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March 30, 2006|by JUDI DOMINGUEZ

West Hagerstown Lions News

The West Hagerstown Lions Club speaker on March 20 was John Bloyer, Register of Wills for Washington County, Md. Bloyer explained the complications of not having a will and the benefits of having a valid will. If there are no heirs for the deceased, the estate goes to the Washington County Board of Education.

On March 23, ham sandwiches were delivered and club members were very pleased with the amount sold.

On March 29, the club will be at Walnut Towers to play bingo with the residents and a variety of prizes will be given out. Cupcakes, ice cream and drinks will be served during the evening. Speaking of Walnut Towers, my hello goes out to Gladys and all the crew there.

Reach Out Now

Salem Avenue Elementary School fifth-graders will get a sobering lesson in alcohol when they join with hundreds of schools nationwide for the Reach Out Now Teach-In to educate fifth graders, parents, and caregivers about the harmful effects of underage drinking.

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The teach-in leader will be the Hon. Kenneth Long, judge of the Washington County Circuit Court, who will lead the discussion about why and how young people can avoid alcohol use.

This program is sponsored by agencies including Prevention Services of the Washington County Health Department, the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Nationally, new data has found that approximately 10.8 million youth ages 12 to 20 have used alcohol illegally. By the eighth grade, nearly 50 percent of adolescents have had a least one drink and 20 percent report having been drunk.

The teach-in will be held Thursday April 6, at 9:30 a.m. Salem Avenue School, 1323 Salem Ave., and will last approximately one hour.

Hagerstown Alcohol Awareness Month

Mayor Robert Bruchey will declare April as Alcohol Awareness Month in Hagerstown on April 6 at Salem Avenue Elementary School after the Reach Out Now lesson being conducted there. The proclamation will be awarded to the Washington County Health Department/Prevention Services.

Public auction

The public is invited to the annual Tri-State Fellowship Student Ministries Auction on Saturday, April 8. The Auction Caf, silent auction and cash-and-carry tables will open at 4 p.m. The live auction begins at 5 p.m. Proceeds from the auction will benefit approximately 60 students and adults from Tri-State Fellowship as they travel this summer to Purdue University for the National Youth Conference of the Evangelical Free Churches of America. For a list of auction items, go to www.tristatefellowship.org or for more information, call 301-790-1774. In addition to typical concession items, the caf menu will include homemade waffles with toppings and homemade ice cream. Tri-State Fellowship, an Evangelical Free Church is at 13153 Cearfoss Pike in Hagerstown (one mile west of I-81 at exit 7B).

Pork and Sauerkraut family dinner

A pork and sauerkraut family dinner is planned for Saturday April 1, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Washington Square United Methodist Church, 538 Washington Ave. Sponsored by the Adult Choir of Washington Square UMC, the all-you-can-eat dinner features mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, applesauce, rolls, drink and dessert. The cost is $7.50 for adults, $3.50 for children ages 3 to 12 and free for children age 2 and under. Advance tickets and reservations are available from choir members or by contacting the church at 301-739-2653, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. There is a 50-cent discount on tickets purchased in advance. Tickets will be available at the door but reservations are recommended. The meal is available for eat-in or carryout. The church fellowship hall is handicapped accessible.

Open house for Scouts

If you are between the ages of 14 and 2, are interested in experiencing new and exciting adventures and live at Noland Village or the surrounding area, you are invited to an open house this evening at the Noland Village Community Center starting at 7.

A number of youth expressed an interest in forming the Crew 3 Scout group last December, and here is the opportunity of a lifetime to join in and be a part of leadership, citizenship, fitness, community service, and the great outdoors. So bring a friend and enjoy pizza, soda and a fun-filled event. Learn who you are and the endless abilities that await you in Scouting. For more information, call 301-739-1211. Remember, tonight at 7.

Food Pantry and Clothes Closet

The Grace United Methodist Church, on the corner of Winter and Church streets, will hold its monthly Clothes Closet and Food Pantry this Saturday, April 1, from 9 a.m. until noon. If you or someone you know has a need, please feel free to discover this wonderful church helping the community.

Basket Bingo tickets

The Basket Bingo Tickets for the Shirley Robison Annual Bingo fundraiser can be purchased by calling Rosie at 301-739-0878. Tickets are $25, or two for $40, which includes your meal.

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