Funkstown briefs

August 17, 2004

Creek comment bothers resident

FUNKSTOWN - A Funkstown resident said he was bothered by a comment made by a Washington County Health Department official as quoted in The Herald-Mail earlier this month after partially treated wastewater was discharged into Antietam Creek.

Barry Warrenfeltz said at Monday's Town Council meeting that Health Department spokesman Rod MacRae was quoted as saying: "The Antietam Creek is not necessarily a clean body of water anyway."

"That really bothered me," Warrenfeltz said.

Warrenfeltz said he's lived in Funkstown for 12 years and is unhappy that more than 10 million gallons of partially treated wastewater have been dumped into Antietam Creek by the City of Hagerstown's Waste Water Treatment Plant so far this year.

He urged those who live along the creek to write to public officials to express their feelings about the recent releases.


Town Council Member Richard Nigh said, "Hagerstown wants us to hook up to their sewer and they can't handle what they've got."

Olde Tyme Christmas bumped back a week

FUNKSTOWN - This year's Olde Tyme Christmas will be held a week later than previously scheduled, Funkstown's mayor and Town Council agreed Monday.

Rich Gaver, chairman of the committee that plans the event, asked the mayor and council to push back the festivities to Dec. 10 because the planned date of Dec. 3 is too close to Thanksgiving.

"We're on track. In fact, we're pretty much ahead this year," he said, adding that bags have been filled with candles, among other preparations.

Gaver said that anyone wishing to join the committee may attend Thursday's 6:30 p.m. meeting at Funkstown Town Hall. He said anyone with questions about the event may call him at 301-739-4212.

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