Boonsboro briefs

March 05, 2012

Bast honored with proclamation

BOONSBORO — Douglas Bast, longtime businessman and town historian, was honored with a proclamation Monday night during a Boonsboro Town Council meeting.

After a successful going-out-of-business sale, Bast closed the 174-year-old Bast of Boonsboro furniture showroom last summer.

The business at 109 N. Main St. was founded by John Christian Brining in 1837 as a cabinetmaker’s shop that also sold coffins, and Bast said he believed it to be the oldest continually operating furniture store in Maryland.

Mayor Charles F. “Skip” Kauffman Jr. read a proclamation during the meeting, honoring Bast for his years of offering quality merchandise and his work as town historian.

Kauffman joked that Bast had some doubts when Kauffman became mayor more than 20 years ago.

“I changed my mind,” Bast said.

Bast said he closed his business because he didn’t want to end it in a bankrupcy sale.

“I just wanted people to remember the store for what it was,” Bast said.


Fundraising for accident victim is successful

BOONSBORO — Fundraising in the community for accident victim Alexis Jarman has been so overwhelming that the family made the decision to take down donation jars in town, Boonsboro Town Council member Janeen Solberg said after the town’s regular town council meeting Monday night.

From putting donation jars in local businesses to a 5K benefit run Saturday, Boonsboro residents have pulled together to raise money to help the family of Alexis, a high school sophomore who was critically injured Feb. 21 in a crash on Potomac Street near the Boonsboro Police Department.

Alexis was flown to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment after the SUV in which she was riding with her mother collided head-on with a Buick LeSabre driven by Charles Thompson of Gettysburg, Pa.

Solberg said she did not know how much money has been raised.

Boonsboro Police Chief Jeff Hewett said during Monday’s council meeting that Lexi’s mother was the least severely injured in the crash.

Thompson is recovering at home, said Hewett, adding that the investigation of the crash continues.

“We’re all praying for Lexi,” Hewett said.

Constant yield tax rate staying the same

BOONSBORO — Boonsboro Town Council members decided Monday night to keep the town’s constant yield tax rate the same for the upcoming fiscal year.

The town’s constant yield tax rate has been 0.3223, Town Manager Debra Smith said. The constant yield rate is the rate that is required to keep tax revenue the same, Smith said.

The rate will generate about $27,000 in additional revenue this year, Smith said.

Council donates total of $300 to three projects

BOONSBORO — Boonsboro Town Council members contributed a total of $300 to three projects Monday night.

Council members donated $100 each for a scoreboard and sound-system project at Boonsboro High School, for equipment for the Boonsboro High School baseball team and for a planned Korean War veterans memorial in Hagerstown.

— Dave McMillion

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