Funkstown briefs

October 09, 2012

Group that stages medieval sword battles to continue using Funkstown park for practices

FUNKSTOWN — The local Amtgard chapter, which stages medieval-style sword battles, may continue to use Funkstown Community Park on Sundays for practices until the beginning of April, Funkstown Town Clerk/Treasurer Brenda Haynes said Monday.

The Town Council will decide whether to continue letting the group use that park near the end of that time period, Haynes said.

Last May, the council gave the group permission to continue to use part of the park for practices on Sundays, on a trial basis. At the council’s September meeting, council members voted 5-0 to continue to let Amtgard use the park, Haynes said. Councilman John Phillips III was absent from the September meeting, she said.

The group uses a section of the park, which has a hill and woods, on Sundays when that part of the park has not been reserved for other events.

Councilman wary of future motorcycle poker runs

FUNKSTOWN — Funkstown Councilman Luke Barnette said, in the future, town officials might want to rethink granting permission to close a town street for a motorcycle poker run.

At its September meeting, the council granted permission to close the block of Antietam Street, between Chestnut and Baltimore streets, from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 6 for a poker run event involving Joker’s Bar and Grill, Town Clerk/Treasurer Brenda Haynes said.

Barnette told the mayor and his fellow council members at Monday night’s meeting that he saw a bike on the sidewalk burning rubber and people riding motorcycles on the sidewalk.

According to Haynes and minutes for the town’s September meeting, Joker’s planned to donate its proceeds from the event to help several local families in need.

Halloween parade on Oct. 25

FUNKSTOWN — The Funkstown Halloween Parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Oct. 25, Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. said after Monday night’s Town Council meeting.

The parade route travels Baltimore Street in Funkstown.

Councilman reports vehicles near his home broken into

FUNKSTOWN — Funkstown Town Councilman John Phillips III said several vehicles along Green Street, including two at his home, were broken into a week ago.

During council comments Monday night, Phillips ended his comments by saying, “Keep things locked up in town.”

Asked after the meeting about his comment, Phillips said the morning of Oct. 1 he discovered two of his vehicles had been broken into and money was stolen. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified about the incidents, which included about eight to 10 vehicles on Green Street, Phillips said.

One of Phillips’ vehicles is a Washington County Highway Department vehicle, he confirmed.

Planning meetings scheduled for Olde Tyme Christmas

FUNKSTOWN — Several meetings about Olde Tyme Christmas are planned, Funkstown Town Councilman Richard Gaver said during Monday night’s town meeting.

The 7 p.m. meetings at Funkstown Town Hall are planned for Oct. 16; Nov. 6 and 20; and Dec. 4, 5, and 6, according to an email from Gaver.

The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Dec. 7.

Boy Scouts set to paint social hall

FUNKSTOWN — Boy Scout Troop 23 will paint the upstairs social hall in Town Hall in November, Town Councilman Richard Gaver said during Monday night’s town meeting.

Rust-Oleum is donating the paint, Gaver said.

The troop, which began meeting in March, has grown to 10 boys, Gaver said.

— Julie E. Greene

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