Around Sharpsburg and Keedysville

January 18, 2006|by HARRY NOGLE

Bethany Lohman wins school honors

Sharpsburg Elementary first-grade teachers have chosen Bethany Lohman as January Community Partnership Character Counts! nominee.

Each month, teachers at Sharpsburg Elementary choose one student per grade level who demonstrates one of the six Character Counts! pillars of Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship.

Bethany's teacher, Chad Gross, nominated her for demonstrating the Character Counts! pillar "Respect."

In his nomination, Mr. Gross wrote that Bethany listens, follows directions, and works hard. The Community Partnership provides the Character Counts! nominee with a certificate signed by the Washington County Commissioners and a Character Counts! T-shirt.

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 openinstallation of officers for the ensuing term of 2006 tonight 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.

Sixty-year service awards will be presented to Brothers Joseph Hannah and Masonic Widow's pins to Mrs. Richard Holder and Mrs. Silas Alsip. A special memorial dervice 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

Rohrersville Ruritan to hold supper

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-out. The supper will cost $13 for adults and $6.50 for children 6-12. Children under 6 are free.

The Ruritan School is loca 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.

District 12 Ruritan to hold pot pie dinner

District 12 Ruritan will hold a chicken and ham pot pie dinner on Saturday, Jan. 21, from noon to 5 p.m. This is an all-you-can-eat dinner for $6. Carry-out is available.

The club is asking the community for any local memorabilia, such as Ruritan sponsored sports uniforms, photos or anything else of local interest they could donate to the club. Photos can be copied and returned. Items can be brought to the club Saturday, or call Carolyn Heimberger after 6 p.m. at 301-582-4775.

District 12 is one-quarter mile east of Sharpsburg Pike at the Tilghmanton Woods Community Park on the corner of Manor Church and Breathedsville roads.

Keedysville Ruritan basket bingo set

The Keedysville Ruritan Club is sponsoring a basket bingo Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Little Antietam Community Center in Keedysville.

The cost is $15 and features Valentine's baskets and retired baskets filled with goodies. Raffles, food, specials and a King Tut Jar will be available.

Proceeds will used for scholarships for students in the area to attend college. Reserved seats will be held until 5:30 p.m.; advance sale seats are held until 6 p.m., as limited seating is available. No one under 13 will be admitted.

For information or seat reservations, call Dennis at 301-432-2650 or 301-432-0281. The Little Antietam Community Center is at 40 Mt. Vernon Drive, Keedysville.

Alpha course answers 'Why did Jesus die?'

If we are honest, we would all have to admit that we do things which we know are wrong, but the Book of Romans from the Bible says, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

During the evening at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, participants will learn answers to the questions "What is the difference between the death of Jesus and the death of Socrates, one of the martyrs, or a war hero?" and "What did Jesus's death achieve?"

Join us tonight, Jan. 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Mark's Parish Hall for another night of the Alpha course, and a wonderful meal and pleasant dinner companions. If possible, please call the church at 301-582-0417 to reserve a spot, so we'll be sure to have plenty of food and drink for everyone. St. Mark's is at 18313 Lappans Road, just east of Sharpsburg Pike.

Church to hold pancake breakfast

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