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Boonsboro briefs

August 01, 2011

Council discusses upcoming meeting with commissioners

BOONSBORO — Boonsboro Town Council members talked Monday night about what issues they will discuss with the Washington County Commissioners on Aug. 30, although Mayor Charles F. “Skip” Kauffman Jr. expressed dissatisfaction with the process.

The commissioners periodically meet with town councils across the county, and the commissioners will meet with Boonsboro officials at 7 p.m. at the Eugene C. Smith Community Center in Shafer Memorial Park.

Regarding the meetings, Kauffman said he has not been satisfied at times with some of the answers that were given regarding various issues.

Kauffman has been a supporter of public transportation in Boonsboro but he said he felt like he was “hitting (his) head” against the wall on the issue.

“I’d like to be alive and kicking by the time we get a bus,” Kauffman said.

The issues that council members proposed bringing to the attention of the commissioners were stormwater concerns in the Lincoln Avenue area, Monroe Road improvements and recycling in the county, particularly in Boonsboro.

Pink ribbons to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month

BOONSBORO — Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley plans to tie pink ribbons on parking meters, trees and other areas in town from Oct. 10 to 14, Mayor Charles F. “Skip” Kauffman Jr. said during Monday night’s regular town council meeting.

The ribbons will be placed in town as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Kauffman said.

Former Councilman Hawkins recognized for Hall of Fame induction

BOONSBORO — Mayor Charles F. “Skip” Kauffman Jr. on Monday recognized former Boonsboro Town Council member Richard Hawkins for his recent induction into the Washington County Sports Hall of Fame.

Hawkins stepped down from the council last year after serving for 25 years.

Hawkins was “quite the athlete” at North Hagerstown High School, Kauffman said during the regular town council meeting..

Remembrance parade set for Sept. 11

BOONSBORO — The annual Sept. 11 remembrance parade will be held in town on Sept. 11 at 6 :30 p.m., Mayor Charles F. “Skip” Kauffman Jr. said Monday night during the regular town council meeting.

The parade will be held rain or shine, Kauffman said.

In the past, the parade has featured emergency personnel, veterans, Scouts and baton twirlers making their way through town.

It is organized by The First Hose Co. of Boonsboro Inc.

Halloween observance already on the radar

BOONSBORO — Boonsboro town officials have received correspondence saying the town should not celebrate Halloween on Monday, Oct. 31.

“We’ve got some concerns about when we’re going to have Halloween already,” Mayor Charles F. “Skip” Kauffman Jr. said during a regular Boonsboro Town Council meeting Monday night.

The concern about having it on Oct. 31, was that kids might have school the next day, town officials said.

Town officials realized during the meeting that there will be no school Nov. 1.

Last year, the decision in Boonsboro to hold Halloween on Sunday drew some negative comments from residents.

— Dave McMillion

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