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Rain puts damper on church tour benefit

October 01, 2006|by MARLO BARNHART

BOONSBORO - Hopes of raising money for next summer's Antietam Workcamp project in Washington County with a benefit motorcycle tour of historic churches were washed away Saturday with the rain.

Nonetheless, a dozen bikers on eight motorcycles showed up Saturday morning at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Lappans Road, paid their $10 donations and proceeded on their way despite the weather.

"We were disappointed, but what can you do about the weather," said the Rev. Anne Weatherholt, rector of St. Mark's Episcopal Church.

Weatherholt said $120 will be put toward next summer's Antietam Workcamp project, which will match volunteers with elderly, disabled and disadvantaged residents whose homes need repairs at no cost to them.

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According to Weatherholt, the churches that were on the tour Saturday included Monroe Church of Christ, Mount Nebo United Methodist, Trinity Reformed and Trinity Lutheran in Boonsboro; Mount Vernon Reformed UCC, Salem United Methodist and St. Peter's Lutheran in Keedysville; Mount Carmel UCC on Md. 67; Christ Reformed UCC, the Dunkard Church and St. Paul's Episcopal in Sharpsburg; St. Paul's UCC near Clear Spring; St. John's UCC and St. Andrew's Episcopal in Clear Spring; and St. Thomas' Episcopal in Hancock, where the 70-mile ride ended.

The deadline to apply for assistance through the program is Oct. 15.

The Antietam Workcamp will be July 22-28, 2007.

For information, call 240-313-9434.

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