August 05, 2007

The Knights of Columbus recently supported Hospice of Washington County Inc. through its annual fundraiser.

David Flynn, organizer of the event, said that approximately $2,000 is raised each year at the dinner/dance. Attendees enjoyed good food, spirits and music. Lou Scally, owner of Sounds Reasonable DJ Services entertained guests and served as master of ceremonies.

This year's event was especially meaningful as the Knights remembered one of their fellow members who had received hospice care through Hospice of Washington County.

For more information about the services available through Hospice, visit on the Web or phone 301-791-6360.

The Freedom Valley Chorus, a part of Sweet Adelines International, was chartered June 28 after singing for audit at the Atlantic Bay-Mountain Region 19 Convention and Competition in Ocean City, Md., April 19-22.


The chorus was formed in September 2004 and has been under the direction of Christine Miller since June 2005.

The chorus rehearses at St. John's United Church of Christ Church, 1181 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg, Pa., on Mondays from 6:45 to 9:30 p.m. Currently at 17 members, the chorus is always looking for new members. Women who love to sing are encouraged to attend rehearsals, which are open to guests. Reading music is not a prerequisite for membership in the chorus. Vocal instruction is given as part of every rehearsal.

Sweet Adelines International is a nonprofit music education association for women organized in 1945 whose goal is to perpetuate the art form of a cappella harmony, barbershop style. Barbershop harmony is a distinctly American musical style, which originated in the late 1800s.

Members come from all walks of life and are all ages. Freedom Valley Chorus members come from Carlisle, New Oxford, Shippensburg, Gettysburg, Waynesboro and Chambersburg, Pa.; Harpers Ferry, W.Va.; and Hagerstown.

For information on singing with Freedom Valley, or having them sing at your event, call 717-709-0179, or e-mail

Club President Ruth South opened the Manor Church Senior Citizens meeting July 11 with "Good morning. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."

South introduced and welcomed members of a sister club, the Boonsboro Senior Citizens. Guests of honor Susan McDonald, executive director of the Washington County Commission on Aging and Kathy Fisher, nutrition services secretary and recreation/wellness coordinator for the commission, were also introduced.

A picnic of fried chicken with all the trimmings followed the blessing by Gerald Haynes. Music was provided by the Rhinelanders German band, directed by Harry D. Wagner.

South explained the "Prayer Shawls" project. The first shawl was presented to club member John Spessard by Katherine Dorsey. The presentation was enhanced by a solo by Naomi Thomas and a prayer by Gerald Haynes. Sara Jane Palmer accompanied on piano.

Door prizes were awarded and a circle of prayer was formed to close another happy day.

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