January 28, 2007

For more than 50 years, it has been a tradition of a local Women's Missionary Society to hold a Christmas Tea at the home of a member. The society no longer exists, but the ladies and girls are continuing the tradition.

There are still three original members, with the oldest being 88 years old. They are Julia Humelsine, Mary Keberly and Josephine Cooper.

For the last 10 years, the tea has been held at the home of Linda (Cooper) Hult in State Line, Pa.

Hult remembers attending the tea as a young girl, along with her mother, Josephine (Clayburn) Cooper. She then continued the tradition with her own daughter, Lisa (Trite) Drust. The tradition now continues with Lisa's two daughters, Madilyn and Malorie Drust.


The January meeting of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 306, was held Jan. 12. Forty-two members and guests attended.

The speaker was Melodie Anderson-Smith, executive director, Renfrew Institute for Cultural and Environmental Studies, Waynesboro, Pa.

Anderson-Smith has been involved with Renfrew for more than 20 years. She showed slides about Renfrew Institute Programs and handed out information regarding the calendar of events and workshops for 2007.

George Washington Masonic Lodge No. 143, F. & A.M., of Chambersburg, Pa., recently donated a 35-foot internal flagpole to be installed next to the statue of the city's founding father, Benjamin Chambers, his son, James Chambers, and his grandson, Benjamin Chambers, at the new Chambers Fort Park adjacent to the confluence of Falling Spring and Conococheague creeks.

Gary L. Heckman Sr., charity committee chairman, stated that his lodge was proud to provide a flagpole in memory of all deceased military veterans who helped defend our nation and make our country great.

The public installation of officers of Friendship Lodge No. 84, A.F. & A.M., was held on Jan. 8 at the Masonic Temple, 54 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Masons (also known as Freemasons) belong to the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world. Today, there are more than two million Freemasons in North America and represent virtually every occupation and profession, yet within the Fraternity, all meet as equals. Masons come from diverse political ideologies, yet meet as friends. Masons come from varied religious beliefs and creeds, yet all believe in one God. First row, from left, are Lloyd A. Chaney, treasurer; Roger P. Douglas, Junior Warden; Lance R. Nigh, Senior Warden; Terry L. Smith, secretary; second row: Robert A. Rauth, Worshipful Master; third row: Marlin R. Barnhart, Junior Deacon; Timothy W. Denton, Senior Steward; James W. Staley, Senior Deacon; William G. Walker, Sr., Junior Steward; and William H. Staley, Tyler.

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