Funkstown briefs

December 11, 2007|By MARLO BARNHART

Olde Tyme Christmas called a success

FUNKSTOWN - Rich Gaver got a round of applause Monday night from the Mayor and Council for the recent Olde Tyme Christmas, which was described by all as a rousing success.

"It was a wonderful Friday night," Gaver said, crediting the work of the entire committee for the success of the Dec. 7 event. "After seven years, we're getting in the groove."

The weather was cold but bearable this year. Gaver said people were still milling around after the 9 p.m. closing of activities.


A total of 27 Christmas balls were sold, along with four cookbooks, Gaver said. Raffle ticket sales topped 400 and 145 people took rides on the wagons.

Councilwoman Sharon Chirgott was pleased to see the publicity generated by the event.

Gaver said this year there were 72 sponsors, many of whom approached the committee members rather than the other way around.

"The businesses were packed," Gaver said.

Councilman John Phillips III said he met a couple from Rochester, N.Y., who was staying at a Dual Highway hotel and decided to come through Funkstown that night.

"They said they had the best time," Phillips said. "That's a big deal for us in Funkstown."

The winners of the Olde Tyme Christmas decorating contest were announced at Monday's town meeting.

William McCoy won for door/porch decorations at 1 W. Maple St.; Dale Wireman took first place for yard decorations at 101 E. Maple; and Richard Barnes won honors for house decorations at 101 N. Antietam St.

The winners of the children's Christmas ornament decorating contest were Mercedes Guessford, first place; Eli Reichard, second place; and Dillon Keller, third place.

Change in trash pickup days eyed

FUNKSTOWN - The Mayor and Council have been asked to consider changing the trash pickup days from Monday and Thursday to Tuesday and Friday.

Carl Hardcastle of Greenscape Trash and Lawn Service in Williamsport said the change would not only be advantageous for his company but also for town residents, mainly because so many holidays fall on Mondays, which causes changes in service days during a year.

Sharon Chirgott and Richard Nigh said they both favored the change.

"I hate to see trash build up like it does on holidays," Chirgott said.

Vice Mayor Paul Crampton said he was concerned about such a change because the traditional days are a matter of habit for many residents.

The council decided to think about the possibility of changing trash collection days.

One-way traffic still topic of conversation

FUNKSTOWN - Two residents expressed their feelings Monday night about the controversial one-way traffic patterns on Poplar and Chestnut Streets ? one supporting it and the other still having difficulties.

"I like it the way it is ? it's quiet and I hope you don't change it," said Gerald Gustafson, an East Chestnut Street resident. "Some are still sneaking up the street, though."

Several months ago, the council chose to make the two blocks of Poplar and Chestnut streets nearest Edgewood Drive inaccessible to vehicles trying to turn up those streets to avoid the main street traffic lights.

Poplar Street resident Ann Platou first thanked the council for looking into her particular problem, which renders her driveway inaccessible because of the street's one-way status.

First it was a problem for Platou when leaving her home for work at South Hagerstown High School. Now, she said, the problems are also at the end of the day when she is returning home and traffic is often backed up to Hoffman Chevrolet on Dual Highway.

"We need to look at the big picture," Platou said, referring to a southern bypass that has been discussed for many years.

Mayor Robert L. Kline said that all he hears is that there is no money, so the process won't even be started.

Expanding honors to veterans considered

FUNKSTOWN - Councilman John Phillips III said he favors expanding the response in Funkstown to holidays such as Veterans Day and Memorial Day as a way to honor the town's veterans.

Councilman Richard Nigh explained that on those holidays, members of the Dixon-Troxell American Legion Post 211 lay wreaths at the Legion post and at the town's veterans monument.

Nigh acknowledged that there is little in the way of public announcement to let people know of these events, locations and times.

Wastewater plant project on schedule

FUNKSTOWN - The work on the modifications to the Funkstown Wastewater Treatment Plant is still on schedule, with completion tentatively set for February 2008.

The seventh payment of $393,031 was authorized Monday night.

Hearings on block grant funds to be set

FUNKSTOWN - Two public hearings will be scheduled after the first of the year for input into the process of Funkstown remaining eligible for Community Block Grant Funds.

The dates of those hearings will be announced later.

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