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June 12, 2008|By JOAN KNODE

Congratulations and wow!

Stephanie Bloom, a 2005 Williamsport High School graduate, graduated from Salem International University. She doubled up on classes and graduated one year early. She received a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in international business degree. Stephanie leaves Thursday for a five-week study abroad, titled "Business and Politics in the European Union."

She will be starting in London, then to Paris, Brussels, Strasbourg, Frankfurt, Prague and Berlin.

Stephanie is the daughter of Steven and Pamela Bloom.


Everyone is invited to "Breakfree" with the youth band Sunday Obsession, sponsored by the Youth of Calvary Temple. The free event will be held in the band shell at Byron Memorial Park tonight starting with a free picnic at 6 and program at 7.

End-of-school get-together

An end-of-school family gathering will be tonight at Zion Lutheran Church, 35 W. Potomac St. from 6:30 to 8:30.

Harvest Hoedown meeting

The Harvest Hoedown Meeting will be Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the social room at Zion Lutheran Church, 35 W. Potomac St. If you have ideas you would like to share and time you would like to volunteer, please plan to attend.


BBQ chicken

Downsville Christian Church, at 8641 Downsville Pike, is cooking its Downsville original recipe barbecue chicken on Saturday.

The barbecue starts at 11 a.m. Dinners cost $6.50; half chickens cost $5. Also for sale will be ham sandwiches for $2.75

Sophisti'Cats say farewell

Williamsport High School said farewell to its graduating Sophisti'Cats on May 31 at the WHS Salute to Seniors, Show Choir Show.

Opening the evening was the show-stopper, "Show People" from "Curtains." The choir delighted its audience with four Broadway medleys, including "The Jersey Boys," "Big River," "Mary Poppins, the Musical," and "Sweeney Todd."

The highlight of the evening, however, were the senior members. Throughout the show, the seniors were featured in special presentations. The show opened with the senior members singing "One Day More" from "Les Miserables." Each graduating Sophisti'Cat selected and performed a senior solo.

Marquis Clever sang "Jesus and Gravity," made popular by Dolly Parton. Dann Hayes presented "This is the Moment," from "Jekyll and Hyde." Kari Smith sang a Stevie Nicks classic, "Landslide."

The haunting Paul Simon classic, "Bridge Over Troubled Water," was next performed by Zac Burger.

After intermission, Brett Rowland shared the beautiful "Hallelujah," from the movie "Shrek." Senior soloist Julie Cook chose Billy Joel's "River Of Dreams" for her performance selection and Ed Schubel closed out the senior solos with a medley of standards including "Unforgettable," "A Time for Us" and "My Way."

The Sophisti'Cats also presented their graduation selections which included "In Whatever Time We Have." from "Children of Eden," "The Song of Purple Summer," from "Spring Awakenings," "My Wish" and "I Will Always Love You."

The evening brought parents and friends to tears with the annual "A Year to Remember" video presentation.

Arsenal and Galaxy

Williamsport Youth Soccer coaches Todd Bowman and Jeremy Knode want to thank the Arsenal team -- Jacob Ball, Patrick Hudson, Mason Kreps, Grant Adams, Ryan Bowman, Evan Bowman, Tristan Artz, Trevor Knode, Kyle Rowe, Alex Nichols and Michael Werder.

In addition, U-12 team coaches Pat Kubula and Jeremy Knode thank the Galaxy team -- Madison Knode, Savannah Holder, Samantha Raidt, Hannah Hamsher, Rachael Stauder, Abby Shank, Kaitlyn Harsh, Paige Groves, Annalise Stine, Sarah Kubula, Allie Hott and Lakya Mills for a great spring soccer season.

Youth soccer camp

The second annual Williamsport Youth Soccer Camp presented by CAR-REY -- the Pro Soccer Academy for ages U-6 through U-12 -- will be June 23 to 27, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Springfield Middle School.

The camp costs $100. Registration includes pro soccer skill instruction, a CAR-REY/PUMA T-shirt, soccer ball and drinks. The registration form is available and can be downloaded at or or by calling 301-582-1471 or by e-mail at

Downsville VBS

Downsville Christian Church, 8641 Downsville Pike, will hold a Vacation Bible School, God's Big Backyard, from June 22 to 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 301-223-7208. You can preregister at

Rehoboth VBS

Vacation Bible School "Power Lab - Discovering Jesus' Miraculous Power " will be June 23 to 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rehoboth United Methodist Church, 30 E. Salisbury St. The VBS is sponsored by Zion Lutheran, Williamsport and Rehoboth United Methodist churches. Classes are for 3-year-olds to eighth-graders; high school students will have a mission-oriented week. For more information, call Diahann Bryan at 301-223-4217.

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