Around Smithsburg and Robinwood

June 18, 2008|By DARYLENE MOWEN / 301-331-5683

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday to my nephew, Terry Thurber, from fiancee Jackie, father Jay and Rose, Granny Vanetta, Aunt Darylene, Uncle Bob, Cousin Christopher, Shelley, Zachery, Dylan; all of us at Jay's Transfer and your extended family and friends!

Pen Mar Park

Sundays are swinging at Pen Mar Park despite the 1,400 foot altitude, the air is warm enough for the dancers in the pavilion to work up a good sweat as they kick and swirl to big band tunes. 

Thousands of big-band era ballroom dance music lovers flock to the scenic park in the northeast corner of Washington County to listen to the sounds that have kept Pen Mar's main pavilion swinging since the 1930s. 


Once a mountaintop resort and amusement park, Pen Mar Park closed after World War II when many families began traveling to oceanfront resorts.

The county's Recreation and Parks Department, which reopened the park in 1977, has since partnered with the American Federation of Musicians Local 770 to sponsor the free summer concert series.  

Donations are welcomed to help with the expenses of the concerts.  The summer concert series runs rain or shine. 

Accordion player Cheryl Chatelaine will be featured Sunday at Pen Mar Park as the summer concert series continues. This local favorite has performed at the park for many years. From Cheryl's first appearance at the park, Local 770 has been continuously requested to "bring her back."

For a real musical treat, come out to Pen Mar Park and enjoy the music of Chatelaine from 2 to 5 p.m.

Motorcycle rally

On Sunday, Smithsburg Valley Baptist Church will host a motorcycle rally and ride. The Christian Motorcyclists Association will present its ministries starting at 11 a.m. There will be a lunch that follows the service and a motorcycle ride after that. All are welcome.


The Smithsburg Community Volunteer Fire Co. Carnival will run from June 23 to 28 from 6 to 11 p.m.

Monday, June 23 - Karaoke contest

Tuesday, June 24 - The Incredible Driftin' Whistle Pigs

Wednesday, June 25 - Bob Plunkert

Thursday, June 26 - Sticktime

Friday, June 27 - Rhett Troxell

Saturday, June 28 - Sister Mary Elephant

Show times are 7 and 10 p.m.

Fireworks will be held Friday at 9:30 p.m.


Welty Church of the Brethren, 13465 Greensburg Road, Smithsburg, is holding a Power Lab Vacation Bible School June 23 to 27 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m.

Classes will be for prekindergarten through adults. The event will include Bible study, crafts, games and snacks. You may register by calling the church office at 301-824-3941 or just come to the Bible school.

Senior site

Smithsburg Senior Site calendar for this week:

Today, Movie Part I -- 10 a.m.

Thursday, June 19 -- Bingo, 10 a.m.

Friday, June 20 -- Movie Part II, 10 a.m.

Monday, June 23 --- Trivial Pursuit, 10 a.m.

Tuesday, June 24 -- Van stop at shopping center, 9:30 a.m.; bingo, 10 a.m.


Smithsburg Middle School

With our children home for the summer, attention to the following is very important. 

From the ICARE Team:  Inhalants By Shae, July 2005. 

One of the most dangerous substances abused by children and teens can be easily found underneath your kitchen sink or on a shelf in your pantry.  These toxic substances are collectively referred to as inhalants-breathable chemical fumes that create mind-altering effects. 

Many people are unaware that household items such as spray paints, nail polish remover, hair spray, glues, and cleaning fluids present any risk of abuse because their intoxicating effects are so totally unconnected to their intended uses.  Yet, young children and adolescents are among those most likely to abuse them, and do seek them out for this purpose.

National surveys indicate that inhalant abuse is particularly prevalent among our nation's young people.  Some teens abuse inhalants as a substitute for alcohol because they can be obtained easily.  Data suggests that inhalant abuse reaches its peak at some point during the seventh through ninth grades.  According to Monitoring the Future, eighth-graders regularly report the highest rates of abuse.  In fact, MTF data for 2004 showed a significant increase in lifetime inhalant use among eighth-graders.

Inhalants are dangerous.  The nation's emergency departments in 2002 reported almost 1,500 mentions of inhalant abuse by patients.  Regular abuse of inhalants can cause serious damage to major organs including the brain, liver, heart, kidneys and lungs.  However, even a single session of repeated inhalations can lead to cardiac arrest and death by altering normal heart rhythms or by preventing enough oxygen from entering the lungs, causing suffocation.

Early identification and intervention are the best ways to stop inhalant abuse before it causes serious health consequences.  Parents should be alert to the following signs of a serious inhalant abuse problem:

· Inattentiveness, lack of coordination, irritability, and depression.

· Drunk or disoriented appearance.

· Paint or other stains on face, hands, or clothes.

· Chemical odors on breath or clothing.

· Slurred speech.

· Hidden empty spray paint or solvent containers and chemical-soaked rags or clothing.

· Nausea or loss of appetite.

If you are worried about your child, intervene.  You could be saving their life.

If you think your child needs help, or you would like to help prevent this from happening to your child, call Parent Help today at 1-800-688-8706. 



Call 301-331-5683, Fax 301-582-3047, or e-mail  Thanks for this week's input.

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