Community briefs

February 15, 2008

Faith in Action offers training for volunteers

Faith in Action, a program of REACH Caregivers, will provide training for new volunteers at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at REACH Center, 140 W. Franklin St., Suite 300 in Hagerstown.

This is a one-time, mandatory training session for new or prospective Faith in Action volunteers. Volunteers who attended a Faith in Action training session since January 2007 need not attend this training session.

Seating is limited. Reservations are required prior to the training. Call Kevin Collins at 301-733-2371, ext. 100, or e-mail

Mediation Center is seeking volunteers/

Washington County Community Mediation Center is seeking volunteer mediator applicants, including teens ages 13 and older, for training.

Training is provided free and requires a commitment of completion of the entire 50 hours of basic mediation training.

To participate in the training, volunteers must agree to work at least 75 hours to support WCCMC and its programs. Volunteer hours from students may be applied to student service learning credits toward graduation.


A mandatory orientation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at "Aspiring to Serve Building," 140 W. Franklin St., fourth floor, Commission on Aging conference room in Hagerstown.

Training is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 8, and Sunday, March 30; and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9, Saturday, March 15, Sunday, March 16, and Saturday, March 29.

Washington County Community Mediation Center provides free, confidential and non-biased mediation services for all citizens of Washington County.

For information, call Washington County Community Mediation Center at 301-665-9262 or e-mail

Free trip planned for World War II veterans

The City of Hagerstown will host a guided trip for World War II veterans Thursday, April 10. The trip is free and will take tour-goers to visit the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C.

To be eligible, participants must be both residents of the city of Hagerstown as well as World War II veterans.

Participants will leave at approximately 8 a.m., and breakfast and lunch will be provided. The tour bus is sponsored by Conservit Inc. Those who wish to take part in this day of remembrance must RSVP by calling 301-739-8577, ext. 183.

Home-school program features live sheep

The next "Fridays at the Library" for home-schoolers will be "Sheep & Wool Spinning" on Friday, March 14, in the B/C meeting room at Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown.

Sally Waltz from Waltz Farm in Smithsburg will bring live sheep. She also will demonstrate how to spin wool using a spinning wheel and a drop spindle. Students will receive wool samples to take home.

The elementary-age program will be from 1 to 2 p.m., and the high school-age program from 2 to 3 p.m. Middle school students may attend either session.

The Washington County Free Library hosts a series of free "Fridays at the Library" programs for home-schoolers on the second Friday of every month during the school year. No registration is required. The library strives to make all programs accessible. Call Marsha Fuller at 301-739-3250, ext. 176.

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