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Legion unit salutes hospitalized veterans

February 25, 2011|Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville

Members of Antietam American Legion Unit 236 traveled to the Martinsburg (W.Va.) Veterans Affairs Medical Center Feb. 16 to honor hospitalized veterans.  

Dressed in clown costumes, Unit members Ava Gift and Doris Shoemaker shook hands and thanked each veteran for their service to our country.  

Ava and Doris presented the veteran king and queen with a red, white and blue balloon bouquet.  

Sharon Hendershot, emcee for the event, introduced representatives from the American Legion family, AMVETS, Disabled American Veterans and the director of the VA Medical Center who all spoke, thanking our “heroes” for their service to our nation.

Dargan resident Whylemenia Knight, one of the Antietam 236 Gold Star mothers, was introduced and received applause.

Fire company plans potpie dinner  

Potomac Valley Fire Co. in Dargan will hold a slippery potpie dinner Saturday at the fire hall, starting at 4 p.m. The all-you-can-eat $8 meal will include a chicken, ham and beef slippery potpie dinner, cole slaw and homemade rolls, tea and coffee. Desserts will be available for an additional charge.  

For more information, call 301-432-2130.

Historical society to offer $500 grant  

The Sharpsburg Historical Society will offer the Kirk T. and Page T. Otto Memorial Grant to a Boonsboro High School graduating senior who will pursue a career in history or the preservation of historic structures, cultural artifacts, or natural resources.

Application packets for the $500 grant are available in the Boonsboro High School guidance office.  

Applications must be completed by April 28.  

For more information, call 301 992 9767.

Benevola to hold dinner  

Benevola United Methodist Church, 19925 Benevola Church Road, will hold an oyster, turkey and ham dinner Saturday, March 5, from noon to 6 p.m.

 The family-style dinner includes fried oysters, ham, turkey, corn, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, applesauce, green beans, sauerkraut, bread, assorted desserts and drinks.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $7 for those ages 10 and younger.

Story time with Mr. Jeff

Jeff Ridgeway from Washington County Free Library will host story time at Valley Mall Thursday, March 3, from 11 to 11:45 a.m. in front of Kings Jewelry by the Food Court.

Mr. Jeff, as he is known to local children, has been telling stories at the library, preschools and daycare settings in and around Hagerstown for years.

The program will include reading picture books, flannel-board stories, draw stories, music and other activities that children and their caregivers enjoy.

The March program will feature books by Dr. Seuss in honor of the Read Across America celebration in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

The program is free and open to all.

Red Cross to conduct CPR Made Simple course  

The Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross will conduct a free CPR Made Simple course Saturday, March 5, at 10 a.m. at 1131 Conrad Court in Hagerstown and at Valley Mall next to Old Navy at 2 p.m. on March 11. A blood drive will also be held Saturday, March 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Conrad Court.  

To register, call 301-739-0717 or go to

Kavanaugh to speak senior site  

Ita Kavanaugh will speak on “All About Fiber and Processed Foods” Monday, Feb. 28, at the Southeastern senior site in Keedysville.  Merry Gehr will conduct blood pressure screenings Monday. Sandy Ferris conducts Young at Heart exercise classes Wednesdays.

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

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