Around Sharpsburg and Keedysville

June 20, 2008|By HARRY NOGLE

Ruritan awards two scholarships

The Rohrersville Ruritan Club awarded two scholarships to Boonsboro High School graduates at a banquet June 16 at the Brownsville Church of the Brethren.

Allie Mullinex, daughter of Cindy and Billy Mullinex, and Ryan Wetzel, son of Toni and Rob Wetzel, received scholarships based on school and community activities, and volunteer and work experiences.

Allie Mullinex was nominated for the Good Citizen award for the trait of respect her freshman year at Boonsboro High. She was captain of her school cheerleading squad for three of the four years she cheered. She was a member of FFA, the student council and was nominated for the National Society of High School Scholars. Allie is a member of the Brownsville Church of the Brethren, where she has participated in many 30 Hour Famines. She has visited nursing homes and worked at church dinners, and is the "voice" of Santa, answering children's letters to Santa from the Brunswick, Knoxville, Jefferson and Braddock Heights post offices. Allie is employed at the Gap outlet in Hagerstown and has been named Employee of the Month for the months of December and January. Allie plans to attend HCC and transfer to a four year college.


Ryan Wetzel was a member of the marching band, the concert band and the indoor percussion while at Boonsboro High, serving as pit captain, drum captain and ensemble leader/director. He was responsible for organizing the percussion section of the symphonic band. He also played on the varsity soccer and tennis teams. Ryan is a member of Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church, where he is active in the Youth Group, the Drama Team and the Praise Team. Ryan has worked at many church breakfasts and dinners, and has participated in CROP Walks and 30 Hour Famines. He has been a part of the Volunteers in Missions Team for eight years. With the team he has traveled to Maine to help build a church, and has twice traveled to Mississippi to help rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Ryan believes that the mission trips have been life changing experiences for him. Ryan will attend West Virginia University in the fall, majoring in forest resource management.

Trail to discuss Antietam Ironworks

National Park Service employee Susan Trail will discuss the historic significance and diversity of the ironworks in Washington County June 28 at 10 a.m. at the Antietam Ironworks at 3768 Harpers Ferry Road, Sharpsburg. Her lecture will include a slide presentation along with an on-site view of the furnaces. The lecture is free and open to the public, but limited space is available. It is recommended that you call ahead to sign up.

Antietam Ironworks will also be serving a buffet luncheon. For more information, call 301-432-2250.

Church plans celebration

A Midsummer Celebration will be Saturday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 209 Main St., Sharpsburg, starting at 5:30. The event marks the Feast of Saint John the Baptist, a traditional time for outdoor festivities. A simple Eucharist at 5:30 in the church will be followed by an old-fashioned band concert in the churchyard at 6:15 by the New Horizons Band. A picnic supper will available for a donation during the concert. Bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the concert and picnic. Check for further details.

McGlaughlins mark anniversary

Mark and Susan McGlaughlin of Sharpsburg will celebrate their 24th wedding anniversary June 22. They would also like to congratulate their grandson, Ralph Gossard III, who graduated from Boonsboro Middle and wish Ralph a belated happy 13th birthday. Their other grandson, Joshua Gossard, will be joining them from Hancock for a week in Playa Del Carman, Mexico, in July to celebrate.

Boonsboro Class of '77 plans family picnic

The Boonsboro High Class of 1977 will hold a planning meeting for its family picnic Sunday, June 29, at 6 p.m. at Sherry (Reeder) Bingaman's house on Appletown Road near Boonsboro. The family picnic will be Sunday, Aug. 17, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Family Recreation Center on U.S. 40. The group will also discuss details regarding its cruise in 2009 to celebrate its 50th birthday. For more information, contact Sherry (Reeder) Bingaman at 301-432-5034 or Terri (Tracey) Hollingshead at 301-416-2373.

Blood pressure screening planned

Mary Gehr will conduct blood pressure screening Monday, June 23, at the Senior Center in Keedysville 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

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

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