Funkstown briefs

March 15, 2005

Fire company to hold May parade

FUNKSTOWN - The Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. is preparing for its 75th Anniversary Firefighters Parade to be held May 14 in town, Councilman Robert D. Rodgers Jr. said at Monday's Town Council meeting.

"It's going to be a pretty big day," he said.

Rodgers said the parade would begin at 3 p.m., but those lining up for the parade must be at Funkstown School for Early Childhood Education by 2 p.m.

Rodgers said he sent out invitations to local politicians, but was encouraged by other council members to send an invitation to Gov. Robert Ehrlich and to President Bush.

He said more than 100 fire companies have said they would participate in the parade.

Mayor and council decline COG proposal

FUNKSTOWN - The Funkstown mayor and Town Council on Monday declined to jump on board a countywide Council of Governments proposal presented by two Boonsboro High School Citizens Advisory Committee members last month for consideration.


Council member Sharon Chirgott said she thinks the Maryland Municipal League is the forum for people to talk about issues within the county.

She said that not much is usually accomplished at Maryland Municipal League dinners other than "fellowship," but added that it could be a productive forum.

Mayor, council will hold public hearing

FUNKSTOWN - The Funkstown mayor and Town Council will hold a public hearing on Monday, April 11, during its regular business meeting to allow the public to speak about the town's comprehensive maintenance plan and a federal grant for which the town has applied, Town Clerk Brenda Haynes said.

She said the town applied for a $2.4 million United States Department of Agriculture/Rural Development grant which, if approved, would go toward the expense of the wastewater treatment plant.

Re-enactment leader considers radio ads

FUNKSTOWN - The organizer for the Battle of Funkstown re-enactment told the Funkstown mayor and Town Council on Monday that he was considering raising money for radio advertisements to plug the annual June event.

The event is scheduled for June 10, 11 and 12, said Ron Benedict, the event organizer.

He told the mayor and Town Council that he was considering taking out radio advertising for the re-enactment to draw a larger crowd.

When he was asked if he solicits for media coverage, Benedict said he usually gets "good write-ups" on the event by The Herald-Mail. He said sometimes the event is covered by NBC 25.

Benedict said public service announcements are "hit and miss" and do not run as regularly as a paid advertisement would.

He said there was a good turnout last year. Benedict was granted permission by the mayor and council for re-enactors to forage and engage in a street battle for the event.

- Pepper Ballard

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