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Around North Hagerstown

February 21, 2006

Daffodil campaign taking orders now

Please note that the American Cancer Society Daffodil Campaign is under way - orders for daffodils, the flower symbolizing hope, will be accepted through Thursday, Feb. 23.

A bunch of 10 flowers is $10. Or you can receive a Boyd's Bear designed especially for American Cancer Society's Daffodils Days, along with a bunch of 10 daffodils for $25.

Daffodils will be distributed March 17 and March 18, and will be offered at Robinwood Medical Center and Washington County Hospital. Businesses may participate by offering daffodils to employees or by being a distribution site by calling the American Cancer Society at 301-733-8272. You can place your daffodil orders by calling this phone number as well.

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Federal Little League

Get ready, kids - baseball season is coming! Federal Little League announces tryouts and registration dates for kids age 5 through 12 years by May 1, 2006.

Tryouts and registration will be held Saturday, March 11, from 11 a.m. to noon for 11- and 12-year-olds and from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. for 9- and 10- year-olds; Sunday, March 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. for all kids; and Monday, March 13, from 6 to 7 p.m. for kids who have not yet tried out. Tryouts and registration take place at Federal. The registration fee is $40 per child, or $60 for two or more children. Scholarships are available. Parents are reminded to please bring proof of address and the child's original birth certificate. For information, call 301-791-3887 or 301-745-3330.

Women's Club

The Women's Club has planned many activities and events in the upcoming months! On Friday, Feb. 24, at noon, members of the club are invited to participate in a "Mardi Gras Celebration." This is a free event for members. Members are asked to please make reservation at 301-739-0870.

The club's annual spring bargain sale will be held at the Club Building at 31 S. Prospect St. on Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Baked goods, gently used clothes and household items, jewelry and sandwiches will be available for purchase. To order soups and sandwiches, call the club office at 301-739-0870 by Tuesday, March 7. Soups include beef barley mushroom, beef vegetable and ham and bean. Cost is $4 a quart or $2 a pint. Sandwiches include country ham at $2.50 and egg and olive and ham salad at $1.75. Sandwiches will also be available the day of the sale.

On Sunday, March 19, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the club will serve a Sunday brunch. Those attending will get to sample a wide variety of dishes prepared by club members. The cost is $15 per person and includes beverages, food, dessert, tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 301-739-0870.

And on Saturday, June 10, the club will sponsor a House and Garden Tour of eight local homes, including the Women's Club, where lunch will be served. Cost is $20 per ticket with a single home ticket costing $5. More information on this event is forthcoming - watch this column for details.

The club has fundraisers and events throughout the year to support the upkeep of the historic clubhouse at 31 S. Prospect St., which also has 18 rooms that offer low-cost housing to women in our community. The club thanks the community for its continued generous support!

Garden cluboffers scholarship

The Town and Country Garden Club of Hagerstown announces that is offering an annual scholarship available to graduating Washington County high school students who will attend college, university, or an institution of higher learning with a major in one of the following disciplines: horticulture, agriculture, landscape design, agronomy, or related field.

Applicants' scholastic records and achievements will also be taken into consideration. Two scholarships in the amount of $500 each will be awarded in May, according to club member Patricia Abeles.

Scholarship applicants may be a previous recipient of this scholarship, while continuing their existing education in the disciplines noted above and maintaining a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

Applicants must complete the scholarship questionnaire, which is available through area high school guidance departments, and provide a recent photograph and a letter of recommendation from a teacher, adviser, or employer describing the scholarship applicant's abilities and qualifications.

Scholarship recipients will be notified via mail around May 1. Applicants must submit all completed forms no later than April 1, to the following address: Supervisor of Counseling, Washington County Board of Education, 820 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21741.

Please contact Patricia Abeles at 301-797-0925 with questions regarding the scholarship.

Poppy campaign under way at Legion

Morris Frock American Legion Unit 42 launched its annual poppy campaign recently, sending a mailer to members offering the opportunity to honor a living veteran or memorialize a veteran who has passed on by placing his/her name on a poppy board on display at Post 42.

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