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Around West Hagerstown

August 17, 2006|by JUDI DOMINGUEZ

New date and place

The Kris Kringle Craft and Gift Show is moving back to The Clarion Hotel & Conference Center at 901 Dual Highway. It's not too late to mark your calendars for this great event taking place on Saturday, Nov. 18, and Sunday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is free. Raffle tickets will be sold for beautiful keepsakes, with the proceeds going to charity. For vendor information, call 301-582-1233.

Scouting ready to start up again

Crew 3 at Noland Village will resume Boy Scouts in the fall. If you are interested in hiking, camping or basketball, please watch for dates or call 301-739-1211. All boys in first grade through age 18 can participate. Parents are an important part of Scouting and parental involvement is always appreciated. So become part of your community and get involved in Boy Scouts.

Winter Street Elementary Alumni

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Great news - an Alumni Association has been formed for Winter Street Elementary School. A luncheon meeting will be held Aug. 22 at 11:30 a.m. at Burhans Station, 301 S. Burhans Blvd. Interested persons wishing more information may contact the founder of the association, Bill Knode, at 301-733-3638.

Celebrate Downtown Hagerstown!

You are invited to "Celebrate Downtown Hagerstown!" this Thursday, Aug. 17 The day includes an extended Market in the Square Event from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Vendors will showcase a variety of items for sale in Public Square with the Thursday Noon Plaza party held in University Plaza featuring entertainment by Danny Sullivan.

The activities continue into the evening with entertainment by Ledbetter Heights at University Plaza from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., sponsored by 43 South. Attendees are encouraged to visit one of the many favorite downtown restaurants for dinner between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

The first large-screen movie at University Plaza, "Dreamer," starring Dakota Fanning and Kurt Russell, begins at 8:30 p.m. Popcorn and beverages will be available to purchase. Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs with a height of no more than nine inches off the ground or blankets. The event is sponsored by the City of Hagerstown's Neighborhoods 1st program, Community Affairs and Economic Development departments, and the Washington County Arts Council. Admission is free for all events.

My neighbor

I have a neighbor I enjoy watching as she tends her flowers and vegetables on the other side of the alleyway between our homes. She stays as busy as a bee and I do mean that literally. She has beautiful flowers surrounding her home and a tomato and cucumber patch that grew to great lengths, or should I say height. We joke as she prepared to go between the rows of veggies that she could get lost in there, as she wraps her clothing cover-up around her and charges in like a cape survivor, the plants well above her head.

Recently I had not seen her for a few days and my mind couldn't help but wonder if she had indeed gotten lost in the vegetation. Her husband did not seem stressed so I thought she must be all right. Sure enough, she had been visiting relatives. Gosh, what a relief when she appeared and handed me a nice cucumber.

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