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    For Immediate Release – August 18, 2008 Contacts: Edward E. Dunleavy (304) 876-7029 Michael L. Nickerson (304) 876-0740 Concert to Benefit Battlefield
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      For Immediate Release – August 18, 2008
      Contacts:
      Edward E. Dunleavy (304) 876-7029
      Michael L. Nickerson (304) 876-0740


      Concert to Benefit Battlefield Preservation and Shepherdstown Family

      Shepherdstown, WV – The Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation
      Association Inc (SBPA) announced that the proceeds from its 4th
      Annual Benefit Concert, scheduled for September 19 at the
      Shepherdstown Train Station, will be shared with the Ellsworth Family
      Fund as well as helping to fund its battlefield preservation efforts.

      "Friday, Sept. 19 marks the 146th anniversary of the start of the
      1862 Battle of Shepherdstown", said Ed Dunleavy, President of
      SBPA, "and it is fitting that this year's concert is on the same day
      of the week as the start of the battle in 1862. More importantly, the
      SBPA Board voted to share the concert's net proceeds equally with the
      Ellsworth Family Fund". Mason Ellsworth the 18 year-old son of
      Sylvia and Brian Ellsworth was critically injured in an auto accident
      in June and will need significant medical treatment. "While SBPA's
      expenses continue to mount" said Dunleavy, "our Board thought it
      important to help a Shepherdstown family in its time of need".

      "The concert will feature many local performers", said Mike Nickerson
      who chaired the Concert Committee, "Todd Coyle, Andrea and Dave
      Hines, Don Oehser, Eddy Barney, Dave Lafleur, Arnold Smith, and The
      Rolling Coyotes will be performing". Doors will open at 7:30PM and
      the music will begin at 8:00. There will be free food and, for a
      small donation, beverages will be available. "We ask for a $10
      donation at the door", said Nickerson, "and urge all local residents
      to help save a piece of our history and help a Shepherdstown family".

      SBPA's goal is to save about ½ or 300 acres of the site of the Battle
      of Shepherdstown. This has proven difficult due to a proposed
      residential development of 152 houses on 122 acres in the core of the
      battlefield. Earlier this year, the West Virginia Supreme Court of
      Appeals granted the developer the right to proceed. SBPA's attorney
      will file an appeal with the United States Supreme Court next month.

      The Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association Inc. (SBPA) is
      a 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to saving and preserving the site
      of the 1862 Battle of Shepherdstown. The battle was fought on
      September 19-20, 1862 involving approximately 9,000 troops and
      resulted in 677 casualties. The battle was fought over an area about
      one square mile located south of Packhorse Ford and east of
      Shepherdstown, WV. SBPA has preserved 84 acres by way of conservation
      easements granted by members who own property on the site. For more
      information see: www.battleofshepherdstown.org
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