Around Sharpsburg and Keedysville

June 18, 2009|By HARRY NOGLE

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Keedysville to hold blood drive

The Town of Keedysville will host a Pint for Pint Blood Drive Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Keedysville Community Center (Old Keedysville School).

The first 75 donors will receive a coupon for a free pint of ice cream at Baskin Robbins. The canteen will be supplied by Good Humor ice cream. Look for other giveaways, as well. For more information, call Amy Simmons, town administrator, at 301-432-5795.

Nelson to speak on Laudanum

Historian John H. Nelson will present a lecture titled "Laudanum - A History" at the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum Friday, June 26, at 7 p.m. The free lecture consists of a history of Laudanum, from its origins to how it affected famous writers such as Elizabeth Browning, Samuel Coleridge, Emily Bronte and Sir Walter Scott.


Laudanum, also known as opium tincture or thebaic tincture, is an alcoholic herbal preparation of opium. A highly potent narcotic by virtue of its morphine content, Laudanum was historically prescribed to treat a variety of ailments, but its principal use was as an analgesic. Contrary to popular belief, it is still available by prescription in several countries, including the United States, although its manufacture, distribution, and use are strictly regulated.

The museum is at 7313 Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65), 7 miles south of Hagerstown.

Bible Church to hold Bible school

The Sharpsburg Bible Church, on the corner of Antietam and Potomac streets in Sharpsburg, will hold a Vacation Bible school from June 22 to 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. each night, at the church.

The theme is "Prayer Safari." The event will include games and lessons for those ages 3 to adult. A balloon release and pizza party will be held Friday night at the close of the school.

Churches sponsor Christian day camp

Three Keedysville churches, Mount Vernon Reformed UCC, Salem United Methodist and St. Peter's Lutheran churches, will sponsor a summer Christian day camp at Taylor Park in Keedysville for those in kindergarten to fifth grade.

The camp will run the week of July 27 to 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch and snacks provided.

The camp costs $50 for the first child and $40 for the second, with a maximum of $100 per family.

To register by the July 1 deadline, call Pastor Darrell Layman at 301-432-6296 or e-mail

Mar-Lu-Ridge Camp and Conference Center will supply the program and camp counselors.

Jackie Willison to speak at senior site

Jackie Willison will speak on the topic "Come Take a Journey With Me" Tuesday, June 22, at the senior site in Keedysville.

Merry Gehr will conduct blood pressure screenings Tuesday.

For more information, call Martha Drennen, manager, at 301-432-5624 for more details.

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