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Liquor Board scolds Antietam Moose

Club reprimanded for trying to hold public party

Club reprimanded for trying to hold public party

December 12, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN ? The administrator of the Antietam Moose on Leitersburg Pike was reprimanded by Washington County liquor officials Wednesday for trying to plan a public party at the club.

Moose administrator Mike Stumbaugh told the three members of the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County that the club needs to hold the Jan. 11 party to raise money.

"It's a fundraiser," he said. "If we don't have them, (the Moose) is going to close down."

The Antietam Moose used to be in Funkstown, but recently relocated near the Long Meadow Shopping Center at 19330 Leitersburg Pike.

Stumbaugh declined to comment after the meeting.

Robert L. Everhart, commission chairman, scolded Stumbaugh for trying to plan a public party at the Moose, which is a private club. Everhart said Stumbaugh has met with the commissioners before and should have known that holding such a party would violate liquor laws.

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Concert promoter already booked band

"Some time, some place, you're going to have to start conforming ... If we tell you something, you're going to have to go by it," Everhart said.

Doug Levine, a local concert promoter and one of the party's organizers, told the commissioners that the party would include alcohol sales and live bands. He said he already booked one of the bands for the party, and he would suffer a financial loss if the commissioners failed to give their consent.

"I don't want to get stuck and have to write a huge check," he said.

Levine declined to answer questions after the meeting.

Commission member Charles Mades said Stumbaugh's plans for the party have been "screwed up" from the beginning.

"You gotta keep us in the loop," Mades said.

The commissioners agreed to review the law and make an official decision within the next week. They said after the meeting, however, that they didn't want to set a precedent by allowing private clubs to circumvent the law.

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