Around Sharpsburg and Keedysville

May 17, 2006|by HARRY NOGLE

Chorus to hold 'Visitors' Night'

Tracy Cline of Sharpsburg, vice president of chapter development for the Mason Dixon Barbershop Chorus, is having a Visitors Night on Monday, May 22, at 7:30 p.m. at Haven Lutheran Church in Hagerstown. Men who like to sing and would enjoy a night of singing and learning four-part barbershop harmony are invited. Light refreshments will be available. Come and see how much fun singing four-part harmony can be. For information, call 301-790-3178.

Masons to distribute computers

The Master, Wardens and Brethren of Antietam Lodge 197 thank the Little Antietam Community Center and the people of the local area for making their Computer Recycling Day a success.

On Saturday afternoon, April 22, in a pouring rain and less than perfect conditions, your local Masonic Lodge collected more than 600 pieces of computer components, in the form of towers, printers, monitors and scanners. On June 15, the lodge will begin to take calls for those interested in having a computer system for their personal use. Call Secretary Gene Drennen at 301-432-5324 to schedule a time for a pick-up of a system.


After the computers are distributed, the lodge will, in conjunction with Internet professionals, provide classes for those who have obtained a system and wish to increase their understanding of how the computer and the Internet work. Computers will be available for those who wish only to play games like Solitaire, Freecell, Minesweeper and Hearts, and computers for those who wish to surf the Internet, and write their memoirs. Please advise Drennen what you intend to do with the computer and the lodge will attempt to fit your needs. The two afternoon classes were both well attended and everyone came away with new knowledge about Internet safety and the workings of Microsoft Excel.

Many thanks to Trudie Holder and David Rider for their time and effort in making their presentations both interesting and enjoyable. If you still have a computer system that you would like to donate, call Secretary Drennen or e-mail to make the necessary arrangements. There are always more people who would like to have a computer than our supply can support. Your donation saves the ecology, helps a senior and shows your concern for others.

Antietam Lodge #197 meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Masonic Temple at 7 S. Main St., Keedysville. All Masons are invited to attend and those non-Masons wishing information are asked to call the Lodge Secretary or contact us by e-mail. Remember that Freemasonry "takes good men and makes them better."

Mt. View Cemetery begins cleanup

The annual Memorial Day cleanup at Mt. View Cemetery begins Friday, May 19. Please remove any grave items no later than Thursday, May 18. Unfortunately, any decorations left on graves after May 18 must be discarded. The volunteers on the Board of Trustees appreciate your assistance.

Please note that the cemetery will be closed to vehicles beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 27, parade day. Access will continue to be available on foot. Prohibiting cars on this day is necessary because of increased traffic on small confined roads and because some people have used the cemetery as a parking lot in recent years.

Donations to the cemetery's Perpetual Care Fund (principal of the fund is held in trust and only the interest is used to provide perpetual care) are always appreciated and needed. Checks may be mailed to Mt. View Cemetery Non-Profit Corporation, P. O. Box 103, Sharpsburg, MD 21782. Mt. View is run by volunteers who do their best to keep the cemetery a dignified final resting place for your loved ones and theirs.

Women's Ensemble to co-host concert

Sharpsburg's Antietam Women's Ensemble and the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church are co-hosting a performance by the West Liberty State College Chamber Choir, directed by Alfred R. deJaager. The free concert, which will include both sacred and secular repertoire, folk songs and spirituals, will take place at the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church on Friday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m. This performance is part of the choir's spring tour, which will conclude with a performance at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, Baltimore. For more information on the performance, call 540-450-1150. The Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church is at 100 W. Washington St., Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Christ Reformed soup stand at parade

Christ Reformed U.C.C. of Sharpsburg will hold a food stand in front of the church on parade day, Saturday, May 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Church members will sell country ham sandwiches, hot dogs, soft drinks and water. Church members will also sell homemade candy and cookies. This year, the church will be selling raffle tickets at $1 each or six for $5 for a Longaberger Scalloped Boutique basket set. The raffle will be held at 3 p.m. on parade day. Christ Reformed is at 117 W. Main St., Sharpsburg.

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