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August 24, 2006|by JUDI DOMINGUEZ

Great yard sale Saturday at church

Christ's Reformed Church, 130 West Franklin St., will be holding a yard sale Saturday, Aug. 26, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

In addition to many yard sale items, there will be the many items church members have made and will sell at a craft table.

The members also will have a baked goods table to satisfy your sweet tooth, and reasonably priced food and drinks for your lunch.

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Proceeds from the sale will benefit the new Aspiring to Serve kitchen fund.

Author to discuss novel at library

Author Bob O'Connor will be at the Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., in Hagerstown on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m. to discuss his debut novel, "The Perfect Steel Trap: Harpers Ferry 1859."

This historical novel offers an account of the John Brown insurrection through the eyes of two soldiers, taking readers through the preparations, the raid, the trials, execution and aftermath of this historic event.

A book-signing will follow the discussion. O'Connor will have books available for purchase or you may bring your own for autographing.

O'Connor lives in Charles Town, WVa., which is close to most of the sites in this book. He is a longtime journalist and photographer.

His next historical novel follows one of the characters of this book through the Civil War.

The library strives to make all programs accessible.

At least two weeks before any program, telephone the library to advise its staff of any of special needs. Please call 301-739-3250, ext. 136, for information.

Calling all Winter Street school alumni

A Winter Street Elementary School Alumni Association has been formed with two purposes in mind - to give assistance with the needs of the students as well as the teachers, and to hold discussions concerning memories and pictures former students may provide.

Most of the current members attended the school during the late 1930s and 40s. However, anyone who attended Winter Street School is most welcome to join.

Bill Knode originated this worthwhile idea in order to provide assistance to the students and staff, especially for fundraising which, in turn, will help with their extra needs. Way to go, Mr. Knode!

The group held a Teachers' Appreciation Tea on May 23 in honor of an outstanding school year.

Please contact Mr. Knode at 301-733-3638 if you might be interested in becoming a member of this alumni group.

A 'mess' of humor

Two of my children were born here in Hagerstown and one in Chattanooga, Tenn., but all were primarily raised in New Mexico starting at a young age.

Things are different in all areas of our country and it takes getting used to the ways and means in different states. Of course, in doing so, a lot of the home-style ways are put on a back burner for the newer ways.

My children were not around family so they adopted family members and learned a lot of the ways that went along with the adoption.

Last weekend, I fixed fresh green beans with corn off the cob, potatoes and bacon. The grandkids helped to snap the beans, which was a lot of fun for them, even the 3-year-old enjoyed throwing the bean away with the ends.

A friend of ours stopped by my daughter's later in the week and asked how she liked the mess of green beans I had fixed.

My daughter looked at him strange and a bit bewildered and said quite matter of factly, 'My mom didn't make a mess when she fixed them!'

By the way, my daughter is 35 years old.

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