Around Boonsboro

June 09, 2009|By KRISTY SMITH / 301-432-8615

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Hope all is well with my neighbors and friends.

McLaughlin receives award for band career

Nicole McLaughlin, a Boonsboro High School graduate, has been awarded the Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Music Award, a tradition that dates back to the days of John Philip Sousa and his role in developing the Marine Corps Band. 

Criteria for the award includes maintaining a high degree of proficiency with an instrument through practice and rehearsal, passing grades and the commitment to the extracurricular needs of the band or orchestra.

In doing so, the high school musician displays traits that Marines consider essential to being a good leader -- endurance, knowledge, unselfishness, dependability, enthusiasm and loyalty. 


According to Micah Socks, director of bands at BHS, Nicole has been section leader, band captain and was selected to All-County band and various honor bands throughout the region.

Running club forms

The Boonsboro Area Running Club is a newly formed local group comprised of men and women of all fitness levels who want to maintain or obtain fitness through walking and running with others. 

The group meets at the Boonsboro school track. The summer schedule will be Monday and Thursday mornings at 7:30, and Sunday and Tuesday evenings at 8. For more information, e-mail

Strawberry fest


A strawberry festival will be held Saturday at Rohrersville Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A tractor pull will be the featured event. The Boonsboro High School Band Boosters will hold a book sale. Small carnival games will also be on tap to support the activities of the BHS band

Chicken barbecue


The Boonsboro Lions will hold a chicken barbecue Saturday, June 20, starting at 9 a.m. in the lot next to Hagerstown Trust on North Main Street. 

The Lions will be using the same "private blend" of spices for which they are famous

Vacation Bible Schools

There will be two opportunities for youngsters to participate in Vacation Bible Schools in Boonsboro.

o Trinity Lutheran Church will host "Crocodile Dock," kicking off with a family picnic Monday June 22, at 5:30 p.m. The menu includes crawdoggies, crocodile teeth, gator chips, possum tails and bayou brownies. 

After the beastly feast, VBS will be held from 6:15 to 8 p.m. for preschoolers, and until 8:15 p.m. for elementary-aged participants.   

Spaces are still available. To register, call Laura Iager at 301-739-4885.

o Boonsboro Bible Church is offering Son Rock Kids Camp from June 22 to 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. 

It will include crafts, food, games, dancing and Bible stories. For more information, call 301-790-3603 or e-mail

Class of 1979


The Boonsboro High School Class of 1979 will host a cash bonanza at the Boonsboro Legion Saturday, June 27.

The event will feature music by the band SPIKE. Tickets cost $40 per couple, which includes cash drawings, dinner and music. 

Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner will be served at 7 p.m. and music will follow.  Seating is limited.

For more information, call 301-432-8153. 

Summer fest


Fahrney-Keedy Home is accepting vendors for its fifth annual summer festival Saturday, Aug. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Craft vendors can obtain an application by calling 301-671-5001 or 301-671-5000, or e-mail The deadline for submitting applications is July 15.

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Ta-ta for now. Have a great week. Keep in touch by e-mail at or call 301-432-8615.

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