History book author to speak in Keedysville

April 12, 2013|Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville
  • Preston "Toby" Law is scheduled to speak to the Keedysville Historical Society.
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Hagerstown author Preston “Toby” Law will speak to the Keedysville Historical Society on Monday at 7 p.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 53 N. Main St., Keedysville. Law will discuss his new book, “Drummer Boy for the Bonnie Blue,” which follows a 14-year-old Frederick native, Thad, as he decides to join the Confederate army as a drummer boy.

The public is invited, and visitors are encouraged to bring their children and grandchildren. Books will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served. Park at the back of the church.  (This meeting was rescheduled from March due to snow.)  Call 301-432-8216 with questions.

Sharpsburg Library to host 2 history programs

Dr. Deborah Rochefort from The Peter Burr House in Ranson, W.Va., will discuss life in the 18th century at the Sharpsburg Library on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. This program is directed toward home-schooled students, but anyone, grade school age and older, is welcome. The discussion will include a craft or activity.


Bob Murphy will play and share stories about drummer boys during the American Civil War at the library Thursday at 7 p.m. Murphy will explain that boys as young as 9-10 years old had to learn drum calls that would help regulate camp life. This is a program for all ages. Bob might even recruit a drummer from the audience.

Sharpsburg establishes fund for deer memorial

Members of the Sharpsburg area community have established a fund to create a memorial for their pet deer, Bucky. Donations for the memorial will be collected until June 1 at the Jefferson Security Bank, Sharpsburg, or online at A small dedication ceremony will be held June 21. Additional details will be posted on the Bucky Shumaker facebook page.

Sharpsburg Lions to hear motivational speaker

Members of the Sharpsburg Lions will attend the Chewsville/Longmeadow Charter Night on Wednesday, April 17 to hear motivational speaker Tracey Jones. Jones is an author, publisher and daughter of the late Charlie “Tremendous” Jones, who started Executive Books for the purpose of changing the world one book at a time.

Brownsville church to hold yard sale

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 2150 Boteler Rd., Brownsville, will hold a yard sale on Saturday, April 20, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tables will rent for $20 each.

A breakfast of egg sandwiches, donuts, pastries and coffee will be available. Hot dogs, steamers, chips and soft drinks will be available for lunch.

Contact Trudie Holder at 301-739-5034 (home) or 240-818-4214 (cell) for table rentals. The yard sale will be a fundraiser for the Episcopal Church Women.

Pastors to hold discussion on God, Christian issues

Pastors Karen Erskine-Valentine of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and Rev. Delancy Catlett of Christ Reformed UCC will meet at Bender’s Tavern,  Sharpsburg, on Sunday at 7 p.m. All who would like to join them are welcome for a discussion of hot-topic issues in the Christian church, or for questions about God and faith.

Keedysville schedules bulk trash collection

The Town of Keedysville has scheduled bulk trash collection for Saturday morning, April 20. Items should be placed curbside Friday evening. Trash, yard waste and recycling will be collected during the week — trash on Monday, yard waster on Tuesday and recyclables on Thursday. All items must be placed curbside on the previous evening.

Potomac Valley Fire Co. to hold potpie dinner

The Potomac Valley Fire Company in Dargan, seven miles south of Sharpsburg on Harpers Ferry Road, will hold an all-you-can-eat potpie dinner at the fire hall Saturday, beginning at 4 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children eat free. The menu will include chicken, beef and ham potpie, cole slaw, homemade rolls, iced tea and coffee. For more information, call 301-432-2130.

Busy April is planned at Sharpsburg Elementary

The schedule of events: Kindergarten registration, April 15; fifth-grade science MSA, April 16 and 17; orchestra concert at Boonsboro Middle School, April 17; chess club, April 18 and 25; fifth-grade class picture, April 19; spring pictures, April 30; staff picture, April 30.

Speaker at senior center to discuss healthy meals

Manager Martha Drennen will teach a class titled “Build a Healthy Meal” on Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Southeastern Senior Center, Keedysville. Sandy Ferris will conduct exercise classes Wednesday, and Marcia Davies will lead exercise classes Fridays. The Southeastern Senior Center is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information about the Senior Center, call Martha at 301-432-5624.

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