Ruritan places wreaths

June 08, 2012|Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville

Members of the Keedysville Ruritan celebrated Memorial Day weekend by placing wreaths at the war monuments in the Taylor Park in Keedysville. Wreaths were placed at the World War I, World War II and the Korean and Vietnam warmemorials. A special thanks to Willowrun Landscaping, Lowe’s and Norman Pollard for planting.

Sharpsburg author writes Civil War book

Sharpsburg author Dennis Frye will sign copies of his newly published book, “September Suspense: Lincoln’s Union in Peril,” from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 15, in the Visitor Welcome Center in downtown Hagerstown.

“September Suspense” explores September 1862 as the most trying month for President Abraham Lincoln and the nation as Gen. Robert E. Lee threatened the North, marching his Confederates onto Union soil.

Frye draws from a period newspapers to demonstrate how fragile the nation was in the autumn of 1862.

Frye is chief historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and resides near the Antietam Battlefield.


He and his wife Sylvia have restored the home that was used by General Ambrose Burnside as his post-Antietam headquarters.

Ruritan to hold strawberry festival

The Rohrersville Ruritan will hold its annual Strawberry Festival Saturday and Sunday, June 9, and 10, in the Rohrersville Ruritan Community Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Visitors will find food, music, kids’ games and tractor displays, as well as numerous craft vendors and yard sale vendors.

The Rohrersville Band will perform on Saturday.

On Sunday, a community church service is planned, followed by a performance by The Heaveners. A garden tractor pull will be held Sunday.

Vendor space is still available. For more information call J.R. at 240-818-1038.

Bible church to hold Bible school

The Sharpsburg Bible Church, on the corner of Potomac and Antietam Streets in Sharpsburg, will hold an “Amazing Wonder Aviation” vacation Bible school the week of Monday, June 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The closing program will be at 6 p.m.  Sunday, June 24.
All ages are invited.

Pickle workshop planned at ag center

A Grow it, Eat It, Preserve It Workshop titled “Preserving the Perfect Pickle” will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center, 7303 Sharpsburg Pike, south of Hagerstown. The cost is $35 per person.

Registration deadline is Friday, June 15. In this session, participants will learn the types of pickled products that can be preserved at home, the pickling process, the necessary ingredients, equipment and supplies, and the basic steps of water bath canning.

Upcoming Grow it, Eat it, Preserve It Workshops are tomatoes and salsa, Tuesday, July 10; pressure canning, Tuesday, Aug. 14; and fruitful canning, Tuesday, Sept. 18.

For full details, visit or call 301-791-1504.

Boonsboro Class of 1977 plans meeting

The Boonsboro High Class of 1977 will hold a reunion-planning dinner meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, at the Battleview Market on the Sharpsburg Pike near Sharpsburg.

Alumni who are unable to attend the meeting, but have ideas can forward them to

The class reunion will be Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Elks Lodge in Hagerstown.

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