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Around Funkstown

August 11, 2009|By SUSIE HOFFMAN / 301-790-2413

Back to school



Just one short week from Wednesday, it starts. Schools will be back in session Aug. 19, so I hope you're ready.

Just a quick reminder: Please be careful when driving, as there will be many children at bus stops and walking to school.

Find something fun to do this last week before routines take over and you find yourself wishing you had just a smidge more time to be carefree.

Legion picnic



Dixon-Troxell American Legion Post 211 is sending summer off with an old-fashioned picnic. On Saturday, Sept. 12, starting at noon, there will be an early-bird picnic. It will be free for those who have paid their 2010 dues. It will cost $5 for nonmembers and one guest.

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Barbecue planned



While we're talking about food and fun, the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co.'s next barbecue will be Saturday, Aug. 29, from 9:30 a.m. until sold out.

The menu includes barbecue chicken, pit beef, Italian sausage sandwiches and ham sandwiches.

The women's auxiliary will have cakes and other sweets for sale, as well.

Ducky race on the horizon



Ready ... set ... and they're off. Don't you just adore a good race?

The fairly famous Duck Race of Funkstown is set for Saturday, Aug. 29, starting at 2 p.m.

Plastic ducks are available for $5 each or seven ducks for $25.

A raffle for $300 in groceries will also be held that day.

For more information, call the fire company at 301-790-0090.

Antietam Creek cleanup Sept. 19



The Antietam Creek Watershed Alliance's fourth annual Rubbish Round-Up will be Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event starts at Dixon-Troxell American Legion Post 211 in Funkstown along Alt. U.S. 40.

Participants should wear river shoes and clothing appropriate for wet, dirty work.

Those planning to float should bring a boat and life jackets. A limited number of canoes and rubber rafts will be supplied, along with gloves and garbage bags.

Volunteers last year pulled 26 tires, two bicycles, and filled 44 bags of trash from the creek between Funkstown and Hagerstown.

Students can earn community service learning hours.

Sponsors include River and Trail Outfitters, the City of Hagerstown and American Legion Post 211.

The alliance is a 501(c)(3) charity working to restore Antietam Creek and its tributaries. Its mission is to protect Antietam Creek through education, preservation, and hands-on projects.

For more information, go to .

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