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Hagerstown fire company marking bicentennial with block party

September 11, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

HAGERSTOWN -- The volunteers at Antietam Fire Co. wouldn't want to put any limits on their expression of pride for 200 years of protecting the citizens of Hagerstown.

So they are having a party and inviting everyone.

The activities begin Friday at 2 p.m. when Maryland Sen. Donald F. Munson will present a Maryland state flag in a ceremony at the fire hall, said Harold Semler, an Antietam volunteer who is chairman of the bicentennial observance.

Semler said Munson, R-Washington, might be joined at the 113 Summit Ave. fire hall by U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Maryland, or a representative from her office.

On Sunday, the 100 block of Summit Avenue from Baltimore to Antietam streets will be closed for activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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There will be events and exhibits in the street, at the fire hall and in The Herald-Mail Co. parking lot, Semler said.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase north of the fire hall, Semler said.

Tours of the fire hall and equipment will be continuous Sunday and there will be games, Ident-A-Kid by the Hagerstown Police Department, a smoke house, Community Rescue Service car seat safety checks and installations, smoke detector information, a recruitment table and Smokey the Bear. Bicentennial shirts and memorabilia will be available for purchase.

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