Around North Hagerstown

May 23, 2006|by JANE SCHMIDT

May is moving mighty quickly!

The onset of May in the Schmidt family household brings with it a flurry of activities that make this month fly by quicker than any other on our yearly calendar!

We are eagerly looking forward to dance recitals, field trips, choral concerts, volleyball games and practice, not to mention tackling the usual - and not-so-usual - daily chores and jobs associated with our family "four-um."

The summer vacation countdown has already officially begun as well, as the kids are now down to a mere eight and one-half days of school after today before those school bells (and noisy alarm clocks, much to my relief) are silenced for a brief but well-deserved summer respite.


While May seems to sprint by ever-so-quickly, June's meandering countenance offers us a delicious, slow pace filled with unhurried relaxation and enjoyment of outdoor barbecues with family and friends, chasing fireflies during a velvety blue humid June evening, boating on the golden-lit waters of the always enchanting Wye River and Lake Winnipesaukee, and numerous other summertime pleasures we look forward to each year.

I hope you and your family get through these last fleeting "May days" and are eager to savor summer and all her enjoyable and relaxing pastimes in the coming weeks!

Cancer screenings

Free breast cancer screenings will be held on Thursday, May 25, at Christ's Reformed Church in Hagerstown from 8 a.m. until noon and on Thursday, May 31, at the Sharpsburg Town Hall on Main Street in Sharpsburg from noon until 4 p.m.

The free breast cancer screenings through the Maryland Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation offer free breast cancer outreach, education, screening and treatment for Washington County women 18 years of age and older.

Collaborators for the free screening include Washington County Health Systems, Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley, Washington County Health Department Breast & Cervical Cancer Program and the Washington County/Hagerstown C-SAFE neighborhood improvement program.

Transportation for the clinics is available, if needed.

For additional information or to make an appointment for any of the above screenings, please call 301-665-4671.

Services on the lawn

Haven Lutheran Church begins its summer services on the lawn worship on Sunday, May 28, with 8:15 a.m. Sunday worship in the sanctuary and 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship on the lawn.

Please bring lawn chairs and blankets. Dress is casual attire. Outdoor services will be held inside in the event of rain.

For details, please call the church office at 301-733-5056 or send email to

Elks honor students

NHHS seniors Brittany Churchey and Brandon Brown were chosen recently as the Elks Club Teens of the Year at the award dinner honoring student finalists on Tuesday, May 2.

School guidance counselors recommend a boy and girl student from each area high school, including St. Maria Goretti, who best represent the school based on academic, sports and extracurricular activities.

Brittany will attend the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation Prep School in Crestline (Ca.) and Brandon will attend Cornell University this fall.

Lioness club

The Hagerstown Lioness Club will meet Thursday, June 1, in the Grand Venice Hotel Ballroom, 431 Dual Highway. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

District 22-W Past District Governor, J. Franklin Shank, will install the Club's officers for the 2006-2007 year.

All guest reservations and all cancellations must be made no later than Monday evening, May 29, by calling the attendance chair at 301-790-0913. Guests are welcome.

TOPS 449 open house

"Take Off Pounds Sensibly" (TOPS) Md. 449 will hold an open house at the Hagerstown YMCA on Wednesday, May 31, at 11:40 a.m.

Speaker Lynn Little from the Maryland Extension office will present "30 Minutes of Activity for Better Health."

Come out and learn how TOPS can help with valuable support, incentive, advice, understanding and friendship.

Free refreshments will be available and there is no obligation.

For more information, call Marion James at 301-223-8684.

Chicken BBQ

The Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Co., 19307 W. Longmeadow Road in Paramount, will host a chicken BBQ on Saturday, June 3 on the station grounds, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Phone orders or pick up is available. To place an advance order or for more details, call 301-797-5504.

Proceeds from the chicken BBQ will help the Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Co. purchase and maintain the station's equipment - the station's crew greatly appreciates your support!

52 years of singing

Happy birthday to the Mason Dixon Barbershop Chorus, which is celebrating its 52nd year!

As part of the group's anniversary, the chorus will perform a free concert on Sunday, June 4 at 7 p.m. at Williamsport Park.

The chorus, conducted by David Miller, will sing a variety of music that is sure to appeal to all.

All - especially men who like to sing - are invited. Come and see how much fun singing four-part barbershop harmony can be!

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