Around Halfway

April 17, 2008|By JAMIE SHEKELS / 301-331-4885

Hickory supports American soldiers

Brig. Gen. Butch Tate, U.S. Army JAG Corps, presented on behalf of Sgt. Maj. Vicki Kuk an American flag flown over the Al Faw Palace in Baghdad, Iraq, to Cathy Scuffins, principal of Hickory Elementary School, during a recent assembly.

The flag was flown by Sgt. Maj. Kuk, III Corps SJA Office, Fort Hood, Texas, in honor of the students, faculty and staff at Hickory to thank them for their support during her unit's recent 15-month deployment. Gen. Tate visited the school and spoke to the students about patriotism. Gen. Tate also made a stop at Mrs. Crawford's fourth-grade writing class and shared highlights of his career and service.

At the assembly, Gen. Tate thanked faculty, staff and students for making and sending more than 300 holiday cards and letters to his unit when he was in Iraq from 2003 to 2004.


For the last four years, students at Hickory have sent cards to a relative or friend of someone connected to the school who was serving in Iraq, most recently Sgt. Maj. Kuk and her soldiers.

During the program, students viewed a slide show honoring American soldiers serving in Iraq. The assembly concluded with the students singing "God Bless the USA" in honor of all servicemen and women serving in the armed forces. Gen. Tate is the brother of Mrs. McNew, a teacher at Hickory, and the son of Col. (Ret.) and Mrs. Clyde Tate of Hagerstown.

Students honored

During the month of February, students at Hickory Elementary School were recognized for exemplary Character Counts! traits.

The following is a list of those who were honored for top achievements:

Rebecca Weaver, Brijjit Gundy, James Rinehart, Mandi Saum, Katelynn Heavner, Amber Leisinger, Zachary Story, Jacob Danner, Gabriela Scumpieru, Shannon Magnis, Abby Ruby, Jymeisha Castle, Ben Starkey, Kylie Magnis, Scott Morris, Brooke Cline, Danielle Howlett, Brionna Hughes, Amaya Pettner, Kiersten Hewitt, Katana Hawkes, Holden Shirley, Lake Pittman and Kevin Weddle.

Students and families were invited to school for a "pinning" ceremony, which included certificates, pencils and erasers followed by ice cream sundaes and family bingo. Way to go, students. Keep up the good work!

Happy birthday

Happy belated birthday wishes to you! Bill Spangler of Halfway celebrated his special day Saturday, April 12. Bill marked his 61st birthday. Many happy birthday wishes to you, Bill. From your wife, Jean!

Chicken barbecue to be held May 3

The Halfway Lions Club will hold a chicken barbecue Saturday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Old Orchard Shopping Center on the corner of Virginia Avenue and Halfway Boulevard.

Proceeds will benefit Lincolnshire Elementary School for the purchase of new playground equipment.

Museum Ramble set for May 3

A special weekend event is planned at the Jonathan Hager House and in Hagerstown City Park on Saturday, May 3, at 10 a.m. and Sunday, May 4, at 1 p.m.

This event will feature no admission charge to the house along with a fun scavenger hunt for families to complete as they walk through the Hager House. A French and Indian War encampment will be on site with re-enactors in period dress. For more information on the Museum Ramble, log onto

Blood drive, bone marrow screening set

Valley Grace Brethren Church, at 17310 Gay St., Halfway, will host a blood drive and bone marrow screening on Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event is being chaired by Kendra Barnhart with assistance from the Red Cross.

Those wanting to donate must be at least 16 (with parents' consent.) A free bone marrow screening will also be held.

This event is being held in honor of two church members who are battling lymphoma and leukemia. Those wanting to participate should call Kendra or Sherry at 301-432-5626. Donations will be accepted by appointment only.

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