Masons to hold open officer installation

January 26, 2012|Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville

The master, wardens and brethren of Antietam Lodge 197 invite all masons, family, friends and interested parties to attend our Open Installation of Officers for 2012 on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lodge at 7 S. Main St., Keedysville.

This is a rare occasion for the general public to view masonic ritual, which is afforded by special dispensation from the Grand Lodge of Maryland and the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Mason’s, Stephen J. Ponzillo III.

Visitors may learn the secrets of the brotherhood and what really happens behind the closed doors of a Masonic Lodge.

Antietam Lodge 197 meets regularly on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at their Masonic Temple in Keedysville. View website or visit to learn about freemasonry in the 21st century.

Farm bureau offers scholarships

The Washington County Farm Bureau will offer several education sponsorships and grants to young adults of Farm Bureau families.

As much as $5,000 is awarded to a Washington County Maryland youth who expresses interest in Agriculture.

The deadline to apply is April 15. For more information and to obtain an application, visit

Food for Profit class scheduled

Food for Profit is a one-day workshop designed to help you work through the maze of local and state regulations, food-safety issues, and business management concepts that all must be considered in setting up a commercial food business.

The course will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Washington County Agriculture Education Center. The tuition cost of $40 per person includes all materials and lunch. Registration is through the Penn State event online system at (scroll down to Feb. 28, 2012 listings) or by calling 877-489-1398.

For more information, contact Extension Educator Winifred McGee at or 717-270-4391 or Ginger S. Myers, University of Maryland Extension Specialist at or 301-432-2767, ext. 338. Pre-payment and registration are required for this workshop.

Legion to hold basket bingo

The Boonsboro American Legion (Clopper-Michael Post No. 10) will hold a basket bingo Saturday, Feb. 12. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. Bingo begins at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and include 20 regular games and 5 specials; Raffles, King Tuts and 50/50. Must be 18 or older to play.

No food or drinks can be brought into the club. Tickets may be purchased at the Legion by calling 301-432-5695, or contact Rose Moats at 301-432-6103.

Little League to hold free rules clinic

Maryland District 1 Little League will conduct a free rules and umpire training clinic every Tuesday in February from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Christ on Leitersburg Pike.

Because of several significant rule changes this year, baseball and softball managers, coaches and umpires or interested parents should attend these sessions.

For more information, call Denny Hockensmith at 301-416-2841 or Dave Grams at 301-791-1687.

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