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Around Sharpsburg and Keedysville

April 18, 2008|By HARRY NOGLE / 301-432-2437

Legion Auxiliary to collect worn flags

Spring has arrived and yard cleaning has begun, and it is an ideal time to replace tattered, torn and worn American flags.

The American Legion Auxiliary, Antietam Unit 236, will again place a collection barrel in front of Sharpsburg Town Hall from Saturday to May 19, where residents can place their worn American flags for proper disposal by unit members.

Antietam Unit 236 reminds all Americans that every day is a good day to display an American flag in good condition, but it is especially important to display them for the patriotic holidays of Armed Forces Day (May 17), Memorial Day (May 26), Flag Day (June 14), Independence Day (July 4), Labor Day (Sept. 1), Patriot Day (Sept. 11) and POW/MIA Recognition Day (Sept. 19.)

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Salem Methodist to hold breakfast

Salem United Methodist Church, Keedysville, will hold an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast Saturday from 7 to 11 a.m. at the church.

A breakfast of sausage, sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, pancakes, juice, coffee and tea will cost $6.50 for adults and $4.50 for children 6 to 10. Children younger than 5 eat free. For more information, call 301-432-4046. The church is at 25 S. Main St., Keedysville.

Group to visit restored barn

The Monday meeting of the Keedysville Historical Society will be a field trip to a restored barn on the Contentment Farm on Wheeler Road at 6:30 p.m.

The barn is owned and restored by Art and Judy Williamson, who live on the farm. Art will give the society a tour of the barn, discuss the restoration process and the history of the property. It is a working farm as they raise assorted animals at this time.

The farm is on Wheeler Road off Md. 34 and is on the left beyond the turnoff to Girl Scout Road. The meeting will start promptly at 6:30 due to fading light. Call Sue at 301-791-3539.

Elementary bands perform concert

The bands from Boonsboro, Pleasant Valley and Sharpsburg Elementary schools will perform a combined spring concert Thursday, April 24. The fourth-grade beginning bands concert is at 6:30 p.m. and the fifth-grade bands will perform at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be in the Boonsboro High School auditorium. Admission is free.

Window workshop set for April 26

The Friends of Tolson's Chapel in Sharpsburg will offer a free window workshop at Tolson's Chapel April 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Does your house have old windows that need some help? Would you like to learn how they were made and how to repair and restore them? The workshop will be available to the first 20 people, age 16 and older, who sign up.

David Gibney of Historic Restoration Specialists, Inc., who teaches preservation methods courses at Allegany College of Maryland and Harford Community College, will demonstrate and discuss the following: the history and proper terminology of windows; how to safely disassemble and repair a window; many special tools will be used to demonstrate techniques; proper paint removal, epoxy consolidation, Dutchman repairs and wood preservation; proper finishing and routine maintenance of windows; and weatherproofing and why not to remove the old and install modern windows.

Participants will be able to ask questions and there will be some hands-on participation. A bibliography/resource guide will be distributed. Call Denise Troxell at 301-432-6856 to register. Tolson's Chapel is on E. High St., Sharpsburg.

Chicken barbecue set for April 27

Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center, Sharpsburg, is sponsoring a chicken barbeque and music festival dubbed the "Sounds of Spring" Sunday, April 27. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased on site that day. Entertainment includes a wildflower walk at 2:30 p.m. and the musical groups Living Water at 3 p.m., Janet Fink at 3:45 p.m., The Gospel Travelers at 4 p.m., The Celebration Ringers bell choir at 5 p.m. and Joyful Noise at 5:45 p.m.

A chicken barbecue will be served from 4 to 6 p.m. Lawn chairs are welcome for enjoying the music. Shepherd's Spring is at 16869 Taylors Landing Road, Sharpsburg.

Master Gardeners to hold plant sale

The Washington County Master Gardeners will hold a plant sale Saturday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Washington County Ag Center.

The plant sale will feature hundreds of plants grown by Master Gardeners, including perennials, annuals, herbs, vegetables and native plants. Unique plants will include birdhouse gourds, heirloom tomatoes, 4-foot "Fireworks" solidago and freckled violets.

A garden marketplace will feature new and used gardening books, tools, gifts, supplies and decorative items.

Educational displays will include free gardening fliers, information on Master Gardener projects and free activity sheets for children.

All funds raised will support the gardening education programs of the Master Gardeners.

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