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Sharpsburg grotto reopens

Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Parishioners pray at St. Mary Church grotto in Sharpsburg on Thursday, May 30, 2013 to recognize the month of Mary. The grotto, which has been at its St. Mary location for at least 50 years, has a special place in Sharpsburg history. “It's sort of like a Sharpsburg landmark,” Mike Aluise of Shaler said.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Parishioners pray at St. Mary Church grotto in Sharpsburg on Thursday, May 30, 2013 to recognize the month of Mary.  The grotto, which has been at its St. Mary location for at least 50 years, has a special place in Sharpsburg history. “It's sort of like a Sharpsburg landmark,” Mike Aluise of Shaler said.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - A statue of Mary is adorned in flowers as parishioners pray at St. Mary Church grotto in Sharpsburg on Thursday, May 30, 2013 to recognize the month of Mary. In the past, the grotto has been the end point of processions through town.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>A statue of Mary is adorned in flowers as parishioners pray at St. Mary Church grotto in Sharpsburg on Thursday, May 30, 2013 to recognize the month of Mary.  In the past, the grotto has been the end point of processions through town.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Patricia Szelc, of Shaler, prays the rosary at St. Mary Church grotto in Sharpsburg on Thursday, May 30, 2013 to recognize the month of Mary.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Patricia Szelc, of Shaler, prays the rosary at St. Mary Church grotto in Sharpsburg on Thursday, May 30, 2013 to recognize the month of Mary.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Sally Lach (left), 93, of Sharpsburg, prays the rosary at St. Mary Church grotto in Sharpsburg with Theresa Urso (middle), 77, of Sharpsburg and Beatrice Aluise (right), 79, of Sharpsburg on Thursday, May 30, 2013 to recognize the month of Mary. 'I think we're all closer to God by it being here,' said Aluise, who maintains the Grotto. 'Theses are the days we need God.'
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Sally Lach (left), 93, of Sharpsburg, prays the rosary at St. Mary Church grotto in Sharpsburg with Theresa Urso (middle), 77, of Sharpsburg and Beatrice Aluise (right), 79, of Sharpsburg on Thursday, May 30, 2013 to recognize the month of Mary. 'I think we're all closer to God by it being here,' said Aluise, who maintains the Grotto. 'Theses are the days we need God.'

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The St. Mary Church grotto in Sharpsburg reopened recently to a group that prays there regularly. The property was sold about two years ago and wasn't available to the group in 2012, but the rosary group received permission from the new owner to use the site again. Donated statues and other items were used to fill the grotto. The site is considered a community landmark, and groups have been praying there for at least 50 years.

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