Washington County briefs

August 09, 2004

CROP meetings, events scheduled

The Washington County Council of Churches is announcing the schedule of activities to raise awareness and money to fight hunger through Church World Services/CROP and for local food banks for 2004.

On Thursday at 7 p.m., an organizational meeting for all CROP recruiters will be held in Fellowship Hall of Trinity Lutheran Church, Randolph and North Potomac streets, Hagerstown.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide all recruiters and interested groups with information and sponsor packets for the three upcoming CROP activities - a walk, bike hike and skate-a-thon for hunger.

Money raised from these events is divided 75 percent for Church World Service's world hunger programs and 25 percent for local food banks.

  • The CROP Bike Hike is Saturday, Oct. 2, at 1:30 p.m. at the Potomac Fish and Game Club, Williamsport. The 15-mile bike ride along the C&O Canal towpath also ends at the game club with a cookout.

    Anyone 15 or younger must be accompanied by an adult (maximum of five children younger than 15 per adult).

  • CROP Skate-a-thon is Oct. 2, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Starland Roller Rink, 800 Park Road, Hagerstown. Free open skate and skate rental with prizes.

  • CROP Walk - Sunday, Oct. 3, at 1 p.m., Fairgrounds Park, Hagerstown. Participants can walk or skate to music from church praise bands. There also will be hunger-awareness activities, prizes and food.

  • Hunger Dance is Friday, Oct. 8, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Hagerstown Elks Lodge, 11063 Robinwood Drive. The cost is $10 per person, which includes reserved seating, snacks and a cash bar. Music will be performed by The Yorkers. Nonperishable food donations optional.

All dance proceeds will go to local food pantries.

For more information about CROP activities, contact Jane Drawbaugh by phone at 301-797-0889 or by e-mail at

Temporary towpath closures announced

SHARPSBURG - C&O Canal National Historical Park visitors can expect temporary towpath closures beginning today near Sharpsburg as engineers for the Rumsey Bridge project install steel girders between the Maryland abutment and the first pier.

This work will be above the park towpath and to ensure visitor safety, the towpath will be closed in 15-minute increments at the construction site.

Visitors will be guided through the work site by project employees.

The delays will continue for approximately 45 days, a park spokeswoman said.

Saturday in the Park scheduled for Aug. 21

The third annual Saturday in the Park will be Saturday, Aug. 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Hagerstown City Park.

This event is free to the public with activities for all ages, including music, free food, games, magic by Michael T., giveaways and prizes. Prizes will include school supplies.

More than 1,000 people attended in 2003, according to a spokesman for Crossroads Church, which sponsors the event.

For more information, call 301-791-5146.

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