Around Sharpsburg and Keedysville

August 20, 2009|By HARRY NOGLE

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Women visit World's Longest Yard Sale

Sharpsburg resident Darlene Hoffman and her friend, Janice Barnhart, along with Barnhart's daughters, Mary Frey and Nancy Jean Swope, visited the World's Longest Yard Sale, also known as the "127 Corridor Sale," stretching 654 miles from Gadsden, Ala., to West Unity, Ohio, along Route 127.

The sale starts on the first Thursday in August and goes through the following Sunday. The Fentress County Chamber of Commerce, housed in the 100-year-old "Ye Ole Jail" across from the courthouse in downtown Jamestown, Tenn., is headquarters for the event.

"It was unbelievable," Hoffman said. "Yard sales, flea markets and antiques galore." Hoffman said the four women laughed the whole time as they found great bargains, from a live ferret to guns. The women were offered food not found in Washington County, including a balanced diet from fried dill pickles to fried Oreos. A visit to the little-brown-shack-out-back surprised the four women with a working sink and commode. For more information, go to


Ruritan to hold festival

The Keedysville Ruritan Club will hold a festival at Taylor Park behind the Red Byrd Restaurant in Keedysville Saturday, Aug. 29, rain or shine.

The festival will include a cruise in/classic car show, starting at 11 a.m., and antique tractors in the afternoon. Children's games will be held in the afternoon with a free inflatable bounce starting at noon. Food will be available starting at 11:30 a.m. A cash bingo will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. At 6 p.m., a raffle for a Longaberger basket or cash drawing will be held, along with a 50/50 drawing and an auction. The Speakeasy Boys will perform from 3 to 4 p.m. The Rohrersville Band will play from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. To donate any useable items for the auction, call Brian at 301-748-9615. Proceeds go toward scholarships and community projects.

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BHS class of 1969

The Boonsboro High class of 1969's 40-year reunion will be at the Plaza Hotel in Hagerstown Saturday, Oct. 3, starting at 6 p.m. An informal tailgate party is planned for the BHS home football game Friday, Oct. 2, starting at 6 p.m. Classmates who have not received an invitation should contact any committee member.

Addresses for the following classmates are still needed: Harry Clarke, William S. E. Craig, Carl Ellis Dewease, Lois Fauble Welty, Charles Holland, Gary Howell, David W. Kindle, Connie Kline Fields, Gary Lapole, Teresa Porter Ensore, Gregory Shafer, David Wayne Smith, Barbara Starliper Mallott, Dennis Tinney, Eileen Webber Kline and Deborah Hutzell Everhart.

For more information, call Elmer Ecton at 301-733-0254; Nancy Hammond Shank at 301-824-7229; or Patsy McCoy Holder at 301-432-2592.

Fitness classes offered at Rockland Woods

Zumba classes taught by certified instructor Elizabeth Martz will be held this fall at Rockland Woods Elementary School's Community Recreation Center.

Classes will be held Mondays and Wednesday from 5:15 to 6 p.m. from Sept. 14 to Nov. 18. Classes cost $35 for county residents and $45 for out-of-county residents.

In addition, muscle flex weight bearing exercise classes will be taught by instructor Jennifer Plevinski. The classes will be held Saturdays from 8 to 8:45 a.m. from Sept. 19 to Nov. 21. Classes cost $25 for county residents and $30 for out-of-county residents.

For registration information, call 240-313-2805 or go to and click on "Fall Recreation Programs."

Heritage Days

The Town of Sharpsburg will hold Sharpsburg Heritage Days and Street Festival Sept. 18 and 19. This year's event, with the sponsorship of the Town of Sharpsburg, Green Hill Farms, Bender's Tavern and private contributions, will give the Sharpsburg community the opportunity to come together as a community to rediscover heritage, diversity and neighbors. The festival also gives the opportunity for nonprofit organizations in town to raise funds and stimulate local businesses. If you are interested in participating as an artist, writer, vendor or volunteer, contact

Merry Gehr to check blood pressures

Merry Gehr will conduct blood pressure screenings Monday at the senior site in Keedysville. Lucie will lead group exercises Thursday. Call manager Martha Drennen at 301-432-5624 for more details.

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