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Sharpsburg Legion closes

February 11, 2001|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

Sharpsburg Legion closes



SHARPSBURG - The Sharpsburg American Legion is hoping to find a new location in town to serve its members after closing down in January.

The Legion hall, which has a restaurant and banquet facilities, was shut down Jan. 26.

Commander Victor Witmer said they decided to close the post because of declining use by its 300 members, which he attributed to its Shepherdstown Pike location.

"It's been steadily going down," he said of the attendance.

Witmer said many members didn't want to drive that far out of town for dinner if they were planning on having alcohol with their meal.

He said officers at the Legion believe a building in town would be more desirable because members would be able to walk to it or have only a short drive.

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Witmer said the Legion has kept its charter and will find or construct a new building once the sale of the old one is complete.

The Legion is optimistic about the sale of the Legion building and has a few prospective buyers, said Witmer.

"It's a nice piece of property," he said.

The Sharpsburg Legion's meetings are being held at the Boonsboro American Legion until they find a new home, he said.

Members who have kept current with their dues can go to other American Legions for dinner or banquets in the interim, he said.

The possibility of moving has been discussed for years, he said. The Legion has been on Shepherdstown Pike for the past nine years and prior to that it occupied a building on Mechanic Street in Sharpsburg, he said.

The Legion notified its members and auxiliary members in a letter prior to the closing, he said.

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