Around North Hagerstown

April 18, 2006

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are being recruited to form a committee to work on a long-term redistricting plan for Washington County Public Schools. If you are interested in participating, please e-mail Valerie Novak at

Class of '41 reunion meeting

The Hagerstown High School Class of 1941 reunion committee will hold a planning meeting in the lower level of the Washington County Free Library main branch on Wednesday, April 19, at 1:30 p.m.

All class members interested in helping plan the 65th reunion, which is to be held the weekend of Sept. 16-17, should plan to attend.


CAC meetings planned this week

North High will have its last CAC meeting for this school year on Wednesday, April 19, at 7 p.m. in the school's Media Center. Mr. Kevin Jackson will present "AP/IB: Providing Options for Our Students."

A short business meeting will follow the presentation. The NMS CAC will meet at 6:30 p.m., prior to the evening speaker.

FCC Seniors to meet April 20

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 history of Rose Hill Cemetery. Cost for the meal is $8 per person to be paid at the event. Reservations are required. Call 301-733-0144, ext. 3, or you can register at the church's Web site at When registering, please leave your name, phone number and number of lunch reservations you are making.

Washington County celebrates reading

This year, Washington County will celebrate the fourth annual Washington County Reading Day. The event, "Stop. Drop. Read," will be held on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, 32 W. Washington St.

More than 35 children's authors will be attending, including Jonathan London, author of "Desolation Canyon," the serial novel appearing in The Herald-Mail newspapers every Tuesday and Thursday through May 11, and of the "Froggy" book series and Chris Crutcher, author of numerous young adult novels. There also will be music, face painting, balloon sculpting and more.

Discovery Station, the children's science center at 101 W. Washington St., will offer free admission that day.

One major component of Washington County Reading Day is its book giveaway. A book donation drive to collect new and gently used children's and young adult books is under way. Donations for this year's giveaway can be made at any of the schools in the county, at all branches of the library and at Borders Books & Music on U.S. 40 West of Hagerstown through Friday, April 21.

Last year's event was a great success. More than 1,000 people attended this celebration of reading and more than 4,000 books were put into children's hands.

Partners in Literacy, the library, The Herald-Mail Co., Washington County Public Schools, the Washington County Reading Council, and the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown would like to thank Food Resources, the Nora Roberts Foundation, Borders Books & Music, the Dog House, Art and Ruth Anne Callaham and Alex Smelgus for their support of this year's event.

The library strives to make all programs accessible. Please inform the library of special needs two weeks prior to the program to request special accommodation. Please call 301-739-3250, ext. 166, for more information.

Stadium benefitset for April 22

The Mason Dixon Barbershop Chorus and the NHHS Concert Choir, directed by Curt Shetler, will combine efforts to present a benefit show for the Mike Callas Stadium Fund.

The show, called "Field of Dreams," will be held on Saturday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in the North High auditorium.

The barbershop chorus will stage a Pep Rally to begin the show. Following the North High fight song and the national anthem, complete with the posting of the colors by the AMVETS Post 10 Color Guard, the NHHS Concert Choir will take the stage. North High students also will participate as the event's sound, lighting and stage crew.

After a short intermission local barbershop quartets Nice 'N Easy and Carousel and the Prospective Freedom Valley Sweet Adeline Chorus from Chambersburg, Pa., will entertain the crowd.

Tickets for the event are available from Barbershop Chorus and NHHS Concert Choir members, as well as at the door. All ticket proceeds go to the Mike Callas Stadium Fund. Ticket prices are $10 per adult and $8 per student and senior citizens. For information, call 301-739-7338 or log on to

John Wesley UMC annual spring tea

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