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April 19, 2006|by HARRY NOGLE

Kline to sing with barbershop chorus

Tracy Kline of Sharpsburg will sing with the Mason Dixon Barbershop Chorus as part of a combined benefit show with North Hagerstown High's Concert Choir on Saturday, April 22, at 7 p.m. at North Hagerstown High.

The show will feature the North High Concert Choir, local barbershop quartets Nice n' Easy, Carousel, and the Prospective Freedom Valley Sweet Adeline Chorus from Chambersburg, Pa.

Tickets are available from North High Concert Choir and Barbershop Chorus members, as well as at the door. All ticket proceeds go to the Mike Callus Stadium Fund. Ticket prices are $10 for adults; and $8 for students and seniors. For information, call 301-739-3178 or visit www.masondixonchorus.org on the Web.

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Iraqi Masonic Lodge sends flag this way

The Master, Wardens and Brethren of Antietam Lodge 197 have recently received two flags from their Masonic Brothers in Iraq.

The newly formed Lodge, LandAirandSea 1 Iraq is chartered under the Grand Lodge of New York and is based at Al Asad Air Base.

The Lodge is assisting the chaplain's office in several welfare/morale projects for the troops. Antietam Lodge has collected, with the support of the community and other Masonic Lodges in the area, dozens of boxes of needed personal supplies for U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

This has been spearheaded by in-country Brother Charles E. Martin, UNISYS Field Service Engineer.

As a token of their gratitude to the lodges that are participating in these projects, the Masonic Brothers in Iraq acquired "USA flags," both the 50-star and the historical "Gadsden" flag with the coiled rattlesnake, and the motto, "DON'T TREAD ON ME."

They have the marine gunship take them on a mission over Iraq and upon their return to base, the guards fly them on the headquarters flagpole for 30 minutes, "long enough for the insurgents in the hills to get a look at them." The Marine guard fires a salute and the flags are brought down.

They prepare a commemorative certificate, and the flags are sent to the participating lodge.

The Gadsden flag, which was signed by the line officers of the Lodge, will travel with the brethren of Antietam Lodge when they visit other Lodges to show their support for our troops and to inform the other Lodges that they too can participate in this worthy endeavor.

Our soldiers have only one micro-PX from which they can purchase personal care items and this sometimes requires a wait of more than an hour in less than perfect conditions.

Antietam Lodge 197 meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at its Masonic Temple in Keedysville, at 7 S. Main St. All Masons are invited to attend. Please direct your inquiries to Secretary Gene Drennen at 301-432-5324 or msh1862@yahoo.com.

American Legion offers scholarships

American Legion Post 236, Sharpsburg, will be awarding two $500 scholarships due to the effort of George Crist, Dale Lewis and members of the post.

The applicant must be a graduating senior from Boonsboro High who plans to pursue a two or four year program at an accredited institution.

The deadline to apply is May 12.

Evaluation will be by school official Anna Lofton and selected members of Post 236.

For more information, contact Anna Lofton at Boonsboro High at 301-766-8025) or any member of American Legion Post 236.

The monthly meeting of American Legion Post 236 is held the first Tuesday of every month at the Sharpsburg Ambulance Hall on Chapline Street at 7 p.m. Commander Gene Benner welcomes all members of Post 236 to come to the meetings and get involved.

MS Walk to be held at Antietam Battlefield

The annual MS Walk will be held Saturday at Antietam National Battlefield, starting at 10 a.m. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

The MS Walk is entering its 18th year in Maryland. Each year teams composed of family members, friends, organizations and/or co-workers join the fight against MS by participating in this important fundraiser.

The Battle of Antietam marked a turning point in the Civil War, giving President Lincoln the win he needed to go forth with the Emancipation Proclamation. Discover all that Antietam has to offer during these historic 3- or 5-mile walk through the beautiful rolling hills of the historic battlefield.

This walk is "stroller friendly," so bring the whole family. You'll be given information to lead you on a self-guided tour. Outback Steakhouse provides lunch at the finish. A silent auction will also be held.

To reach the battlefield from I-70, take exit 29 South (Md. 65 towards Sharpsburg). Drive 10 miles and the battlefield will be on the left. Follow signs and parking volunteers to the start/finish area. For more information, call 800-FIGHT MS or visit www.mswalk-md.org/.

Church to host spaghetti dinner

St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Sharpsburg is hosting a spaghetti dinner and Longaberger basket raffle on Saturday, April 22, from 5 to 7 p.m.

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