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Around North Hagerstown

February 07, 2006|by JANE SCHMIDT

Is it still winter?

I have to admit, I was really hoping good ol' Phil the groundhog would enlighten us that spring was just around the corner! As it appears in my Potomac Manor neighborhood, the new season may be defiantly "springing" to life despite the famous woodchuck's extended winter prediction: a large gaggle of robins cheerfully greeted us one morning last week with their infectious giggles as we headed off to school,

Daffy and Daisy Duck have been flying about near the creek and over our house in search of their cracked corn feasts at the Schmidt family backyard birdseed diner, and the purple pansies in the pot on my porch are in full bloom, their bright and cheerful positive faces turning skyward. Winter for another six weeks? Sorry, Phil, I think - and sincerely hope - you guessed it wrong this year!

Backyard birding

Have you been watching for that first spring robin to appear in your backyard? On Wednesday, Feb. 8, Judith Lilga of the Maryland Ornithological Society will present a program on backyard bird feeding and housing at the library on South Potomac Street at 7 p.m. She will also have information available about the ninth annual Great Backyard Bird Count scheduled for Friday, Feb. 17, through Monday, Feb. 20. Come and join us to learn how you can participate in this fun event!

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The library strives to make all programs accessible. Please inform us of special needs two weeks prior to the program. Please call 301-739-3250, ext. 136 for additional information and to reserve your seat.

Jump Rope for Heart

Paramount Elementary School will hold its Jump Rope for Heart activity on Tuesday, Feb. 7, for students in first and second grade and on Wednesday, Feb. 8, for students in third, fourth and fifth grade.

Potomac Heights Elementary School will hold its Jump Rope for Heart activities on Wednesday, Feb. 15, and Thursday, Feb. 16.

Please note that pledge money needs to be returned to the school by the day of the event. The proceeds from the Jump Rope for Heart events at our local schools go to the American Heart Association.

Cancer screenings

Free breast cancer screenings will be held on Friday, Feb. 10, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Halfway from 3 to 7 p.m. and on Friday, Feb. 24, at Women's Specialty Associates, Robinwood Medical Center Suite 243 from noon to 4 p.m.

The free screenings through the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation offer free breast cancer outreach, education, screening and treatment for Washington County women 18 years of age and older. Collaborators for the free screening include Washington County Health Systems, Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley (formerly Y-Me), Washington County Health Department Breast & Cervical Cancer Program and the Washington County/Hagers-town C-SAFE neighborhood improvement program.

Call the Marsh Cancer Center at 301-665-4671 to schedule your appointment. Transportation is available.

Church offers soup and sandwich sale

St. Matthew's Church, at the corner of High and Franklin streets, will hold a soup and sandwich sale on Saturday, Feb. 11, from noon to 5 p.m. at the church. Parking is available behind the parsonage and across the street - the church is also special needs-accessible off Franklin Street.

Country ham sandwiches cost $3 each; city ham sandwiches cost $2.75 each. Homemade beef vegetable soup and ham and bean soup are also available - soups cost $2.25 per bowl; $2.50 per pint; or $3.75 per quart. Also available for purchase are hot dogs, a variety of homemade pies and desserts, and sodas. Coffee and water are free.

Also available are huge Hadley Farms cinnamon rolls for $3 per roll - cases of cinnamon rolls will also be available for purchase. All items are available for eat in or carry out.

For details, please call Harry Sprankle at 301-739-7729. A kind thank you goes out to Mr. Sprankle for taking the time to share with me the difference between a "country ham" and a "city ham" sandwich when he called with his news item last week - not being a "native Hagerstonian," I very much appreciated his patient explanation!

Spaghetti dinner

First Christian Church Youth Group will hold its annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $5 per person; children's tickets for kids age 6 through 10 years are $3 per child. Children age 5 years and under eat free of charge. The proceeds benefit the church's youth group. The dinner will be held in the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 1345 Potomac Ave. For details, call the church office at 301-733-0144.

Morris Frock Post 42

American Legion Post 42 is hosting many activities for members and their guests in the upcoming weeks!

On Saturday, Feb. 11, a Valentine's Dance will be held with guest musicians The Holders. On Tuesday, Feb. 14, a special menu will be available in the restaurant in honor of Valentine's Day. And on Saturday, Feb. 25, a $1,500 bonanza will be held in the post's ballroom.

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