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Around North Hagerstown

June 20, 2006

Congrats, dads and grads

I hope all the dads and granddads out there had a wonderful and relaxing Father's Day weekend!

I'd also like to congratulate all our area high school and college graduates who are now officially done with school for the summer at least - congratulations and best wishes as you begin the next exciting stages of your lives!

Summer arrives on Wednesday

This Wednesday, June 21, is the official beginning of the summer season - time to get started on jam making and visiting the local farm markets for their wonderful seasonal treasures to enjoy!

I'm a bit late getting started on my strawberry jam making this season, but will try to at least get the same amount done this year as I had last year - a whopping 50 pints! Keep your fingers crossed that I reach my goal!

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We're really enjoying the summer, although it could be a tad bit warmer! The girls, regardless of the temperature (they must have some polar bear blood in them somewhere!) are enjoying loads of swimming, playing volleyball and shuffleboard, and picnicking at Northwood, as well as taking a few jaunts to the bay on the ever-faithful Transmogrifier. We hope to try our hands at crabbing a few times this summer - and bring back enough of the tasty critters to make some really good crab cake dinners!

I hope you and your family enjoy the wonders and treats the summer season has to offer!

Missing a cane?

A walking cane was recently found at Pangborn Park last week by a friend of mine - if you lost a cane at Pangborn Park, call the number above with your description and I can connect you with the lady who has it in safe-keeping.

TOPS Chapter 77 meets Mondays

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 77 meets every Monday at First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave. Weigh-in is set for 7:30 a.m., exercise at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. There is a planned program every week and all visitors are welcome to attend. For information, call 301-791-4909, 301-739-6267 or 1-717-597-8747.

NHHS Alumni Association Forming

The North Hagerstown High School Alumni Association is being formed. Members are hard at work and additional members are welcome. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 21, at 6 p.m. at Port City Java in the Long Meadow Shopping Center. Anyone interested is invited to attend.

Yard and food sale to be held at Church

Grace United Methodist Church, on the corner of Church and Winter streets, will hold a yard and food sale on Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the church's fellowship hall. There will be lots of great food that's available either eat-in or carry-out, as well as items of all types for sale.

VBS planned at St. Paul's Lutheran

St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Funkstown will hold its "Gospel Express" vacation bible school Sunday, June 25 through Thursday, June 29, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. all days. A family picnic with trolley rides culminates the week-long activities on Friday, June 30. The event is for children in preschool through sixth grade. Events planned include Rail Rider for Box Car Bible Stories, Clickety-Clack Cinema and Snacks, train games, caboose crafts, train tunes and "tracks" full of fun! For more information or to register, call 301-791-1738.

Scout swim night to be held June 30

Boy Scout Troop 88 invites all area Scouts and their friends and families to come out and share in an evening of fun and fellowship at Northside Pool in Waynesboro, Pa., on Friday, June 30, from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $3 per person. Northside Pool is at the intersection of Brown and Garfield streets. This event is sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 88. For more details, call 1-717-749-5343 or e-mail bsa-troop88@comcast.net.

Mile-Long Yard Sale set for Fourth of July

It's that time again, yard sale lovers: the 27th annual Mile Long Yard Sale will be held Tuesday, July 4, beginning at 7 a.m. in the areas of Paradise Drive, Woodhaven, Sharon Drive, Longridge, Paradise Church Drive and Longmeadow Road. You will find all kinds of items for sale, including household goods, children's items, clothing, tools and more!

For details, contact event coordinator Dick Strobl at 301-797-1129. The event will be held rain or shine.

Lioness Clubto meet July 6

The Hagerstown Lioness Club will meet Thursday, July 6, in the Grand Venice Hotel Ballroom, 431 Dual Highway. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Guest speakers will be Marie Byers, interim director and president, Board of Directors of Discovery Station in Hagerstown, Inc. and Leslie Hobbs, board member and grant manager, also of Discovery Station. Their topic will be the Discovery Station at Hagerstown.

All guest reservations and all cancellations must be made no later than Monday evening, July 3, by calling the attendance chair at 301-790-0913. Guests are welcome.

Hurricane Katrina Relief Concert to be held July 21

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