Sons of Confederate Veterans to tour cemetery

July 18, 2013|Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville

Local historian and author Stephen Bockmiller will lead a tour of Rose Hill Cemetery with the Sons of Confederate Veterans Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m.

Members of Battle of Sharpsburg Camp 1582 will meet at the cemetery parking lot, 600 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown.

The tour is free and open to the public, but donations are accepted. 

For more information, call Michael Wasiljov at 301-992-3122 or email

Peaceable Paws teaches old dogs new tricks

Dog owners can teach old dogs new tricks, and it’s usually only a little more challenging than teaching a puppy.

An “Adult Good Manners” class begins at Peaceable Paws, 17816 Spielman Road, Fairplay, Thursday night, July 25 at 7:30 p.m.

The owner and his or her pet will learn sit, down, wait, trade, leave-it and walk politely on a leash.

Training improves communication, strengthens relationships and increases the odds that the dog will be a well-loved member of the family for the rest of its life.

The training is for dogs 20 weeks or older. The training costs $150 for six weeks, plus a required free seminar titled “Finding Your Dog’s Inner Lassie.”

 Registration for the adult good manners class includes automatic enrollment in the corresponding seminar.

The class will include a maximum of six dogs.

To register, call 301-582-9420, send an email to or go to

Ag Expo and Fair begins Saturday

Washington County Ag Expo and Fair will be held on the grounds of the Washington County Agricultural Education Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, from Saturday through July 27.

A gate and events value pass is available with unlimited access to the fair and track events all week. Parking is free.

All gate and general admission passes costs $6 for those ages 2 and older and include unlimited carnival rides, Skin and Bones Comedy Circus, Open Class and 4-H/FFA exhibits and shows, live bands each day, machinery and equipment displays, business displays, a petting farm and many weekly activities.

Gate admission starts daily at noon to closing (except Sunday with times from 8 a.m. to closing).

For more information, got to

Jazz ensemble to play at Shafer Park

The Martinsburg (W.Va.) Jazz Orchestra will open the summer concert series at Shafer Park in Boonsboro Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

The orchestra is a 16-piece ensemble that plays swing music and contemporary big band jazz.

Future concert performances will feature the U.S. Air Force rock band Max Impact, the South Mountain Jam and the U.S Navy Country Current.

Admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Kavanaugh to speak at Senior Center

Nurse Ita Kavanaugh will talk about “Skin and Safety Awareness” Monday at 10 a.m. at the Southeastern Senior Center in Keedysville.

Marcia Davies will conduct exercises Friday, July 26.

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

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

Master Gardeners offer gardening tips

 For gardening advice and tips, meet with master gardeners between noon and 3 p.m. Saturday at the Rural Heritage Museum at the Agricultural Education Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike.

Weather permitting, the master gardeners will share information about planting fall vegetable crops and children’s activity in the magical garden.

The activity will take place at the Four-Square Garden.

For more information, call 240-420-1714, email to or go to

Church to present benefit concert

Touchdown Sunset, the praise band of Brownsville Church of the Brethren, will present a benefit concert at the church Saturday, July 27, at 7 p.m.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a silent auction. Refreshments will be available.

All donations will benefit missions and outreach. Haley Dagenhart will leave in September to work with inner city youth and the homeless in Dublin, Ireland.

The church is at 1911 Rohrersville Road.

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