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Arts commission to elect officers at March 19 meeting

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By Phyllis McLaughlin

Stepping down as vice president of the Carroll County Arts Commission, Jim Fothergill encouraged all arts commission members to attend the next meeting, set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in the community room at the Carroll County Public Library.

Members will be electing a new president and vice president. Current president Mark Davis also is stepping down from his position.

Fothergill spoke during the March 5 meeting, during which he’d hoped the election could be held. However, only a handful of members attended that meeting.

Listing more than a dozen events that have been offered in the county or are in the works, everything from a student production of “Grease” to the annual Blues to the Point music festival, Fothergill observed that the arts are alive and well here.

“What this tells me is we can all work together in the arts, with everyone cooperating,” he said. As for his decision to step down, he said, “I think we should start anew and really get this thing off the ground.”

Treasurer Nancy Jo Grobmyer said 68 people have paid dues to become members of the commission, and she said she hopes these members will attend tomorrow’s meeting.

Being on the commission doesn’t mean that one has to participate in all the arts-related events in the county, she explained. “According to our bylaws, the purpose is to back the arts,” she said. “It doesn’t mean we have to be involved directly, but members need to go to these events and talk about them.”