Legion Auxiliary Unit 236 presents Blue Star Banner to family

June 22, 2012|Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville
  • Steve and Shelly (Sue) Haskell of Dargan display the Blue Star Banner they received from American Legion Auxiliary Unit 236 on behalf of their son C.J., who is deployed to Afghanistan.
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Antietam Unit 236, Sharpsburg American Legion Auxiliary, presented a Dargan family with a Blue Star Service Banner at its June 11 Unit meeting. 

Unit President Ava Gift presented the banner to Steven and Shelly (Sue) Haskell in honor of the service of their son, Charles Robert Kretzer Jr. (known as C.J). 

C.J. graduated from Boonsboro High in 2008 and enlisted in the Marines on Mother’s Day 2009.

He deployed to Afghanistan on his birthday, April 26, of this year.

Gaulding, Wesmiller get Masons scholarships

Antietam Masonic Lodge 197 in Keedysville presented scholarships to Jillian Gaulding and Mikaela Wesmiller at an open strawberry night meeting Tuesday, June 19, at the lodge on Main Street in Keedysville.

Gaulding was a member of the Class Cabinet at Boonsboro High School, National Honor Society, Link Crew Orientation and was president of the National Spanish Honor Society.

Jillian was a member of the theater department at Boonsboro High. She graduated from Boonsboro on June 8 with highest honors and a 4.31 grade-point average.

 She received the President's Education Award of Outstanding Academic Excellence, the Merit Scholastic Award, the English Academic Excellence Award and a Theater Excellence Award.

Jillian plans to attend the University of Maryland and major in English. She was accepted into the Honors College.

Mikaela Wesmiller attended Boonsboro High and graduated June 8. Mikaela has been active in her community, earning Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.

She has been an assistant volleyball coach at the Hagerstown YMCA for three years, has worked at her church's Bible school for three years and has helped at the Pleasant Valley Ruritan pancake breakfasts for more than five years.

Mikaela has helped at NCI Take Your Child to Work Day for four years. Mikaela plans to attend Shepherd University in the fall where she will major in elementary education.


Fire company plans dinner

Potomac Valley Fire Co. in Dargan will hold a steak and shrimp dinner Saturday. Meals will be served from 4 to 6 p.m.

The meal will include a 6-ounce steak, 1 pound of steamed shrimp, baked potato, baked beans, coleslaw, homemade rolls, hushpuppies and iced tea.

Tickets cost $15 per person.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling 301-432-2938.

Church to hold community food drive

Samples Manor Church of God on Harpers Ferry Road near Dargan will conduct a community food drive Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Residents are encouraged to drop off nonperishable canned and boxed food to the church.

Ag meetings to target nutrient management

The Maryland Department of Agriculture will host a public meeting Wednesday, July 18, at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide information on proposed changes to Maryland’s nutrient management regulations and offer an opportunity for public comment.

The proposed regulations are designed to achieve consistency in the way all sources of nutrients are managed and help Maryland meet nitrogen and phosphorus reduction goals spelled out in its Watershed Implementation Plan to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay.

For more information, contact the nutrient management program at 410-841-5959.    

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