Gambrill Mansion to be restoredFREDERICK -- Restoration of...

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October 16, 1994

FREDERICK — Gambrill Mansion to be restored

FREDERICK -- Restoration of the Monocacy National Battlefield's historic Gambrill Mansion will begin early next year with $1.5 million in federal funding, National Park Service officials say.

The money is part of a $13.65 billion congressional appropriation for the Interior Department and related agencies that was signed recently by President Clinton.

The $1.5 million is the first part of a $5.8 million authorization that will finance the relocation of the park service's Preservation Training Center from Williamsport to the battlefield just south of Frederick, said Tom McGrath, the center's chief.

The training center is home to about 40 administrators, craftsmen and instructors who train tradesmen in preservation techniques. The trainees then work on projects at national parks and forests, Mr. McGrath said.

The center is being moved from Williamsport because the park service plans to restore water to a section of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and will use the training facility for a visitor center, Mr. McGrath said.

In 1992, the park service commissioned a $450,000 study to find a new home for the training center, and the Gambrill Mansion won out over a site in Ohio, he said.

Feed company to build plant

HAGERSTOWN

HAGERSTOWN -- An animal feed company has announced plans to build a $2.5 million plant west of Hagerstown and employ up to 100 people during the next 10 years.

Blue Seal Feeds Inc., which makes feed for many animals, including gerbils, birds and horses, expects to hire about 30 workers in its first year, said Norman Van Ord, president of the company based in Londonderry, N.H.

Construction is to begin this winter on the plant on Hopewell Road. The plant will begin operations in summer 1996, Mr. Van Ord said.

Most of Blue Seal's business has been limited to New England and New York where the company has eight plants. This will be the first time the family-owned company has ventured into the Mid-Atlantic market, he said.

The company makes feed and sells it to independent dealers. During its first year, the plant here will make 30,000 to 32,000 tons of feed. Within 10 years, production will grow to about 175,000 tons a year, he said.

Douglas Faris named park superintendent

SHARPSBURG

SHARPSBURG -- Douglas D. Faris has been named superintendent of the Chesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park with headquarters in Sharpsburg.

Mr. Faris, 48, a native of Marion, Va., had been directing the planning and professional services office in the National Park DTC Service's Southwest region. He succeeds Thomas Hobbs, who retired recently.

In 1980, Mr. Faris became division chief of planning and design. In 1989, he became director of planning and professional services in Santa Fe, N.M. He also was responsible for the management and administration of long-distance trails such as the Santa Fe National Historic Trail and Trail of Tears National Historical Trail.

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