Around South Hagerstown

June 27, 2006|by STACI CLIPP


Well, summer is officially upon us - please remember to be safe and have a fantastic time, no matter what you do!

I think I'm finally back into my routine after our vacation but then I thought that last week! Once again, thanks to both my mother-in-law and Ms. Donna for "baby-sitting" for us while we were gone.

We celebrated my grandson's first birthday recently - hard to imagine its been a year already since I was lucky enough to watch him being born. He just gets more precious every day!


Hagerstown Lions Club

June 27th - Installation of officers and directors for 2006-2007 administrative year. Spouses and guests are invited.

A total of 139 pairs of eyeglasses, 335 lenses, six cases and one frame have been collected. Way to go, guys - great job!

Yard sale

St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, 1020 Maryland Ave., will be holding its 9th annual yard sale on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. (No admittance until 7 a.m.). There will be something for everyone! The rain date will be Aug. 12. I will be sure to remind you of this again.

South High 35th reunion

South Hagerstown High School's Class of 1971 will be celebrating its 35-year class reunion on Saturday, July 22, at the Four Points Sheraton on Dual Highway. Reservations for the reunion are now due. If you have not sent in your reservation to attend, please do so! If you have any questions, please contact Vickie (Martin) Layton at 301-791-1486 or Dianne (Kronawetter) Snyder at 301-791-6257.

HAYSL registration

The Hagerstown Area Youth Soccer League (HAYSL) is holding its final fall 2006 registration on Thursday, June 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hagerstown Fairgrounds, out at the pavilion by the soccer fields.

Boys and girls ages 4-18 are eligible to play. There will be girls-only divisions in under-5 through under-15 age groups; coed divisions in U8 through U19; and a Very Important Player division for disabled children.

The cost is $45 per player, payable by cash or check. Scholarships are available.

A copy of the player's birth certificate is required.

For more information, phone Doug Reed at 301-824-2848 or e-mail him at

I just registered my daughter for this last week and it only takes a few minutes!

Calling all mystery fans

On Saturday, July 22, at 10 a.m., Hagerstown BookShare resumes its series of monthly book discussions with its first Saturday morning meeting at Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St. Come and share your favorite "whodunit." If you're a diehard fan of everything from Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum ("Eleven on Top," "12 Sharp") to Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware ("Rage," "Gone"), or if you prefer the cozy mysteries of Diane Mott Davidson ("Dark Tort") and Joanne Fluke ("Cherry Cheesecake Murder"), this is a discussion you won't want to miss! Also featured is a sneak preview of the Sisters-in-Crime Author Reception scheduled for the new Smithsburg Library on Tuesday, Aug. 8.

Please register by Friday, July 21, at the Adult Information Desk or call 301-739-3250, Ext. 123 or 136.

The library strives to make all programs accessible. Please inform the staff of special needs two weeks prior to the program.

Family Arts Festival at museum

Sponsored in part by the Richard N. Funkhouser Foundation, the Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. William E. Giffin, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will be holding the riding the Rails Family Arts Festival at the museum on Saturday, July 8.

This event is free and open to the public. Please come for an exciting day with family and friends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate the opening of the photography exhibition entitled "Arrested Motion: 1950s Railroad Photographs by O. Winston Link."

Washington County enjoys a rich railroading history that deserves to be commemorated. Special speakers, train videos and recordings, adult and children's art activities, food and more will be part of the celebration.

Schedule of events:

10 a.m. - Opening of festival; Video, "Trains That Passed in the Night - O. Winston Link Story."

10 a.m. - Face painting, origami (all day).

10:30 a.m. - Children's story time - train theme (1 hour).

11 a.m. - Special guest speaker, Robert Tracey Sr., co-director, Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum.

11 a.m.-2 p.m. - Balloon sculptor.

Noon - Video, "Trains That Passed in the Night - O. Winston Link Story;"

Noon to 4 p.m. - Adult watercolor workshop, train theme . Offsite location: Hagerstown Railroad Museum, City Park. Instructor: Robert Wantz. Preregistration required, $10 fee.

1 p.m. - Special guest speakers, A.G. Bobby Fouche, retired Western Maryland Railway clerk; Thelma Brewer - retired Western Maryland Railway yard office clerk; John Hamburg, retired Western Maryland Railway yard foreman; Harry Hamby - Retired Western Maryland Railway engineer

1 p.m.-3 p.m. - Children's train art workshop. Instructor: Brandy Merchant-Mills. Preregistration required, $5 fee.

2 p.m. - Special guest speaker, Terry Marshall. Norfolk & Western Railroad Historical Society

3 p.m. - Video, "Trains That Passed in the Night - O. Winston Link Story."

3 p.m. - Children's train art judging.

3:30 p.m. - Children's train art workshop winner's announcement and awards presentation.

Summer Parking Lot Program

Hagerstown Grace Brethren Church, at the corner of First and Spruce streets, will be holding its annual Summer Parking Lot Program for kids from ages 4-13.

There will be lots of fun activities, games, Bible stories, snacks and new friends. There is no cost and all are welcome. It's held on the second and third Wednesdays of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Come and enjoy a great time in the church parking lot.

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