Around Sharpsburg and Keedysville

October 31, 2008

Bussard receives Masonic award

Masons of Antietam Lodge 197 of Keedysville bestowed a 50-year Masonic service award on Thomas W. Bussard Sr. of Sharpsburg in a recent ceremony.

Bussard originally joined Eureka Lodge in Sharpsburg in 1958, then transferred to Antietam Lodge upon the closure of Eureka. He served in all chairs of the lodge, except worshipful master, and was a catechism coach for more than 10 years.

Grand Inspector John Bradfield bestowed the award, special certificate and pin for Bussard's many years of Masonic service to the fraternity as well as to his community.

Bussard's military career was spent on Guam in the South Pacific from 1944 to 1946. Upon his return from active duty, he was employed by North American Cement in Hagerstown until 1951, then joined Ironworkers Local No. 568 and then Local No. 5 until his retirement in 1991.


Bussard has two sons and lives in Sharpsburg with his wife, Carolyn, and enjoys his quarter horses.

Antietam Lodge 197 meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at its temple in Keedysville. All Masons are invited to attend.

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Nicholson receives Blue Star Service banner

Ava Gift, Americanism chairperson of Antietam Unit 236 of the American Legion Auxiliary, presented Sharpsburg resident Teresa Nicholson with a Blue Star Service banner Oct. 20.

Nicholson's son, Senior Airman 2 Ryan Nicholson, is serving his second tour of duty in Iraq. Ryan also is the son of Jim Nicholson of Middletown, Md.

Created in 1917, Blue Star Service banners were a common sight during World War I and World War II. Resurrected by the Legion in 2001, the banner is displayed to show that a family member is serving in the Armed Forces.

It is the intention of the unit that everyone in the Sharpsburg area who has an immediate family member serving in the Armed Forces be presented with a Blue Star Service banner. If you know of someone who has not been presented a banner, call Ava Gift at 301-432-6658.

Election Day at Bethel

Rohrersville United Methodist Church on Main Street in Rohrersville will offer fried oyster ($7.50) and roast beef ($6.50) dinners Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the church's social hall.

Dinners include two vegetables, rolls and butter. Oyster, roast beef and country ham sandwiches, steamers, hot dogs and chili dogs also will be available for sale. Ham and bean, vegetable, and chicken corn soups will be sold. Assorted pies and cakes will be available for dessert. Soda and coffee will be served. Carryout is available.

St. Mark's Episcopal to hold senior program

St. Mark's Episcopal Church at 18313 Lappans Road will hold a senior program Thursday, Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parish hall.

The program will include "Stabilize with Exercise," home safety, green cleaning supplies, a free "green" grocery bag, door prizes, flu shots, displays and a free lunch. Registration is limited to 50 participants.

To register, call 301-582-0417 or send an e-mail to

St. Mark's Episcopal to hold Fall Bazaar

St. Mark's Episcopal Church at 18313 Lappans Road will hold a fall bazaar Saturday, Nov. 8, at 9 a.m. at the parish hall.

Crafts for Christmas gifts, White Elephant items, homemade soups, baked goods, preserves, candy, pies, cookies, soups, sandwiches, desserts and drinks will be for sale.

Potomac Valley Fire Co. to hold breakfast

The Potomac Valley Fire Co. in Dargan will hold a breakfast Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m. The breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, sausage gravy and eggs.

The fire company also will hold a soup and sandwich sale Saturday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Chicken noodle, chicken corn and beef vegetable soup will be available for $5.50 per quart, including container, and $1.50 per bowl. Bring your own container and save $1. Baked ham sandwiches cost $2, and steamers and hot dogs also will be available. For advance orders, call 301-432-8377.

The fire company still has 12 days of Christmas gun raffle tickets available at $10 per ticket. For tickets, call 301-432-2130.

St. Paul's to exhibit art

St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 209 W. Main St. in Sharpsburg will host an exhibition of art created by members of the church Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m.

The exhibition is called "A Cloud of Witnesses" and is part of the parish celebration of All Saints' Day. An evening prayer service featuring the chants of Taize will be at 4 p.m. at the church, followed by the exhibition and a reception in the parish hall.

Ham sandwich sale

The Sharpsburg Lions will sell country ham sandwiches Thursday, Nov. 6, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Sandwiches cost $2. To place sandwich orders, call 301-432-8890.

The Lions meet the first and third Thursday of each month at their den at St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 209 W. Main St. in Sharpsburg.

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

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