Around Sharpsburg and Keedysville

February 15, 2008|By HARRY NOGLE / 301-432-2437

Clemens to speak on 'Mystery Man'

Dr. Tom Clemens will speak at the Keedysville Historical Society meeting Monday at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall/Library building.

Clemens is a history professor at Hagerstown Community College and president and founding member of Save Historic Antietam Foundation Inc.

Clemens' topic, "Washington County's Forgotten Military Hero," concerns a local Washington County man who spent his life serving in the U.S. Army with great dedication and innovation. He died in a major war and was mourned by thousands at a huge state funeral in Baltimore.

Four states have towns named after him including one in Washington County. Several military organizations adopted his name to invoke his courage and skills. It is a tragedy that even today hardly anyone even in his own county can name him nor recall his deeds. Listen to Dr. Clemens to discover who this "mystery man" might be.

The Keedysville Town Hall/Library is near Taylor Park in Keedysville.


Dana Getka wins Geography Bee

Fifth-grader Dana Getka won the Sharpsburg Elementary annual Geography Bee held Jan. 3.

Fourth-grader Logan Flook was the runner-up.

Five fifth-graders, Jenna Pepple, Brady Cole, Dana Getka, Marley Enfield and Olivia Lohman, and five fourth-graders, Grant Shafer, Lewis Eddie Nordan, Paige Kefauver, Loagn Flook and Blaine Morris, competed in the National Geographical Society's Geography Bee.

Church to hold pancake breakfast

Salem United Methodist Church in Keedysville is holding an all-you-can-eat breakfast Saturday from 7 to 11 a.m. The menu includes all-you-can- eat pancakes, sausage and eggs. Tickets cost $6.50 for adults and $4.50 for children 6 to 10.

The church is at 25 S. Main St. in Keedysville, beside the post office.

Fire company to hold basket bingo

The Potomac Valley Fire Co. will hold a basket Bingo Saturday. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and bingo starts at 1 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for a nine-pack.

For additional information, call 301-432-2130.

The fire company is at 2202 Dargan School Road, about six miles south of Sharpsburg in the community of Dargan.

St. Paul's offers course on aging

Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, Sharpsburg, is offering a Lenten course titled "Aging with Hope and Wonder" Saturday mornings from 8:30 to 10 through March 15 in the Parish Hall.

The course looks at spiritual dimensions of the aging process and care for the elderly. Young and old are welcome, and breakfast will be served. Visit the church Web site at for more information.

The church is at 209 W. Main St., Sharpsburg.

Sharpsburg Little League to hold registration

Sharpsburg Little League will hold baseball registration on the second floor of Sharpsburg Town Hall Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 23, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For questions, call player agent Candace Williamson at 301-432-6818 or league president G.E Ingram at 301-432-0056.

District 12 Ruritan to hold dinner

District 12 Ruritan will be holding a chicken and ham slippery potpie dinner Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. while food last.

Tickets cost $6 for all you can eat. Carry-out is available.

The club is at the Tilghmanton Woods Community Park, on Manor Church Road, just east of Sharpsburg Pike.

Rohrersville Ruritan plans family dinner

The Rohrersville Ruritan Club will hold an all-you-can-eat oyster, ham and turkey supper Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Ruritan School in Rohrersville. Call 301-432-8517 or 301-733-8741 for more information. Call 301-432-5541 if inclement weather threatens cancellation.

Helen House to speak on how vision affects diet

Helen House will speak on "When Vision Affects Your Diet" and conduct exercises Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 10:15 a.m. Tom Day will discuss "Issues & Answers" at 10 Tuesday.

Exercises classes will continue Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Chair caning classes will resume Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. Participants must register through Hagerstown Community College for these classes.

Other regularly scheduled activities provided at the Southeastern Senior Center during the month of February include basket bean bag; bean bag toss; bingo; cards; coffee, conversation and newspaper every day at 9 a.m.; darts or Uno; horseshoes.

The center is at the Little Antietam Community Center, 40 Mt. Vernon Drive, Keedysville. Call manager Martha Drennen at 301-432-5624 for more details.

Share your news on upcoming events

Information concerning churches, clubs, schools, organizations and activities in the Sharpsburg/Keedysville area may be sent to Harry Nogle at or call 301-432- 2437.

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