Blue Star Service Banner presented to family

February 23, 2012|Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville

Antietam Unit 236 American Legion Auxiliary presented a Blue Star Service Banner to Stephanie and Richie Mills at its Feb. 14 meeting. 

Their son, Chase Mills, is serving in the Army with the lst Calvary Combat Engineers in Kuwait. Stephanie and their daughter, Torie, are members of Antietam Unit 236. 

The family thanked the unit and said they would be proud to display the banner in the window of their Sandy Hook home.

Chase is a 2010 graduate of Boonsboro High School.

A banner displayed in the window of a home is an American tradition started during World War I, but was not observed during the Korean or Vietnam wars. The program was revived at the start of the war on terrorism.


Anyone wishing may send Chase cards and well wishes to: MILLS PV2 CHARLES, CCO 1BSTB 1CD, CAMP BUEHRING KUWAIT, 09330 APO AE.

Mills to speak on Civil War love

The Sharpsburg Historical Society will hold a “Romantic Love” general meeting on Leap Day, Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 7 p.m. in Town Hall, Main St., Sharpsburg.

The guest speaker will be Charles Mills, author and producer from Alexandria, Va. His talk, titled “Love, Romance, and Marriage in the Civil War,” will examine courtship, manners, morals and marriage in the middle of the 19th century. This is a free program for members and visitors. Participants are encouraged to bring any 19th century valentines, love letters or marriage certificates they would like to share.

For more information, call 301-992-9767.

Fire company to hold potpie dinner

Potomac Valley Fire Co. in Dargan will hold a potpie dinner of ham, beef and chicken slippery potpie with coleslaw and rolls Saturday, starting at 4 p.m. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

The meal costs $8.

Church to serve oyster dinner March 3

Benevola United Methodist Church, at 19925 Benevola Church Road., will serve an oyster dinner Saturday, March 3, from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $7 for those ages 10 and younger.

The meal includes fried oysters, ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, sauerkraut, corn, green beans, applesauce, assorted desserts, iced tea, lemonade and coffee.

Area churches to hold Lenten services

Christ Reformed UCC, Sharpsburg, Mount Vernon Reformed UCC, Keedysville, Trinity UCC, Boonsboro, Salem Lutheran, Bakersville, St. Peter’s Lutheran, Keedysville, and Salem United Methodist, Keedysville will host Wednesday Evening Worship Services during Lent all beginning at 7 p.m.

Everyone is invited to attend. “Healing” is the central theme of the services.

The services are as follows. Feb. 29, Christ Reformed UCC, 117 W. Main St. Sharpsburg, “Woman with Bleeding;” March 7, St. Peter’s Lutheran, 53 N. Main St., Keedysville, “The Healing of the Gerasene Demoniac;” March 14, Salem Lutheran, 17626 Bakersville Road, Boonsboro, “Man with Leprosy;” March 21, Salem United Methodist, 25 S. Main St., Keedysville, “Raising of Lazarus;” and March 28, Trinity UCC, 33 Potomac St., Boonsboro, “Jesus Heals a Paralytic.”

Landscaping class offered

Keedysville resident and professional horticulturist Deborah Smith-Fiola will offer a course on Low Maintenance Landscaping for Homeowners Thursday, March 1, and 8 at Hagerstown Community College’s Valley Mall Center from 1 to 3 p.m.

The course will cover selection of trees, shrubs and flowers that are not prone to insects, diseases and cultural problems.

The course costs $51 ($41 for those ages 60 and older). Class size is limited. Register by today.
To register online, go to 

For more information, call 240-500-2236, or send an email to

Sharpsburg Lions plan busy March

The Sharpsburg Lions Club will begin a busy month with a regular meeting in their Den Thursday, March 1, followed by a Fahrney-Keedy Sing-a-Long Thursday, March 8.

The Lions will sell ham sandwiches March 15 and then travel to events in New Market, Kitzmiller, Taylorsville and Lovettsville. The month ends with the Potomac Valley Lions spaghetti dinner on Saturday, March 31.

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

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