Unit presents Blue Star Banner to Kathy Jones

March 22, 2013|Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville
  • Antietam Unit 236, Sharpsburg American Legion presented a Blue Star banner to the Jones family recently. From left, Venetta Potts, Darlene Hoffman, Kathy Jones, Ava Gift and Linda May.
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Antietam Unit 236, Sharpsburg American Legion Auxiliary President Ava Gift, Chaplain Darlene Hoffman, members Venetta Potts and Linda May presented a Blue Star Service Banner to Kathy Jones at Sharpsburg Bible Church March 16.

Kathy’s son, Pfc. Blake Poffenberger, is serving with the Marines at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., in motor transport training. 

He graduated from James Buchanan High School in Mercersburg, Pa., in 2012.

Blake comes from a military family. He is the son of Randy Poffenberger, a Marine veteran.

He is the maternal grandson of Pastor Gene and Erma Renner and paternal grandson of Ralph and Carolyn Poffenberger. Both of his grandfathers are Army veterans.

Auxiliary to hold bake, soup sale

Antietam Unit 236 American Legion Auxiliary will hold a soup, sandwich and bake sale in front of the Jefferson Security Bank on the square in Sharpsburg Friday, March 29, and Saturday, March, 30, from 9 to 5 p.m. 


The auxiliary will sell homemade chicken corn and chicken noodle soup, chicken salad sandwiches and a variety of homemade baked goods.

All funds raised are put back into the community through the many American Legion Auxiliary programs.

Brugh to speak to Confederate veterans

Historian Mark Brugh will conduct a walking tour on the history of Sharpsburg as part of the meeting of the Battle of Sharpsburg Camp No. 1582, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Wednesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at Sharpsburg Town Hall.

Brugh will also discuss the effects of the Battle of Antietam on the local citizens.

The Sharpsburg tour will be 1 1/2 hours in length and involve about four blocks of walking.  The tour is free and open to the public. 

For more information, call Camp Cmdr. Michael Wasiljov at 301-992-3122 or send an email to

Boy Scouts to sell flowers

Sharpsburg Boy Scout Troop 51 will sell Easter Flowers on the Sharpsburg Square Friday, March 29, and Saturday, March 30, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The troop will sell tulips, daffodils, lilies, azaleas, mums, hyacinths and hanging flower baskets.

All sales are by cash or check.

The fundraiser allows the troop to pay for Scout equipment, supplies and merit badges for the youth of the troop.

Church to hold Easter bake sale

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 53 N. Main St., Keedysville, will hold an Easter bake sale and bazaar Friday and Saturday from 9 to 3 p.m. each day at the church fellowship hall.

Visitors will find Easter gifts and baskets, homemade soups and sandwiches, pies, cakes and Easter candy. Raffle drawings will be available.

Ruritan to hold yard sale

The District 12 Ruritan in Fairplay will host a community indoor/outdoor yard sale Saturday, May 11, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tilghmanton Woods on Manor Church Road. Vendors are wanted. To reserve a space, call 301-582-3460. 

In addition to the yard sale, breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase.  

St. Mark’s to host Easter Vigil March 30

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Lappans, will host the Regional Easter Vigil Saturday, March 30, at 5 p.m. at Dorsey Hall of the Fellowship Center.

Bishop Joe Burnett will be the celebrant and preacher. St. Mark’s is at 18313 Lappans Road.

Kavanaugh to speak at senior center

Ita Kavanaugh will present a class titled “Brown Bag your Meds” Monday at 10 a.m. at the Southeastern Senior Center in Keedysville.

Sandy Ferris will conduct exercise classes Wednesday and Marcia Davies will lead exercise classes Fridays.

The center is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, call Martha Drennen at 301-432-5624.

Museum to offer bread baking class

The Washington County Rural Heritage Museum will offer an advanced artisan bread baking class Saturday, April 6, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center’s multipurpose building.

The cost is $50 per person. Advanced registration is required by April 1.

To register, call 240-420-1714 or send an email to

For more information, go to

Swap and tack sale

The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission will partner with the 4-H Bits and Bridles Horse and Pony 4-H Club to host the fifth annual tack and swap sale Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center.

The free event will feature equine vendors with a full range of horse-related items, including clothing, tack, halters, saddles, boots, jewelry, feed and other items.

Visitors can barter and bargain with local and regional businesses to purchase equine-related items.

Concessions will be available for purchase, courtesy of the Blue Ridge Riding Club.

All proceeds will benefit the Bits and Bridles Horse and Pony 4-H Club.

Vendor registration is open.

For more information, call Donna Schmidt at 301-791-4906 or Leslie Hart at 301-432-4782.

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