The Washington County Free Library and the Panera Bread Co. have combined efforts to host a fundraiser to assist in the Pearlington, Miss., Library Rebuilding Project. As part of the Katrina relief effort, Panera Bread will donate a portion of the proceeds from purchases made at its Garland Groh restaurant on Tuesday, Feb. 28, between 3 and 6 p.m. to the Pearlington Library Rebuilding Project.
Sneaks the Cat will be on hand from 3 to 3:30 p.m. to visit with children. Visitors to Panera Bread between 3 and 6 p.m. on Feb. 28 also have the opportunity to register to win "Bread for a Year." This prize entitles the winner to receive one loaf of bread per month for 12 months from Panera Bread.
As part of the Katrina relief effort, the Maryland Library Association has adopted the Pearlington Library in Hancock County, Miss. More than 20 feet of water washed through the building during the hurricane. Although the building withstood the onslaught, the library lost everything. The Pearlington Library was a combination school and public library and was housed in the elementary school. Immediately following the storm, the library building served as a temporary shelter for those area residents who were left homeless by the hurricane. Donations are helping the library to rebuild its collection of materials and books.
American Legion Auxiliary 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.
From the battlefields of World War I, weary soldiers brought home the memory of a barren landscape transformed by wild poppies, red as the blood that had soaked the soil. From that memory, the poppy became a symbol of the sacrifice of lives in war and represented the hope that none had died in vain.
The auxiliary poppy has continued to bloom for the casualties of wars, its petals of paper bound together for veterans by veterans, reminding America each year that the men and women who have served and died for their country deserve to be remembered.
The poppy program has been a part of auxiliary programming for more than 70 years. It has been estimated that approximately 25 million Americans wear the poppy to honor America's war dead and veterans have contributed more than $2 million for rehabilitation and welfare programs. The campaign will culminate on Memorial Day when veterans, local, state and national leaders, and all those who wish to honor veterans will wear the poppy.
Anyone who wishes to place a name on the board to honor a veteran or in memory of a veteran, may do so by calling Poppy Chair Betty Getz at 301-393-5496. Or you can send your $5 check, made out to Morris Frock American Legion Unit 42, to 11812 Bradford Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21742 for each name being honored.
St. Catherine the Great
St. Catherine the Great Martyr Eastern Orthodox Church, 433 Liberty St., will host a presentation by Father John Ivanoff, director of Evangelism and Growth of the Orthodox Church of America titled "Becoming All Things to All Men: Evangelization in the 21st Century." This program, in conjunction with the church's 25-year anniversary, will be held Wednesday, March 8, following the service of the Presanctified Liturgy at 7 p.m. A light Lenten meal will be provided. For details, call 301-790-2616.
The 16th Annual "all you can eat" spaghetti dinner will be held on Saturday, March 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, 54 S. Potomac St. Tickets cost $6 per person - kids age 6 years and under eat free. Please note that meals are "eat-in" or "carry-out," with Hagers-town delivery available.
Pangborn PTA basket bingo set