Local briefs

August 12, 2006

Battlefield tour is tonight

South Mountain State Battlefield and Friends of South Mountain State Battlefield will present "After the Battle" a candlelight tour of the South Mountain Battlefield at Crampton's Gap from 7:30 to 10 p.m. today. Meet at Gathland State Park.

Join historians and reenactors to learn more about this critical battle during the Maryland Campaign of 1862. Tours will leave from the Gathland pavilion every 15 minutes. The cost is $5 for adults; free for ages 11 and younger.

Reservations are required. Call 301-432-8065. For directions to the park, go to

Interfaith picnic is planned for Sunday

The Interfaith Coalition of Washington County will hold an interfaith picnic from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, at Black Rock County Park, Mount Aetna Road in Hagerstown. The picnic is free; however bring a hot or cold dish to share and place settings for your group. Meat and drinks will be provided. Picnic tables are provided in the pavilion or bring a lawn chair.


Register with Bunny Fontrier at 301-992-0077 or Paula Myers at 301-824-3081. Leave your name, phone number and the number of adults and children attending.

Wilderness lecture slated at conservation training center

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Author and historian Mark Harvey will present "Wilderness Forever: Howard Zahniser and the Path to the Wilderness Act" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, in the Byrd Auditorium at the National Conservation Training Center. His presentation will be followed by a book signing.

For information, call Mark Madison at 304-876-7276, e-mail, or go to

Ride for Veterans poker run benefits Marines program

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The second annual Ride for Veterans poker run will be held Saturday, Aug. 19. Start from 10 a.m. to noon, from Veterans of Vietnam War, 1571 S. Main St. A breakfast buffet will be available from 9 to 11 a.m. at Veterans of Vietnam War. Proceeds will go to the poker run. Route map and information will be given out at sign-in time. Cars also are welcome.

All proceeds will go to the Marines Helping Marines Program at Bethesda Naval Hospital.

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