Around Sharpsburg and Keedysville

November 08, 2005

Tobacco Cessation courses offered

Did you know that within 20 minutes after a smoker puts down his last cigarette, his body begins a series of positive changes that continue for years?

If you are now a smoker, you can receive these positive benefits by stopping. The Washington County Health Department will be holding Tobacco Cessation courses at the Municipal Building, 22 Taylor Drive, Keedysville, from 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 10, 14 and 17. Free nicotine patches will be given to Washington County residents. Call 240-420-1796 to register.

Sharpsburg Lions

The Sharpsburg Lions have many activities planned for November:

· Freedom District Lions & Lioness Charter Night (Nov. 9)

· Fahrney Keedy Memorial Home Birthday Party (Nov. 10)

· Hagerstown Lions Pancake Breakfast, Elks Club (Nov. 12)

· Sharpsburg Lions Club Charter Night (Nov. 17),

· LVRF Rally at Johns Hopkins (Nov. 19)

· Lonaconing Lions Club 75th Charter Night (Nov. 21).


Regular meetings are held at the Lions' Den at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Main Street in Sharpsburg.

Wreath-laying ceremony Friday

Antietam Unit 236 of the American Legion Auxiliary will sponsor a wreath-laying ceremony Friday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. in the Sharpsburg Town Square.

The ceremony will include Washington County AMVETS Post 10 Honor Guard and soloists Carmen Griffith and Kathy Gustafson. Park Ranger Paul Chiles of the Antietam National Battlefield will speak on the history of Veterans Day and the ties it has with the Sharpsburg area. Jack Emanuelson and Larry Weber of the Rohrersville Band will play Echo Taps. The program will include an educational segment regarding the 75th Anniversary of the Arlington National Cemetery Guard of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. The public is invited.

Ensemble to honor Tolson's Chapel

The Antietam Women's Ensemble will perform Saturday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 20, at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Sharpsburg in honor of one of Sharpsburg's historic structures, Tolson Chapel. Tolson's Chapel, a small structure located on High Street in Sharpsburg, is under restoration by the Save Historic Antietam Foundation (SHAF).

Tolson's Chapel was constructed in 1866 as the "Colored Methodist Episcopal Church" of Sharpsburg and housed a "free school" beginning in 1868, educating the town's African-American children. It is one of very few free schools still standing in the state of Maryland. Following construction of a slightly larger school in town by the county school board, the building continued in use as a Methodist chapel until the mid-19th century. When SHAF acquired it, Tolson's Chapel had not been touched since its closing, and remained a pristine, important structure in Sharpsburg. These AWE concerts will feature American music from the time of the Chapel's founding, as well as modern music which refers to that era in text or subject matter. Join the AWE for exciting, thought-provoking music which explores big ideas - freedom, human rights, war, family - major issues of the mid-19th century which still resonate today. A portion of AWE concert ticket sales will be contributed to the restoration efforts on the Tolson Chapel.

Oyster, ham, turkey supper Nov. 19

The Rohrersville Ruritan Club will hold a "family style" oyster, ham and turkey supper Saturday, Nov. 19, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Ruritan School in Rohrersville. Bring containers for carry-outs. The supper will cost $13 (tax included) for adults and $6.50 (tax included) for children 6-12. Children under 6 are free. The Ruritan School is off Md. 67, four miles south of Boonsboro and eight miles north of U.S. 340. Call 301-432-8517 or 301-733-8741 for more information.

Herb presentation

Are you looking for some new ideas for your holiday cooking? Join us Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Washington County Free Library in Hagerstown as Master Gardener Lori Young visits. Young will follow her introduction to the Master Gardener program with a demonstration of the proper way to harvest and dry herbs and some suggestions for using herbs for your holiday cooking and entertaining. Recipes will be available for people to take home with them. Call 301-739-3250, ext 136, for information or to reserve a seat.

Develop a healthy body

Fitness classes offered at the Little Antietam Community Center in Keedysville will help participants develop a firm body, a strong heart, lower blood pressure, reduced stress and more energy.

· Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. - Strong Step (a Jackie Sorensen program) is a low impact, high-energy fitness class that is fun and effective. Each class includes muscle toning and strengthening, cardiovascular exercise and stretching using a 4- to 6-inch step to increase lower-body resistance and burn calories. Bring a towel or mat, and 2- to 6-pound hand-held weights (optional). A limited number of steps are available at the center.

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