Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

NORTH --

February 22, 1993

Panel looking closely at rail station's fate

The ad-hoc committee to save the Hampstead rail station decided last week that sometimes it is best to look a gift horse in the mouth.

"Sometimes a gift item doesn't turn out to be a gift item," said Town Councilwoman Jacqueline Hyatt, who heads the committee.

"What are we going to do with it when we get it?" asked Mayor Clint Becker.

He said he thought the building would be suitable for a museum.

But, Ms. Hyatt pointed out, someone would have to be found to run such a museum.

CSX Transportation, which owns the structure, has not yet said it would give the town the old station or the land on which it stands.

The 1913-vintage station is featured on the Hampstead town seal.

The committee decided to ask the railroad to clarify whether it would offer the station to the town of Hampstead either as a donation or at minimal rent.

When the committee knows the answer, it can look into whether taking over the station is practical, members said.

Councilman Lewis O. Keyser Jr. questioned whether the town would have enough money for the project.

The town may have to move the station if it cannot use the present site, and the building may not be up to the trip, Mayor Becker said.

Resident Oden Kemp said that if Hampstead gets the station, the town may have to buy expensive liability insurance because of the active rail line nearby.

Hampstead councilman says he won't run again

Saying he was "being meeting-ed to death," Hampstead Town Councilman Lewis O. Keyser Jr. said Thursday he would not run for re-election.

"I would just like to devote more time to my family and my business," he said.

Mr. Keyser has a wife, Brenda, and two sons, Lewie and Lennie.

He was a councilman from 1977 to 1979, served as Hampstead's mayor from 1979 to 1983, then returned to the council in 1989.

Mr. Keyser is one of three council members whose terms end in 1993. The others are Jacqueline Hyatt and William S. Pearson Sr.

Hampstead will hold its council election May 11.

N. Carroll Rec Council offering scholarships

The North Carroll Recreation Council is accepting applications for $500 and $1,000 scholarships for qualifying North Carroll High School seniors.

The purpose of the scholarships is to reward graduating seniors who wish to attend college or a career technology school and who attended any North Carroll Rec program as a participant or volunteer.

Application forms and details may be obtained from the high school guidance office or Greenmount branch of the county library. Last year's scholarship recipients were Kimberly Piccione, Vickie Jackson and George Wunder.

Completed applications must be turned in to the high school guidance office or mailed by April 15.

Information: Carol Knobloch, 239-7418; Carroll Johnson, 239-2656; Vince DePalmer, 374-6193; Renee Deiaco, 987-7754; or Carolyn MacKenzie, 239-2386.

FIRES

* Cape Hill Farms: Fire units from the Manchester, Hampstead and Lineboro stations were dispatched for a house fire on Cape Hill Court at 1:42 a.m. Friday. They were out for 27 minutes.

* Hampstead: Hampstead firefighters were out for 28 minutes on a barn fire on Cedar Grove Road at 9:48 p.m. Saturday.

Units from Hampstead, Manchester and Arcadia were out for 17 minutes on a chimney fire on Route 88 at 9:56 p.m. Saturday.

Hampstead and Arcadia were out for 48 minutes for a fire alarm on South Main Street at 11:59 a.m. Sunday.

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