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Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville | March 10, 2011
District 12 Ruritan, on the corner of Breathedsville and Manor Church roads in Fairplay, will hold an all-you-can-eat slippery beef and chicken potpie dinner Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. or until sold out.   The meal includes your choice of cole slaw or applesauce, roll, tea, coffee or water. Carryout will be available. Desserts will also be sold. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $3.50 for those ages 12 and younger.   For more information, call 301-582-1005. Miller to speak at Historical Society meeting   South Mountain State Battlefield historian John A. Miller will give a slide presentation to the Keedysville Historical Society meeting Monday, March 21, at 7 p.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 53 N. Main St., Keedysville.
Paula Wolber | Around Maugansville | January 17, 2013
Ruritan pancake breakfast planned The Maugansville Ruritan Club will host its first pancake breakfast of the new year Saturday, Jan. 26, from 6:30 to 11 a.m. at its blue building at 18007 Maugans Ave. The all-you-can-eat breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, sausage gravy, juice, coffee and tea. The breakfast costs $5.50 for adults, $3 for those ages 6 to 12, and are free for ages 5 and younger. There is plenty of free parking and the lines move quickly.
June 17, 2011
Steve Hose, left, co-chairman of the Maugansville Ruritan Club Auction Committee, presents a check for $6,000 to Gary McKinsey, husband of Tracy McKinsey, a teacher at Maugansville Elementary School who has been battling leukemia, and recently underwent a bone marrow transplant. The check proceeds were from the club's March 19 community auction, which were designated to assist Tracy and her family with medical expenses.
by KATE S. ALEXANDER | September 17, 2006
MERCERSBURG, PA. - Organizers of the 20th annual Two Top Ruritan Steam and Gas Show say the three-day event is about working for the community. In the words of Two Top Ruritan Club President Ralph Daugherty, the club's 23 members "work hard for free to make money, then give it away to the needy in the community. " Like most Ruritan clubs, the Two Top charter is a fundraising organization. The annual Steam and Gas show is the highlight for the small club, but Daugherty admitted he could not recall how much the club raised with the event last year.
August 9, 2005
GOLF Bricker starts in pack PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. ? Waynesboro's Chad Bricker was back in the pack in a tie for 76th following the first day of the Pennsylvania Open on Monday. Bricker carded a 3-over-par 75 at Sunnybrook Country Club that left him eight shots off the pace set by Malcolm Spatz and Chris Lange. He was even-par with a 36 after the front nine. YOUTH LEAGUES Maugansville Little League Maugans Oil 8, Ruritan 7 Maugans Oil: Matt Braithwaite 4 hits; Mike Braithwaite 2 hits.
February 8, 2013
Del. John Overington has scheduled two town meetings to gather input from residents. The first will be Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Bedington Ruritan Building, south of Bedington Crossroads on the west side of U.S. 11. The second town meeting will be Feb. 16 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Marlowe Ruritan Building. To reach the Ruritan building, take U.S. 11 to Marlowe Elementary School and turn onto Broad Lane. The Ruritan building is on the right. “This will be my 29th year of holding these meetings at the start of the 60-day legislative session which begins Feb. 13 at noon and concludes on April 13,” Overington, R-Berkeley, said in a news release.
August 26, 2010
District 12 Ruritan will host a crab feed Saturday, Sept. 11. Doors open at 5 p.m. with all-you-can-eat crabs served between 6 and 9 p.m. The menu also includes chicken, corn on the cob, coleslaw, baked beans, cold draft and sodas. Tickets will be sold in advance only. The club is at the corner of Manor Church and Breathedsville roads in Fairplay. For more information, call 301-582-1005.
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | August 15, 2009
FAIRPLAY -- Clutching a lance, petite Chloe Bellerive sat atop Dizzy, her flea-bitten gray Arabian pony. Chloe, 10, of Keedysville, stared down the length of the 80-yard dirt track before her. Three wooden arches went across the track at intervals of 20 and 30 feet. From each of the arches hung a small metal ring, dangling from a leather strap. Chloe set her gaze on the rings, hoping to spear them with her lance. Clad in pink breeches, she pressured the pony's girth and broke into a canter.
By MELITA WISHARD / 301-790-0079 | February 26, 2009
Pancake breakfast set for Saturday The Maugansville Ruritan Club will host an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast Saturday from 6:30 to 11 a.m. at the Ruritan community building on Maugans Avenue. The menu includes pancakes, Hoffman sausage, scrambled eggs, sausage gravy, coffee, tea and orange juice. Tickets cost $5.50 for adults and $3 for those ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and younger will be admitted free. Proceeds will help support the many programs the club sponsors.
by CANDICE BOSLEY | August 5, 2005 MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Although they all agree on the same goal - having the best possible library in northern Berkeley County - the groups of people involved in the process have become contentious on the means to accomplish that objective. Much of the disagreement seems to center on whether a temporary library branch should be opened in the basement of the Marlowe (W.Va.) Ruritan building. By Thursday afternoon, the matter had wound its way to the Berkeley County Commission meeting, when Commissioners Steve Teufel and Ron Collins listened to different people talk about the matter for more than an hour.
September 10, 2013
The Hagerstown Country Western Dance Association will holds its next line dance Saturday from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Maugansville Ruritan Club, 18007 Maugans Ave. The Country Western T-Shirt Dance is for singles and couples. It is open to the public. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers. For more information, send an email to
July 18, 2013
Joe Martin Sr., 58, of Keedysville, Md., passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at his home. Martin was born Oct. 22, 1954, in Hagerstown, Md., to the late Howard Joseph and Hilda Lee Welch Martin. He was a 1972 graduate of Boonsboro High School. He was a self-employed carpenter. Survivors include his wife, Karen K. Jones Martin of Hagerstown; sons, Joe Martin Jr. of Winchester, W.Va., William Martin of Greencastle, Pa.,  Joshua Martin of Hagerstown and David Martin of Chambersburg, Pa.; granddaughter, Sarah Martin of Winchester; grandson, Logan Martin of Greencastle, Pa.; granddaughter, Abigale Martin of Hagerstown; sister, Nancy Bussard of Hagerstown; brother, Roscoe Martin of Rohrersville, Md.; and longtime friends, Butch and Kathy Main of Keedysville.
Paula Wolber | Around Maugansville | June 14, 2013
The Maugansville Ruritan Club will host its 10th annual Kevin's Fund Golf Tournament Friday, June 28, at Black Rock Golf Course.  Play begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. and includes first- and second-team prizes in three flights.  The $80 registration fee includes green fees with cart, breakfast items, beverages on the course, a post-tournament meal by Celebrations Catering, door prizes, and prizes for hole-in-one, longest drive, and...
Paula Green Shupp | Around Williamsport | June 11, 2013
The carnival sponsored by the Downsville Ruritan Club returns to Byron Memorial Park Thursday through Saturday, June 22. The carnival will feature food, bingo and amusement rides. Wednesday is the last day to purchase advanced amusement ride armbands at a cost of $10 each. They can be purchased during regular business hours at Williamsport Town Hall, G.A. Miller Lumber Co., The Cutting Lane in Williamsport and Downsville General Store. Armbands will cost $16 each at the gate. Rained out cruise-in rescheduled for Friday The classic car cruise-in that was canceled last week due to rain is rescheduled for Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. on Conococheague Street.
Darylene Mowen | Around Smithsburg & Robinwood | May 29, 2013
The Town of Smithsburg will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony Thursday at 6 p.m. at Veterans Park on West Water Street.  The featured speaker will be Art Callaham, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, teacher and Herald-Mail columnist. Music will be provided by the Smithsburg High School Band. AMVETS Post 10 and the Marine Corps League will provide the color guard. A canopy and chairs will be available. For more information, call 301-824-2346.   Pen Mar Park The Pen Mar Park summer music series will feature the Helmut Licht Combo on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 240-313-2807.
May 2, 2013
The Hagerstown Country Western Dance Association will hold its Mother's Day  dance Saturday, May 11, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Maugansville Ruritan Club, now that renovations at the club are complete. The event will include line dancing for singles and couples. Admission costs $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers. It is open to the public. Snacks will be provided. The Ruritan Club is at 18007 Maugans Ave. For more information, send an email to
Paula Wolber | Around Maugansville | April 26, 2013
The Maugansville Ruritan Club announced its scholarship winners from local high schools. Each winner attended a dinner at the club with their parents on April 17 and were presented $1,000 scholarships from Tom Ingram, scholarship chairman. Allison Nicole Martin, daughter of Joseph and Sandra Martin, plans to attend Radford University and major in fashion design and business adminstration.  John Britton III, son of John and Angela Britton and grandson of Cliff and Sue Britton, plans to attend Salisbury University and major in biology and pre-med, as well as play basketball.  Kirstie Coombs, daughter of David and Cindy Coombs, plans to attend the University of Maryland majoring in engineering with a minor in biology.
Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville | April 5, 2013
The Rohrersville Ruritan Club will hold its annual strawberry festival June 8 and 9 in the community park. The festival committee invites craft vendors, specialty sales people and yard sale individuals to reserve spaces. Spaces are by donation. Show tractors, cars and trucks are welcome. To reserve a space, call J.R. Smith at 240-818-1038 or send an email to   Samples Manor to hold spring revival  Samples Manor Church of God, at 2128 Harpers Ferry Road near Dargan, will hold a spring revival from Sunday to Sunday, April 14, featuring the following preachers and musicans: Sunday - 7 p.m., the Rev. Dave Wilburn, preaching and singing Monday - 7:30 p.m., the Rev. Bobby Hill with church musicians and choir Tuesday - 7:30 p.m., the Rev. Chuck Donivan with the Amos Shifflett Family Wednesday - 7:30 p.m., Pastor Kenny Johnson with church musicians and choir Thursday - 7:30 p.m., Ron Neff and Scott Sturdivant Friday - 7:30 p.m., Pastor Vaughn Fitzgerald and Richard and Mary Fox Saturday - 7:30 p.m., the Rev. Jeff Dissmore, preaching and singing Sunday - 7 p.m., the Rev. Fred Lowman, preaching and singing For more information call Johnson at 304-616-1437.
Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville | March 29, 2013
The Washington County Rural Heritage Museum will hold a grand opening celebration of the Rural Heritage Transportation Museum and 13th annual spring open house. The events will occur at the museum at 7313 Sharpsburg Pike Saturday, April 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. The museum will host a one-of-a-kind transportation artifact display, including two surviving, Hagerstown-built Dagmar automobiles and Crawford bicycles, Dahlgren Carriages, Pope Tribune automobiles and an Astor Taxi-Cab.
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