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Around North Hagerstown

March 21, 2006|by JANE SCHMIDT

Plucky Duckies

The girls and I had the pleasure of renewing our acquaintance with two familiar feathered friends who recently returned from their far-off winter travels.

Yes, Daffy and Daisy Duck have braved the recent cold spell in our lovely town to settle back into their creekside dwelling near Potomac Heights Elementary and partake of the hearty fare offered at the Schmidt family backyard birdseed diner three times daily since last Tuesday.

Thankfully, we were prepared for the ducks' return and had a store of cracked corn set aside for the momentous occasion when they waddled their way back to Potomac Manor.

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So, even though the weather isn't very spring-like yet, we know the new season can't be too far off, thanks to Daffy and Daisy's plucky return to Hagerstown - in spite of the recent spell of cold weather from Ol' Man Winter!

Museum fundraiser

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts celebrates its 75th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary in 2006-2007.

To begin the festivities, the museum will hold its second annual Rolex Watch Raffle Fundraiser, to be held at the Museum's annual meeting on Thursday, March 23, at 6 p.m. You need not be present to win. Tickets cost $75 for five tickets, $40 for two tickets, and $25 for one ticket. Tickets are now available for purchase at the museum in City Park, R. Bruce Carson Jewelers on the Square and other area locations.

The winner will receive an 18-carat gold and stainless steel Oyster Perpetual Datejust men's or ladies' 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.

For tickets or more information on the raffle, call 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 to 5 p.m.

Lioness Club

Happy birthday to the Hagerstown Lioness Club! On Thursday, April 6, the Hagerstown Lioness Club will celebrate its 28th anniversary "Spring Fantasy" in the Grand Venice Ballroom, 431 Dual Highway. Social time begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $17 per person. Entertainment will be provided by the Clear Spring High School Reflections Show Choir, directed by Beth A. Smith.

Reservations with check made payable to Hagerstown Lioness Club should be mailed to 2nd Vice President Linda Perry, 116 S. Conococheague St., Williamsport, MD 21795. Deadline for reservations is Thursday, March 23. Call Lioness Linda at 301-223-7010 for details.

Spaghetti dinner

The St. Ann Life Teen Program is sponsoring a Spaghetti dinner on Sunday, March 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. to be held at St. Ann Parish Center on Oak Hill Avenue. Cost is $4 per adult, $2.50 for children ages 3 to 12, and kids age 3 and under eat free. Take out is available. There will be music and entertainment, also. This fundraiser will help offset the cost of activities and retreats that the teens attend all year.

Hagerstown Day Nursery fundraiser

The Hagerstown Day Nursery will hold a basket/Pampered Chef bingo fundraiser at the Funkstown Moose on Sunday, March 26. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., with bingo games beginning at 1 p.m. Food will be available throughout the event.

Tickets are $20 per person for 30 games of bingo. There will be many wonderfully filled baskets, raffles, door prizes, tip jars and delicious home-baked desserts available for purchase. The fundraiser benefits Hagerstown Day Nursery, a non-profit organization devoted to offering quality preschool education to children age 2 through 5. Advance tickets are available by calling Hagerstown Day Nursery at 301-739-5339. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Hospice seeks more volunteers

Hospice of Washington County, Inc. has announced a spring training program for volunteers who want to work directly with patients and their families. For more information, call Mary Foor at the Hospice office at 301-791-6360. Please note that all volunteers must sign up for the training sessions by Tuesday, March 28.

NHHS Boosters stadium fundraiser

The North Hagerstown High School Boosters will hold a sports memorabilia and collectibles auction to be held in the NHHS gym on Saturday, April 8 at 4 p.m. to benefit the Mike Callas Stadium.

The boosters are currently accepting auction donations from businesses, clubs, and individuals. Sports memorabilia, collectibles, gift certificates and retail packages would be greatly appreciated. Since the NHHS Boosters are a non-profit organization, all donations are tax-deductible.

For more information or to make a donation, call Todd Webster at 301-331-1107 or e-mail tri-state helmets@myactv.net; Steve Greathead at 301-739-5115 or e-mail at olegreatone@myactv.net; or Leon Brumback at 301-797-5117 or e-mail bb1cc2LL3@yahoo.com.

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