Luck unusual for winners of Landmarks Contest

August 29, 2009|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

o Clues and answers from the 13th annual Herald-Mail Landmarks contest

SHARPSBURG -- The "stinkin' hot" days Janet Williams and her son, Roger Williams, endured at Antietam National Battlefield paid off.


As the first-prize winners of The Herald-Mail's 13th annual Landmarks Contest, Janet and Roger Williams will receive $300.

"Our luck's usually not like that," said first-time entrant Janet Williams, 68, a retired nurse who lives in Sharpsburg.

The Herald-Mail's Landmarks Contest challenges readers to hunt down photo clues for a prize. This year, the clues were at Antietam National Battlefield.

Park Superintendent John Howard said there was a slight uptick in park traffic during the contest, made most obvious by people trying to get hints from park staff. But he said staffers remained mum.


There were 117 entries in this year's contest. But since 73 entrants got all of the answers correct, the first-, second- and third-place winners had to be drawn at random. Second- and third-place winners will receive a Herald-Mail mug and an American flag.

Second prize went to Bryan Burton of Clear Spring. Third prize went to the grandmother-granddaughter team of Sylvia Orendorff, 59, of Marlowe, W.Va., and Elizabeth Taylor, 16, who attends Williamsport High School.

"I have not been to the battlefield since I was 12 years old," Orendorff said. "I thought this was the best place to have it."

Howard said Antietam's driving tour spans 9 1/2 miles and takes two to three hours to complete if one drives through without much stopping.

The first-prize Williams team said it took four days to get all of the clues.

Roger Williams, 46, a Civil War buff, made the trip to Sharpsburg from his home near Cumberland, Md., to help his mother find the answers.

Janet Williams said she's giving the money to her son, who is between jobs.

"I'll probably use it to pay some bills," Roger Williams said.

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