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Around Sharpsburg and Keedysville

January 11, 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.

The presentation will be of interest to all historic property owners, whether you live in Sharpsburg or the surrounding area. The meeting will be held in 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.

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Christmas lighting contest winners

Out-of-town judges again judged homes and doorways in Sharpsburg on Dec. 26 for the Lions Club's annual Christmas Lighting Contest.

The Lions Club awarded prizes to the following winners:

For "Best House Decoration":

First place - Roger and Shelva Lohman, 18017 Burnside Bridge Road,

Second place - Charles and Lois Leatherman, West Antietam Street,

Third place - Rexel Gillespie, 17522 General Longstreet Circle.

For "Best Door Decorations":

First place - V. Timothy Rohr, 5422 Sharpsburg Pike,

Second place - Peggy Myers, 103 N. Church St.,

Third place - Geary Clip, 116 Antietam St.

Masons to holdopen 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 evening 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 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 to the Celestial Lodge above during the past year of sorrow.

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 contact Gene Drennen, secretary, at 301-432-5324 or e-mail at gmdren nen@netzero.net.

Oyster, ham and turkey supper set

The Rohrersville Ruritan Club will hold an oyster, ham and turkey family-style supper on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Ruritan School in Rohrersville.

Bring containers for carry-outs. The supper will cost $13 for adults and $6.50 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. If inclement weather, call 301-432-5541.

Sharpsburg Lions plan January events

Did you know that the Lions Club is more than 1.4 million strong: men and women, young and old?

Lions Club members 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:

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 sessions under way at church

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 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.bodyandsoul.org on the Web 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.

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