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Funkstown Town Council briefs

October 13, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

Funkstown Halloween parade set for Oct. 29



FUNKSTOWN -- Funkstown's Halloween Parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, town officials said Monday.

The parade will start on Chestnut Street, turn right on High Street and right on Baltimore Street, ending at the American Legion's parking lot.

South Hagerstown High's and E. Russell Hicks Middle's marching bands are expected to participate. The parade also will feature firetrucks, local Cub Scouts, and kindergarten through fifth-graders from Funkstown School for Early Childhood Education and Emma K. Doub School for Integrated Arts & Technology.

Funkstown to get four new Christmas-themed lights



FUNKSTOWN -- Funkstown will get some new Christmas-themed lights this holiday season.

The Town Council voted 4-0 on Monday night to buy four lights for $2,800. The lights will be installed on utility poles along Baltimore Street. The shapes are a snowman, a Santa Claus, a Christmas tree and a candy cane.

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Town officials considered holiday banners, but went with the lights as they would be easier to see with the sun setting earlier.

The lights will be paid for with hotel-motel tax revenue, which also will be used to buy $1,200 worth of candles and bags for Olde Tyme Christmas luminaria, Town Clerk Brenda Haynes said.

Committee members for the event will assemble luminaria kits and distribute them to town residents. Residents who want additional kits should stop by Town Hall.

Battle of Funkstown re-enactment set for July 2010



FUNKSTOWN -- The Battle of Funkstown re-enactment will be held in Funkstown Community Park on Saturday, July 17, and Sunday, July 18, in 2010, Town Council member John Phillips III said.

Town Council members voted 4-0 on Monday night to provide a $100 advertising budget for the event.

Phillips plans to put an ad in "Civil War News."

Phillips anticipates the event drawing at least 300 re-enactors.

Cub Scouts to help town park



FUNKSTOWN -- The town got an offer it couldn't refuse Monday night.

Cub Scout Pack 23 paid a visit to Monday night's mayor and Town Council meeting, offering to help with Funkstown Community Park. The troop offered to pick up trash, plant trees and clean up flowerbeds.

Their effort would help the town and earn the boys merit patches and arrow points, said den leader Don Harriman.

State offers resources to help towns deal with budget cuts



FUNKSTOWN -- A representative from Gov. Martin O'Malley's Office of Community Initiatives stopped by Monday night's Funkstown mayor and Town Council meeting to discuss resources that could help the town deal with state budget cuts.

Josh Russin handed out info about the cuts as well as "A Guide to Accessing State Resources and Contacts."

The packet included contact info for the director of the governor's grants office, whom Russin said might be able to help the town find funding for certain projects.

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