Around South Hagerstown

January 16, 2006|by STACI CLIPP


We've had some nice weather these past few days. Nice time too get outside and do a few things on the outside of the house! We finally got our tree and outside lights down. I can never seem to get all the leaves in my yard raked up though, no matter how hard I try!

School's out

A reminder to all parents - on Friday, Jan. 20, schools will dismiss 2 1/2 hours early. Next Monday, the 23rd, there will be no school again.

Emma K. Doub

Jan. 18 - Mrs. Fochtman's and Miss Wolfe's students to the Planetarium, 12:15 until 1:50 p.m.

Jan. 19 - Mrs. Myers' and Mrs. Pleasant's students to the Planetarium, 12:15 until 1:50 p.m.

Hagerstown Lions

On Tuesday, Jan. 17, there will be a business and administrative meeting.

Sight and Hearing Report: Lion Watson Rasey reported that over the past two weeks, 79 eyeglasses, five frames, 53 cases, 496 lenses and one hearing aid have been collected. Lions contributing were Dave Moats and Bill Nairn. Awesome job!


Good Times Express

The next ballroom dance will be held Sunday, Jan. 22, featuring music by "Four Easy Pieces" from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Contact Ken Welch at 301-733-9156 for additional details. The dance will be held at The Masonic Temple, 54 S. Potomac St.

Lacrosse registration

Come join the sport known as the fastest game on two feet! Registration for youth lacrosse is under way at the Hagerstown YMCA for the 2006 spring season of the Washington County Youth Lacrosse Club for boys and girls in grades kindergarten through seven. The club, in partnership with the Hagerstown YMCA, fields teams in the Western Maryland Youth Lacrosse Conference, as well as offers instructional in-house clinic on Saturdays for the youngest competitors. Registration deadline is Jan. 20. Registration is $75 for non YMCA members and $65 for members.

Art exhibition

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is hosting the annual Valley Art Association Exhibition through Feb. 26. The exhibition will feature works by members of this local organization, which evolved from the Society of Hagerstown Artists that began in 1938. The exhibition will include landscapes, portraits, still life paintings among other works, created in a variety of media. Many of the works will Feature views of the region.

Included in this year's exhibition will be works by Hagerstown artists Marguerite Cyr, Lucy Ecker, Donna Mason and Clyde Roberts. Other regional artists represented include Gail Cox and Ruth Durbin of Fayetteville, Pa.; Charles Brown and Jean Strike of Chambersburg, Pa.; Evie Cook and Virginia Hair of Waynesboro, Pa.; and Laura Lewis Shindale and Aubrey Wright of Waynesboro; as well as many others.

The group, which is composed of nearly 100 members from the Tri-State area, continues to strive to create an awareness of art in the community. Hosting workshops, field trips and demonstrations, holding art exhibitions and providing a scholarship fund for local talented art students are some of the activities promoted by the group.

The association meets at the Mansion House in the City Park, where they also operate a gallery, representing the works of as many as 20 of their members at a time. Many of its members have won awards for their works and several of the artists teach art lessons.

For more information on the museum or its anniversary, please phone 301-739-5727 or visit on the Web. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Soccer sign-up

The Hagerstown Area Youth Soccer League is registering players for the spring soccer season. Players 4 to 18 years old are eligible to play. All new players must bring a birth certificate. Scholarships are available. For further information, visit the league Web site at or call 240-52-SCORE. The cost for the season is $45 per player.

HAYSL is an American Youth Soccer Organization League. All registered children play. Registration will be held Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Funkstown Fire Hall.

African Odyssey

An extraordinary exhibition of 20 photographs by Hagerstown resident James W. Strongin will be on view in the Bowman Concert Gallery of The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts through Feb. 26.

Strongin retired to Hagerstown from New York six years ago after a career that spanned the fields of broadcasting, magazine promotion and film and video production, in which he was a producer, writer, director, still and cinematographer. Such clients as Time Inc, the Magazine Publishers Association, Sony, IBM, Hitachi America, Coffee Growers of Colombia, United States Information Agency and the United Church sponsored his award-winning productions, filmed on five continents.

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