Around Halfway

May 29, 2008|By JAMIE SHEKELS

Yard sale June 7

Please note a correction to a date listed in last week's column: The Lakeside Mobile Home Community will be hosting its annual Yard and Bake Sale on Saturday, June 7, at 8 a.m. The rain date is Saturday, June 14. For questions about this event, please call 301-582-2360.

No pre-K Friday

Parents of Washington County students in Pre-Kindergarten classes be sure to note classes will not be held Friday.

Happy birthday!

Ryan Boward of Halfway will be celebrating his special day Saturday. He will turn 13 years old. Mom, Dad and Cody wish you a very Happy 13th birthday, Ryan, and hope you have a great year. We love you very much!

Character Counts!

Hickory Elementary School recognized the following Character Counts! recipients for May:

Shawn White, Harley Swisher, Jackie Johnson, Brandon Keplinger, James Willis, Rebekkah Russo, Jeremy Benda, Mariah Davis, Marcus Patterson, Corveyon King, Aly Cosiem, Jordan Gardner, Logan White, Tristen Danner, Camiren Jordan, Darius Thompson, John Hull, Nate Anderson, Austin Sikes, Jakob Lane, Megan Cline, Ethan Miller, McKenzie Burkett, Ethan Short, Katlyn Knipple, Madison Heuer, Jackson Carrazco, Miranda Rutherford, Seth Potts, Malayia Brady, Leanne Jones and Kaiden Echeverry.


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, on a job well done!

Baby sitter camp

Looking for some summer employment students? Get some help in first aid techniques and helpful hints on how to care for and stay safe in a baby-sitting situation. Two Baby Sitter Boot Camps are being offered: June 10 through June 13 and June 17 through June 20, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Students ages 11 to 15 are invited to attend. The cost is $125 (financial aid is available).

Students will learn how to perform infant and child CPR, perform standard first aid, supervise children and infants, perform basic child-care skills such as diapering and feeding, choose safe, age-appropriate games and toys, identify safety hazards and prevent injuries, care for common injuries and emergencies such as choking, burns, cuts and bee stings, communicate effectively with parents, find and interview for baby-sitting jobs.

Those interested in attending may contact the Red Cross at 301-739-0717 to receive an application.

Railroad Heritage

The Railroad Museum in City Park on Virginia Avenue will be hosting its annual Railroad Heritage Days on Saturday, June 7, and Sunday, June 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Railroad Museum. For more details, please log on to

City Park music

Join in the fun and entertainment of live musical performances at the City Park band shell on Sunday, June 8. The Hagerstown Municipal Band is set to perform beginning at 7:30 p.m. For more details, phone 301-739-8577, ext. 169, or visit

A poem for Mom

A poem to share in honor of a treasured mother and grandmother, Ruth Marie Brown, who passed away three years ago on June 4:


by Tammy Marie Denue

I always took for granted, what I thought I'd never lose.

Because I never thought it would happen,

until I heard the dreaded news.

They say you were chosen for his garden,

His preciously hand picked bouquet.

"God really needed her, That's why

she couldn't stay."

Saying goodbye is never easy,

It's the hardest thing to do.

But what hurts me even more

Is not the chance to say it to you.

So today, Jesus, as you are listening

in your home above;

Would you go and find our Mom,

And give her all of our love!

Love and miss you each and every day, Mom, from Pam, Buzzy, Cindy, Debbie, Randy, Jeff and Tammy.

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