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Purkey appointed in Sykesville to Historic District group


Wiley Purkey is the newest member of the Sykesville Historic District Commission. His appointment last week brings to six the number of members of the commission.

A seventh member, not yet appointed, will join the panel next month, said Councilman Garth Adams, liaison to the commission.

"Our town is growing and changing," said Mr. Adams. "Every consultant we have talked to has told us that the Historic District is Sykesville. We need more members to help with our activities."

The panel will soon be organizing activities to raise money to renovate the Gatehouse, an aging building on Cooper Drive, into a municipal museum.

Mr. Purkey, a former councilman and the co-owner of a Main Street business, "brings a lot of background to the commission," said Mayor Jonathan S. Herman.

Airman from Gamber back from deployment

Navy Airman Bryan T. Lawlor, son of Patricia J. Lawlor of Gamber, has returned from a six-month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt.

The carrier participated in NATO air strikes in support of United Nations operations in Bosnia. The ship was part of "Operation Deliberate Force," supporting U.N. forces in Bosnia.

During the deployment, the Roosevelt's 83 aircraft flew more than 10,000 missions and completed more than 9,600 landings aboard the carrier.

The ship also traveled through the Mediterranean Sea, Suez Canal, Red Sea and Persian Gulf.

Airman Lawlor is a 1992 graduate of Liberty High School. He joined the Navy in November 1992.

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