Funkstown briefs

August 12, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

Olde Tyme Christmas organizers seek new ideas

FUNKSTOWN - Dressed in a short-sleeved T-shirt at Monday night's town meeting, Rich Gaver was nonetheless thinking about Christmas as he announced a Wednesday meeting at 6:30 p.m. for the 2008 Olde Tyme Christmas celebration.

"We are looking for new ideas and new people," Gaver said.

This year's event will be Dec. 12 and, with gasoline prices still so high, Gaver said he expects people to be attracted to the activities so close to home.

"It's like a three-hour dinner theater, and we're free," Gaver said.

For the past seven years, the event has featured music, open houses, wagon rides, the sale of commemorative Christmas balls, and lots of food and other activities.


One of the highlights is an Olde Tyme Christmas decorating contest.

"Anyone who doesn't come is really missing out," Gaver said.

Councilwoman Sharon Chirgott volunteered to help with the narration for this year's storytelling activity.

"I've done the narration a couple of times, so I am familiar with it," she said.

South High principal nixes idea of parade for 2008

FUNKSTOWN - Dulaney Williams and his classmates will have to wait another year for their South Hagerstown High School homecoming parade.

He said South High Principal Richard Akers nixed the idea for an October parade through the town for a number of reasons, one of which had to do with the status of bridge repairs over the Antietam Creek on Oak Ridge Drive.

"Mr. Akers said no for this year, but he wants us to put 110 percent behind it for next year," Williams told the town council Monday night.

Ann Platou, a South High teacher, said she and Williams would be back next year to again ask for the town's support.

At last month's meeting, Williams, a junior, proposed the parade to "bring some pride back in our school." The town gave its approval for the proposal but understood the reason for the delay until next year.

Instead of a parade this year, Williams said there will be a pep rally before the game.

Town officials still not sure when stone bridge will close for repairs

FUNKSTOWN - While the Washington County Commissioners voted in early July for the closing of the stone bridge over the Antietam Creek on Oak Ridge Drive for repairs, the bridge remains open to traffic.

First, the town was told the bridge would be closed as of Aug. 4, and then the date was moved to Aug. 11. Both dates came and went and the bridge remains open.

At Monday night's town meeting, the word was the bridge could be shut down either as early as Aug. 18 or as late as mid-September.

"I have taken a lot of telephone calls on the bridge," Mayor Robert L. Kline said.

In the meantime, it was announced the recycling bin, which had been along the creek behind the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co., has been relocated temporarily to the Funkstown Park because of the upcoming bridge closure.

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