Around North Hagerstown

May 09, 2006|by JANE SCHMIDT

May celebrations

There is a lot going on this month! This week is Teacher and School Staff Appreciation Week - be sure to take this opportunity to do something nice for your child's teachers and staff members and let them know how much their hard work and dedication in educating our children is noticed and appreciated.

Having been a substitute teacher for three years now, I can honestly say from first-hand experience that teachers have an extremely tough job - so please take time this week to say a heart-felt thank you for all their hard work.

I'd also like to take this opportunity to say thanks to all the teachers and school staff members out there, especially the folks at Potomac Heights Elementary, where my daughter Kelley attends, and Northern Middle School, where my daughter Tori attends - your dedication and hard work is greatly appreciated. Thanks for all the wonderful things that you do!


Also, please note that Mother's Day is Sunday, May 14 - be sure to remember all those special moms in your life and let them know how much they are appreciated. To all moms, have a wonderfully relaxing Mother's Day!

Thank you, Angie and Joe

Inky Eckstine and her granddaughter Sarah Eckstine would like to extend a great big "thank you" to Joe and Angie Scheerer and the St. Ann's Church parishioners for their generous donation of more than 400 pairs of shoes and two very large bags of socks for Planet Aid.

Joe and Angie filled their van to the gills twice over with donated shoes and socks and tirelessly hauled them to Inky's home in Boonsboro, making the shoe and sock drive a great success.

Thanks, Joe and Angie, and St. Ann's parishioners, for your kindness and generosity in helping others!

Breast cancer support groups

The Hagerstown Breast Cancer Information Support group will meet this evening, at 7 p.m. at the Breast Cancer Awareness - Cumberland Valley office at 324 E. Antietam St., Suite 101 in Hagerstown. A professional counselor will facilitate the program. Survivors, family and friends are welcome.

Breast cancer survivors are also cordially invited to come stitch, knit or crochet with other survivors at the BCA-CV Hooks 'n Needles Support Group, to be held Thursday, May 25, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Breast Cancer Awarenes - Cumberland Valley Office.

For more information or questions regarding either group, please call 301-791-5843 or toll free 1-800-963-0101.

FCC Concert Series

The next Leon Cross Concert at First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown, will be Wednesday, May 10, at 8 p.m. The concert features the Washington Symphonic Brass, which includes some of the finest professional musicians in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore area. The evening's program is titled "No Strings Attached."

The program will feature masterpieces for strings transcribed by Phil Snedecor, founder and arranger for the WS Brass. Come out and enjoy the all brass versions of these great works: "Serenade for Strings" by Tchaikovsky; "Chamber Symphony (from Quartet No. 8)" by Schostokovitch; "Adagio" by Barber; "St. Paul Suite" by Holst; and "Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis" by Vaughan Williams.

The WS Brass was founded in 1993. After performing for several years as guest artists in various combinations and numbers, the WS Brass is now in its fourth full season as an independent performing group. Its 17 core members are among the finest brass and percussion players anywhere. The group's conductor is Milton Stevens, principal trombone of the National Symphony Orchestra, and founder and principal arranger, trumpeter Phil Snedecor. Other group members include Martin Hackleman, former member of the Canadian Brass and now principal horn of the NSO, Chris Gekker, professor of trumpet at the University of Maryland and often a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York. Other WS Brass players are members of the armed services bands and other D.C.-area performing ensembles.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens age 60 years and above. Tickets will be available at the door starting at 6:45 p.m. the night of the concert.

Shiloh Festival

Shiloh United Methodist Church, on Shiloh Church Road off Old Forge Road near the Hagerstown YMCA, will hold its annual church festival Saturday, May 13, on church grounds.

There will be lots of great food, including country ham sandwiches, delicious homemade soups, peanut oil French fries and ice cream courtesy of Antietam Dairy. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m. and lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Music begins at 10 a.m. with lots of local talent, including The Heavenly Harmony. There will be many fun activities and games for the kids, prizes, as well as a car show courtesy of the Mountain State Car Club. The festival proceeds benefit the church's general building fund.

Pitching pink

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