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Friends of South Mountain Battlefield open house: April 12

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  • RoteBaron@comcast.net
    The Friends of South Mountain State Battlefield will hold an open house and membership drive Saturday April 12 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Greenbrier State Park
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 10, 2008
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      The Friends of South Mountain State Battlefield will hold an open house and membership drive Saturday April 12 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Greenbrier State Park Visitor Center. The Friends of South Mountain State Battlefield originally began as the Friends of Gathland and the Friends of Washington Monument State Parks in 1992. The two groups later merged to form the new organization shortly after the creation of the State Battlefield in 2000. Since that time, the group has been active in assisting the battlefield staff in the preservation and interpretation of the battlefield.
      Some of the accomplishments of the Friends have been the installation of interpretive markers at Gathland State Park telling of the life of Civil War correspondent George Alfred Townsend, additional interpretive markers describing the battle, printing of interpretive materials and the acquisition of several important artifacts.
      The most recent acquisition was the pistol carried by Sgt. Charles Goodwin during the battle. Sgt. Goodwin was a courier assigned to deliver a message to Maj. Gen. Jesse Reno toward the end of the Sept. 14, 1862 battle. Sgt. Goodwin was with Maj. Gen. Reno when the general was mortally wounded on the field.
      Sgt. Goodwin grabbed the reins of the general's horse and led it off the field so the Confederates wouldn't capture the general. Reno would die later that evening from his wounds.
      Full article is at:
      http://www.herald-mail.com/?cmd=displaystory&story_id=190756&format=html
      Tom Shay

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    • Stephen Recker
      Hello, You might consider this, or pass it on to someone you know who might be interested:   The Town of Sharpsburg seeks applicants for the Board of Zoning
      Message 2 of 2 , Apr 10, 2008
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        Hello,

        You might consider this, or pass it on to someone you know who might be
        interested:
         
        The Town of Sharpsburg seeks applicants for the Board of Zoning
        Appeals.  The Board meets when citizens wish to build or modify a
        structure in a way that differs from our zoning allowances, or when
        they wish to use their property for a type of business which requires
        Special Exception approval. 
         
        This is an opportunity to help preserve the historic small-town
        character and the quality of life in Sharpsburg.  The Board interprets
        the Zoning requirements on a case-by-case basis to preserve the
        intentions of the Code, but also to provide flexibility.  The Board can
        add special requirements on the construction or use, to accommodate the
        citizen and to improve the effects on the neighbors and on the Town at
        large.
         
        Board members are appointed by the Town Council to serve for three-year
        terms.  There are no residency requirements, the only restriction being
        that members may not be Town executives or legislators.  The Board
        works with the assistance of the Town Attorney.  
         
        Applicants who wish to interview for these positions may contact Town
        Clerk Anna Jamison at 301/432-6562, or Mayor Hal Spielman at
        301/432-6854.


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