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Flat Gap Fire Department to host benefit
by Scott Perry

FLAT GAP — Sometimes friendship lasts beyond a lifetime.

Jimmy Lee “Bo” Jenkins had friends before he died in November 2001, and he still has them nearly two years later.

They’ll be coming together April 26 at the Flat Gap Fire Department to stage a benefit Bluegrass music concert. The proceeds from that concert will go toward the estimated $2,000 price of a headstone for Bo Jenkins’ grave.

The concert came together almost by chance.

Jenkins’ daughter, Rachel Skeens, works at Ramco, a popular truck stop near Lowmansville on Route 23, and Gary Green, a truck-driving friend of her father’s, stops by the store frequently. The two began talking about the family’s efforts to raise money for a headstone, and Rachel asked Green if he could help.

Green, a banjo player in Green Mountain Grass, offered to host a concert, at no charge, for his late friend, and Skeens accepted.

“I really appreciate all the help,” Rachel Skeens said. “Not a lot of people would do something like this.”

The show begins April 26 at 7 p.m., with another friend, Tommy VanHoose, who hosts a weekly Bluegrass music show on WSIP, serving as emcee.

Skeens said others may join the playlist before showtime.

Admission price is $5 for adults, $3 for children 12 and older. Kids under 12 will be admitted free.

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