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Around Smithsburg and Robinwood

July 24, 2006|by DARLENE FORD

London Fog reunion

The Boonsboro London Fog Reunion is getting closer. If you have been holding back, not sure whether you could attend or not, that is fine, but at least contact us. We will share your information with those attending. Update your address, phone number, etc. by contacting any of the following: Cheryl Heimbuch at 301-797-9082, Wanda Boyer at 301-797-9815, Delores Myers at 301-293-2860, Shelva Lohman at 301-432-6269, Connie Milburn at 301-432-7001 or Debbie Martz at 301-432-5564.

Church yard sale

St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, 1020 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown, is holding its ninth annual yard sale Aug. 5 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be something for everyone. Make plans to come out for this exciting event! There will be no food available.

VBS at Trinity

Trinity Lutheran Church in Smithsburg will be having its Vacation Bible School from July 31 through Aug. 4 at the church at 16 N. Main St., beginning with a meal for volunteers and participants at 5:30 p.m. and classes from 6:15 to 8:15 each evening for children ages 4 through sixth grade. The theme is Fiesta: Where Kids are Fired up About Jesus. To register, call Pam Staley at 301-766-4746 or the church office at 301-824-7460.

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Smithsburg Senior Site plans activities

Calendar for next week:

Monday, July 24 - Exercise, 9:30 a.m. UNO or dominoes, 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, July 25 - Van stop at shopping center, 9:30 a.m. Bingo, 10 a.m.

Wednesday, July 26 - "Blueberries - The Bold and the Blue" and exercise with Helen House at 10:15 a.m.

Thursday, July 27 - Bingo, 10 a.m. Birthday luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Birthday wishes go to Emma Johnson this week. Let her know you wish her a happy birthday.

Friday, July 28 - Exercise, 9:30 a.m. Bean Bag Toss, 10:30 a.m.

The center is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Phone 301-824-2183 for more information.

Old Forge Elementary

As a special reward for students and our staff for working hard and doing their best on the Maryland State Assessment (MSA) and the CAT testing, students in grades 2-5 went to the Hagerstown Suns baseball game on May 10. The weather was great and the kids had a blast!

In conjunction with Baseball is Education field trip for grades 2-5, kindergarten and grade 1 had their own special day. Kindergarten had a special pizza party, and grade 1 tie-dyed T-shirts. A great time was had by all!

Pen Mar Park

Pen Mar Park was a real delight last week with Jim Powers. His whole performance was wonderful. If you missed it, it was certainly one of his finest. Unfortunately, I could not stay until the final act but from what I have heard, it was superb. We will have to wait of course, until next year, to see if he can top it but how I would not know. It was wonderful and so exciting.

The little cars driven by little boys grown tall, what fun they had driving through the crowd and around the stage. The Cadillac limousine was absolutely elite! Fay was her typical self, floating from one to other with her contagious smile. She certainly is an asset to her husband, Jim! What a team they make! The ending show with the dancing ladies was a real treat!

This week at Pen Mar, the featured group will be Spectrum. This featured band has been performing throughout the four-state area for over 25 years. Each year Spectrum pleases the patrons at Pen Mar Park with their variety of music, including your requests. Each member of Spectrum is a consummate musician with the talent and versatility to make this day special at Pen Mar Park.

Smithsburg Middle

During the school year, students were introduced to two databases. These can be used in order to keep current on topics or interest. These databases contain online encyclopedias, access to newspaper and magazine articles, copies of primary documents and, in the case of SIRS, a list of selected Web sites.

Students are encouraged to continue to use these databases during the summer months, for not only their informational needs but for their personal enjoyment as well. These online databases will not expire until the end of August, when, hopefully, they will be renewed.

A great way of keeping students in the learning mode would be to encourage them to research the importance of upcoming vacation spots, read more on a topic highlighted in the news or investigate the background of an upcoming event, using InfoTAC or SIRS. In fact, its recommended that parents ask their middle-school children to give a demonstration on how these databases work. Then they, too, can benefit from these fine sources of information.

Here are the addresses, customer ID numbers and passwords to these two great resources.

InfoTAC http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/smit93063

Password: student

SIRS http://sks.sirs.com/

Customer ID:wctys31

Password: smitm

Comedy at HCC

The Robinwood Players summer theater workshop students at Hagerstown Community College will perform Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning musical comedy "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" on Friday, Aug. 4, and Saturday, Aug. 5, at 8 p.m. in HCC's Kepler Theater.

The musical, taken from the book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, combines the plots from Roman playwright Plautus' comedies "Miles Gloriosus" and "Pseudolus." Don't miss the fun and excitement as Roman slave, Pseudolus, stops at nothing to gain his freedom, two young lovers try to unite despite a huge "obstacle," and one befuddled old man searches for his lost children. Tickets are $7 and are available in advance at the HCC Bookstore or at the door the evening of the event. For information, call 301-790-2800, ext. 271.

Noteworthy

Call 301-393-4848, fax 301-582-3047, or e-mail a href="mailto: DAFordnews@aol.com">DAFordnews@aol.com

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