Around Williamsport

June 25, 2008|By JOAN KNODE

Tribute to founder

A tribute to Williamsport's town founder, Otho Holland Williams, along with a book signing by authors Roger Keller and Steve French will be Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Town Museum, 14 Springfield Lane.

Patriotic music will be provided by Patti Robinson and members of CSA 3rd Arkansas Co. H, Civil War re-enactors. The event will be held in the Town Museum in the historic Springfield Farm Barn. Refreshments and air conditioning will also be available.

Keller, local author, radio personality and historian, will be portray Williams. He will be signing his new release (book on CD), "General Otho Holland Williams, Hero of the American Revolution."


French, Civil War historian author and history teacher at Martinsburg (W.Va.) South Middle School, will be talking about and signing his book "Imboden's Brigade in the Gettysburg Campaign." He has been researching this book for more than 14 years.

Soccer sign-up deadline is Friday

The registration deadline is Friday to sign up for Williamsport Youth Soccer's fall season. You can download the registration form from its Web site at, fill it out, and send along with registration fee to WYS, P.O. Box 532, Williamsport MD 21795. 

Age groups for boys and girls and registration fees are: under 6 years, $35; under 8 years, $35; under 10, 12,14 years, $55.  Players should submit a completed registration form with payment (checks should be made out to Williamsport Youth Soccer) by Friday. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.

For more information, call Gary Robinson at 301-992-7017. Practices start in mid-August and games begin in September. Adult volunteer opportunities include coaching staff, sponsorship, field committee, fundraising, team parent and Web site maintenance.

Celebrating Pastor Jim's anniversary

The Dr. Rev. James E. Swecker, pastor of Rehoboth United Methodist Church in Williamsport will soon be celebrating 20 years with his church family and community. On July 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Byron Memorial Park, a joyous celebration for 'Pastor Jim' is planned.  

During his time with Rehoboth, Pastor Jim has led and empowered his church in many directions that continually meet the needs of people and help lift up the glorious name of Jesus. Membership has grown from 368 in 1988, with average attendance of 121 to the present, which is 659 full members and an average attendance of 450. On Sunday, an 8 and 10:45 a.m. worship service is held along with a 6:30 p.m. service held on Wednesday. Pastor Jim has performed 138 weddings and 383 baptisms. Under his leadership, the folks at Rehoboth continue to grow in the Word of God and spread the good news, hoping to change "the world one heart at a time." 

Pastor Jim returned to school to earn his doctorate of ministry degree on May 12, 2003. He is well known to his congregation, family and community at large, as the "man on the move," always willing and able to reach out to others in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.   If you see Pastor Jim out and about, wish him a happy anniversary or better yet ... come help us celebrate on July 6!

TOPS 454

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 454 recently had its welcome to summer Hawaiian-theme picnic at Byron Memorial Park. A good time was had by all, with low-fat foods, games and prizes part of the fun. The group also welcomed a new member, Sheila.

A new contest starts in July - "Let Freedom Ring, Let the pounds Fall Off." The group hopes the pounds will be falling off and the bells will be ringing!

If you would like to visit or join TOPS Chapter 454, call leader Pat Saunders at 301-791-4909 or Lisa at 304-274-2660. The group meets Tuesdays at Zion Lutheran Church, 35 W. Potomac St. Light exercise starts at 10 a.m., private weigh-ins start at 10:15 a.m. and the meeting starts at 11 a.m.

TOPS has a Web site at or, then click on Maryland/DC.

Family dinner

The Williamsport United Methodist Youth will host a family dinner Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m at 25 E. Church St.

Tickets cost $6 per person and will be sold at the door. Take-outs will be available. The menu includes hot roast beef or turkey sandwiches with mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, beverage and dessert. For more information, call Diana at 301-223-7040.

Strawberry Night

The Medairy Masonic Lodge No. 140 held its annual Strawberry Night at Byron Park on June 9.  Winners of the Masonic scholarship were announced.  Congratulations to winners Stephany Toone from Williamsport High and Alison Moore from Clear Spring High.  Winners of the scholarship raffle were Phyllis Burgess, Donald Tedrick and Charles Stumbaugh.  The lodge wishes to thank all who purchased and sold tickets to help make this year's scholarship drive a success. 

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