Regional Library ...
Emmitsburg is Only an Afterthought
I am surprised
that this is the first time I have heard anything about the
regional library. I don't read the Frederick News Post but I
do read the Emmitsburg Dispatch and don't recall seeing
anything about the new regional library in that paper.
Evidently it has been in the planning stage for quite some
time but only comes to light when it appears that the
funds may be cut and construction delayed. It seems that
the County Commissioners and/or Thurmont would rather
keep it quiet so their plans are not challenged.
The author of the article,
James Wilkins, Jr., speaks of how important the
library is to the children but many children in
the Emmitsburg area will be deprived of activities at the
library because the parents will find it very inconvenient
to drive the round trip of 16 miles.
Not being a resident of
Frederick County I have no real voice in such matters
but I think the people of Emmitsburg should have more
concern about a regional library going to Thurmont than
they did about the recent controversy of when
the town was founded.
50+ years ago, when my father,
Rodgers, was mayor, I often heard him say that
Frederick had great difficulty in recognizing Emmitsburg as
part of the County. He may have used slightly stronger
language but his point was that Emmitsburg was thought of as
the "end of the line" -- there was nothing to the
north or west except Pennsylvania and little to the
east except Carroll County. Now, it seems, that attitude
hasn't changed very much.