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March 01, 2006|by JUDI DOMINGUEZ

On Thursday, March 2, Winter Street Elementary School will hold its annual "Jump Rope for Heart."

Physical education teacher Dean Hamburg, the event chairperson, said "Our school had a tragedy this year that was heart-related. Our school custodian, Mr. Doug Yost, suddenly and shockingly passed away due to a heart procedure. The loss has affected our school greatly."

"Mr. Doug was a kind person who cared about every student in our building," said first-grade teacher Cathy Thim.

"We were like his second family and the kids here were like his kids," remarked third-grade teacher Pamela Stevens. "He was our friend."

"This year we are going to have a small change in our "Jump Rope for Heart Fundraiser. In honor of Mr. Doug, our staff has decided to have a 'Jump Rope for Mr. Doug,'" Hamburg said.

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Every student in grades 1-4 will participate Thursday. The goal is to raise money for "Mr. Doug's" family to help with the expenses of his passing. The fourth-grade's goal is for each student to try to raise $5.

To raise the stakes, the staff at Winter Street added an extra incentive. The students where given a goal of $1,000, $2,000.00, $3,000, $4,000 and $5,000 to see how many male teachers they could get to wear dresses to school.

"Due to the nature of the event, there will be no prizes or rewards this year. Instead, our reward will be the joy of helping a family in their time of need" said Mr. Hamburg.

Mark your calendar

St. Matthews Church, at the corner of Franklin and High streets, will be holding a pork and sauerkraut dinner on March 18 from noon until 6 p.m. There will be plenty of parking for all you hungry patrons. Mashed potatoes, gravy, succotash, applesauce, coffee and water are included - you may also purchase soda for an additional 50 cents. Also available are lots of goodies in the bake sale being held the same time. Admission for adults is $7 and children 12 years and under can enjoy dinner for $3.50. Service is available for the homebound by calling 301-739-7729 in advance.

Rolex Watch fundraiser

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts celebrates its 75th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary in 2006-07. To begin the festivities, the museum is launching its second annual Rolex Watch Raffle fundraiser. Participants may buy tickets for the drawing that will be held at the museum's annual meeting, Thursday, March 23, at 6 p.m. The winner need not be present. Tickets are five for $75, two for $40 and one for $25, and may be purchased at the Museum in City Park, Hagerstown, R. Bruce Carson Jewelers on the Square, Hagerstown, and other area locations.

The lucky winner will receive an 18-carat gold and stainless steel Oyster Perpetual Datejust men or lady's Rolex watch with a retail value of $7,500. The winner has the option of selecting another watch or piece of jewelry of comparable value. Proceeds from this raffle offer important support for the museum's free exhibitions, concerts and programs such as its long-running Saturday Morning Youth Program.

As the only accredited fine arts museum in the state west of Baltimore, the Washington County Museum serves as the cultural hub for Western Maryland and the quad-state region.

For tickets or more information on the Rolex Watch Raffle, please phone 301-739-5727. 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.

Spring bargains galore

The Women's Club of Hagerstown will have their annual Spring Bargain Sale on Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Clothing, household items, jewelry and baked goods, soups and sandwiches will be available for purchase.

To order soups and sandwiches, please call the Club Office at 301-739-0870 by March 7. Soups include beef barley mushroom, beef vegetable, and ham & bean. The cost is $4 a quart or $2 a pint. Sandwiches include country ham at $2.50 and egg & olive, and ham salad at $1.75 .Sandwiches will also be available the day of the sale.

The Women's Club has fundraisers to support the upkeep of the historic clubhouse at 31 S. Prospect St., which also has 18 rooms providing low cost housing to women in our community. Thank you for your support.

West End Little League

Tryouts and registration will be on Saturday, March 11, at the West End Little League field in Hellane Park. Registration will be from 9 a.m. until noon, with tryouts starting at noon.

Geography Bee

Salem Avenue Elementary School held its Geography Bee for fourth- and fifth-grade students on Friday, Jan. 6. The moderator was enrichment teacher Janeann Snyder. Participating in the bee were students Emilie Cave, Johnny Deagrella, Adam Tagg, Airin Martin, Olivia Shoop, Ryan Hodges, Amber Sisk, David Moser, Yi Lin Fan, and Kirsten Burr.

Winning the Geography Bee for the second year in a row was Bobby Zhang. The first runner-up was Caleb Jones.

Heartfelt thanks

I would like to thank all you readers and staff of the Herald Mail for the phone calls, cards, and well wishes during my time away from the column due to an accident in December. I know there are a lot of concerned parents faithfully watching for the pictures of their children and hopefully I have been able to catch up on that with this week's column. Your patience is appreciated. So keep the news coming.

Even though it has been frigid cold it's that time of year again to think about planting flowers, spring cleaning, and kids baseball - not necessarily in that order. And of course the avid fan I have become of the Orioles over the past year has me excited about a whole new perspective there. Gosh, I know better than to discuss sports, politics, etc., etc., etc.

Best wishes

Happy Anniversary to Larry, my husband of 24 years, on Feb. 28.

Happy Birthday to Linda Newman of Hagerstown.

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