Around Sharpsburg and Keedysville

August 02, 2006|by HARRY NOGLE

Masons to distribute computers to all

The Master, Wardens and Brethren of Antietam Lodge #197 wish to thank local seniors who visited the Little Antietam Community Center Saturday July 29 for a free computer. Because of the large number of computers remaining, we are offering computers to anyone and everyone, asking only for a small donation to the Antietam Scholarship Fund. These computers are available are on a first-come, first-served basis.

The desktop models are loaded with Microsoft's Windows 2000 and Microsoft's Office 2000 Premium for all your word processing and financial needs. They also have many games which include, Pinball, Solitaire in more than 15 styles, Minesweeper and Hearts. These computers also have 10 free hours of monthly Internet with NetZero and many other software programs. A limited number of printers and scanners are also available.

You can arrange a pickup time with Lodge Secretary Gene Drennen by calling 301-432-5324 or by e-mailing him at or


Antietam Lodge meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at their Masonic Temple located at 7 S. Main St. in Keedysville. All Masons are invited to attend.

Clevelandtown School reunion

The Clevelandtown Country School reunion will be held Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Boonsboro American Legion. A social hour will begin at 5 p.m. followed by a meal at 5:30. For more information, call Betty Hull at 301-432-8187 or Anna Lee Burker at 301-432-5469.

Antietam Battlefield Torch Light Tour

Antietam National Battlefield will present a Torch Light Tour Saturday, Sept. 16, as part of Battle Anniversary Weekend.

Living history volunteers will portray vignettes of the Maryland Campaign. Witness the impact of the bloodiest single day in American history on the men who fought as well as the local civilians. Call 301-432-5124 for reservations.

'Technology of War' weekend

Antietam National Battlefield will present a Technology of War weekend Saturday, Aug. 12 and Sunday, Aug. 13. Living history volunteers portraying Berdan's Sharpshooters and Union infantry will perform tactical firing demonstrations to illustrate advances in military technology during the Civil War. These advances in technology were one reason the Battle of Antietam became the bloodiest single-day battle in American history.

Col. Vince Armstrong will display his gun collection to show the rapid change in firearms technology before and during the Civil War. His interpretive program will follow the weapons and tactics demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday, with ongoing interpretation in the camp throughout the day.

27th Virginia Infantry weekend

Antietam National Battlefield will present the 27th Virginia Infantry weekend Saturday, Aug. 19 and Sunday, Aug. 20. Living history volunteers will portray the 27th Virginia Infantry recreating the life of a Civil War soldier, how he lived, marched and fought. Join the 27th Virginia to learn about the history of the regiment and the stories of the common soldiers who fought with this unit.

Weapons and tactics demonstrations will be held on Saturday and Sunday, with ongoing interpretation in the camp throughout the day. Special kids' program will meet at the Visitor Center at noon on both days.

Sharpsburg Fire Co. plans Basket Raffle

The Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Co. #1 is holding a Longaberger Basket Raffle for the month of October. Proceeds will go toward purchasing new equipment for the company.

The winning numbers will be determined by the Maryland evening 3-digit lottery. Lotteries are valid for October only. Tickets cost $10 each; there will be two lottery numbers on each ticket. For tickets, contact Guy Robinson (301-223-8862); Jim Kalbflesh (301-432-4573) the Sharpsburg Fire Hall (301-432-6321) or any member of the fire company or ladies auxiliary.

The Fire Company would like to thanks all those who have helped throughout the year with donations and support for the concession stand at the Battlefield concert.

Tax collections

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

Aug. 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31.

District governor to visit Lions

District Gov. John Hopkins will visit the Sharpsburg Lions Club during their regular meeting Thursday, Aug. 17. Other activities planned by the Sharpsburg Lions for August are as follows:

· Regular meeting at the Lions' Den (Aug. 3),

· Cabinet meeting, Grantsville Fire Hall (Aug. 6),

· Regular meeting at the Lions' Den (Aug. 17),

· Annual ox roast, Williamsport Lions Club (Aug. 25), Freedom District All-Day Basket Bingo (Aug. 26),

The Lions will hold their "famous" pit beef sandwich stand during Sharpsburg Heritage Day, Sept. 16.

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