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Sharpsburg parade funds dispute ends

January 04, 2000|By ANDREA ROWLAND

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

Following a state Legion official's recommendation, Post Commander Victor T. Witmer transferred the funds from a bank account under the post's name to a newly opened parade committee account, Kesler said.

The money for the town Memorial Day Parade now totals $5,439.98, which includes more than $3,000 from the town for the parade.

The committee should work to draw local high school bands to the event, Town Council members on Monday told parade committee member Jan Wetterer.

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She said Witmer would like Antietam Post 236 to participate in hosting the parade.

The financial dispute between the post and the parade committee surfaced when committee members tried to withdraw money from the account, which was opened in 1994 under the Legion's employer identification number because the Legion was the event's first sponsor.

Committee members weren't allowed to withdraw funds without the approval of post officials, who refused to release the money.

The Town Council then decided to have the town attorney write state Legion officials to request the money.

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