Community briefs

November 23, 2004

Shopping center hosts Santa parade

The annual Santa Parade at Long Meadow Shopping Center will step off at 10 a.m. Friday when Saint Nick arrives to kick off the holiday season.

Santa will be accompanied by Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as they parade around the shopping center and back to center mall, where Santa's house is located, according to Debra Hunt of the Long Meadow Merchants Association.

Also on hand will be several firetrucks, train rides for kids and a magic show.

Toys for Tots volunteers will help with Santa's arrival, said David Danfelt of the Bulldog Detachment, Marine Corps League.

On Saturdays, Dec. 4 and 11, Toys for Tots will be at Sears at the main entrance to Valley Mall. The booth will be a site for collecting unwrapped toys before the giveaway on Dec. 18 at Long Meadow at the old Routzahn's store, Danfelt said.


County employees help provide meals

Employees of Washington County government have assisted Food Resources Inc. in providing holiday meals to needy citizens.

About 229 county employees donated 1,100 pounds of food and $300 from the casual-day event held on Nov. 18 to benefit Food Resources and the nonprofit organizations it serves.

Adventist Community Service, Clear Spring Food Bank, Community Action Council Food Bank, St. Mark's Community Food Bank, Faith Chapel, Hancock Food Bank, Mount Hoeing, the Salvation Army, Smithsburg Food Bank, South County Food Bank and Williamsport Food Bank are served by Food Resources.

Casual day-events, held monthly, offer county employees the opportunity to dress casually at work in exchange for donations to charitable organizations.

Rose Hill Cemetery holds annual service

More than 2,000 luminaires will be lighted throughout Historic Rose Hill Cemetery, at 600 S. Potomac St., for the annual Remembrance Service and candlelight walk Friday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m.

The walk ends at Hagerstown City Park, where the park holiday lighting will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Refreshments will be served. South Hagerstown High School's choir will perform and a bagpiper will provide entertainment.

For information, call 301-739-3630.

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