Around Maugansville

February 01, 2006|by LORI HALL

North Band bonanza

The Williamsport Fire Hall will host the annual North High Band Boosters Bonanza on Feb. 18. Doors will open at 5 p.m., dinner is at 6:30, the bonanza starts at 8 and dance the night away with DJ music from 9 p.m. to midnight.

This event is for adults and tickets will be sold in advance only. Tickets are $30, and cover two adults and their dinner. The final ticket wins $1,000! Please call Pam at 301-791-5998 to purchase your tickets.

Fishing Flea Market

Cabin Creek Bass Masters will be holding their third annual Indoor Fishing Flea Market on Feb. 4 and 5. The event is open to the public and there is a $2 donation; children under 12 are admitted free. New and used fishing tackle will be available, as well as a fresh- and saltwater guide, a boat dealer, door prizes and more. Come out to the Maugansville Ruritan Club on Saturday from a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Sock Hop Saturday

Live at the Funkstown Moose! A Sock Hop will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 8 to 11 p.m. Come out and dance to The Cruisers. Tickets are $9 per person. Call 301-733-9156 for details.

Swing dance

A Swing into Love Swing Dance is planned for Sunday, Feb. 12, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Funkstown Moose. Please contact Ken Welch at 301-733-9156. Admission is $9 per person

TV reunion

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of educational television in Washington County Public Schools, former employees have a reunion planned for Sept. 23.

All former employees of the T-V Center are invited. Please contact Downs Hewitt at 301-582-2837 for more information.

Senior friends meet

The Maugansville Senior Friendship club will meet at noon on Feb. 7, at TOPS Chinese Buffet for a Dutch treat lunch followed by our meeting. Shirley Palmer will speak on "Living Wills and Loving Wills." For more information, please call Frances Bargiel at 301-739-6748 or Dorothy Smith at 301-745-6355.

Little League bonanza

The Maugansville Little League is having a bonanza on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Fairplay Fire Hall.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m.. A drawing will be held at 8 p.m. and the dance begins at 9 p.m.

Tickets are $35 per couple. For tickets, call Carol at 301-733-8843.

Golden Agers

Longmeadow Church of the Brethren's Golden Agers Club will host its first program of the new year on Monday, Feb. 12. The featured speaker will be the Rev. Janet Naill, who will speak about her Christian mission work in Frederick, Md.

The program will begin at 10 a.m., followed by a light lunch. There will be a freewill offering to help defray the cost of the luncheon. Anyone interested in attending or needing direction to the church may call 301-733-3250. The church is at 19642 Longmeadow Road, Hagerstown.

Geography Bee

The following students were the Maugansville Elementary School Geography Bee winners:

First place, John Britton (grade 5); second place, Dalton Jobe (grade 5); third place, James Clark (grade 4). Congratulations to all of the students who participated!

Essay winners

These fifth-grade students were the winners of the Ruritan Essay Contest on "What Democracy Means to Me:" First place, John Britton; second place, Emma Gist; third place, Lacey Cochran.

Following is the third-place essay. Watch for the first- and second- place essays in the coming weeks!

"What Democracy Means to Me"

By Lacey and Cande Cochran

"The correct definition of Democracy is: It comes from the Greek word demos, meaning the people, and kratein, meaning to rule. In many nations elections are held to choose representatives, that represents the voice of the people.

"We have local, state, and federal elections for people to vote for the person they feel will help everyone's needs to be met and that everyone has a fair deal.

"Being a citizen of a democracy gives us certain rights. All people over the age of 18 have the right and responsibility to vote. We need to use our votes carefully and think about all the issues involved.

"George Washington, put his efforts into the future generations by showing how a leader should restrict his power in order to allow the Government of the People, by the People continue to be a reality. The first example is when he was challenged as a commander of the army by opposing ambitious generals who had connection in the congress. Acquaintance of his in Virginia wrote him a letter explaining in short that they could make him governor in Virginia and from this position of force he could gain control of all the United States and render the Congress impotent.

"More admirable people include Rosa Parks who on Dec. 1st 1955 became the mother of the civil rights movement, by refusing to give up her seat. Her arrest led the black community to a bus boycott. Rosa Parks was born February 4, 1913.

"The 12 years of accomplishments for civil rights thru Martin Luther King Jr. Martin was born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. Martin became an influential leader of the Boycott as well as an organizer.

"An exceptional unsung hero Janet Reno, who was assigned one of the most difficult and ungrateful jobs in the world, Attorney General. It was her job to balance the scale of Justice between Republican and Democrat parties.

"Franklin D. Roosevelt summed up democracy in his 'Four Freedoms Speech'

"The first is freedom of speech and expression - everywhere in the world.

"The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way - everywhere in the world.

"The third is freedom of want.

"The fourth is the freedom from fear.'

"Democracy to me means, I have the FREEDOM to CHOOSE:

"Choose who we want to go places with.

"Choose what we do while we are there.

"Choose the place we want to go.

"Choose where we live.

"Choose what kind of car we drive.

"Choose our style of clothes.

"Choose our hair styles.

"We have so many choices, I feel privileged and lucky to live in a democratic country."

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