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Around Sharpsburg and Keedysville

July 13, 2006|by HARRY NOGLE

Sharpsburg residents return from military duty in Iraq

Randy Goetz, Justin Valentine and Daniel Hoffman returned home Memorial Day, May 29, after serving a year in Iraq with the 115th Infantry Regiment of the Maryland Army National Guard 29th Division. All three men attended Sharpsburg Elementary School and graduated from Boonsboro High School.

Tolson's Chapel seeks internsfor renovation

The Tolson's Chapel advisory board will hold an organizational meeting on Thursday, July 13, at 7 p.m. at Tolson's Chapel in Sharpsburg to develop and produce an eight- to 10-week internship program to teach five people basic restoration techniques while beginning the restoration of the historic chapel.

Tolson's Chapel is the small, one-room artificial brick building on High Street in Sharpsburg just up the hill from the bakery across the street. The chapel was built in 1868 by the African American population of Sharpsburg on their own land with their own funds. Just after the Civil War, many of its early members could not read or write, so the chapel was also used as a Freedman's Bureau School.

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Last year, the Tolson's Chapel advisory board got a Gaming Commission grant to develop and produce an internship program to teach five people basic restoration techniques while beginning the restoration of the chapel. David Gibney of Historic Restoration Specialists, Inc. has volunteered to donate his time as a teacher. He has worked for 30 years as a skilled artisan, restoring many historic buildings in this area. He is a member of Preservation Trades Network, a national organization that promotes the teaching of the historic methods and trades.

The work sessions need to start as soon as possible. At the first meeting, Gibney will choose the times for the classes.

If you are interested, but cannot attend the meeting, call Denise Troxell at 301-432-6856.

Jamison to collect Sharpsburg taxes

Sharpsburg Tax Collector Debra Jamison will collect Sharpsburg Town taxes in the Town Hall Council Room Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. during the months of July and August on the following dates:

July 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27; Aug. 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31.

Deadline approaches for pre-K program

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, but parents or guardians must register their child or children before Wednesday, July 12. To register for kindergarten a child needs to be five years old by Sept. 1, 2006. For more information, call Sharpsburg Elementary at 301-766-8321.

Marsh Center to host cancer screening in Sharpsburg

The John R. Marsh Cancer Center will host a Breast Cancer Screening Clinic at Sharpsburg Town Hall from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 28.

A licensed nurse practitioner will provide participants with free breast health education information and a free clinical breast exam. Mammograms, if indicated, are completed the same day, or within a three-week period, at Washington County Hospital.

Financial assistance is available for charges that are not covered by personal insurance. Call 301-665-4671 to make your appointment or for more information.

Lions Club plans events for July

Regularly scheduled activities planned by the Sharpsburg Lions for the month of July are as follows:

Fahrney Keedy Memorial Home Sing-A-Long (July 13);

Regular meeting (July 20);

Carroll Manor Corn Roast (July 22);

Changing of the Banner, New Midway (July 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 celebrate St. John's Day

The Master, Wardens and Brethren of Antietam Lodge 197 visited St Luke's Episcopal Church in Brownsville for the celebration of St John's Day, referred to by some as the Feast of Midsummer.

St John the Baptist is one of the two eminent patrons of Freemasonry and is revered by all Freemasons.

Fourteen Brother Freemasons and their families attended the services which were officiated by Rev. (Brother) Charles Holder. After the services, everyone was treated to a brunch in the Fellowship Hall of the church.

This has been an annual tradition between this church and Antietam Lodge for many years. Antietam Lodge meets on the first and third Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. each month at their Masonic Temple at 7 S. Main St. in Keedysville. All Freemasons are encouraged to attend.

Masons to distribute recycled computers

As a result of the many generous donations of used computers, the Master, Wardens and Brethren of Antietam Lodge 197 are taking calls for those interested in having a computer system for their personal use.

After the computers are distributed, the Masons 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.

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