Fraley family receives Blue Star Banner

January 03, 2013|Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville
  • From left, Judy Mason, Sabrina Fraley and Chris Fraley display the Blue Star Service Banner.
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Fraley family receives Blue Star Banner

Judy Mason, a member of Antietam Unit 236, Sharpsburg American Legion Auxiliary, presented her son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Sabrina Fraley of Inwood, W.Va., with a Blue Star Service Banner at the Dec. 11 monthly meeting.

The banner honors the family’s two daughters who are both training to become military nurses.

Erica Merson is stationed at the U.S. Air Force Base in Admori, Japan, and McKenzie Fraley is stationed at Travis Air Force base in California. The daughters graduated from Musselman High School in Inwood.

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

Anyone who has a child or spouse serving in the military and wishes to receive a Blue Star Service Banner can call Ava at 301-432-6658.


Samples Manor to hold candlelight service

Samples Manor Church of God, at 2128 Harpers Ferry Road near Dargan, will hold a candlelight memorial service Sunday at 7 p.m.

The Rev. Kenny Johnson will officiate the service. The community is invited to attend the service and remember loved ones with a candle or light in the cemetery.

Antietam Station to present train display

The Antietam Station on Md. 34 south of Sharpsburg will be open Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Four types of model trains will be running. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

Fire company to hold breakfast

Potomac Valley Fire Co. will hold an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast Saturday from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the fire hall in Dargan.

The meal includes pancakes, sausage, sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, coffee and orange juice.

Tickets cost $6 for adults. Children eat free.

Pet blessings planned

Mount Vernon Reformed UCC, 64 S. Main St. in Keedysville, will hold a dogs and cats pet blessings during all January Sunday services (Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27).

For the services, pets must be on a leash or in a pet carrier and under complete control.

The church doors open at 10:15 a.m. with the service beginning at 10:45.

If the snow emergency plan is in effect, the services will be canceled.

For more information, call the Rev. Delancy Catlett, pastor, at 717-977-4232.  

Fitness classes offered at Keedysville center

Certified instructor Sandy Ferris offers a variety of fitness classes at Little Antietam Community Center in Keedysville.

Pilates mat classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Basic mat classes improve core strength, posture, flexibility and tone muscles.

Yoga is offered on Thursday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. and begins Jan 10.

A class geared to the young at heart is offered Wednesday mornings from 10 to 11 a.m.

The class, which begins Jan. 9, includes simple low-impact aerobic moves, strength training, flexibility and balance training.

For more information, call Ferris at 301-432-5320.   

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