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Past to play a big role in Sharpburg's future

January 09, 2003|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

SHARPSBURG - Traditional events are expected to highlight Sharpsburg's year and the town's fire company will see some physical improvements.

A new fire truck is expected to be on the streets in April, said Assistant Fire Chief Darryl Benner with the Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Co.

Fire officials were anticipating receiving the truck in mid-February, Benner said. Firefighters have to go through training with the truck and equipment needs to be mounted on it before the truck can be put into service.

The fire department is putting its plans for a new building on hold and will have the floor beneath two of its four bays reinforced with steel columns in the next few months to better support today's heavier vehicles, Benner said.

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The town's Memorial Day Parade will be held on Saturday, May 24, Mayor Sid Gale said.

The annual fishing rodeo at the Town Pond for local youth also will be in May, Gale said. The date will be set once Gale knows when the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will stock the pond with fish.

A fairly new tradition for Sharpsburg, Founder's Day, is expected to be celebrated on July 9, organizers said.

The Sharpsburg Heritage Festival will be held the weekend of Sept. 13-14.

Sharpsburg residents also will notice some changes around town and projects on the outskirts of town.

Construction is to begin on the new Shepherdstown Pike (Md. 34) bridge over the Potomac River this spring.

The existing bridge will remain open to traffic while construction crews start building the new bridge, which will cost approximately $16 million, said Jim Sothen with the West Virginia Division of Highways. Maryland and West Virginia are splitting the cost.

Sothen said minimum traffic disruptions are expected. Pedestrians on the C&O Canal towpath occasionally may be blocked from using the towpath underneath the bridge as workers move big girders, Sothen said.

The new bridge is supposed to be done and open to traffic by Nov. 1, 2004, Sothen said. The old bridge should be dismantled by July 29, 2005, he said.

Sharpsburg American Legion officials will continue to look for a new legion home, Post Commander Tom Witmer said.

Washington County water and sewer customers within town limits can expect to receive their annual credit from the town in June, Gale said.

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