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Smithsburg briefs

August 07, 2008

Smithsburg offers reward in effort to curb vandalism



SMITHSBURG -- Smithsburg will offer a $500 reward for information on who is responsible for vandalism that has cropped up recently throughout the town, council members decided Tuesday.

It took town employees three days to clean up from a vandalism incident in Veterans Park last month, Public Works Director William Loughridge told the council. There have been problems with graffiti on stop signs and on the front steps of Town Hall, Loughridge said.

"It's been costly to the town, it's been costly to the hours that our people work, and it's just a bad, bad thing," Smithsburg Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said.

The reward will be issued in exchange for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible or to a determination of a minor's involvement in delinquent behavior.

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Smithsburg Pride Day move considered as heat might hamper attendance



SMITHSBURG -- Organizers are considering holding Smithsburg Pride Days earlier in the year next year to avoid the intense heat that seemed to hurt attendance this year, Pride Days committee member Dennis "Jack" Wenthe said.

Many of the vendors said they would not  return to the event due to the low turnout, Wenthe said. The committee is considering moving the event to the weekend before Memorial Day.

Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said the event might be in jeopardy if more residents don't step up to help organize it. The committee is currently without a chairperson, officials said.

The event was held July 19 and 20 this year.




Smithsburg council approves annexation of two properties



SMITHSBURG -- The Smithsburg Town Council approved the annexation of two properties into the town to help straighten the town's boundary.

The properties are the lands of Richard and Carolyn Verdier on Cave Hill Road on the town's western boundary, and the lands of the estate of Edga G. Jacques at 62 E. Water St., according to the annexation resolutions.

No citizens spoke at a public hearing on the annexations prior to the meeting Tuesday.




Smithsburg Historical Society plans ice cream social



SMITHSBURG -- The Smithsburg Historical Society invites residents to an ice cream social at 6 p.m. Aug. 20 at 20 E. Water St., the group's secretary, Sari Kilheffer, said. 

The event will feature peaches, peachy ice cream and entertainment, she said.




Meeting slated to plan Smithsburg Hometown Christmas



SMITHSBURG -- Residents are invited to a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Town Hall to plan this year's Smithsburg Hometown Christmas, Smithsburg Parks and Improvement Commission chairman Carlo Belella said. The meeting will follow a commission meeting at 6 p.m., which residents are also encouraged to attend, Belella said.




Book on Smithsburg history to be released in October



SMITHSBURG -- A book on Smithsburg's history will be released Oct. 20, Smithsburg Historical Society secretary Sari Kilheffer said. The Images of America series book by Shay A. Mace is entitled "Smithsburg" and is available for pre-order on Amazon.com for $13.59.

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