Installation held by local Masons

January 17, 2013|Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville

Installation held by local Masons

Brothers and guests of Antietam Masonic Lodge 197 held an annual open installation of officers Jan. 15 at the Masonic Temple, 7 S. Main St., Keedysville.

Thirteen Masons, dressed in tuxedoes with white shirts and black ties, white gloves and polished black shoes and wearing Masonic aprons, conducted the traditional Masonic installation ceremony.

Representing 99 Masonic Lodges in Maryland, Grand Inspector James Plunkett and Deputy Grand Inspector Jesse Mills participated in the ceremony.

Marshall Fred Reel conducted the ceremony.

Jeffrey Thomas Stouffer was elected as worshipful master for the 16th year.

Other Masons elected to offices were Marvin Wayne Harmon, senior warden; James Bradley Kalbflesh, junior warden; Matthew John Kalons, secretary; James Randall Burns, treasurer; Charles Thomas Wolfe, senior deacon; Jared Timothy Rohr, junior deacon; William Edward Eisentrout, senior steward; Keith Dominick, junior steward; and Leonard Ulysses Higdon, tyler (outer guard of the Lodge).


Following the ceremony, the Masons and guests had pizza in the Lodge social room.

Fire company to hold money bingo Saturday

Potomac Valley Fire Department in Dargan will hold a money bingo Saturday at 1 p.m. at the fire hall.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the kitchen will be open.

Tickets cost $15. There will be 27 games. Specials and raffles will be available.

For more information, call 301-432-2130.

St. Mark’s to sponsor series

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Lappans, will sponsor a six-week series titled “Conversations on Faith and Life” beginning Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the church fellowship center.

Participants are invited to a simple meal followed by a 20-minute DVD presentation by the Rev. Timothy Keller, senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Manhattan, N.Y.

Keller will hold frank conversations with a diverse group of young professionals from various religious backgrounds. Small group discussion follows with a group session at the end of the evening. 

Registration is necessary as seating is limited.

To register, call 301-582-0417 or go to   

Ruritan to hold oyster dinner

Rohrersville Ruritan will hold a buffet-style oyster, ham and turkey dinner Saturday from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at the Old Schoolhouse in Rohrersville, which is a handicapped-accessible building.

Carry-out will be available, but please bring containers.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $7.50 for children.

For more information, call J.R. at 240-818-1038.

Citizens to hold meeting

Citizens for the Preservation of Pleasant Valley will meet Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Rohrersville Ruritan Schoolhouse in the town of Rohrersville, south of Boonsboro. A president and treasurer will be elected.

For more information, send an email to or

Girls softball to hold registration

The Washington County Girls Softball League will hold registration for girls in grades three through eight at Dick’s Sporting Goods, 17780 Garland Groh Blvd., Feb. 2, 9, 16, and 23, from noon to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 301-223-9078, 301-766-7477, or 301-733-7467 or go to

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