Around Sharpsburg and Keedysville

March 08, 2006|by HARRY NOGLE

Grandson sends flag to Sharpsburg man

Dan Renner of Harpers Ferry Road near Sharpsburg was surprised this weekend when he received in the mail an American flag and a framed certificate.

The certificate explained that the flag had flown over a building in Kandahar, Afghanistan, called the "Taliban Last Stand."

This building, used by the Taliban as their headquarters, had been neutralized by an American bomb in November 2001, and is now used by as the headquarters of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

Renner's grandson, Sgt. Stephen M. Renner, recently returned to his home in Texas from a tour of duty in Afghanistan with the 173 Airborne Brigade and sent Renner the flag and certificate from Afghanistan.


Renner is especially proud to have the flag since he served as a Marine in the Mediterranean Sea area and his son, Daniel, Jr., a 1977 graduate of Boonsboro High, served 14 years in the U.S. Army. Renner retired from Mack Trucks in 1991. He and his wife Judy are lifelong residents of Sharpsburg.

Keedysville to hold Lenten services

The annual Keedysville Community Lenten Services have expanded this year to include Trinity Reformed UCC in Boonsboro and Christ Reformed UCC in Sharpsburg. All services will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. The following is a schedule and location of the various services:

March 8 - Lenten Service at Trinity Reformed UCC, Boonsboro;

March 15 - Lenten Service at St. Peter's ELCA, Keedysville;

March 22 - Lenten Service at Salem UMC, Keedysville;

March 29 - Lenten Service at Mt. Vernon Reformed UCC, Keedysville;

April 5 - Lenten Service at Christ Reformed UCC, Sharpsburg.

An Ecumenical Service will be held at Trinity Reformed UCC in Boonsboro on Good Friday, April 14.

'Mending Creation' workshop planned

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Lappans, will host a workshop called "Mending Creation" on the prevention of child sexual misconduct at the church on Wednesday. This workshop is required for all volunteers who work with teenagers and is highly recommended for Sunday school teachers and church volunteers who have contact with children and youth. This course is free and is led by the Maryland Episcopal Diocesan Youth Minister. The course is conducted in three sessions to accommodate participants' schedules: 9 a.m. to noon; 1 to 3 p.m., and 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For reservations contact St. Mark's at 301-582-0417 or e-mail St. Mark's is at 18313 Lappans Road, just east of Sharpsburg Pike.

Historical Society to have speaker

Guests and members are invited to join the Sharpsburg Historical Society this Thursday at 7 p.m. at Sharpsburg Town Hall for a presentation by Dr. Susan Trail on the establishment and early history of the Antietam National Cemetery in Sharpsburg. Trail is superintendent of Monocacy National Battlefield in Frederick, Md. For further information, call 301-432-8410. Town Hall is at 106 E. Main St., Sharpsburg.

Lions to sell country ham sandwiches

The Sharpsburg Lions will sell delicious country ham sandwiches for $2 by phone order until Monday, April 3. The sandwiches may be picked up Thursday evening, April 6 after 5 p.m. or will be delivered Friday, April 7. Call 301-739-8245 or 301-733-8874 to place your orders.

The Sharpsburg Lions Club will join with the Boonsboro club for the March 16 meeting.

Other regularly scheduled activities planned by the Sharpsburg Lions for the month of March are as follows:

Fahrney Keedy Sing-a-Long - March 9, at 7 p.m.;

New Market District Big Twenty - March 18;

Kitzmiller Lions Club Annual Shrimp and Cabin Stew Dinner - March 20;

Middletown Lions Club 75th Charter Night - March 27;

Tri-State Meeting, Lovettsville, Va. - March 28.

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

Church to hold pancake breakfast

Salem United Methodist Church, Keedysville, will be having an all you can eat pancake breakfast on Saturday, March 11, from 7 to 11 a.m. The cost is adults - $6; children ages 6-10 years - $4; and children 5 and under, free. The breakfast menu consists of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, sausage gravy, juice, coffee and tea. Salem United Methodist Church is at 25 S. Main St., Keedysville.

Cemetery to start spring cleaning

The Samples Manor Cemetery Committee will start spring cleaning for Easter on March 15. The committee asks all persons who have placed memorial items such as flowers and statues on the graves of loved ones to remove and collect these items, or the cemetery committee will be obligated to dispose of them. The committee reminds visitors that rules, dates and regulations are posted at each entrance to the cemetery.

Church to hold revival services

Sharpsburg Bible Church will hold revival services starting Sunday, March 19, through Wednesday, March 22. The Rev. Neville West will speak. The Sunday service will start at 6 p.m. The Monday through Wednesday services will begin at 7 p.m. Sharpsburg Bible Church is at the corner of Antietam and Potomac streets in Sharpsburg.

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