Students place flags on soldiers' graves

June 02, 2011|Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville
  • Sharpsburg Elementary School Character Counts! winners for May were, left to right: front row, Rylee Waters, Faith Getridge and Reagan Crook; back row, Cierra Kulikowski and Marina Hamilla.
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Sharpsburg Elementary fifth-grade students placed flags on the graves of soldiers at Antietam National Cemetery on Thursday, May 26. The students were accompanied by National Park Service rangers, chaperones and classroom teachers Cindy Weaver and Kim Rishell. Betty Otto Kretzer, a park ranger at the time this event was started 23 years ago, originated the idea of having students place flags on the soldiers' graves.  

Potters to open kiln at Boonsboro site

Local potters Blair Meerfeld and Allison Severance invite visitors to their first public kiln opening Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The wood-fired salt kiln is located at Searchwell Farm, 18839 Manor Church Road, Boonsboro. Visitors can also visit with guest potters Nadette Boughton and Jack Heimerman and artist Libby Henry. For additional information and directions, visit or call 240-446-9552.  

Fairview Cemetery board invites visitors

The Fairview Cemetery board invites residents of Keedysville and the surrounding area to visit the Fairview Cemetery in Keedysville to observe the improvements to the cemetery. Many older stones have been refurbished, and many new trees have been planted. The cemetery board also invites interested individuals to attend meetings of the board, which are held the third Tuesdays of February, May, August and November.

Horse council to present open show June 11

The Washington County Horse Council will present an open horse show Saturday, June 11, at 9 a.m. at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center. The show will feature all-weather footing, shady parking, public restrooms, a full complement of new jumps and standards and no grounds fee. There will be more than 40 total classes to enter at $6 each, with discounts available for registered 4-H members. The event is free and open to the public. Food will be available. Visit for more information.

Vendors sought for June 18 poultry swap

The Maryland Poultry Swap and Farmers Market scheduled for Saturday, June 18, is seeking local and regional farmers market vendors and swap vendors to attend and participate in this event. This is a community event to help unite area farmers of all kinds. Spaces will be provided to anyone with farm-related items to sell. A fee of $8 purchases a selling space for the entire day as well as automatic entry in the drawing for door prizes. Food and drinks as well as watering stations for animals will be available. Additional information can be found at or by calling Erin at 304-279-0016.

Otzelberger family plans reunion

A reunion of the Otzelberger family will be held Sunday, June 5, at 12:30 p.m. at Pavilion 3 at Marty Snook Park in Halfway. Family members should bring meat, a covered dish, a drink and a place setting. Most of the Otzelbergers are from the Sharpsburg area.

Information concerning churches, clubs, schools, organizations and activities in the Sharpsburg/Keedysville area may be called to Harry Nogle at 301-432-2437 or emailed to

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