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Legion dispute may be resolved

December 06, 1999|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

SHARPSBURG - A dispute with American Legion Antietam Post 236 over $2,400 intended to be used for a town parade is probably over, Sharpsburg Mayor George Kesler said Monday.

A state Legion official, in a letter read by the mayor during Monday's town meeting, recommended the local Legion post give the money to the town.

The money, which was raised by the town Memorial Day Parade committee, is in a bank account under the post's name. The parade committee in 1994 opened the account under the Legion's employer identification number because the Legion was the initial sponsor, according to a former Post 236 commander.

The dispute surfaced when parade committee members went to withdraw money from the account, but were not allowed to without post officials.

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Then after local post members could not agree to turn the money over to the parade committee, the Town Council decided to have the town attorney write state Legion officials to request the money.

In response to that letter, Thomas L. Davis, department adjutant for the American Legion Department of Maryland wrote to Victor T. Witmer, commander of Post 236, recommending the post give the money to the town.

"The money was for the parade and should be used for the parade," stated the letter, which was read by Kesler.

Kesler said he hasn't met with post officials yet but said he was confident post members would go along with the recommendation.

Jan Wetterer, a parade committee member, said they were pleased with the recommendation.

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