Around North Hagerstown

June 16, 2008

St. Maria Goretti names principal

Richard Fairley has been named the new principal at St. Maria Goretti High School. He starts the job on July 1.

The school's mission trip to Greensburg, Pa., through the Catholic Heart Work Camp will be June 22 to 28. Please contact the school for more details.

A used uniform sale will be held at the school July 7 to 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A new uniform sale by Flynn O'Hara will be on Tuesday, July 15, from noon to 6 p.m.

The administration, faculty and staff would like to say "congratulations and best wishes" to the members of the Class of 2008 as they begin their new adventures.

Please contact Goretti with any questions at 301-739-4266. Also, go to at on the Web for more information.


The week of June 9 was a good one for TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 77. The group had only a total of 12 pounds gained, and better yet, the group had a net total of 41 pounds lost for the week.


The chapter presented its awards for May and some are as follows:

Thirty-four members had perfect attendance, with two having no gains; they were members Agnes Jackson and Jean Hart. The division winners were Elsie Horst and Jean Hart. The Shining Stars for May were Valerie Eccard and Betty Jones. The May contest winners were Deloris Hays (KOPS) and Trudy Heather (TOPS.) Rosemary Gill won the "Get-R-Done" contest this week with a 6-pound loss.

Elsie Horst will lead the program today. On Saturday, the chapter will hold a bake sale at Sam's Club, starting at 8 a.m.

The chapter meets Mondays at First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown. Call Donna at 301-223-8143 or Patsy at 301-582-2292 for more information.

TOPS 446

The TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 446 members were given information about all the good things about cucumbers and zucchini at its last meeting.

Now that the local growing season has started, the group members need to make sure they have plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits in their eating plans. Thank you, Mary, for sharing with us.

This week's meeting will continue with more information on vegetables and fruits that are now ripening.

The group meets each Wednesday at Shiloh United Methodist Church, 19731 Shiloh Church Road, Hagers-town.

For more information, call Tom or Mary at 301-797-2547 or Judy at 301-797-9279, or go to the group's Web site at

Way to go, Sharon

The Amazing Women group that meets at North Village Curves sends congratulations to Sharon Beck. Sharon decided Jan. 1 that she wanted to be slimmer and trimmer for her daughter's wedding on May 31. She lost a total of 31 pounds and 26 inches. Way to go, Sharon!

Humane Society honors volunteers

The Humane Society of Washington County recently held its fifth annual volunteer appreciation dinner at the American Legion on Northern Avenue in Hagerstown.

Paul Miller, executive director of the animal shelter, opened the evening with a brief history of the program, which formally began in April 2003 with 26 volunteers. During the last 12-month period volunteers completed more than 9,000 hours in such areas as the Pet Food Bank, animal care, customer service, off-site adoptions, special events, administration support and maintenance. There are 167 active volunteers helping at the shelter on a regular basis.

Recognized for their contributions were Bill and Marie Wampler who completed 3,214 hours organizing and supporting the Pet Food Bank and Callista Lohman, who completed 1,053 hours in administrative support and cat care.

All volunteers in attendance received a certificate acknowledging their total number of volunteer hours and a gift item donated to the shelter by the Lenox Distribution Center in Williamsport.

The animal shelter is at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown. Go to on the Web for information on animal- related issues, directions to the shelter and information about the programs and services.

The animal shelter exists to improve the quality of life for all animals. Through education, legislation, action and leadership, it strives to eliminate overpopulation and to foster an environment of respect, responsibility and compassion.

Extreme heat may harm your pets

With the heat index threatening to hit the extreme level this summer, the Humane Society of Washington County wants residents of this and surrounding communities to be prepared.  Be aware and care.  Know the signs of heat stroke and dehydration and keep your pets cool and comfortable.

Avoid dehydration and heat stroke:

· Provide adequate shade and ventilation so your pet can get out of the sun and can stay cool.  Direct exposure to the sun can result in sunburn, heat stroke and dehydration.  If possible, keep them inside in air conditioning.

· Always have cool, clean water available.  Water is a crucial element in keeping the body from dehydrating so always have clean, cool water rapidly available.

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