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Washington County liquor board briefs

July 17, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

Barefoot Bernie's representatives describe plans for patio

Representatives from Barefoot Bernie's Bar & Grille on Dual Highway in Hagerstown told the Washington County liquor board on Wednesday that they would like to build a patio next to the business to accommodate outside dining.

Joe Rouse, an attorney for Barefoot Bernie's, said the patio would be about 14 feet by 25 feet and enclosed by a rope. People would have to enter the restaurant first to gain access to the patio, he said.

Robert Everhart, chairman of the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, said he was concerned that patrons might carry off alcohol from the patio. Rouse assured Everhart that employees would be stationed on the patio to prevent anything illegal from happening.

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The board agreed to visit the business to get a better idea of how the patio would look before making a decision.

North American Rod and Gun Club gets permission to hold benefit for Nicholson's family

Washington County liquor officials on Wednesday gave representatives from the North American Rod and Gun Club on Belvedere Road near Hagerstown permission to hold an event later this year to benefit the family of a Smithsburg police officer who was killed in the line of duty last December.

Walter Kipe, club treasurer, said the date and other details of the fundraiser haven't been established, but the use of alcohol would be kept separate from youth activities. The club would like to hire local bands to perform, he said.

Kipe said the club would donate a portion of the ticket sales to the family of Smithsburg Police Officer Christopher Shane Nicholson, who was shot and killed as he attempted to arrest a murder suspect in December.

The club would keep proceeds from food and alcohol sales, Kipe said.

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