November 13, 2006

TOPS #454 (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) collected canned food during September for the Williamsport Food Bank. The food collection was part of the Bowling for TOPS September Challenge.

TOPS #454 meets at Zion Lutheran Church, 35 W. Potomac St., Williamsport, every Tuesday at 10:45 a.m., with private weigh-ins. TOPS is nonprofit and offers a low-cost program.

For more information, please call leaders Stephanie Tracy at 301-223-6739 or Linda Perry at 301-223-7010.

On Oct. 28, Clopper-Michael Post 10, the American Legion, Department of Maryland, celebrated its 85th anniversary.

Post Commander Howard Patterson opened the meeting, followed by a delicious steak dinner. After dinner, the meeting was turned over to David E. Ambrose, Post Adjutant, who acted as master of ceremonies. Several prominent guests were introduced, including Past National American Legion Commander Clarence Bacon.

Many mementos and photographs of the past were displayed. Twelve pictures of the original 15 charter members were available. The post was charted in 1921 and is the 10th oldest post in Maryland. Currently, the post has 720 members. Its current location at 710 N. Main St. was built in 1987.


The highlight of the evening was the cake-cutting ceremony, with the oldest member, 93-year-old Carroll Hose cutting the cake, assisted by Howard Patterson and Orlyn C. Oestereich, chairman of the Post 10 Board of Directors and currently 3rd Vice Commander of the Department of Maryland.

Oestereich's closing remarks reminded everyone of how rich in history the post is and how well the post has prospered in the past. However, although the past was great, members can no longer depend on it for today's success. Current programs are doing well, membership continues to grow, the post is financially sound, and its relationship with the community is outstanding. For this the members justly proud, he said.

Oestereich closed by saying that he thought the best is yet to come. The future years will be the most successful as long as we all work together for a common cause and pull the wagon in the same direction.

The newly formed post color guard concluded the evening by retiring the colors of our country.

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