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Williamsport briefs

February 18, 2013

Cannons to be returned to historic site May 4

WILLIAMSPORT — Three Civil War cannons that are connected to historic Doubleday Hill in Riverview Cemetery will return to the cemetery May 4, said Scott Bragunier, a Williamsport native and local firefighter who has been working on the project.

The tubes, or barrels, of the cannons were given to the town in 1896 to honor local men who fought during the Civil War.

For more than 100 years, the tubes sat on Doubleday Hill, which was part of a western defense for the Union army that was established by Union Gen. Abner Doubleday. During the war, three 32-pound siege cannons were positioned on the hill.

The town was awarded a $23,000 grant to restore the tubes and make carriages for them.

On May 4, a team of horses will pull the cannons through town “one last time” on their way back to Doubleday Hill, Bragunier told Williamsport Town Council members during the Feb. 11 council meeting.

Bragunier also outlined plans to build steps leading up to Doubleday Hill and said 10 new interpretive signs in the area of the cemetery will help illustrate history related to the hill. 

Town to seek state money to help with projects along C&O Canal

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WILLIAMSPORT — Mayor James G. McCleaf II said during the Feb. 11 Williamsport Town Council meeting that he and others are seeking $1 million this year from the state to help fund improvements to various sites on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal in Williamsport.

McCleaf said he and members of the Greater Hagerstown Committee went to Annapolis about two weeks ago to talk to members of the General Assembly about the effort.

Tom Riford, president and chief executive officer of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, also went with the group, McCleaf said.

The money would go toward a number of projects slated for the canal in Williamsport, including the completion of the renovation of Lock 44, said Town Clerk/Treasurer Donnie Stotelmyer. Other work includes a water pump system that will provide water for the locks and work on a lift bridge, Stotelmyer said.

Concert to pay for upgrades to public utilities only broke even

WILLIAMPSORT — A music concert in Williamsport last September to raise money to help the town pay for upgrades to its public utilities basically “broke even,” a town official said.

In addition to raising money, Town Clerk/Treasurer Donnie Stotelmyer emphasized that “Rockin’ at Riverbottom” was also designed to raise awareness about related issues.

The rock concert was promoted by the Williamsport Town Council to help the community pay its share toward the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay. The town’s share is pegged at $1.1 billion by 2025 for upgrades to stormwater, wastewater and septic systems.

The town plans to hold the concert again this year, Stotelmyer said.

— Dave McMillion

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