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Around North Hagerstown

July 04, 2006

Rain, rain - stay away!

I hope everyone is drying out from the torrential rainstorms we unfortunately experienced last week!

I was tempted to get our boat, the Transmogrifier, out, start it up and head out and about in it to do my usual errands!

I know we had experienced way too much rain when I overheard the girls talking about loading some of the smaller backyard creatures into the boat a la Noah and company, much to Capt. Joe's chagrin.

Thankfully, the rainwater passed in a timely manner to put that notion out of their very imaginative minds.

Needless to say, we are all very glad that the summer sunshine with its glorious bright heat has since returned from its week away from our lovely town, bringing with it the return of cheerful birdsong - I guess our little feathered friends are happy to be dry again as much as we are!

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TOPS Chapter 77 meets weekly

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.

Mile-Long Yard Sale set for tomorrow

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.

This yard sale is a favorite to all from near and far and I'm sure there will be many unique items available for purchase - just for fun, let me know what you find and I'll list some of the most unusual buys in a future column!

Lioness Club to hear speakers

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 this evening, July 3, by calling the attendance chair at 301-790-0913. Guests are welcome.

Northwood Pool Fourth of July picnic

Northwood Pool will hold its Fourth of July Picnic on Tuesday, July 4, from 1 to 6 p.m. for members and their guests. Please note that members need to RSVP for the event and may do so by completing an RSVP card, which can be obtained from the front office at the pool. Cost is $2 per person, with costs being billed to members' pool accounts. Dinner will be served from 2 to 4 p.m. Each attending family is asked to bring a side dish serving eight people to share. Volunteers are needed to help with the many games planned - a sign-up sheet is on the side of the office near the shuffleboard courts.

Fairgrounds Park fireworks to be held

Celebrate our nation's independence and freedom at Fairgrounds Park on Tuesday, July 4. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. Musical entertainment begins at 6 p.m. courtesy of The Shades, as well as many fun-filled kids activities. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m., with 15,996 shells giving off a dazzling display of color honoring our country's birthday.

Please note, there are to be no personal fireworks or alcoholic beverages. Food and refreshment vendors will be available, so bring a blanket or your lawn chairs and enjoy! The event is presented by the City of Hagerstown.

Author to visit library on Sunday

If your summer includes a home improvement project, or if you are just planning a few small repairs around the house, you won't want to miss author and home improvement expert Allegra Bennett as she demonstrates "How to Fix a Hole in a Wall" and shares other home repair hints on Sunday, July 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown.

A book signing will follow the program. Books will be available to purchase or you may bring your own

Call 301-739-3250, ext 123 or 136 to reserve your space today. Seating is limited so please reserve early. The library strives to make all programs accessible. Please inform them of special needs two weeks prior to the program.

Hurricane Katrina Relief Concert

A Hurricane Katrina Relief Concert will be held at The Maryland Theatre on Friday, July 21, at 7 p.m. with critically acclaimed Christian song-storyteller Mark Schultz. Schultz won his first-ever Dove Award at the 37th annual Gospel Music Awards in April and has 17 previous Gospel Music Association Award nominations.

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