Around Sharpsburg and Keedysville

May 03, 2006|by HARRY NOGLE

Author visits Pleasant Valley Elementary

Author Richard Stack, who writes books based on dog stories, such as "The Doggonest Christmas," and "The Doggonest Vacation," visited Pleasant Valley Elementary on Wednesday, April 26.

Stack, who lives near Baltimore, was accompanied by his faithful companion, Recess.

During an assembly that was both fun and educational, Recess performed, students participated and Stack explained his writing process. Each class visited Stack and Recess during the day to ask questions and pet Recess. To prepare for the visit, students made posters of their pets, created pet headbands, puppets, hats, and masks and wrote stories and poems about dogs.

Pleasant Valley conducts Math Fair

Pleasant Valley Elementary conducted a Math Fair on Monday, April 24. Every class visited the math fair during the school day to explore math centers and games, as well as try new math concepts.


Some younger classes were assisted by fourth-grade helpers. All 52 centers and games were age and grade appropriate.

That evening, students brought their parents to try the centers and to learn some new partner games related to math.

More than 70 people attended the evening activities. Snacks were provided by math enrichment students. enrichment teacher Christina Atkins and fourth-grade teacher Jenny Poling organized and ran the math fair.

Lions Club to hear photographer speak

Retired National Geographic photographer and Sharpsburg resident Don Cooper will speak at the May 4 meeting.

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

Regular meeting (May 4);

Hagerstown Lions 84th Charter Night (May 9);

Fahrney-Keedy Memorial Home Sing-A-Long, 7 p.m. (May 11);

Boonsboro's 75th Charter Night (May 13);

New Market District Charter Night (May 15);

Regular Meeting (May 18);

Multiple District Convention - Virginia Beach (May 18-21);

White Cane Banquet at Westminster (May 25);

Memorial Day Parade and hot dog stand (May 27).

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

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.

The American Legion Auxiliary, Antietam Unit 236, has placed a collection barrel in front of Sharpsburg Town Hall through May 15 where persons may place their worn American flags for proper disposal by unit members.

Antietam Unit 236 reminds all patriotic Americans to display an American flag in good condition for the upcoming patriotic holidays of Armed Forces Day (May 20), Memorial Day (May 29), Independence Day (July 4), Flag Day (June 14), Labor Day (Sept. 4), Patriot Day (Sept. 11) and POW/MIA Recognition Day (Sept.15).

Lee Stine to speak to Historical Society

Lee Stine will speak on the Marker Rifles, a rifle built in Sharpsburg in the early 19th-century, at the Thursday, May 11, meeting of the Sharpsburg Historical Society. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in Sharpsburg Town Hall, 106 E. Main St. (above the library). All are welcome.

Church to have concession stand

The Sharpsburg Church of the Brethren will provide a concession stand on Saturday, May 27, starting at 11 a.m. during the annual Sharpsburg Memorial Day parade.

The stand will feature hot dogs, chili dogs, kraut dogs, steamers, chips, sodas and water. Stop by the stand for the best dogs at the best price in town and help raise money for community outreach projects. The Sharpsburg Church of the Brethren is at 123 W. Main St. in Sharpsburg.

Shoemaker collects for memorial booklet

Doris Shoemaker is collecting Sharpsburg Memorial Day Parade memorials for the Parade Booklet. Doris will collect for the Dargan and Antietam areas. The cost of memorials for the booklet is $1 for 43 spaces. Call Doris at 301-432-6422 or 301-432-6065.

American Legion Post 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. Applicants will be judged on the following criteria:

The applicant must be in the immediate family of a member of either the American Legion, the Sons of American Legion or the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary;

The applicant must show a need for financial assistance;

The applicant must have maintained a 3.0 or above grade-point average;

The applicant must write an essay of 200 to 500 words on the topic, "What I Wish to Accomplish With My Life."

The deadline to apply and have the essay in the office of Anna Lofton 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.

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