Around Sharpsburg and Keedysville

August 09, 2006|by HARRY NOGLE

Bicyclists to stay at St. Mark's Church

Bicyclists participating in the "Big Ride Across America" program will stay at the St. Mark's Episcopal Church Parish Hall on Saturday, Aug. 12.

This is the second year bicyclists from the program have stayed at St. Mark's. Last year, some members of the group drew a sketch of the church which was used as the cover for note cards sold to benefit "Big Ride Across America."

The American Lung Association of Washington's "Big Ride Across America" offers those who can ride a bicycle across the country the opportunity to journey with a purpose: to make a difference by giving hope. The funds raised go to support research to find cures for lung diseases such as lung cancer, emphysema and asthma. They provide educational programs to help children with asthma live happy, productive lives. They help teach children to make informed decisions about smoking. The ride consists of 3,300 miles in 48 days, from Seattle to Washington, D.C., from June 26 to Aug. 12.


St. Mark's is at 18313 Lappans Road, Boonsboro, just east of Sharpsburg Pike.

Clevelandtown School reunion

The Cleveland 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.

Battlefield to present 'Technology of War'

Antietam National Battlefield will present a Technology of War weekend on 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.

Battlefield to present 27th Virginia Infantry

Antietam National Battlefield will present the 27th Virginia Infantry weekend on 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.

Battlefield to present Torch Light Tour

Antietam National Battlefield will present a Torch Light Tour on 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.

Masons distributing computers to all

The Master, Wardens and Brethren of Antietam Lodge 197 wish to thank local seniors who visited the Little Antietam Community Center on 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. There are also a limited number of printers and scanners available. You can arrange a pickup time with Lodge Secretary Gene Drennen by calling 301-432-5324 or e-mail him at or

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

Church to hold golf tournament

Christ's Reformed Church in Hagerstown will hold its second annual Golf Tournament on Friday, Aug. 25, at Black Rock Golf Course.

The cost is $75 per person or $260 per foursome, which includes a catered meal afterwards. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Aspiring to Serve Community Center which houses Commission on Aging, WIC, Potomac Case Management and REACH. For applications, call the church at 301-733-4144 or Bill Shank at 301-797-1143.

Fire company to hold basket raffle

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