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May 31, 2010|By SUSIE HOFFMAN

Memorial Day a time for thanks

For the majority of us, Memorial Day is the one day of the year when we take the time to pause and remember those who have served and are serving their country with the most they can give.

Over the short history of our country, there has always been a situation where our servicemen and women have had to give of their time and sacrifice their freedom so that we may enjoy ours.

For some, they have sacrificed the most, their lives.

On Sunday, the new monument was dedicated in Funkstown to those brave souls who have given their all.

Bill Osborne Jr. spearheaded the War Memorial Committee and together with many private citizens and businesses, made sure to honor the veterans who served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

A very special thank you to Bill for the years of dedicated effort that he put forth to bring the monument up to date.


The following clubs, businesses and their patrons deserve a big thank you for supporting this effort: Thanks to American Legion Dixon Troxell Post 211 and all post members, Barry and Judith Warrenfeltz of Funkstown, Last Man's Club, Vietnam Era Veterans, Joint Veterans Council of Washington County, Bert Iseminger Jr. and Elizabeth Sullivan of Funkstown, Helen and Eugene Kline of Hagerstown, Steve Youngblood from Funkstown Tavern, Arlene "Cricket," Chuck King, Stacy Gladhill, Jimmy Shank, Julie Davis, Milton Frith and Jack Wiles.

A special thank you to John Mehrling, Jay Everly and Lynn Spalding of the Funkstown Memorial Committee.

Without the help of all of these residents and many others, this could never have happened.

I think it is well worth the print space to name the service members who so valiantly defended their country and whose names appear on the War Memorial.

From the Korean War: John Ramer, John Hawbaker, Jay Everly, Charles Brandt, Frank Shank, James Bussard, James Powell, Michael Hockman, Roy Stone, Frank Johnston, Richard Nigh, Leon Kendle, William Harris Jr. and Richard Schuck.

The list of Vietnam veterans is as follows: Carl Kolich, Tony Cianelli, Fred Ebberts, James Ebberts, Charles Papa, Thomas Block Jr., Bill Osborne Jr., Marty Miller, George Miller, Bertrand Iseminger, Clyde Miller, Jack Hall, Dan Hall, William McCoy, Dan Fogle, Richard Schuck, Bruce Moats, Harold Karn, Kenneth Davis Jr., Edward Grimes and Craig Spitzer.

Vendors sought for Day in the Park

Craft vendors are sought for the Day in the Park festival Saturday, July 17.

It will cost $10 to rent a space. Anyone interested should contact Rose Gaver at 301-739-4212 or e-mail from the link at

Goodbye, seniors

Can you believe the school year is coming to an end? And for that matter, the school careers of the graduating seniors at South Hagerstown High School.

Baccalaureate is Thursday evening and graduation is Friday. Such grand adventures await most and their futures are full of nothing but promise of good things.

There is no school for South High students Friday as graduation is in the morning. I wish these young men and women of the class of 2010 the very best in what ever path they choose.


On that note, I am still waiting to hear from anyone who went to Funkstown Elementary school and is a graduating senior. I would like to know your future plans and anything else you would like to share. Please feel free to e-mail me at">

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