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Around North Hagerstown

April 11, 2006

Spring finally blooms

Ahhh, finally - spring has decided to grace us with her beautiful presence! Everywhere you look you can finally see the soft whispering green hues of the trees, hear birds happily chirping their cheerful morning songs, and bear witness to the many varieties of flowers awakening from their extended wintertime slumber, thus showing off their bright and colorful countenances for us to enjoy and marvel at each new day of this brand new and wondrous season.

I hope you and your family take the time in the next few days to enjoy these subtle and ever-so-fleeting seasonal visual vignettes of "borrowed heaven!"

Happy birthday

I'd like to extend birthday greetings to my "birthday twin" Kris Ecker, who will celebrate her special day on Saturday, April 15. Happy birthday, Kris - have a great day and wonderful year!

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Katrina fundraiser

The Mason-Dixon Council of the Boy Scouts of America is still accepting donations at the Scout Service Center for the Katrina Equipment Drive to help the Pine Burr Council in Hattiesburg, Miss. Please bring your donations by as soon as possible. For more information, please contact Scott at 301-739-1211.

Greenhouse to open

The entrepreneurship classes at Washington County Technical High School has announced the opening of the school greenhouse today. The greenhouse will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

You'll find a beautiful abundance of colorful plants of many varieties for all your spring gardening projects available for purchase - whether you wish to create whimsical container gardens, a stylized or formal garden, or fill any sized flower bed with bursts of spring color!

For more information regarding the greenhouse, log on to www.scoresup.com or by contacting the school at 301-766-8050.

Church event

The congregation of First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., invites you to walk a replica of the Chartres Labyrinth that will be available in the church's Fellowship Hall during Holy Week - Monday, April 10 through Friday, April 14.

The labyrinth is a 36-foot circular sacred design painted on a canvas and laid on the floor for people to walk as a spiritual meditation and time of self-discovery. The hours for the labyrinth are from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. All in the community are welcome.

Easter egg hunt

The Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 Easter egg hunt will be held Saturday, April 15, at 11 a.m. on the grounds of the American Legion Post at 405 Northern Ave. Age groups will be determined (up to 12 years of age) and a special guest appearance by that special rabbit will help search for eggs. Magicians will make things appear and disappear and light refreshments will be served.

Easter buffet

A special Easter buffet will be offered on April 16 at the Legion Post for members and their guests. The menu will consist of baked ham, Swiss steak, fresh turkey, fried shrimp, mashed potatoes, gravy, candied carrots, green beans, corn, coffee/iced tea, rolls and assorted desserts. The buffet will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For reservations, call Dixie at 301-733-7676. All members and guests are invited.

FCC SeniorsIn Ministry

The Seniors in Ministry (50 years and older) group will meet at First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., on Thursday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church's Fellowship Hall. The meeting includes fellowship, fun and a short business agenda. A hot lunch will be served at noon that includes an entre, salad, one side dish, bread or rolls, dessert, and beverages (coffee, tea, and lemonade.)

Immediately following the meal, Les Powlen and Bill Divelbiss will share the unique history of Rose Hill Cemetery. Cost for the meal is $8 per person to be paid upon your arrival at the event.

Reservations are required and should be made no later than Sunday, April 16, by calling 301-733-0144, ext. 3 or you can register at the church's Web site at www.fcchagers- town.org. When registering, please leave your name, phone number and number of lunch reservations you are making. Please note that reservations are a must.

Annual MS Walk

The Annual Multiple Sclerosis Walk will be held at historic Antietam Battlefield on Saturday, April 22. Outback Steakhouse will provide lunch and there will be a silent auction offering many nice items. Participants can choose either a 3- or 5-mile walk through the beautiful rolling hills of the historic battlefield. This is a wonderful event that the whole family can join and the entire area is "stroller friendly."

Last year, more than 700 walkers participated and raised more than $80,000. Many area businesses have a brochure about this year's walk or you can register online at mswalk-md.org.

For more information, please call Rodney Cline at 301-432-5660.

Plant clinic planned

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