Essay contest held

March 31, 2011|Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville
  • Winners of the Sharpsburg Legion Auxiliary's Americanism Essay Contest are, from left, Rachael Cochran, first place; Colton Bare, second place; and Sara Hynen, third place.
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Ava Gift, Americanism chairwoman of Sharpsburg American Legion Auxiliary Unit 236, presented monetary awards and ribbons to the winners of the annual Americanism Essay Writing Contest March 21 at Sharpsburg Elementary School.  

Rachael Cochran, daughter of Chris and Claire Cochran, won $25 for first place. Colton Bare, son of Scott and Julie Bare, received $15 for second place. Sara Hynen, daughter of David and Michele Hynen, received $10 for third place.

Unit 236 presented Principal Kathy Kelsey with a $25 check for the school library along with a $50 check to be used in an emergency fund for students who might not be able to afford to attend school field trips.


Breakfast planned  

Potomac Valley Fire Co. in Dargan will hold an all-you-can-eat breakfast of pancakes, sausage, sausage gravy, scrambled eggs and drinks Saturday from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tickets cost $5 per person. Children eat free.


O’Connor at library  


Civil War author Bob O’Connor will talk about the Sharpsburg connection to his books, “The Virginian Who Might Have Saved Lincoln” and “The Life of Abraham Lincoln: As President” Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m. at the Sharpsburg Public Library.  

For more information and/or reservations, call the library at 301-432-8825.   


Church offers meal  

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, at the corner of Church and Main streets in Sharpsburg, is offering Tuesday’s Table, a free meal open to the community Tuesday, April 5, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the church. All are welcome.


Ruritan plans basket bingo

The Keedysville Ruritan Club will hold a basket bingo Saturday, April 9, at the Little Antietam Community Center on Mount Vernon Drive in Keedysville.

Doors will open at 4 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. Tickets cost  $15. There will be 25 games, tip jars and basket raffle. Baskets will be filled (some are Easter baskets).

Food will be available.

For reservations, call 301-432-2650 or 301-432-0281.

Proceeds benefit the scholarship funds and Washington County community service projects.  

Lions to hold Easter egg hunt  

The Sharpsburg Lions Club will hold an Easter egg hunt for Sharpsburg children ages 12 and younger Sunday, April 24, at 2 p.m. at the Sharpsburg Little League field.

All Lions are welcome to attend the Pie Call at Reeders Memorial Home (April 5) and the Fahrney Keedy singalong (April 14).  Cake bakers are also needed each month, too!  A regular meeting will be held in the Den April 7.  A $10 per person turkey dinner will be served at the Leader Dog Banquet April 19.  Proceeds from the auction at the banquet go toward Leader Dogs.   

The club meets the first and third Thursdays at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 209 W. Main St., Sharpsburg.

Gardeners offer 'Veggie 101' 

Washington County Master Gardeners will teach a vegetable gardening class Friday, April 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ag Center on Sharpsburg Pike in Boonsboro. 

The six-hour “Veggie 101” class will teach participants how to prepare the soil, pick easy-to-grow crops and start vegetables from seeds or small plants. Guests will also learn how to choose the right tools and garden style, create compost and manage garden thugs from weeds to wildlife.

There is a $20 tuition charge.  Registration is required in person at the Extension office in the Ag Center or by mail by sending a check payable to Washington County EAC to: Veggie 101, University of MD Extension, 7303 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, MD  21713. 

Class size is limited to 25 students.   Registration deadline is one week before the class date.

For more information, contact Annette Ipsan at or 301-791-1604.

Library to display Civil War newspaper  

The Sharpsburg Historical Society will display copies of the Potomac Edison Co. monthly newspaper called “The Valley News Echo” at the Sharpsburg Library.  

Heritage Museum to hold open house   

The Washington County Rural Heritage Museum at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center on Sharpsburg Pike invites the public to a spring open house Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. each day.  

St. Mark’s choir hosts spaghetti dinner  

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Choir will host a spaghetti dinner Saturday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the St. Mark's Parish Hall at 18313 Lappans Road, Boonsboro. 

Dinner includes all-you can eat spaghetti, salad, beverage and your choice of home-made desserts.  Dinner costs $6 for adults and $3.50 for those ages 6 to 12.

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