Local briefs

March 30, 2006

Shelter volunteers needed

The REACH Cold Weather will conclude its 10th season on Sunday, April 2. Volunteers will be needed from 7 to 9 a.m. Sunday, April 2, to clean, sort and stack cots.

The Day Resource Center which serves individuals and families in need will continue to be open after the shelter closes. The new hours for this program will be 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Mail and phone services, guidance and information and referral, and monetary assistance is provided. Volunteers and donations are needed.

To volunteer, call Jill Parker at 301-733-2371 or e-mail For information about donating supplies and money or to set up a presentation at your organization or congregation, call Terri Baker at 301-733-2371 or e-mail

Faith in Action is seeking congregational and organizational liaisons to serve on its support committee. The committee will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, April 24, at the REACH Center. Faith in Action also needs transportation volunteers. For information on the support committee or to volunteer to provide transportation to medical appointments, call Kevin Collins at 301-733-2371 or e-mail


Potpie supper

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - A potpie supper will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at Two Top Ruritan, 12270 Two Top Road.

The menu includes all-you-can-eat ham, beef or chicken potpie, coleslaw, vegetables, rolls, ice tea, punch, coffee and dessert. The cost is $6 for adults, and $3 for ages 12 and younger.

Yard sale at school

KNOXVILLE, Md. - Pleasant Valley Elementary School will hold a community yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the school along Md. 67. Fifth-grade students will operate a refreshment stand with proceeds going towards a fifth-grade end of year event and/or gift to the school. The rain date is Saturday, April 8.

'Stupid Pet Tricks' audition

CHANTILLY, Va. - The Late Show with David Letterman's "Stupid Pet and Human Tricks" will audition pets at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 2, during Super Pet Expo at Dulles Expo Center. Admission is $10, adults; $5, ages 12 and younger; and free for ages 3 and younger. For information, call 1-866-787-3773.

Get Fit Maryland

Get Fit Maryland is helping people take the first step toward a healthier body. Get Fit Maryland is a 12-week wellness program that gives participants pedometers to track how many steps they take each day. Walkers start logging their steps Saturday, April 1. With an awareness of how much or how little they are moving, participants can increase their daily activity and decrease their risk for problems such as heart disease and diabetes.

The goal of the program is for people to walk 10,000 steps each day, which is about four to five miles, depending on the walker's stride. Information to help people improve their health in other ways such as learning correct portion sizes is also included in the program.

Although not intended as a weight loss plan, many Get Fit Maryland participants reported losing weight during the 12 weeks. In a post-program survey, the average reported weight loss was five pounds.

Get Fit Maryland: Step by Step

Registration: The Get Fit Maryland kit comes with a pedometer, log book, pen, temporary tattoo and health information cards on serving sizes, body mass index, walking and calorie counting. The cost is $10 per person or $15 for two people. Registration continues through Friday, March 31.

Washington County residents may register at the Maryland Statewide Health Network office in Hagerstown at 1101 Opal Court, third floor. Call 301-733-8141 for registration times or go to

Incentives: Folks who stick with the program earn rewards on a regular timetable. Participants can bring their step logs to the Hagerstown office on Opal Court to receive:

Week one - Get Fit Maryland car magnet

Week four - Get Fit Maryland baseball cap

Week eight - Get Fit Maryland shoe wallet

Week 12 - Performance shirt plus a raffle ticket for the opportunity to win a home treadmill.

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