Around North Hagerstown

February 25, 2008|By ELLEN ROWLAND / 240-217-5051

23 days to spring

FYI - There are 23 days until spring and 10 months from today until Christmas!

American Legion Auxiliary to meet

Morris Frock Auxiliary Unit 42, the American Legion, will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 4, at the post home at 405 Northern Ave., Hagers-town.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. with a light meal served at 6:30 p.m.

Items on the agenda include the upcoming beef potpie dinner on Sunday, March 9, at the post home. Tickets for the dinner will be available at the door for $6 per person. Potpie will be served from noon until all has been served; take-out and a dessert table will be available.

The Legion Family Operation Hail and Farewell and Bingo Bonanza scheduled for Sunday, March 30, also will be discussed. All members are encouraged to attend the meeting and actively participate in the many available programs and committees.


The Chorale choir to perform at church

From Lancaster Bible College comes The Chorale, a 40-voice choir, as well as handbells.

The choir will perform at Paramount Brethren in Christ Church, 19106 Longmeadow Road, on Sunday at 6 p.m.

The choir will be going to Spain this spring for a series of concerts.

St. Maria Goretti news

· Reconciliation service for ninth- and 10-graders will be Wednesday.

· Join fellow alumni for the annual alumni volleyball and basketball games on Friday, March 7, at 6 p.m. An alumni social will follow. Contact Matt Semler at 301-791-5078 if you are interested in playing and/or attending.

· 12th annual Bonanza - Save the date, Saturday, March 8; doors open at 5:30 pm. Get your tickets now. Last ticket drawn wins $1,000. For more details, call Carol Brashears at the school at 301-739-4266.

Hoop players invited to game

Basketball players Kevin Breslin, John Duhring, Mitch Belella, Sarah Spierenburg, Carissa Grove and Erica DiMercurio from St. Maria Goretti and Anthony Lee, Susana Brown and Shuntia Hamilton from North Hagerstown High were recently selected to play in the McDonald's Roundball Classic on Friday, March 21, at Hagerstown Community College.

This event is a senior boys and girls event featuring three games with 90 players from three states with 35 schools represented. Tickets cost $5 in advance and $7 at the door. For advance tickets, contact event director Dave Foltz at 301-331-1270.

The event helps raise money for pediatric congenital heart disease and the Ronald McDonald House. For more information, visit on the Web.

TOPS No. 77

The following is news from the TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) No. 77 weight-loss support group:

On Monday, Feb. 18, Dorothy Smith, one of our KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly), led the program.

She gave some hints on keeping off pounds. She gave a list of six foods to avoid including soft drinks, foods containing Trans fats and high-fat dairy products. This was a very good program.

Linda Lemen, our walking and exercise coach, gave out charms for the months of July to September and October to December. Charms are given every three months for 250 miles walked, either with or without a pedometer, and exercising. Dottie Alexander, Rose Shockey, Judy Purdham, Patsy Price and Mildred Hluchy each received two charms. Linda said she was a little late in getting the awards out this time. Members are encouraged to walk or do some other kind of exercise.

Today, the group will be having its Play Money Auction. This is always a fun time. Members earn "money" by losing weight, keeping an eat sheet, wearing a name tag and various other things.

Everyone is welcome to visit. The group meets Mondays at First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave. Weigh-in is from 7:15 to 9:20 a.m., exercise or line dancing at 8:30 a.m., and the meeting is 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. For more information, call Donna at 301-223-8143 or Patsy at 301-582-2292.

TOPS No. 446

News from TOPS No. 446:

The Wednesday TOPS 446 group was so happy to meet again after having to cancel the meeting the week before due to inclement weather.

The group had five weeks in a row of "no gain" meetings before slipping. The group is picking ourselves up and with helping each other, the group will be back to being "Winning Losers" again.

The group plans to start a series of talks on "intuitive eating," eating when hungry, stopping when comfortable. The group hopes to learn self-acceptance; members should like who they are, not go by what the scales say. Anyone interested in learning with the TOPS group is welcome to attend.

The group meets Wednesdays at Shiloh United Methodist Church, 19731 Shiloh Church Road, Hagerstown. The weigh-in is from 9 to 9:20 a.m. with the meeting from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Call Tom or Mary at 301-797-2547 or Judy at 301-797-9279 for more information or go to the group's Web site at

Spaghetti dinner fundraiser planned

First Christian Church, at 1345 Potomac Ave, Hagerstown, will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser Saturday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The event will be hosted by the youth of the church. Tickets cost $6 for adults and $4 for those 6 to 10. Those ages 5 and younger can eat free.

For further information, call the church at 301-733-0144.

Happy birthday, Patty Grossnickle

Happy birthday to Patty Grossnickle, whose birthday is today.

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