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Bidding helps to bankroll a library

January 27, 2003|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

Flowered baskets? Sold.

Power tools? Sold.

Old books? Sold.

Within minutes, dozens of items were announced and quickly claimed by bidders who turned out Saturday afternoon to raise money for the Smithsburg Branch of the Washington County Free Library.

As auctioneer Denny Stouffer began calling out the goods at Stouffer's Auction Co. in Smithsburg, the approximately 140 people who attended either stood or sat while listening for the items they wanted to take home.

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"Ain't that a cutie right there?" Stouffer said while encouraging people to bid on a wooden bird house.

While some items went for as little as a few dollars or less, others brought in more money.

A Thomas Kinkade lithograph titled " A Hometown Holiday Gathering" sold for $765, library board President Judith Ferro said.

Judy and Hesbia Foster of Boonsboro sealed the winning bid on the lithograph.

Ferro said the Fosters saw a picture of the lithograph in the newspaper and arrived at the auction early to check it out.

"We had a very active bid on that," Ferro said.

The auction - the first fund-raiser of its type for the Smithsburg Library - raised more than $5,000.

"We are thrilled beyond measure," Ferro said.

She said Friends of the Smithsburg Library thought the auction was a good idea because it would attract people.

"We figured it would be a good way to get the community together and a good way for people to donate," Ferro said.

Most of the items at the auction were donated by area businesses and community leaders.

Ferro said the money will go toward the $650,000 already raised for the library, which is planned for 2 acres at the town's Veteran's Park.

The 10,000-square-foot library will cost at least $1 million, she said. It will replace the 1,096-square-foot library on East Water Street.

The library group is planning more fund-raisers. Basket Bingo will be held March 2 at the Smithsburg Fire Hall. A House and Garden Tour will be held May 17 and a Motorcycle Poker Run will be held June 2.

For more information visit www.smithsburglibrary.org.

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