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Friday community briefs

May 10, 2002

Letter carriers to collect nonperishable foods


Letter carriers across America are asking their postal customers to place nonperishable food items in their mailboxes Saturday as part of a nationwide food drive.

Postal carriers will collect the food as they deliver the mail to each house. All donations are distributed in the local area where they are collected.

The National Association of Letter Carriers, the U.S. Postal Service, the AFL-CIO and Saturn car dealerships are sponsoring the effort.

American Legion post to host an open house


Morris Frock American Legion Auxiliary Unit 42 in Hagerstown will host an open house to increase membership on Sunday, June 2, from 1 to 5 p.m. Any honorably discharged wartime veteran, regardless of location of service or gender, and their families are invited to attend.

Reservations must be made by calling 301-790-0100 or 301-790-3566.

Caregivers seminar offered at HCC in June


Hagerstown Community College will offer a seminar for professional and family caregivers of people with dementia Thursday, June 20, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Plaza Hotel in Hagerstown.

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The program will update attendees on the latest practices for the care of individuals with Alzheimer's disease or related disorders.

Sponsors for the event are Washington County Mental Health Authority Inc., the Geriatric and Gerontology Education and Research Program at UMB, Western Maryland Area Health Education Center, Alzheimer's Association, Western Maryland Chapter, and Washington County Commission on Aging.

The cost of the seminar is $49 for health care professionals and $10 for family members. Lunch and handouts are included. To register, call 301-790-2800.

Hood College to hold baccalaureate service


Hood College will hold a commencement baccalaureate service on Friday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Coffman Chapel.

Graduating seniors from Hood will welcome guests, present musical selections, read scriptures and participate in the Ceremony of Light.

The event if free and open to the public. For information, call the Rev. Cynthia Mason at 301-696-3436.

Smithsburg Middle School to mark 25 years


The Smithsburg Middle School Parent-Teacher-Student Association will host a Fine Arts Open House to recognize the 25th anniversary of the school on Thursday, May 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The Smithsburg Middle School Jazz Band and Orchestra will perform and student art work will be on display.

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