Around West Hagerstown

April 05, 2006|by JUDI DOMINGUEZ

Musical benefit for North stadium

A combined musical performance by the Mason Dixon Barbershop Chorus and the North Hagerstown High School Chorus will be held April 22 at 7 p.m. at the North High auditorium to benefit the Mike Callas Stadium Fund.

Tom Edwards, Mason Dixon Chorus program chairman, along with Curt Shetler, North High's Choral Director are combining efforts for a show called "Field of Dreams," featuring the musical talents of the barbershop chorus and North High students. The music will not be limited to barbershop-style singing and will appeal to a broad spectrum of people.

North High's cheerleaders, choral members and athletes will all take part in the show. In addition to the full barbershop chorus, several local quartets and the Prospective Freedom Valley Sweet Adelines Chorus from Chambersburg, Pa., will perform their unique style of four-part harmony.


Tickets may be purchased from Mason Dixon Chorus members. North High students, or at the door. All ticket proceeds will go to the Mike Callas Stadium Fund. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizen and students. For Information, call 301-790-3178 or log on to

Greenhouse to open

The entrepreneurship classes at Washington County Technical High School proudly announce the opening of the school greenhouse on Monday, April 10. Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Contact the school at 301-766-8050 for more information.

Plant clinic at the library

Washington County Free Library will host an "Ask a Master Gardener" Plant Clinic at the central library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Whether you prefer to garden indoors, on the patio, or in the backyard, if you have questions, you are invited to ask a Master Gardener at the plant clinic. Whether your questions concern vegetables, trees, flowers, or shrubs, you are encouraged to bring a sample with you. Master Gardeners will be available on the front patio of the library to help find answers to your questions.

The library strives to make all programs accessible. If you have special needs, contact the library at 301-739-3250, ext. 136, for information two weeks prior to the program

Local auction

You are 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 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 is an Evangelical Free Church located at 13153 Cearfoss Pike in Hagerstown (1 mile west of Interstate 81 at exit 7B).

Step dancing

The Choice Program of Washington County invites you for an evening of Step Afrika! on April 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Hagerstown YMCA. Don't miss this free event.


Western Heights Elementary School is participating in the Nationwide Kick-Butts program through the school-based Wellness Program. Students were encouraged to write essays and make posters to encourage everyone never to start smoking or to stop smoking with prizes to be awarded.

Stay tuned to next week for the winners names and more info on the Wellness Program. For more information, you may contact Terry James at 301- 766-8407.

Saving daylight

I hope everyone got those clocks set ahead one hour and no one was left behind. The time change has always been hectic for me - seems like I'm no sooner used to one and then the other happens.

I was really shocked when I found out that on Aug. 8, 2005, President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This act changed the time-change dates for daylight-saving time in the U.S. Beginning in 2007, DST will begin on the second Sunday of March and end the first Sunday of November.

The Secretary of Energy will report the impact of this change to Congress. Congress retains the right to revert daylight-saving time back to the 2005 time schedule once the Department of Energy study is complete.

WOW - that sounds like a lot of confusion for me. And all these years (too many to mention) I always thought it was daylight-savings time and lo and behold it is daylight-saving time without the "s."

Hopefully, everyone changed the batteries in your smoke detector when you changed the time.

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