Around North Hagerstown

December 27, 2005|by JANE SCHMIDT

So long, 2005!

I hope everyone is having a lovely holiday season and enjoying these last festive days of the year with friends and family. It's hard to believe that the year 2006 is just around the corner - I wish you and your family a wonderful new year that's filled with joy, happiness, and peace!

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the wonderful and kind neighbors who are contributors to this column - without your contributions, this column simply would not be in existence. I thank you all sincerely for your friendly phone calls and e-mails and I look forward to hearing from you all about North End happenings in the upcoming new year!

Speaking of the new year, I am resolving to become more patient and more organized in 2006. Hopefully, I can adhere to these resolutions - I'll keep you posted on my progress (or lack thereof!).


Happy holiday birthday!

I'd like to send birthday greetings to my father-in-law, Herman, who is celebrating a birthday today. May you have a wonderful birthday and year, Dad!

Van go!

No, I'm not talking about the infamous Dutch painter - I'm talking about my big green Ford Econoline Club Wagon that somehow decided to drive itself down the full length of my driveway and into the road during the recent ice storm, much to the amazement of my neighbors Bill Gossard, Dick Shipley, and Josh Barron, who were chipping ice off Bill's driveway across the road at the time of my van's decision to take a solo adventure sans human driver.

Thanks to their quick thinking and warning, I quickly hightailed it outside (boy, was it cold!!) and maneuvered the van back to its original resting place and out of the ice with their guidance - thanks, Bill, Dick, and Josh, for making me aware of my van's misbehavior, before it caused anyone (or anything) harm. Your kindness is greatly appreciated!

Homes dressed in holiday style

My good friend Dawn Hamilton and I had the pleasure of enjoying the NHHS Holiday House Tour on Sunday, Dec. 18. All the homes featured on the tour exuded warmth and holiday charm, and the owners of the properties featured were very gracious and friendly. I enjoyed chatting with tour coordinator Teresa Schoeck, as well as the homeowners and hosts - plus, I got some really neat decorating and remodeling ideas in the process (watch out, Joe, you better get those power tools cleaned, oiled, and within easy reach!)

Thank you to Rex and Bonnie Camden, the owners of Wingrove Manor, Harold Walter, Don Tollefson, Steve and Beth Berry, Chip and Barbara Zimmer, Kate Zimmer, Sarah Johnson, and Abbey Burke for their wonderful anecdotes about the homes, their decorations, and for their generous and gracious hospitality. This annual holiday tour should be on your list of North End events to attend during the holiday season. The home holiday tour event benefits the NHHS class which sponsors it.

Lights of the season warm the heart

Our family ventured out to Rest Haven Cemetery on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 17, to witness the thousands of candle luminarias lit in tribute to those resting peacefully there. The full moon, along with the ice glaze on top of the pristine snow, made for a beautiful and peaceful evening winter scene. Thanks to the many volunteers who tirelessly lit thousands of candles to create the peaceful tribute at Rest Haven.

Also that evening, we headed out around the North End for our annual Christmas light tour and we were quite impressed with the beautiful light displays in Potomac Manor and also on Clopper Road, where we once again bore witness to the most awesome seasonal light display around. This year, the girls wanted to stop and see the lambs (of which there were three) and the girls each received a candy cane. Carolers singing Christmas songs a cappella around a cheery fire brought a festive feeling to the scene. My thanks to the neighbors on Clopper Road for spreading lots of holiday cheer to others through their wonderful decorations and light displays - may you all have a wonderful and joyous holiday and new year!

Legion Post 42 celebrates holidays

American Legion Post 42 on Northern Avenue has many activities planned for members and guests into the new year:

On Friday, Dec. 30, Ruthy will play dinner music and into the evening for members and guest listening pleasure. Please make your dinner reservations now.

Legion members and their guests are invited to participate in special happenings on Saturday, Dec. 31, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Members and guests will ring in the New Year with music by DJ Champagne, party favors and special activities. On Sunday, Jan. 1 there will be the traditional free special recipe eggnog available in the lounge during normal operating hours.

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