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Council votes to support grant for history group

June 15, 2005|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

WILLIAMSPORT - Clerk/Treasurer Bonnie J. Errico told the Williamsport Town Council Monday that Forest Glen Commonwealth, a nonprofit history group, has applied for a grant to organize a walking tour, training and maps to highlight the town's history.

Forest Glen Commonwealth asked if the town council could support the grant through a vote, Errico said.

Town Attorney Edward Kuczynski cautioned the council against approving anything that would require the town to provide money to match a grant.

That condition was part of a motion that the council passed 5-1.

Councilman Nelson F. Deal said he was leery of Forest Glen Commonwealth. He voted no.

Errico said Tuesday that Forest Glen Commonwealth applied for $4,978 from Preservation Maryland, a nonprofit organization in Baltimore.

There is no indication the town would need to provide any money, according to Errico.

In October, Forest Glen Commonwealth, which is based in Kensington, Md., plans to re-enact - on a smaller scale - the mass exodus south of 13,000 Confederate soldiers after the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War.

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The Civil War event will include education programs and entertainment throughout Williamsport, according to organizers.

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