Around Sharpsburg and Keedysville

January 04, 2006|by HARRY NOGLE

Kurtz to speak to Historical Society

Peter Kurtz, director of the National Register program at the Maryland Historical Trust, will speak at the Sharpsburg Historical Society meeting Thursday, Jan. 12.

Find out the positive points of National Register listing, including state and federal tax credit eligibility, and protection from state and federally-funded projects such as road improvements. This presentation will be of interest to all historic property owners, whether you live in Sharpsburg or the surrounding area. The meeting will be held at the Sharpsburg Town Hall (second floor above the library on Main Street) at 7 p.m. There is no charge. For further information, call 301-432-8410.

Masons to hold open installation

The Master, Wardens and Brethren of Antietam Lodge 197, A.F&A.M. have held their elections for the ensuing term of 2006 and will hold an Open Installation of Officers for the ensuing term of 2006 on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Lodge in Keedysville. In accordance with rules and regulations of the Grand Lodge of Maryland, Antietam Lodge is afforded the right to have an open Masonic ritual for the local community. Through time honored Masonic ritual, the line officers are installed to their respective stations by Deputy Grand Lecturer Frederick Reel, PM. 60-year service awards will be presented to Br. Joseph Hannah and Masonic Widow's pins to Mrs. Richard Holder and Mrs. Silas Alsip. A special memorial service will be held for those brothers who have passed away during the past year. Plan to attend, bring your friends and family to view this public Masonic event. All Masons, their friends and family, and those having a curiosity, are invited to attend and be a part of the festivities. Good food and fellowship will be on hand for those attending. Antietam Lodge 197 meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in their Temple, at 7 S. Main St. in Keedysville. To become a member or if you have questions, please call Gene Drennen, secretary, at 301-432-5324 or e-mail at


Sharpsburg Lionsplan January events

Did you know that Lions are more than 1.4 million strong: men and women, young and old? Lions can be found in more than 190 countries and geographical areas from the hinterlands of Australia and Brazil to thriving urban centers like New York City and Milan. Lions speak dozens of languages and vary in nature and customs. The Sharpsburg Lions have regularly scheduled activities planned for the month of January:

First regular meeting (Jan. 5);

Fahrney Keedy Pie Call (Jan. 12);

Second regular meeting (Jan. 19).

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

Body & Soul winter sessions to begin

Body & Soul dance style cardio aerobics and strength training to contemporary Christian music is under way at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. with instructor Lisa Ridenour (301-432-7337). Body & Soul will also begin today at St. James Brethren Church on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. with instructor Michelle Bumgardner (301-695-4614). Bring a floor mat, small hand weights and water bottle. Contact either instructor with questions. Visit www.bodyand web site for further information and for other class locations. St. Mark's Episcopal Church is at 18313 Lappans Road, just east of Sharpsburg Pike. St. James Brethren Church is at 17718 Lappans Road, between Downsville and Sharpsburg Pikes.

'Fit Kids 4 Christ'keeps youth active

Fit Kids 4 Christ is an exercise and recreation program especially designed for elementary-aged children. The program offers a unique opportunity for children to stay active and social over the cold winter months. Physical activities include Yoga for Kids, basketball, relays, dance, "parachute" and other "active" games. A healthy snack is provided and the class ends with prayer. Classes are free and open to the public the second Thursday of each month. Join exercise instructor Lisa Ridenour at Benevola United Methodist Church Spiritual Life Center from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The church is three miles north of Boonsboro on Alternate U.S. 40, also known as Funkstown Pike.

Magnet Programapplications available

Sharpsburg Elementary School Principal Carl Stark has announced that applications for the 2006-07 Magnet Program are available at the school office and at the office of Funded and Special Programs at the Board of Education. All applications must be competed and returned to the office of Funded and Special Programs by Jan. 31. The magnet program offers enriched and accelerated learning experiences for students of grades 2-5 who demonstrate high academic potential, strong motivation, and work ethic, creativity, and leadership ability. Open houses for families to learn more about the programs will be scheduled in January For more information, call Stark or call Betsy Donohoe at 301-766-2992.

Tobacco cessation courses to be held

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