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April 12, 2006|by HARRY NOGLE

Mickayla Bacher honored at school

Third grade teachers at Sharpsburg Elementary School chose Mickayla Bacher as Sharpsburg Elementary School's March Community Partnership Character Counts! nominee.

Betty Stover, Mickayla's teacher, nominated her for demonstrating all the Character Counts! pillars (Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship).

Mrs. Stover states that Mickayla is an honest, responsible, trustworthy and hard-working student. She says that Mickayla always tries to do her best work.

The Community Partnership Character Counts! committee will consider Mickayla's nomination, along with nominations from other county schools. The student chosen will be eligible to receive a Character Counts! T-shirt and a certificate signed by the Washington County Commissioners.

Auxiliary essay winners named

Sharpsburg American Legion Auxiliary Unit 236 President Ava Gift presented monetary awards and ribbons to fifth-grade winners of the annual Americanism essay writing contest at Sharpsburg Elementary School on Thursday, March 30.


The title of this year's essay was "What Freedom Means to Me."

The first-place winner was Colleen Loss, daughter of Charles and Susan Loss. Kelsey Smith, daughter of Robin and Lois Smith, won second place. The third-place winner was Kelsey Eichelberger, daughter of J.W. and Cheryl Eichelberger. All fifth-graders at Sharpsburg Elementary who wrote an essay received a gift from Unit 236.

Singers to perform with Choral Arts

Sharpsburg residents Gordon Sanders, Connie Sanders and Beverly Shriver will perform in the Hagerstown Choral Arts concert "Poems, Prayers, and Promises" on Saturday, April 29, 7:30 p.m. at Kepler Theater at Hagerstown Community College.

Featured on the program will be selections from the song cycle "Frostiana," which includes the poetry of Robert Frost and music of Randall Thompson, several madrigal settings by Thomas Morley and a humorous selection by P.D.Q. Bach. Other composers represented on this concert include works by Mozart, Daniel Gawthrop and Aaron Copland. Hagerstown Choral Arts has invited several musical guests to be part of this concert; Jennifer Manuel, a sixth-grade flutist from Clear Spring Middle School; soprano Angela Holsinger and oboist Gregory Starliper, both music majors from Shepherd University; and pianist Dr. Scott Beard, chair of the keyboard division at Shepherd.

The chorus will round out the evening with the wonderful music from the Broadway play and film "The Producers," which features lyrics and music by Mel Brooks.

Advance tickets are available at Music and Arts Center 1337 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, and at the Washington County Arts Council Gallery, 14 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Tickets will also be available at the door just prior to the concert. Additional information is available by calling Hagerstown Choral Arts at 301-665-9424.

Schlossnagle to speak at Lions Club meeting

State Conservationist Jim Schlossnagle will speak at the April 20 Sharpsburg Lions Club meeting. Other regularly scheduled activities planned by the Sharpsburg Lions for the month of April are as follows:

Fahrney-Keedy Sing-a-Long (April 13, 7 p.m.);

Easter egg hunt (April 16, 2 p.m., Little League field);

Second regular meeting (April 20, 7 p.m.): Jim Schlossnagle to speak;

Leader Dog Banquet, Washington Square United Methodist Church (April 25.)

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

Church to present 'Stabat Mater'

Art and music have always been forms that humanity has expressed its deepest feelings, desires, joys and sorrows. In the church, artists and musicians are ministers of the Gospel who express in more than words the faith of Jesus Christ.

This Maundy Thursday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. the St. Mark's Choir will be presenting the "Stabat Mater," a composition by Giovanni Pergolesi. In it, the composer has used women's voices to echo the agony of Mary watching as her son walks the Way of the Cross.

The music depicts Mary's emotions - tension, sorrow, grief, and even hope - as she tries to believe that her son will rise again as he said.

For this special presentation, the choir will be joined by student musicians and soloists from Shenandoah University, who have been invited by St. Mark's Music Director Christopher Reynolds. Shenandoah University Choral Director Dr. Karen Keating will direct the St. Mark's choir on Maundy Thursday and again on Easter Day. This service is open to family, friends and community.

The entire service, including readings, homily, Holy Communion and the Stabat Mater will be only slightly over one hour. This service is also appropriate for older children.

Legion Auxiliary to collect worn flags

Spring has arrived and yard cleaning has begun, and it is an ideal time to replace tattered, torn and worn American flags.

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