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November 05, 2004

Legion Auxiliary plans wreath laying


Antietam Unit 236 of the American Legion Auxiliary will sponsor a wreath-laying ceremony Thursday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. in the Sharpsburg Town Square.

The ceremony will include Washington County AMVETS Post 10 Honor Guard and soloist Carmen Griffith.

Park Ranger Paul Chiles of Antietam National Battlefield will speak on the history of Veterans Day and the ties it has with the Sharpsburg area.

Jack Emanuelson of the Rohrersville Band will play Taps at the ceremony. The program will include an educational segment regarding the folding of a memorial military flag which will then be presented to a worthy recipient.

The public is invited.

Women's ensemble to present concert


The Antietam Women's Ensemble will present its first set of concerts Saturday, Nov. 20, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 21, at 3 p.m., at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Sharpsburg.

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AWE includes 23 singers from Sharpsburg, Hagerstown, Smithsburg, Clear Spring, Harpers Ferry, W.Va., Shepherdstown, W.Va. and Martinsburg, W.Va., and is directed by Georgiann Toole. Toole, who holds a Ph.D. in choral music, served as music director for last spring's Antietam Ballet Theatre production of "Fiddler on the Roof."

The ensemble will present music by American composers, including spirituals, contemporary compositions, and some energetic pieces from America's earliest days.

Concert tickets cost $5, and may be obtained from AWE members or by calling 301-432-6964. For additional information on AWE and the upcoming concerts, see www.antietamwomensensemble.org.

Cycle ride to benefit Toys for Tots


A motorcycle ride on Saturday, Nov. 13, to benefit Toys for Tots will begin at the Morris Frock post of the American Legion on Northern Avenue and end at the Harley-Davidson store on Gov. Lane Boulevard in Williamsport.

Registration is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. with the ride beginning at noon.

Donation is $5 with an unwrapped toy or $10 without the toy.

For more information, contact Karen McCabe at 301-797-5249 or Terry Lewis at Harley-Davidson at 301-223-1800.

Job Service Office receives award


The Maryland Association of Social Service Boards presented their annual Outstanding Community Partner award to the Hagerstown Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation Job Service Office.

Shanon Wolf, director of the Western Maryland Job Service, accepted the award at the association's annual conference held Oct. 14-15 at the Four Points Sheraton in Hagerstown.

Nominated by David A. Engle, director and Michael Zampelli, chairman of the board of directors of the Washington County Department of Social Services, the Job Service Office was recognized for helping Temporary Cash Assistance customers find employment by providing job search activities, including tax credit screening services, workshops and job fairs.

From July 2003 through April 2004, the Job Service Office registered 177 TCA customers and 115 gained employment, at an average hourly wage of $7.54.

Bush wins HCC mock election


President Bush was the winner when Hagerstown Community College students took part in National Student Mock Election Day on Oct. 26.

Bush received 184 of the 352 votes cast. His Democratic challenger, Sen. John F. Kerry, received 145 votes.

All colleges, universities and public and private schools were encouraged to survey their campus populations to determine if their choices for president would be reflective of our country's vote the following week.

The mock election was organized by Associate Professor Spring Ward's HCC government classes. Polls were open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at various locations on campus.

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