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June 22, 2006|by SUSIE HOFFMAN

Flowers everywhere

Happy Wednesday to all! Wow, have you taken a stroll around town lately? There is an abundance of flowers and growth. Everything is looking lush again after the rain earlier this week. Summer is most certainly my favorite of all seasons. There is a drawback or two, though. The major drawback that comes to mind as I sit here trying to fill my space is the lack of material to write about. With school on summer hiatus, that pretty much limits things. Let's see what I have dug up for you ...

Report cards on the fridge

Tying the school year in a neat and tidy bow, report cards were mailed home last week. Ours hang proudly on the refrigerator ... straight As the whole way around!

Be sure to check in your child's envelope from elementary school as school supply lists came home. If you did not get one, be sure to contact the school so you can get a jump on those purchases.

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I would like to send out congratulations to a few of our scholars at the middle school level for making distinguished honor roll.

What a way to finish out the year! Matt Koebel and Kimberlee Mauck represented Funkstown proud for the seventh grade. Kitty Hoffman, Sarah Hartman, Lauren Marriner and Stephanie Rossiter did the job for the eighth grade. Keep up the great work as you head into high school next year!

Give blood

It's so easy to get wrapped up in our summer fun, that we should be cautious not to let our civic duties slide. On Monday, June 26, the Bloodmobile will be at the Funkstown American Legion from 1 to 7 p.m. Check into helping out by donating.

Bingo, anyone?

Let's not forget bingo! A brief reminder that bingo can be found at the Legion tonight at 7; at the fire company on June 22, at 7 p.m.; and at the Moose on June 26, at 6:30 p.m.

Home improvement topic of library talk

How handy are you? Do you have some home impovement jobs planned for the summer? Or perhaps, just some simple repairs that have been on your to-do list for way too long?

If this is the case, then you won't want to miss the program at Washington County Free Library on July 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. Author and home improvement expert Allegra Bennett will be discussing and demonstrating how to fix a hole in the wall as well as other home improvemnt jobs. There will be a book signing after the discussion, so bring your own or purchase one there. Space is limited, so call 301-739-3250, ext 123 to reserve your space today.

Care packages to be sent to canines, handlers in military

Here is an easy and super worthwhile community service project. Next time you are at the market or one of the area super stores, grab some extra personal care items or dog biscuits and there you go!

The Animal Health Clinic in Funkstown is currently collecting items for our military canine friends and their handlers. Once compiled, the care packages are sent to the different branches of the armed forces, namely, the Air Force, the Army, the Marines, the Navy and the Coast Guard.

The canines and their handlers are instrumental in the detection of explosives, bombs and would-be attackers, as well as searching for lost children and personnel. They have done and continue to do so much for our country, so I think a few treats and personal care items is not too much to ask.

Show you care by checking the list and dropping off something ... please. For our canine friends: dog biscuits, Jerky Plus Rope, rope toys, Kong toys, new tennis balls, dog boots for large dogs, and dog shampoo and conditioner. For their handlers: deoderant, dental floss, lip balm, sun screen, moisterizing eye drops, hand cream, baby powder, nail files and clippers, and power bars.

Food for the soul

"Friends are the family we choose for ourselves."

Susie's to do list

1.) Start looking for some of the school supplies on the list.

2.) Spend more time outside and at the pool.

3.) Deadhead my flowers on the front porch.

4.) Buy some things for the military canines and walk down to the animal health clinic with the kids to donate them.

5.) Have kittens vaccinated.

6.) Call a friend to tell her you miss her ... make plans to have coffee.

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