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Unit presents Blue Star Banner to Swiger family

August 22, 2013|Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville
  • From left, Kevin Swiger, Michael Swiger, Teresa Swiger, family of Christopher Swiger, were given a Blue Star Banner. Christopher Swiger is stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas.
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Antietam Unit 236, Sharpsburg American Legion Auxiliary President Ava Gift presented a Blue Star Banner to Keedysville residents Michael and Teresa Swiger and son Kevin during the unit’s Aug. 13 meeting.

Their son Christopher Swiger is stationed at Fort Riley, Kan., as an unmanned aircraft system repairer, with the United States Army “Big Red One” 1st Division. Christopher graduated from Boonsboro High in 2004.

Christopher comes from a military background. His father was a member of the Martinsburg Air National Guard; maternal grandfather, Gene Milburn, was a member of the Army National Guard; and paternal grandfather, Frank Shiflett, was an Air Force veteran who served in the Korean War.

Created in 1917, Blue Star Banners were a common site during World War I and World War II.  Resurrected by the Legion in 2001, the banner is displayed to show that a family member is currently serving in the armed forces.


Historian, author to speak to veterans

Historian and author Toby Law will speak at the Sept. 4 meeting of the Battle of Sharpsburg Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Sharpsburg Town Hall at 106 E. Main St.

Law will discuss the fighting on Herr’s Ridge during the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg. The meeting is free and open to the public.  For more information contact Camp Commander Michael Wasiljov at 301-992-3122-C or email mike24745@aol.com.


Knight family offers thanks

The family of Whylmenia Knight offers thanks to friends and neighbors for the flowers, food, cards, visits and kindness following Whylmenia’s recent death.

The family thanks the members of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Burnside Church who prepared a wonderful meal, and the staffs of the Osborne Funeral Home and Hospice who showed great kindness and consideration.

The family also appreciates the comforting words of Roger Martin and the beautiful piano music of Cynthia Staubs at Whylmenia’s funeral service.


Church to hold yard sale

Christ Reformed UCC in Sharpsburg has scheduled a yard sale Saturday, Aug. 31 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 7215 Sharpsburg Pike, four miles north of Sharpsburg. Proceeds from the sale will benefit church repairs.


Navy Band to perform

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

Under the direction of Senior Chief Musician Keith Arneson, Country Current is nationally renowned for its versatility and “eye-popping” musicianship, performing a blend of modern country music and cutting-edge bluegrass.

The band utilizes banjo, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, fiddle, electric bass, upright bass, dobro, pedal steel guitar and drum set. Admission is free. Bring a lawn chair.


Church car show Aug. 31

The Brownsville Church of the Brethren has scheduled a car show Saturday, Aug. 31, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the church grounds at 1911 Rohrersville Road.

Awards will be given for first, second and third places and for Best of Show. Yard sale and vendor tables will be available.

All donations will benefit the missions and outreach work of Haley Dagenhart, a member of the Year Team with the Dublin Christian Mission. Dagenhart will leave in September to work with inner city youth and the homeless in Dublin, Ireland.

For show and vendor information call Lori Dagenhart at 301-992-6590 or Lisa Rachel at 717-765-0125.


Museum to celebrate with Spudfest

The Rural Heritage Museum has scheduled Spudfest at the Museum Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Starting at 11 a.m. (registration begins at 10:30 a.m.), a horse-drawn plow will turn up the potatoes so children can collect them for prizes. All village buildings will be open and machinery demonstrations will take place.

Homemade chips will be cooked in cast iron kettles over open fire.  Lunch will be available for purchase with an expansive potato-themed menu.  4-H Youth Development activities with special children’s games and experiments will be available. A Master Gardener Taste of the Garden event will take place in the German Four Square Garden from 1 to 3 p.m.  Artisan bread baking will occur from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Come early to reserve a loaf.

For more information: visit www.ruralheritagemuseum.org, call 240-420-1714 or email eoverdorff@washco-md.net.


Kavanaugh to speak at senior center

Registered nurse Ita Kavanaugh will speak on the topic “Vaccines and Immunizations” Monday at 10 a.m. at the senior center in Keedysville. Marcia Davies will conduct exercises Friday. The Southeastern Senior Center is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For information about the senior center, call Martha Drennen at 301-432-5624.

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