Around West Hagerstown

March 23, 2006|by JUDI DOMINGUEZ

Fabulous birthday

Winter Street Elementary School third-grader Kristin Dodson was eager for March 2 to get here to celebrate the birthday of her favorite author, Dr. Seuss.

During the morning school news, Kristin reported that Dr. Seuss was one of the first writers to use cartoons, rhyming and lots of humor in children's books.

Kristin had a few more facts about the author. "He wrote 44 books," she said. "My favorite Dr. Seuss book is 'Oh Say Can you Say.'" She explains, "it is my favorite because it has tongue twisters like this one: 'Are you having trouble in saying this stuff /It's really quite easy for me./I just look in my mirror and see what I say/and then I just say what I see.'"


Benefit dinner

A slippery potpie dinner will be held Saturday, March 25, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, at the corner of Church and Winter streets in Hagerstown. The menu includes: slippery chicken and ham potpie (all you can eat), cole Slaw or peas, roll, applesauce, coffee or tea, and dessert. Hot dogs instead of potpie are available for children, if desired. Soft drinks and extra desserts are available for purchase

The price is $7 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the church office at 712 Church St. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door, but come early - a sellout is expected. Eat-in and carryout dinners will be available. Delivery is available for Hagerstown only.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the elevator renovations fund.

Mark your calendar

Just in time for spring, Extension Office agent Lori Young will present a program on Container Gardening at the Washington County Free Library in Hagerstown on Thursday, April 6, from noon to 2 p.m. Lori will demonstrate how to create a container garden and give suggestions for creating your own garden. Join in for a fun-filled program and take home some new ideas for your early spring planting.

The Library strives to make all programs accessible. Please inform us of special needs two weeks prior to the program. Call Patricia Wishard, public relations/program coordinator, at 301-739-3250, ext. 136, to place your reservation.

Save the date

Nothing to do on Tuesday the 28th of March? Parents, gather up the kids and attend the Town Hall Meeting to Prevent Underage Drinking, being held at Northern Middle School Auditorium at 7 p...

Talking to your children ages 8 to 13 about the so-called thrills out there is important to their health and safety as well as your own. A panel of community experts and youth will be available to lead the discussion and answer questions you may have.

This event is being sponsored by numerous agencies such as Washington County Public Schools, Washington County Sheriff's and Hagerstown Police departments, Department of Juvenile Services, Washington County Health Department Prevention Services, Washington County Community Traffic Safety Program, State's Attorney's Office, and Board of License Commissioners.

Don't miss this one!

Basket bingo

It's that time of year when the Shirley B. Robison Basket Bingo Fundraiser is open to the public. This is an annual event to raise money for local cancer patients and their families improving the quality of life for all involved in the family. This is the ninth year for this benefit to take place, so come on out and be a part of helping in norm to unusual needs.

In the past, the fund has been used for transporting patients, prepaid phone cards for family members to communicate during stays away from home, scholarships for patients' children to continue their education when it could never have happened with medical costs. The fund has provided medicine for patients animals so the inspiration of a beloved pet can still be enjoyed during this trying, painful time.

I get tears in my eyes when I think of the gentleman whose wife was dying and all he wanted was to give her the wedding set he could never afford and the foundation made that wish a reality. So even if you don't play bingo or you're not into baskets, think about the quality of life your donation could support.

Tickets are $25 each or two for $40. If you purchase tickets before March 25, your name will be entered in a special drawing for $100 in Longaberger Basket item(s) on display at the bingo.

The event will be held Sunday, April 2, at the Williamsport Fire Hall. Doors will open at 11 a.m., the meal will be served at noon and bingo starts at 1 p.m.

Spring is here?

Spring has sprung - or has it? Still a chill in the air and winds blowing cold, so where is spring? Perhaps right around the corner! My family has a guessing game going as to when the sun will shine and temperatures mean no hoodies - yes, I said hoodies ' kids don't wear jackets and coats any more, at least my grandchildren don't adorn the heavy things and hide their clothes - please- what's wrong with me? Cover up those T-shirts or hoodies for real - no way!

I want the tomatoes and hot peppers in the ground growing for fresh picks when needed and the flowers blooming with sweet smells to heighten the senses. Heck, I've even had the grill fired up for hot dogs and burgers over the weekend.

Of course, baseball is a big part of spring. My grandson has practice six times a week at National Little League. Although it has been cold weather for the spectators watching the sport, he is warm as toast in his hoodie.

Have you ever noticed spring no sooner has sprung than summer moves right in?

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