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June 14, 2006|by HARRY NOGLE

Legion post holds last meeting of year

American Legion Post #236 held its last meeting of year Tuesday, June 6, at the Sharpsburg Fire Hall. Scholarship Chairman Dale Lewis reported that six scholarships were presented to students at Boonsboro High on Monday, June 5. Western Maryland district Commander Larry Gerber gave a presentation of the activities of the district and the value that students receive in attending American Legion Boys State. At Boys State participants spend a week studying government, electing a governing body, composing bills, guiding bills through committee and voting on bills that reach the floor of the legislation. Scholarship fund chairman George Crist suggested that the Legion membership consider sending several boys to Boys State next year.

Post Chaplain Albert Hetzel reminded the membership that the date of June 6 was is the anniversary of the date of the Normandy Invasion, June 6, 1944. Chaplain Hetzel informed the membership that World War II member David Gardner had recently died, and that World War II veterans are dying at a rapid rate. The Post offered a prayer for David Gardner and for all the servicemen who had fought in wars for the freedom of all Americans. Commander Don Bailey concluded the meeting with wishes for a safe and happy summer.

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Sharpsburg Elementary Pre-K

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. For more information, call Sharpsburg Elementary at 301-766-8321.

Rohrersville Ruritan thanks participants

The Rohrersville Ruritan Club thanks all those who attended the Strawberry Festival Saturday, June 3. The club also thanks the Boonsboro Middle School Jazz Band and the Rohrersville Band for providing music. The following are winners of the raffle to benefit the Rohrersville Ruritan Park:

First - Maddie Smith, $50 cash; second - John Himes, handwoven fruit basket donated by Julie Umberger; third - Bon Tonetti, 1:43 scale tractor trailer with Ruritan logos. $40 donated by Kenneth Bolt; fourth - Debbie Oden $25 gift certificate to Mountain View Diner; fifth - Mr. Nye, $25 gift certificate to Mountain View Diner; sixth - Diane Himes, $25 gift certificate to Theresa Murray Salon; seventh - Sam Hawbaker, two adult dinners at Rohrersville Ruritan Oyster Supper.

Hamill to speak at Lions Club meeting

James Hamill from Washington County Hospital will speak at the June 15 meeting about the plans to build a new facility. Other regularly scheduled activities planned by the Sharpsburg Lions in June are as follows:

  • Freedom district Installation - Flag Day (June 14),

  • Regular Meeting (June 15),

  • Kiss-a-Pig Ballgame, Hagerstown Suns 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.

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 its Computer Recycling Day a success. On April 22, the 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 pickup of a system. After the computers are distributed the Masons will provide classes for those who have obtained a system and wish to increase their understanding of how the computer and the Internet work.

If you still have a computer system that you would like to donate, call Drennen or e-mail us at msh1862@yahoo.com to make the necessary arrangements.

Antietam Lodge #197 meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. at 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."

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