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Around Sharpsburg and Keedysville

December 28, 2005|by HARRY NOGLE

Candlelight service

Children of the Samples Manor Church of God, Dargan, will present a Candlelight service Sunday, Jan. 1, at 7 p.m. The service will also include singing, music and preaching by the Rev. Kenny Johnson. Rev. Johnson will be joined by his son Kenny Jr. for singing and music with guitars, piano and mandolin. Everyone is welcome. Come and remember your loved ones. Samples Manor Church of God is at the intersection of Harpers Ferry and Chestnut Grove roads.

Body & Soul winter sessions

Body & Soul dance-style cardio aerobics and strength training to contemporary Christian music will begin Jan. 2 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. with instructor Lisa Ridenour (301-432-7337).

Body & Soul will also begin Jan. 3 at St. James Brethren Church on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. with instructor Michelle Bumgardner (301-695-4614).

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Bring a floor mat, small hand weights, and water bottle. Contact either instructor with questions. Visit the www.bodyandsoul.org Web site for further information and for other class locations. St. Mark's Episcopal Church is at 18313 Lappans Road, one-half mile east of Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65). St. James Brethren Church is at 17718 Lappans Road, between the Downsville (Md. 632) and Sharpsburg pikes.

'Fit Kids 4 Christ'

Fit Kids 4 Christ is an exercise and recreation program especially designed for elementary-aged children. The program offers a unique opportunity for children to stay active and social over the cold winter months. Physical activities include Yoga for Kids, basketball, relays, dance, "parachute" and other "active" games. A healthy snack is provided and the class ends with prayer. Classes are free and open to the public the second Thursday of each month. Join exercise instructor Lisa Ridenour at Benevola United Methodist Church Spiritual Life Center from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Benevola United Methodist Church is three miles north of Boonsboro on Alternate U.S. 40, the Funkstown Pike.

Magnet Program applications

Sharpsburg Elementary School Principal Carl Stark has announced that applications for the 2006-07 Magnet Program are now available at the school office and at the office of Funded and Special Programs at the Board of Education.

All applications must be competed and returned to the office of Funded and Special Programs by Jan. 31, 2006. The magnet program offers enriched and accelerated learning experiences for students of grades 2-5 who demonstrate high academic potential, strong motivation, and work ethic, creativity, and leadership ability. Open houses for families to learn more about magnet programs will be scheduled in January. For more information, please contact Stark or call Betsy Donohoe at 301-766-2992.

Class of 1955 seeks classmates

Since a 50-year reunion celebration was not held this year, some members of the Boonsboro High Class of 1955 have expressed an interest in still holding a 50-year reunion. Class members are asking for help from other classmates in getting names and addresses together so that they can do a mailing, especially addresses for members who are no longer in the area. They would like to form a committee of five or six people who could help with the mailings and whatever else needs to be done.

If you would like to be on the committee or just have some information about classmates, call Genetta (Roberts) Semler at 301-223-6067 or Eldon (Jake) Jones at 301-432-6393. You can also call Paul Wade at 301-991-3707, although he is in Florida at the present time. The Class of 1955 has been invited to join the Class of 1956 in celebrating its 50th anniversary in October, so time is of the essence. Please let us hear from you.

Tobacco cessation courses offered

Did you know that within 20 minutes after a smoker puts down his last cigarette, his body begins a series of positive changes that continue for years? Consider the following facts:

Twenty minutes after quitting, his heart rate drops.

Twelve hours after quitting , the carbon monoxide level in his blood drops to normal.

Two weeks to three months after quitting, his heart attack risk begins to drop and his lung function begins to improve.

One to nine months after quitting, his coughing and shortness of breath decrease,.

One year after quitting, his added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker's.

Five years after quitting, his stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker's 5 to 15 years after quitting.

If you are now a smoker, you can receive these positive benefits by stopping. The Washington County Health Department will be holding Tobacco Cessation courses at the Williamsport Town Hall this January and February from 3 to 4 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays.

The courses will be held Jan. 9, 12, 17, 19, 23, 26, 30 and Feb. 2. Free nicotine patches will be given to Washington County residents. Call 240-420-1796 to register. The Williamsport Town Hall is at 2 N. Conococheague St.

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