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Around Smithsburg and Robinwood

May 21, 2008|By DARYLENE MOWEN

Pen Mar Park

The Pen Mar Park 2008 Summer Concert Series will start Sunday, June 1.

Cascade Elementary

Friday is Field Day at Cascade Elementary School. Adult volunteers are needed.

The final total for Jump Rope for Heart participants raised this year was $2,162.45. Way to go, Cascade students.

The following students have artwork on exhibit at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown's City Park.

Stop by to see these plus any other Washington County Public Schools students' artwork on display until Saturday:

Kindergarten - Fiona Flanagan, Ryan Leon and Journey Smith.

First grade - Amanda Keller and Hunter Wiley.

Second grade - Gavin Garner and Cole Torino.

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Third grade - Isaiah Brown, Shernar Mascoll and Cameron Scott.

Fourth grade - Sophia Cocchiaro, Cyndal Flanagan, Ryan Mann and Conner McCoy.

Fifth grade - Savana Bucklew, Emily Cocchlaro, Sydney Name and Garrett Spinks.

Boys & Girls Club will close at 5:30 p.m. on the last day of school, June 4, which is a 2 1/2-hour early dismissal day for students.

The staff has enjoyed having the children attend the Boys & Girls Club of Cascade this year. Applications for the 2008-09 school year will not be available until the students return in August and will remain on a first-come, first-serve basis.

At this time, the opening date for the club has not been decided so please be sure to have your child taken care of for at least the first week of school.

The staff will let parents know the exact date of when the club will resume when school begins.

Smithsburg Middle students raise money for Nicholson Fund

During the past several months, the Smithsburg Middle School Student Council has sponsored three activities to benefit the Officer Christopher Nicholson Scholarship Fund.

The student council kicked off the fundraiser with an activity night at Smithsburg Middle. While the primary goal of this event was to raise money for the scholarship, student council wanted to provide students with fun and constructive activities.

Students enjoyed basketball, table tennis, foosball, karaoke, chess, checkers and other board games. Student council provided free snacks of pretzels, nachos, popcorn and drinks.

The second fundraiser was a readathon that was scheduled to coincide with National Read Across America Week. Students who participated generated more than $3,200 in donations. The winner of the readathon was Dylan McNabb, who collected $370. Dylan's late grandfather was a police officer so Dylan felt a personal connection. Dylan said, "I wanted to remember Officer Nicholson because he put his life in danger for the people in our town. I wanted to do something to help his family in their efforts to remember him."

The seventh annual Charity Basketball Game was the final activity held for the scholarship fund. Smithsburg teachers faced off against student athletes from the high school. A moment of silence took place prior to the national anthem in remembrance of Officer Nicholson.

The game also included a presentation at halftime to Smithsburg Police Chief Charlie Stanford, from student council representatives.

The Leopard students prevailed and in doing so won the right to display the "Soup Bowl Trophy" at Smithsburg High School in their showcase.

Brad Spickler, president of the student council, had a strong desire to lead the student body in this endeavor. Brad's father is a retired state trooper and he remembers feeling anxious at times when his Dad was working. Spickler said, "Officer Nicholson was well known and respected in Smithsburg. He served the community well and I have missed seeing him directing traffic during afternoon dismissal."

The three-part fundraiser generated a total of $4,650, which was presented to Bradley Sell, executive director of the Community Foundation of Washington County, MD, Inc. The presentation took place April 25 at Smithsburg Middle School. The money will support scholarships to students pursuing a career in law enforcement in memory of Officer Nicholson.

Emily Nystrom and Lynn Izat, advisers of the student council at Smithburg Middle School, would like to thank the student council members for working so hard to make this happen.

Silver Wings to perform June 1

The Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association will host the U.S. Air Force Silver Wings as part of its annual Red, White and Blue Concert Series, on Sunday, June 1, at 4 p.m., in HCC's Alumni Amphitheater.

Silver Wings is a seven-member classic and contemporary country band under the direction of guitarist Master Sgt. Matthew Ascione.

Based in the greater Washington D.C., area, the Silver Wings are regularly featured at the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon and the White House, and have performed all over the United States.

The Silver Wings have also participated in the U.S. Air Force Band's Guest Artist Concert Series, and have performed alongside artists such as Ricky Skaggs, Roy Clark, Jennifer Wilson and Tom Wopat.

This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact HCC Alumni Coordinator Lisa Stewart at 301-790-2800, ext. 346. To learn more about the Silver Wings, go to www.usafband.af.mil.

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