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Community briefs

June 20, 2008

Adoptable pets at shopping center

The Humane Society of Washington County is partnering with Long Meadow Shopping Center at the 19300 block of Leitersburg Pike in Hagerstown, to help animals find homes.

Adoptable pets will be at a store front near the Pennsylvania Dutch Market from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursdays.

The weekly adoptions will be held for the animals from the Humane Society of Washington County. In addition to pets, the HSWC will have retail items and dog licenses available for purchase. The retail items will range in price: the cost of a dog license is $5 for a neutered or spayed dog, $15 for an unaltered dog. Owners must provide written proof of current rabies vaccination.

Visit the humane society's Web site at www.hswcmd.org for information on animal related issues, directions to the shelter in Maugansville and information about programs and services.

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Blood donations are needed

Oppressive summer heat across the area is keeping blood donors away from their scheduled donations, according to officials of the Greater Alleghenies Region of American Red Cross Blood Services. Summer months are traditionally a challenging time for blood collection, noting that in the Greater Alleghenies Region's 100-county service area, blood drives at high schools and colleges contribute 20 percent of its annual donations.

Emergencies and other health issues don't go away when the weather gets hot, and donors are encouraged to keep up their lifesaving efforts at all times of the year. Four blood types - O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative are below a day's supply.

To be eligible to donate blood, individuals must be at least 17 years of age, weigh 110 pounds and be in generally good health. In Maryland and Pennsylvania, 16 year olds may donate blood with parental permission.

Donation appointments may be scheduled at many Red Cross blood drives. To schedule an appointment or to find a blood drive, call 800-448-3543 or go to www.redcrosslife.org.

Juneteenth celebrates freedom

SHARPSBURG - Antietam National Battlefield in cooperation with the National Juneteenth Museum Without Walls will host a special Juneteenth program Sunday, June 22, at Antietam National Battlefield's visitor center. Topics include:

· 11 a.m. - Lincoln and Emmancipation. Edna Greene Medford will discuss President Abraham Lincoln's struggle with the issue of how and when to emancipate the enslaved African-Americans in the south.

· 2:15 p.m. -The Emancipation Proclamation and the Law of War. Burrus M. Carnahan will discuss Lincoln's radical document that treated Confederate slaves as an oppressed people rather than as enemy property.

· 3:15 p.m. -The African American Soldier in the Civil War. Mel Reid, a member of the 54th Massachusetts will look at the role of the black soldier in the war.

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