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April 29, 2008|By CHERYL WEAVER / 301-842-0087

National Pike Day to be held May 17

Clear Spring FFA and Alumni are sponsoring National Pike Day Celebration on Saturday, May 17, at Clear Spring High School.

The events are as follows:

· 7 to 10:30 a.m. - Antique tractor show registration

· 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Food and bake stand, greenhouse will be open and children's activities will be available

· 11 a.m. - Antique tractor show judging; pedal tractor races

· 11:30 a.m. - Pet dress-up parade, children and adult divisions

· Noon - Wood splitting contest, 16 years old and older

· 12:30 p.m. - Seed spitting contest, children and adult contests

· 1 p.m. - Bail throwing contest, children and adults contests

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· 1:30 p.m. - Corn shelling contest, children and adult divisions.

For more information, call Mary Reid at 301-842-3749.

Raffle to aid family dealing with illness

The Clear Spring Junior and Senior Baseball League are holding a Longaberger raffle to benefit Terri Tucker and family.

All baskets and totes will be filled. The drawing will be May 24. You do not need to be present to win.

Tickets cost $2. If you would like to help the Tucker family with their battle against cancer, call Heather Kees at 301-842-1334 to buy tickets or to make a donation.

Friends of Library plan meeting May 7

The Wednesday, May 7, meeting of the Friends of Washington County Free Library will take place at Leonard P. Snyder Library in Clear Spring.

Angie Garcia, branch manager, will share with those attending how the library serves the community and what programs are offered at the library. The meeting starts at 10:30 a.m. Please enter at the first side door to the meeting room. The library does not open until later. The library is at 12624 Broadfording Road in the Clear Spring School complex.

The group is having their meeting at a branch library to increase awareness in the community of what the organization does for the central library and all of the branches. Periodically, the meetings will take place at various branches.

The group invites all patrons and citizens from the Clear Spring area to attend the meeting.

The group would like to hear ideas on how their group could assist the Leonard P. Snyder Library.

For more information, call 301-739-4179 or 301-582-4519

Alumni game set for June 1

The Clear Spring High School Alumni will hold the Denny Michael Alumni Baseball Game Sunday, June 1, at 4 p.m.

Anyone who played Clear Spring baseball is welcome to participate. There will be a $5 admittance/participation fee. All proceeds will go to the Denny Michael Memorial Scholarship Fund. To sign up to play, call Mark Shives at 301-331-7516, Linda Shirley at 301-842-2183 or Justin Michael at 301-331-5933.

Crafters to meet

Don't forget the crafters meeting at the L.P. Snyder Memorial Library on Thursday at 6 p.m. Bring a piece you are working on and craft with others. You will be able to share good conversation and perhaps learn a few useful crafting tips.

Chicken barbecue

Blair's Valley First Church of God will have a chicken barbecue on Saturday, starting at 4 p.m.

The event will be held at Clopper's Grove in Blair's Valley. The menu will be 1/2 chicken for $8 or 1/4 chicken for $6; baked potato, green beans, applesauce, roll, tea, coffee and dessert. The meals will be served in the fellowship hall.

Did you know?

Did you know that in days of old, stagecoaches frequently traveled the "Old National Road?"

They were brightly painted on the outside and very plush on the inside. They had three seats that comfortably seated nine passengers. They carried passengers, newspapers and mail and they always stopped at Clear Spring.

The baggage was carried on the boot on the stagecoach and was often stolen on dark roads.

In 1832, two trunks were stolen from the boot somewhere between Clear Spring and Licking Creek. One trunk, which belonged to an Arkansas traveler, contained $1,100. The robbers were caught in Winchester, Va.

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