Church group attends work camp in N.Y.

August 16, 2013|Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville
  • The youth group from St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Lappans traveled to Elmira, N.Y., to help residents with repairs. First row, from left, Alexander Smead and Elie Nogle. Second row, Leah Smead, Caroline Fraser and Alexandra Henry. Third row, Julius Smead, John Lindsay, Haley Grosbeck, Devon Grosbeck and Megan Wright. Back, row, David Henry.
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For the ninth year, youths and chaperones from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Lappans attended a work camp sponsored by Group Cares of Loveland, Colo. 

This year, the St. Mark’s team traveled to Elmira, N.Y., to repair the homes of low-income, handicapped and elderly residents. 

They painted, cleaned up yards, built porches and ramps, and performed other tasks as needed while meeting with the residents and enjoying fellowship in the evenings.

The team slept on the floor in a local high school and used the school facility as their base for breakfast and dinner while packing lunch to their worksite.

Pat Sortino, Megan Wright and David Henry from St. Mark’s served as chaperones and led work teams to the site.

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Ruritan to hold Fairplay Days 

District 12 Ruritan will hold Fairplay Days Saturday and Sunday  from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Tilghmanton Woods Community Park  at the corner of Manor Church and Breathedsville roads.


The event includes food, jousting both days, a car show on Saturday, and Gospel singer Kevin Booth on Sunday, with shows at 1 and 3 p.m. 

For more information, call 301-582-1005.

Meet the Teacher events planned at school

Sharpsburg Elementary faculty and staff will hold Meet the Teacher sessions Monday from 5 to 6 p.m. for prekindergarten, kindergarten, first- and second-grade students and parents and Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m. for third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students and parents. School begins for students Wednesday, Aug. 21.

Growing Tree to hold open house

The Growing Tree Pre-School will hold an open house Thursday, Aug. 22, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in St. Mark’s Parish Hall.

The Growing Tree is a private preschool program for those ages 2 to 5. It is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education.

The preschool is at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 18311 Lappans Road.

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Fire company to hold money bingo Saturday

The Potomac Valley Fire Co. in Dargan will hold a money bingo at the fire hall Saturday at 1 p.m. 
Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

There will be 27 games. Tickets cost $15. Specials and raffles will be available. The kitchen will be open for concessions 

For more information, call 301-432-2130. 

Navy band to perform concert at Shafer Park

The U.S. Navy’s country-bluegrass band Country Current will perform Saturday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. at the band shell at Shafer Park in Boonsboro.

Under the direction of Senior Chief Musician Keith Arneson, the band performs a blend of modern country music and bluegrass.  

Admission is free.

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Drennen to speak Monday at senior site

Martha Drennen, manager of the Southeastern senior site in Keedysville, will speak on the topic “Spinach Smart” Monday at 9:30 a.m.

Marcia Davies will conduct exercises Friday.

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

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

Alexander to speak Sunday at Ferry Hill

Author and historian Ted Alexander will speak at Ferry Hill Plantation, across the river from Shepherdstown, W.Va., Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m.

Alexander will speak on the topic “As they saw the Rebels: Civilian Observations of the Antietam and Gettysburg Campaigns.”

Alexander is senior staff historian at Antietam National Battlefield and author of four books on the Civil War and more than 200 articles and book reviews.

The informal talk is a part of the Ferry Hill Sunday Circles series that take place on the porch of the Ferry Hill house, a 19th century plantation house that sits atop a bluff overlooking the Potomac River and Shepherdstown.

Henry Kyd Douglas, author of “I Rode with Stonewall,” is Ferry Hill’s most famous resident and is known as Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s youngest staff officer during the Civil War.

The house is open each week, Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through mid-August.

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

For more information, call 301-582-0813.

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