Around Sharpsburg and Keedysville

August 28, 2009|By HARRY NOGLE

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Rutherford visits China in ambassador program

Boonsboro High School student and Keedysville resident Rocky Rutherford returned in July from a 17-day trip to China as a People to People Student Ambassador.

Rocky was part of a delegation from Frederick County, Md., and Winchester, Va. Students visited six different cities: Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Suzhou, Wuzhen and Hong Kong.

While in China, the delegation visited Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Beijing Zoo, Terracotta Warriors, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, City Construction Museum, Yangtze River Delta, a ping pong school, a soccer and basketball school and Kun Opera Museum.


Rocky played in a basketball game against a Chinese basketball team and won, the first time the Chinese team lost a basketball game against an American Student Ambassador delegation. The student ambassadors also had the opportunity to play ping pong against Chinese students and soccer against a Chinese team.

Rocky discovered that Chinese food in America is not the same as Chinese food in China. He had the privilege of tasting fungus soup, scorpion on a stick, deep fried chicken feet, beef tongue and other types of food.

An important part of this trip was to experience Chinese living. Rocky spent a night with a Chinese family. His "snack" for the night was corn on the cob. During the home stay, Rocky said his understanding of how families of other countries live and interact with each other grew substantially.

Martin to speak at library on swine flu

Dr. Sharon Martin, a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, will speak about swine flu Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sharpsburg Library.

Dr. Martin will describe the flu, its impact on humans, methods of prevention and treatment.

For more information, call the library at 301-432-8825.

Rural Heritage Museum to hold Spud Fest

The Friends of the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum will hold its seventh annual Spud Fest at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. Potatoes planted in the spring will be harvested by horse-drawn plow beginning at 10 a.m.

Prizes will be awarded to children, in age groups, for finding the largest and smallest potatoes. Other activities for children include face painting, a potato sack race and a spoon relay. The Homestead cabins and garden will be open to visitors during the event. Some of the harvested potatoes will be used to demonstrate how homemade potato chips are made. The remainder of the harvested potatoes will be donated to a local food bank.

For more information, call 240-420-1714 or go to

Fire company to hold breakfast, steak feed

The Potomac Valley Fire Co. in Dargan will hold breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. the first Saturday of each month starting Sept. 5. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, coffee, milk and juice for $5. Children younger than 5 eat free.

A steak feed will be held Saturday, Sept. 12. The menu includes steak, baked potato, baked beans, coleslaw, a roll and iced tea. Tickets cost $15.

For more information, call Henry at 301-667-3006.

Helen House to speak at senior site

Helen House will speak on the topic "Healthy Aging" and conduct exercises Tuesday, Sept. 1, 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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