Boonsboro’s flag was first unfurled in 1975. After Mayor Edward. T. Weaver and the town council endorsed the idea of creating a flag for Boonsboro, they turned to Pat Lemkuhl, a faculty member at Boonsboro High School. She organized a flag-design contest and Wayne Shifler submitted the winning design.
The flag’s prominent silhouette of a frontiersman with a hoe was to represent the town’s founders, William and George Boone, settlers who cultivated the soil. Thirteen stars represent the original 13 colonies and the number seven denotes that Maryland was the seventh state to enter the Union. The colors of Maryland’s state flag — red, black and orange — also beautify Boonsboro’s flag.
Helen Lakin Trueheart, Pat Lemkuhl’s aunt, labored to create the flag by hand appliqué in time for its official unfurling at Boonsborough Days on Sept. 6, 1975. While the flag is not commonly flown around Boonsboro, the frontiersman has become a popular symbol of the town, and is seen on banners and literature as a reminder of Boonsboro’s past.
Farmers market open Wednesday
The farmers market will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Shafer Park, 37 Park Drive in Boonsboro.
The ABC (Afternoon Book Club) will meet at 3 p.m. today at Boonsboro Free Library, 401 Potomac St., to discuss “The Zookeeper’s Wife” by Diane Ackerman. The group meets on the third Tuesday of every month; all are welcome to join.
Author and speaker Warren Gray will visit the library at 6 p.m. Thursday. He will explore evidence found by French satellites that some claim prove that Noah’s ark is on Mt. Ararat in Turkey.
A teen craft experience featuring duct-tape construction takes place at 5 p.m. Friday. There will be opportunities to make all kinds of creations, including wallets and other accessories, using lots of colors and designs of duct tape. Registration is requested by calling 301-432-5723.
Also at the library, a free screening of “The Lego Batman Movie” will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, right after story time. The PG movie runs for 104 minutes; refreshments will be served.
Turn the Page hosting book clubs
Two of Turn the Page Bookstore’s book groups meet this week at the store, 18 N. Main St. in Boonsboro. The third-Tuesday group meets at 6:30 p.m. today to discuss “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline. The third-Thursday group meets at 1 p.m. Thursday to discuss “Behind Closed Doors” by B.A. Paris.
Book clubs are open to anyone, anytime.
Family movie night at Greenbrier Baptist
Greenbrier Baptist Church, at the corner of U.S. 40 and Md. 66 near Boonsboro, will host a family movie night at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The movie is an inspirational film about what people would you do if someone who made poor life choices needed their help to change. The public is welcome, and refreshments are free.
For more information, call the church at 301-797-3475.
Ambulance and rescue company serving barbecue chicken
A chicken barbecue is planned for Saturday at Boonsboro Ambulance and Rescue Co., 7619 Old National Pike. Chicken will be ready by 9 a.m. Half a chicken costs $7.50; a chicken dinner costs $9.
To order in advance, call Robyn at 301-667-2301.
Boonsboro High Class of 1965
The Boonsboro High School Class of 1965 is holding a picnic at 4 pm. Saturday in Pavilion 2 at Shafer Park, 37 Park Drive in Boonsboro.
Sharpsburg Boy Scouts hosting troop reunion
Sharpsburg Boy Scout Troop 51 invites all past members to join in a celebration and reunion of the troop. The troop will have a court of honor and celebration of troop history at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, at Camp Melrose, 16616 Powell Road in Sharpsburg. The Scouts are eager to hear stories and learn about the history of the troop from previous members.
For more information, call Stephen Koepp at 240-439-0679 or Bill Lang at 301-465-0493.
Trinity church hosting food, yard sale
A food and yard sale will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ, 33 Potomac St., Boonsboro. Soups, sandwiches, drinks, baked goods and Rada Cutlery will be sold. Indoor and outdoor yard-sale spaces, which include one table, are available to rent for $10.
Call the church at 301-432-2247 by Monday to reserve a space.
Boonsboro High Class of 1977
Boonsboro High School Class of 1977 will hold its 40th reunion Saturday, Sept. 30, at Burt Branch Farm, 39 Mt. Hebron Road in Keedysville. Classmates will gather from 5 p.m. to midnight and celebrate the good-old days. Watch for an invitation with more details and follow the Facebook page: Boonsboro High Class of 1977.
Please note that this is not the multiclass reunion being held on the same day at the Dale Beard barn.
The planning committee is still seeking contact information for the following people: Rhoda Ingram Price, Debbie Kendle Cunningham, Susie Reynolds and Eddie Tomlin. If you have information to share or need details, call Terri Tracey Hollingshead at 301-491-2024.