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August 16, 2006|by HARRY NOGLE

Legion Auxiliary honors war veterans

Sharpsburg American Legion Auxiliary 236 honored Iraq war veterans Daniel Hoffman, Randy Goetz and Justin Valentine on Tuesday, Aug, 8.

Hoffman, Goetz and Valentine are Sharpsburg area National Guard members who returned home from duty in Iraq with the 115th Regiment of the 29th Division, that famed "Blue and Gray" Division that was part of the Normandy invasion at Utah Beach during World War II.

Auxiliary members treated the veterans to a covered dish dinner and presented each veteran with a wooden chest poker set personalized with an inscription recognizing them as hometown heroes and thanking them for their service to their country.

In other Auxiliary business, Donna Butt, Western Maryland District president of the American Legion Auxiliary, installed officers for the administrative year 2006-07. The officers of Auxiliary 236 are Kendra Rohrer, president; Ava Gift, vice president; Lou Ann Eichelberger, secretary; Darlene Eichelberger, treasurer; Audrey Spencer, sergeant at arms and Anna Lee Burker, chaplain.

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Legion Auxiliary Post 236 and the Sons of the American Legion meet the first Tuesday each month at the Sharpsburg Ambulance Building at 110 W. Chapline St., Sharpsburg.

District 12 Ruritan to hold Fairplay Days

The District 12 Ruritan will hold Fairplay Days Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19-20 at the Community Park.

The Ruritan will host a tournament of the Maryland state sport, jousting, with five classes of competition each day. The competition will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Come out for some barbecue chicken, crafts and a day of good family fun. Parking is free. The park is on the corner of Manor Church and Breathedsville roads, just east of Sharpsburg Pike.

Keedysville Ruritan to hold festival

The Keedysville Ruritan Club will hold a festival on Saturday, Aug. 26, in Keedysville Park. There will be games for children, music by the Rohrersville Band, Boonsboro Strings and Mt. Nebo Gospel Singers. At 5:30 p.m., they will hold a dedication for a plaque honoring soldiers from the Vietnam and Korean Wars who lived in Keedysville. There will be plenty of food starting at 11 a.m., including country ham sandwiches, soups, pies, hamburgers, hot dogs and roast beef sandwiches. At 7 p.m., an auction will be held. It is a good time for all and the proceeds go toward scholarships for Boonsboro area students. If anyone has any items they wish to donate to the auction, call Dennis at 301-432-2650 and make arrangements for pick up.

Battlefield to present special weekend

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 Visitors Center at noon on both days.

Antique tractor club to hold annual show

Admission is free to the 14th annual Washington County Antique Tractor Club Show, to be held Saturday and Saturday, Aug. 26-27, at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center.

The show will feature Ford tractors and Dearborn farm equipment. Visitors will find at the show daily events of a flea market, craft vendors, wagon and barrel cart rides, working machinery displays and an antique tractor parade.

Other events are a garden tractor pull, Friday at 5:30 p.m., an antique tractor pull, Saturday at 4 p.m.; kids games, Saturday at 1 p.m.; a kids' pedal pull, Sunday at 1 p.m.; and a bake sale, Sunday at 3 p.m. Great food, including country ham sandwiches, steamers, homemade soups and peach cobbler will be available. For show information, call 301-824-7477; for tractor pull information, call 301-491-5054 or visit www.wcatc.org. The Ag Center is on Sharpsburg Pike, 7 miles south of Hagerstown.

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.

Sharpsburg to hold Heritage Festival

The Town of Sharpsburg will hold its annual Heritage Festival on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on South Mechanic Street.

The festival will feature a town history display at Town Hall, crafts, demonstrations and food all day at the square.

Other events at the festival will include

ยท A self-guided walking tour of "Churches and Stone Houses of Sharpsburg" from (9 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.;

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