Miss Poppy presents mayor with poppy

May 17, 2012|Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville
  • Miss Poppy, Sophie Burnett, and Sharpsburg Mayor Hal Spielman
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Miss Poppy presents mayor with poppy

Miss Poppy, Sophie Burnett, the 10-year-old daughter of Chase and Jaime Burnett of Sharpsburg, presented Sharpsburg Mayor Hal Spielman with a poppy before the May 7 town council meeting.

Sophie’s father was unable to attend the ceremony because of his deployment in Afghanistan.

Before introducing Miss Poppy, Darlene Eichelberger, the poppy program chairwoman, thanked the mayor and council for allowing them to keep the tradition of presenting the first poppy of the year to the Sharpsburg mayor.

Cochran places first in 24 Game Challenge

Sharpsburg Elementary School fifth-grader Kaitlin Cochran placed first in the annual 24 Game Challenge at Hagerstown Community College May 3.

Fifth-graders Ellie Bare placed second, Grace Roupe placed third, and Morgan Dyer finished in the final 16.

Coaches and teacher Kim Rishell and Kristen English encouraged and guided the students through many hours of practice over the last two months. The high scores show that all the hard work and dedication paid off for the students.


Sharpsburg Elementary names good citizens

Sharpsburg Elementary School nominated 14 students for exemplifying all the character traits of a good citizen. The students enjoyed lunch at the “Golden Table” with counselor Jacklyn Kinzer and had ice-cream sundaes to celebrate their accomplishments. 

Cemetery donation drive to begin
The donation drive for the maintenance of the Samples Manor Church of God cemetery will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27, from 8 a.m. to dusk at the cemetery. If unable to attend, send donations to Samples Manor Cemetery, P.O. Box 441, Sharpsburg, MD 21782. Make checks payable to Samples Manor Cemetery.

Church to hold gospel sing May 27

Samples Manor Church of God on Harpers Ferry Road near Dargan will hold a Memorial Day gospel sing Sunday, May 27, at 2:30 p.m.

The event will include gospel music and singing. Admission is free and a free will offering will be taken to benefit the church cemetery. For directions, call 304-616-1437, 301-834-8694 or 301-432-8359.

Churches to sponsor Bible school in June

The Sharpsburg Main Street churches will sponsor a community Bible school from Sunday, June 10 to June 14 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 209 W. Main St. in Sharpsburg.

The Bible school will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday with a community picnic. On Monday to Thursday, it will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a light supper for students and staff. The theme of this year’s Bible school is “SKY” and the Bible verse is Mark 10:14.

To receive a registration form, volunteer or receive more information, call Sandy Miner at 301-991-1398 or send her an email at

Otzelbergers plan family reunion June 3

A reunion of the Peter Otzelberger family will be held Sunday, June 3, at 1 p.m. in Pavilion No. 4 at Martin “Marty” Snook Memorial Park in Halfway.

Family members should bring meat, a covered dish and drink. Most of the Otzelbergers are from the Sharpsburg area.               

Fire company to hold bingo

Potomac Valley Fire Co. in Dargan will hold a basket bingo Saturday. Doors open at 11 a.m. and bingo begins at 1 p.m.

A nine-pack costs $15. Extra packs, specials, and raffles will be available. The kitchen will be open.

Bible Church to celebrate 140th anniversary Sunday

Sharpsburg Bible Church will celebrate its 140th anniversary Sunday.

The church was organized in 1872, and at that time was on North Potomac Street in Sharpsburg. 

The congregation relocated in 1938 to 125 W. Main St.

In 1981, the congregation built a new church at its present location on the corner of Antietam and Potomac streets. 

The fellowship hall was added in 1984. 

The church continues to grow and an expansion is planned to begin soon.

The Rev. Gene W. Renner has been the pastor since 1977.

The church’s mission is to provide Christian resources and service to all people in the name of Jesus Christ. The church has many ministries and programs for all ages.

For more information, go to

St. James to hold yard sale May 26

St. James Church, at 17718 Lappans Road (Md. 68), will hold an outdoor yard sale Saturday, May 26, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Pavilion spaces are available for $15 (includes one picnic table). 

Parking lot spaces are available for $10 (provide your own table). 
Lunch will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To rent a space, call Sam Griffith at 301-482-3343.

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