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Marines to invade Sharpsburg Memorial Day Parade

December 28, 1998|By JULIE E. GREENE

SHARPSBURG - In 1999, Sharpsburg residents can expect to see the Marines, improvements at the former Antietam train station and perhaps construction on an addition to the fire hall.

The annual Memorial Day Parade will be held on Saturday, May 29.

In recent years the parade has focused on the U.S. Navy and the town's connection to the USS Antietam, said coordinator Jan Wetterer.

In 1999 the focus will be on the U.S. Marine Corps.

A high-ranking Marine will either be grand marshal or keynote speaker, Wetterer said. The parade will feature a number of Marine bands and color guard, she said.

The annual fishing rodeo at the town pond will be held in May, Mayor George Kesler said.

Vice Mayor Sidney Gale said he hopes to add more playground equipment at the park by spring.

The Sharpsburg Heritage Festival will be held around Town Square on Sept. 17-19.

Plans for an addition to the fire hall have been put on hold until the Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Company Inc. and Sharpsburg Area Emergency Medical Services decide whether to merge to save money and consolidate personnel.

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The $500,000 addition could provide five bays for ambulances and fire engines.

The fire department will sell one fire engine by this spring after getting a new $250,000 engine tanker in December, said Assistant Fire Chief Shawn McCoy.

The department now has two engines, the engine tanker and a brush truck.

The rescue squad will organize a drive for volunteers, said Chief Lester Bussard.

The Hagerstown Model Railroad Museum Inc. will spend the year fixing up the old Antietam train station just outside Sharpsburg.

Museum officials expect to repair and install the building's historic windows, rebuild the bay window, refurbish the two original doors, repair the roof, and strip and paint the sides of the building, said Blair Williamson, the museum's secretary.

Most of that work will cost at least $10,000 to $14,000, Williamson said. The building will be stripped and painted by museum members.

Williamson does not expect the station to be open to the public in 1999.

The group has begun selling T-shirts to raise funds for the repairs. They can be ordered by sending a check for $15 to the Hagerstown Model Railroad Museum Inc., P.O. Box 1181, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

The T-shirts feature a picture of the train station as it looked in the 1950s while it was operating. The station closed in the late 1950s.

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