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January 09, 2006|By DARYLENE FORD

Life moves fast

New Year has emerged! Wow, what a great year, so far! I have to wonder, if anyone still remembers the Christmas spirit ... life moves on so fast!

I am always amazed at how nice people get around Christmastime, but something happens to that sweet spirit after the New Year comes in.

I have learned through my job at Jet Transit that 15-minute increments are very valuable; especially when there is a price on them. This year, I have set my goals on 15 minute intervals and I have been astonished at how much more I can accomplish. Taking a few minutes everyday just to e-mail or call someone with an uplifting message cannot only make you feel great, but think what the other person will feel.


I think of the story I read my day care children so many times. "The Little Train that Thought it Could" and it did! If everyone could just take that initiative and know that if they would just try whatever it is they want to do, it is very likely to work. I wish everyone in 2006 a very successful year; live up to your ability and enjoy a life enriched with abundant joy!

Blood drive set

Hagerstown Church of the Nazarene, Edgewood Drive, Hagerstown, will hold an American Red Cross sponsored blood drive on Jan. 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church will be signing up donors the two weeks prior to the drive date.

Ballroom dancing

Come out this evening for ballroom dancing at its best at the Maugansville Ruritan Building on Maugans Avenue, from 7 to 10 p.m. There will be dancing, socializing and a great evening with music from the Yamaha organ played by Jim Powers. Admission is $4 per person. For more information, call 301-791-1551.

Senior activities

Smithsburg Senior Site calendar for this week:

Monday, Jan. 9 - Exercise at 10 a.m. "You be the Judge" w with Jackie Willison at 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 10 - Van stop at shopping center at 9:30 a.m. "Your liver and how it works." with Ita Kavanagh at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 11 - "Is it soup yet?" and exercise with Helen House at 10 a.m. Birthday greetings go to Sam Hall! Wish Sam a happy birthday on Wednesday.

Thursday, Jan. 12 - Bingo at 10 a.m.

Friday, Jan. 13 - Exercise at 9:30 a.m. "Trivial Pursuit" Team A vs. Team B at 10 a.m.

Body & Soul

Body & Soul excercise classes are being held at Smithsburg Valley Baptist Church on the corner of Md. 64 and Bikle Road.

Body & Soul Ministries provides safe, effective cardio exercise and core body/strength training classes set to contemporary Christian music.

Bring your water bottle and weights and join us on the following days:

Mondays and Thursdays - 9 a.m.; Tuesdays - 6 p.m.; Saturdays - 8 a.m.

For more information, contact Deb Youngbar at 301-432-4824.

Cascade Elementary

It's not too late to consider being an officer with the PTA for next school year. There will be several vacant offices available so the PTA needs your help. Without a school PTA and volunteers, the children won't receive numerous activities or assemblies. Field trips would need to be funded entirely from home. Contact Mary McCreary at school at 301-766-8066 if you would consider volunteering and/or becoming an officer for next year.

The Washington County Free Library Bookmobile will be at the school from 9 to 11:30 a.m., the first Friday of each month, weather permitting for students and any community residents to check books out. Their remaining schedule will be: Jan. 6, Feb. 3, March 3, April 7 and May 5. These dates possibly could change but we will keep you informed.

Eastern Elementary

Is your child deeply curious, wanting to know "why" for just about everything? Does your child recall facts easily and quickly? Can your child concentrate on one activity for a long time? Is she good at organizing things, seeing patterns, and making connections? These are just several characteristics that describe children who may be strong candidates for Washington County's Elementary magnet programs at Emma K. Doub School for Integrated Arts and Technology and Fountaindale School for Arts and Academic Excellence.

Magnet classes offer enriched and accelerated learning experiences for students in grades 2-5 who demonstrate high academic potential, strong motivation and work ethic, creativity and leadership ability.

Applications for next year's classes will be available in your child's school office and at the Office of Funded and Special Programs at the Board of Education. Applications and program information will also be available under Department Listings - Funded and Special Programs at All applications must be completed and returned to the Office of Funded and Special Programs by Jan. 31.

The application process includes several activities that are geared to learning as much as possible about a child's talents and strengths. Parents complete a questionnaire about their child's interests. Magnet program staff interview each child, review teacher recommendations and assess current academic performance.

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