Around Smithsburg and Robinwood

February 13, 2008|By DARYLENE MOWEN / 301-331-5683

Happy Valentine's

Valentine's Day is a special day for your friends and family.

Make sure you have something sweet to say or do. In our world today, it emphasizes friendship and/or love.

I want to send a special greeting to my husband, Bob. I love you. To my son, Christopher, Shelley, Zachery, Dylan, Mother, Jay, Rose, Terry, Jackie, and Carrie, Happy Valentine's Day. Also, to my friends and extended family.

Baseball signups for Little Sluggers

Smithsburg Little Sluggers, which is sanctioned through Cal Ripken Baseball, is holding registration for the upcoming season.

Children 4 to 18 are eligible to play in the league. Registration will be held every Saturday in February from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Smithsburg Fire Hall.

It also will be held on Friday, Feb. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Smithsburg Fire Hall.

For more information contact Roger Kuehl at or call the league office at 301-824-6370.


Valley Little League to hold signups

Valley Little League's preregistration will be held Thursday and Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bethel United Methodist Church, 21002 Twin Springs Drive, Chewsville. Bring birth certificate and three proofs of residency. Cost is $45.

Senior site

Smithsburg Senior Site Calendar for this week:

Today - "Be Kind To Your Heart" and Exercise with Helen House, 10:15 a.m.

Thursday - Bingo, 10 a.m.

Friday - Uno or Dominoes, 10 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 18 - Closed for Presidents Day.

Tuesday, Feb. 19 - Project Linus; making blankets for children in hospitals with Megan Larrimore, 9:30 a.m.

Smithsburg Middle School

Donned in aprons and Santa hats and equipped with arm towels and order pads, Mr. Kuhaneck and Mr. Rouse served as waiters to the S.T.A.R.S. luncheon held on Monday, Dec. 3.

A word of advice from the students, "Don't quit your day jobs!"

The preliminary competition of the Geography Bee was held recently.

Ten students advanced to the final competition held on Jan. 3rd. They include: seventh grade: Erin Cooley; eighth grade: Corey Bryce, Shane Fritts, Stefan Johannson, Sam Keyser, Abdul Latif, Katilyn Rea, Emily Seifarth, Ashley Spinks and Kylie Stoup.

The school has nine students who have already completed the reading challenge. Congratulations to Lauren Davis, Heather Kraus and Azka Tariq who recently completed the challenge.Reading is fundamental; that's why we continue to encourage students to read 25 books and reward those who do.

TOPS 462 has new location, time

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 462, meets at a new location and time.

The weight-loss support group meets Thursdays at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 51 S. Main St., Smithsburg.

Weigh-in is from 5:30 to 6 p.m. The meeting is from 6 to 7 p.m. For more information, call Dale Higgins at 301-416-0518 or Ola McPherson at 301-824-7650.

HCC to offer course in estimating

Hagerstown Community College is offering an introductory course in light construction estimating for building and remodeling contractors.

The course will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 6 to 9 p.m., from March 3 through April 16 on the HCC campus.

The course will be taught by trades instructor Ray Harbaugh, who teaches manual and computer methods of estimating with a focus on customizing the process to the student's particular trade/business requirements. Practical exercises will be provided with hands-on estimating, that reinforce each step of the estimating process. Print reading and basic computer skills are suggested, but are not required.

The course costs $349, with a material fee of $65 which includes the textbook. To register or learn more, call HCC at 301-790-2800, ext. 236.

HCC to offer classes at Fort Ritchie

Hagerstown Community College will offer classes at Fort Ritchie in Cascade, beginning March 17.

The classes are open to the public and include courses for college credit, as well as continuing education classes.

Credit classes include English Composition on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 3:45 p.m., Personal Health on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:15 p.m., Intro to Information Technology on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 8:45 p.m., and General Psychology on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8:45 p.m.

Continuing education classes include senior adult computer classes, hands-on Excel seminars, genealogy classes, and mortgage brokerage classes. Credit and noncredit classes will be offered each spring, summer and fall semesters. HCC plans to offer future courses based on community demand.

For more information, log on to or contact Emily Hollins at 301-739-8858 or

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