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December 02, 2006

Pageant contestants sought

The board of directors of the Miss Washington County/Miss Western Maryland Scholarship Foundation invites area women between the ages of 18 (by Sept. 30, 2007) and 24 to compete in its upcoming annual production and competition. Many scholarships and gifts will be awarded. Last year more than $10,000 in cash and in-kind scholarships were awarded with each contestant receiving a scholarship.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007, at Kepler Theater at Hagerstown Community College. Two winners will be selected, Miss Washington County 2007 and Miss Western Maryland 2007. These winners will present the area in the annual Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant Thursday, June 21, to Sunday, June 24, 2007, at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown.

In order to compete for the Miss Wasnington County title, a contestant must have been a resident of Washington County since Aug. 1, 2006. In order to compete for the Miss Western Maryland title, one must live, work or attend school in Garrett, Allegany, Washington or Frederick counties. The four areas of competition are interview, evening wear, physical fitness in swim suit and talent. There is no entrance fee.


All interested contestants will be required to attend an orientation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, at Plaza Hotel, Hagerstown. Parents are welcome to attend. Speaking at the orientation will be Miss Washington County 2006 Carrie Shank and Miss Western Maryland 2006 Autumn Smith.

This competition is part of the Miss America Scholarship Program.

For information and a registration packet, call Sandy Miller at 301-791-5974 or Denise Apple at 304-274-2346 by Sunday, Dec. 31.

Volunteers needed to help with animal shelter program

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. - The Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County is looking for volunteers to help with a new program.

Petco is now open and is housing six cats and kittens from the AWS animal shelter in the Petco cages at its adoption center.

The society is looking for volunteers who can help maintain the cages and care for the cats once in the late afternoon or early evening, one day a week.

The society also is looking for volunteers who would be able to donate a few hours on some Saturdays to help with dog adoptions at Petco. Dogs and puppies will be showcased on Saturdays at Petco with a shelter employee to help with the adoptions. Volunteers are needed to care for the dogs while they are at the store.

The Animal Welfare Society also needs volunteers to work directly at the shelter helping with the daily operation of the shelter. To volunteer in any capacity, stop by the shelter at 23 Poor Farm Road during open hours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; or go to or e-mail or call 304-725-5972.

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