Around Clear Spring

June 03, 2008|By CHERYL WEAVER

Vacation at hand

Well, it's finally here! Summer vacation is so close I can already smell the suntan lotion! What a great time of year, the beginning of summer break! Only a half-day to go!

Essay winners

Recently, Joseph C. Herbert Unit 222 American Legion Auxiliary of Clear Spring honored its essay winners with a dinner and awards. Recipients read their winning essays for family members and the auxiliary.

Winners for the grades 3 and 4 were: first place, Ashley Ardinger; second place, Samy Brandt; third place, Lakyn Elwood. Winners for grades 5 and 6 were: first place, Rayne Fiery; second place, Hannah Brumbaugh; and third place, Ryan Yetter. The winner for grades 7 and 8 was Adam Proctor.


The auxiliary congratulates all of the students who participated in this year's contest and are hoping to have even more participants next year.

St. John's VBS

It is about time for the Community Vacation Bible School at St. John's United Church of Christ to begin! It will be from June 9 to 13, right after school ends.

The theme is Son Harvest with chicks hatching, talking about things grown on the farm, and sharing good times. Children from age 3 to those who finished eighth grade this school year are welcome to attend.

The activities are sponsored by St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, St. Peter's Lutheran Church, and by St. John's.

Call St. John's at 301-842-2500 for more information.

VBS at St. Paul's

The Potomac Charge of the United Methodist Churches will be sponsoring a Vacation Bible School for the community and surrounding areas June 16 to 20 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Paul's UMC, corner of Ernstville Road and Tedrick Drive in Big Pool. The theme is "Power Lab - Discovering Jesus' Miraculous Power!" The final VBS program and picnic will be Sunday, June 22, at the pavilion behind Parkhead Church at 10:30 a.m.

Everyone is welcome! Teens or adults wishing to help may call Gerry Reid at 301-582-2540 or Pastor Scott at 301-842-3212.

Rodeo June 28

The Clear Spring FFA and FFA Alumni will host the "Forever Blue Rodeo" June 28 at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center on Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65). Gates open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Dave Martin Championship Rodeos will be the producer of the event, which will include bull riding, bareback bronc riding, steer wrestling, girls breakaway roping, and a cowgirls barrel race.

Tickets cost $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Children age 5 and under are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the Clear Spring High School agriculture building, Albert's Conococheague Store, Clear Spring Hardware and River City Farm and Pet Supply in Williamsport.

To enter events, call 717-334-7724. The rain date is Sunday, June 29.

Reading Counts

Congratulations to the following students from Clear Spring Elementary School who earned the Grand Award for Reading Counts. Each student has read many books throughout the year to earn the points needed to achieve this award.

On May 27, they attended a luncheon to celebrate their accomplishments.

Grade 1: Seth Chaney, Faith Boyer, Alexys Johnson, Cole Hixon, Olivia Lee, Emily Abe

Grade 2: Danielle Cornwell, Garrett Landman, Jaret Lazich, Morgan Landman, Madlyn McDonough, Meghan Byers

Grade 3: Madison Ammons, Ashley Ardinger, Sean Little, Elizabeth Whitmore, Hannah Delaney

Grade 4: Amanda McPherson, Spencer Schultz, Krystal Benedict, Elizabeth Mott

Grade 5: Brenna Mills

Let's craft together

Come to the Clear Spring Library on Thursday at 6 p.m. Bring a piece you are working on and craft with others. Share good conversation and perhaps learn a few useful crafting tips.

The Buggin' Out:

A summer reading club kickoff party will be Wednesday, June 11, at 3:30 p.m. Join others for stories, a craft, snacks, and more as they celebrate the beginning of Summer Reading Club.

Soccer sign-ups

Sign-ups for children ages 4 through 13 who want to play youth soccer in Clear Spring this fall are now in progress. For information, go to The deadline to apply is July 1. Practices start in mid-August and the season runs through October.

Alumni banquet

The 33rd annual Clear Spring High School Alumni Banquet will be Friday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Clear Spring Fire Co. bingo hall. The cost is $15 per person. Please call Mary Jane or Don Spickler at 301-223-6872 by June 12 for reservations.

CSHS Class of '52

Don't forget the Clear Spring High School graduating class of 1952 is having a get-together at Western Sizzlin Steakhouse on Wednesday at 11 a.m. All graduates and spouses are invited. Anyone who attended school over the years with them is encouraged to attend. Please call Margaret Cornett at 301-842-2869 for information.

Did you know?

Did you know that on Jan. 3, 1935, a meeting was held to organize a fire company for the town of Clear Spring? The first fire hall was rented from 1935 until it was bought in 1938. The fire hall was located were the town hall now stands. It was used as a fire hall until 1948, when it was sold to the town.

Submitted photo

These students read winning essays in American Legion Auxiliary's annual contest: first row, from left, Samy Brandt, Lakyn Elwood and Ashley Ardinger; back row, from left, Rayne Fiery, Hannah Brumbaugh and Ryan Yetter. Adam Proctor was unable to attend the dinner, so Eric Yetter read his essay.

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