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Sharpsburg agenda includes election, station renovation

January 16, 1998

By JULIE E. GREENE

Staff Writer

SHARPSBURG - Town residents will go to the polls, tell time in Town Square and participate in several traditions this year.

Work on renovating the town's fire hall and the old Antietam train station also will begin this year.

On Nov. 10, registered voters will go to the polls to elect a vice mayor and three other council members, said Mayor George Kesler. Council members whose seats will be up for re-election are Vice Mayor Sidney Gale, Russell Weaver, Matt Ryan and Denise Troxell.

The town will get a clock for Town Square by the end of May thanks to the generosity of a local resident.

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Sharpsburg Pike resident Roy Ebersole donated $15,000 to the town for the clock. The clock will feature a plaque in memory of his wife, Pansy, who had asked her husband to buy the clock.

The 15 foot 6 inch, forest green clock will go in the southeast corner of the intersection at Main and Mechanic streets.

The square also will get three new redwood and wrought iron benches and three trash cans by the end of March for $3,000, Kesler said. They will match the two benches and round trash can the Maryland State Highway Administration put in one corner of the square.

The state also will put up bigger street signs along Main Street this month that are easier to read, Kesler said.

The town will have the green signs with white, fancy lettering put up throughout the rest of town this spring, Kesler said. The cost had not been determined, but the 22 signs will be made by prison inmates, he said.

The Memorial Day parade will be on Saturday, May 23. Retired Rear Admiral Philip J. Coady will be the grand marshal. Coady was the commanding officer of the USS Antietam when it was placed in service in 1987, said Jan Wetterer, a parade organizer.

The annual Sharpsburg Heritage Festival will be the weekend of Sept. 19 and 20, Kesler said.

The town's annual fishing rodeo for local children will be in May instead of July this year, Kesler said. More fish will be available to stock the town pond in spring, he said.

Playground equipment for small children will be installed at the Lonnie L. Crampton Memorial Park in the summer, Kesler said.

The Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Co. Inc. could begin work on an addition and renovation to the fire hall as early as spring, said Fire Chief Jeremy Gay.

The $300,000 project includes adding four engine bays because the building cannot properly support the weight of the three old bays when the fire trucks are inside, Gay said.

The addition will be built on the south side of the fire hall, he said.

The fire company also will get a new $255,000 engine tanker in September and will be conducting fund raising throughout the year, Gay said.

Sharpsburg Area Emergency Medical Services Inc. will continue its membership drive and training program for new members, said Bill Myers, president.

Work will begin this year to restore Antietam Station so the Hagerstown Model Railroad Museum Inc. can open it for model railroad displays in 1999, said Blair Williamson, secretary.

Museum officials will have several fund-raisers for the project, which will cost at least $40,000, Williamson said. A local artist will be asked to do a pen-and-ink sketch of the train station so prints can be sold to help pay for the work.

As always, town officials will keep an eye on potential development in the area.

"Our main push this year is to maintain a village atmosphere and avoid becoming anything similar to Gettysburg or Harpers Ferry," Kesler said.

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