s company, Ellsworth Electric, which is near City Park, helped with the wiring on the new fountain.

— Compiled by Andrew Schotz

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