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Groups hope to make American Dream a Reality

June 01, 1999

Seven community organizations are joining the National Partners in Homeownership in promoting Making the American Dream a Reality during National Homeownership Week, June 5-12.

Habitat for Humanity of Washington County, Hagerstown Home Store, Hagerstown Neighborhood Housing Services. Interfaith Housing of Western Maryland, Washington County Community Action Council, and the Community development departments of Washington County and the City of Hagerstown will sponsor homeownership information centers at different locations throughout the week.

The new Guide to Homeownership Programs in Washington County and other information from participating organizations will be available.

The information centers will be staffed by organization representatives and open from noon until 5 p.m. at the following locations:

* Monday, June 7, Ames Department Store on Dual Highway.

* Tuesday, June 8 at Wal-Mart on Wesel Boulevard.

* Wednesday, June 9 at Public Square in Hagerstown.

* Thursday, June 10 at Lowe's on Wesel Boulevard.

* Friday, June 11 at Valley Mall.

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Hancock joins 'Adopt-A-Shelter' Program

The town of Hancock is participating in the Red Cross "Adopt-A-Shelter" Program. Volunteers are training to learn the aspects of providing assistance to the community in the event of an emergency.

The training evolves around the services needed to assist those displaced by disaster. Hancock will be prepared to set up a Red Cross shelter and provide a haven to those in need.

The Washington County Chapter is providing the town with the necessary material, supplies and instruction.

All Red Cross disaster training is provided free to the public. More information may be obtained by contacting the Washington County Chapter at 301-739-0717.

HCC offering 'Conflict and Coexistence' program

Hagerstown Community College's Center for Continuing Education is offering a program on "Conflict and Coexistence," an account of Maryland frontier colonial history, 1652-1763. The program concentrates on the cultures of Native Americans and Euro Americans.

The program facilitator is Roger Swartz, author of "Frankstown: Anatomy of An Ambush" and other works.

The three-day program will be held on Monday, July 19, and Tuesday, July 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Monday, July 26, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Career Programs Building, room 209.

For more information, call 301-766-4HCC.

HCC offering summer field trips

Hagerstown Community College's Institute for Learning in Retirement is offering summer field trips to adults age 50 and over.

On June 30, John Frye will lead a trip to the C & O National Park. The tour begins at historic Georgetown with a ride on the C & O Canal National Park canal boat followed by free time to explore Georgetown, have lunch, and view the architecture.

On July 14, Moller Organ historian Jack Staley will offer a look at Moller Organs. Learn about the mechanisms that create the sounds of the pipe organs. A site tour includes historic Christ Reformed Church of Sharpsburg, the Eastern Organ Pipe factory, and United Church of Christ in Hagerstown.

Trips to see the 1997 Tony award-winning musical, "Titanic" at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., will be made July 17 and Aug. 7.

On June 13, 1999, Conductor Gunther Herbig leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Chorus in Beethoven's "Symphony Number 9. "

For more information, call the Valley Mall Center at 301-582-4000.

Registration begins for HCC summer classes

Registration is in progress for summer credit and noncredit classes, and fall credit classes at Hagerstown Community College. Students may register by fax, mail, or in person.

HCC credit students can register now through Sept. 1. Main campus registration hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Continuing Education students can register Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Special registration hours for credit classes are 4:30 to 7 p.m. on June 14, July 7, Aug. 16-19, Aug. 23-26, and Aug. 30- Sept. 1. Saturday registration hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 1, and Aug. 8.

Call 301-766-4HCC for information.

HCC offers summer tours

Hagerstown Community College's Institute for Learning in Retirement will offer the following tours this summer.

* Monday, June 7: Richard Koogle, director of operations of Lilyponds, offers a pre-trip lecture from 9-11 a.m. A morning field trip to Lilyponds follows on Tuesday, June 8. The tour bus leaves the Valley Mall Center at 8 a.m.

* Wednesday, June 16: The historic Paw Paw Tunnel. This trip is designed for those who enjoy a high level of activity. The tour bus leaves the Valley Mall Center at 8 a.m.

* Wednesday, June 9, 1999: Trip to historic St. Michaels begins with a tour of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum followed by a cruise on the Patriot along the waterways of the Chesapeake. The tour bus leaves the Valley Mall Center at 7:30 a.m.

* Sunday, June 6: Conductor Marvin Hamlisch leads the 100th birthday salute to Duke Ellington. The concert features the U.S. Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors. The tour bus leaves the Valley Mall Center at 9:30 a.m.

For more information, call the Valley Mall Center at 301-582-4000.

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