Around Sharpsburg

June 07, 2006|by HARRY NOGLE

Pleasant Valley holds 'Squid Day'

Fourth-grade students at Pleasant Valley Elementary held their annual "Squid Day" on Tuesday, May 30.

Squid Day is an extension of a unit called "Structures of Life," part of the science program. Former fourth-grade teacher Aileen Boyd assisted students in the dissection of the squid which had been ordered from Chic's Seafood.

During the activity, students learned new vocabulary, conducted research, and completed a laboratory activity with the squid.

They even sang "I am a Squid."

Students worked in partners, identifying the mantle, the ink sac, and the "pen" or shell of a squid. Students from both Jennifer Poling's and Lindsay Pinieski's classes participated.

South County celebration set

Residents of south Washington County will hold events to celebrate "Love Not Hate in Washington County" on Saturday, June 10. Some of the events that will occur include:


An Interfaith service and Celebration of our Community will be held at 9 a.m. at the Dunker Church on Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg. This is an interfaith worship service along with the Antietam Women's Ensemble, director Georgiann Toole, Salem United Methodist Church soloist Betty Snyder and local area clergy;

A Celebrate Community event will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. at Taylor Park in Keedysville. This event will feature musical entertainment, activities for children and youth and booths of church and community organizations that serve the community.

A Deja Vu Skate Shop will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., including skateboarding demonstrations, T-shirts for sale and skate gear displays;

The Frank Culler Magic Show will be held at 2 p.m.;

A Youth Fest will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., showcasing the talent of local area youth;

An organ recital will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. at St Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Keedysville, featuring Mark and Lynn Anderson and the Antietam Women's Ensemble, director Georgiann Toole.

Taylor Drive in Keedysville is near the Red Bird Restaurant off Md. 34 between Boonsboro and Sharpsburg. For more information, the Web site address is

Group to hold musical event

The women's group of Salem Lutheran Church will hold their annual Fathers Appreciation Dinner with music on Sunday evening, June 11. Local musician Charlie VanMeter will play country music at 4 p.m., followed by dinner at 5 p.m. Music will continue after the dinner. All are welcome. Salem Lutheran Church is at 17626 Bakersville Road, about one mile west of Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65).

Pre-kindergarten program to be held

Sharpsburg Elementary School will have a pre-kindergarten program during the 2006-07 school year.

Any child born between Sept. 2, 2001, and Sept. 1, 2002 is eligible if they meet the income guidelines and live in the southern Washington County area. To register for kindergarten a child needs to be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2006. Early registration helps the school to better prepare for children and their needs. Parents or guardians can register the child or children anytime on or before July 12, 2006. For more information, call Sharpsburg Elementary at 301-766-8321.

Hamill to speak about new hospital

Jim Hamill from Washington County Hospital will speak at the Sharpsburg Lions Club's June 15 meeting about the plans to build a new facility.

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

Pie Call at Reeders Memorial Home, 2 p.m. (June 6);

Fahrney Keedy Memorial Home Sing-A-Long (June 8);

Freedom district Installation-Flag Day (June 14);

Regular meeting (June 15);

Kiss-a-Pig event, Hagers-town Suns game at Municipal Stadium (June 17);

Hancock Lioness Installation (June 26);

Depart for Lions Club International convention, Boston (June 29).

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

Battlefield to present 'Artillery Weekend'

The rolling terrain and the heavy reliance on artillery by Union and Confederate forces made Antietam one of the most significant artillery battles in the Civil War. Artillery firing demonstrations will be held throughout Saturday and Sunday, June 10-11.

Masons to distribute recycled 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 the Computer Recyling Day a success.

On Saturday, April 22, in a pouring rain and less than perfect conditions, the local Masonic Lodge collected more than 600 pieces of computer components, in the form of towers, printers, monitors and scanners.

On June 15, members 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.

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