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Liquor Board considering discipline for Funkstown Moose over concert

February 14, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- Members of Washington County's liquor board are considering whether to discipline the Funkstown Moose for holding a public concert at the private club last month in what officials say was a violation of liquor laws.

During a Wednesday hearing, Eric Andrews, the Moose's attorney, asked the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County for a continuance of the case because bad weather prevented Moose administrator Mike Stumbaugh from attending.

Robert L. Everhart, liquor board chairman, denied the request, saying Moose officials canceled too many times in the past.

Everhart said Stumbaugh ignored the liquor board's orders on several occasions by advertising to hold a public concert at a private club and by publicizing the club as the Antietam Moose instead of the Funkstown Moose.

"It hasn't been a good relationship," Everhart said of the liquor board's interactions with Stumbaugh. "It seems (Stumbaugh) doesn't want to listen to the board ... He's going to have to comply with the rules ... We're not going to allow (Stumbaugh) to continue running the Moose the way he wants to."

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Everhart said the hearing Wednesday was held to determine whether to discipline the Moose for violating liquor laws. The Moose could face a maximum fine of $2,500 and have its liquor license suspended for 30 days, although that isn't always the case, Everhart said.

He said the liquor board would announce its decision within 30 days.

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