Around Smithsburg and Robinwood

June 25, 2008|By DARYLENE MOWEN

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday greetings to my beloved husband, Bob!

The years seem to be flying by so fast since you have come into my life. I wish that we could just stop time and enjoy our moments together longer. Birthday wishes are sent your way from your wife, Darylene, stepson, Christopher, Shelley, Zachery, Dylan, mother-in-law, Vanetta, brother-in-law, Jay, Rose, Terry, and Jackie, and mother, Carrie. We hope you enjoy your day very much and the year ahead!

Music Makers Band to perform at Pen Mar

The Music Makers Band will be the featured entertainment Sunday at Pen Mar Park as the summer concert series continues. Local 770 introduced this band last year for the first time at the park.

The group closed last year's season with its orchestra. This year, its 10-piece band will perform instead of its big orchestra. The band will play big band-era ballroom dance music from 2 to 5 p.m. Plan to come out and enjoy the music and day at Pen Mar Park.


Smithsburg carnival continues

The Smithsburg Community Volunteer Fire Co. Carnival continues today through Saturday from 6 to 11 p.m.

Today - Bob Plunkert

Thursday - Sticktime

Friday - Rhett Troxell

Saturday - Sister Mary Elephant

Show times are at 7 and 10 p.m. There will be fireworks Friday, starting at 9:30 p.m.

Smithsburg Middle School honors STARS

Congratulations to the following students who received academic recognition at the STARS ceremony:

Grade 6 - Attlya Latif, language arts; Jacqueline Ewing, social studies; Ryan Karroll, science; Jenny Fritts, math; Randi Leydig, physical education; Usman Qadri, general music; Kylee Sherbert, instrumental music; Chelsea Massie, related arts; Shelby Stotelmyer, overall.

Grade 7 - Shelby Diehl, language arts; Katlyn Yano, social studies; Conner Ezaguirre, science; Crystal Keller, math; Cara Ferguson, physical education; Savanah Smith, chorus; Ashleigh Baxter, instrumental music; Caitlyn Wilson, related arts; Allison Reed, overall.

Grade 8 - Lauren Johnson, language arts; Jalana Francis, social studies; Zachery Jaouni, science; Brock Helston, math; Dylan McNabb, physical education; Corey Bryce, general music; Peter Snyder, instrumental music; Ryker Jernigan, related arts; Sarah Morales, overall.

HCC offers College for Kids

Hagerstown Community College's College for Kids summer enrichment program is offering a new class titled, "Ahoy Matties! It's A Pirate's Life for Me!" for children entering grades two and three in the fall.

Children will learn about the adventures and lives of historical pirates and will also build a model pirate ship and learn about sea navigation, as well as create a compass and design a "Jolly Roger" flag.

The class is offered daily from July 7 through July 11, from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., on HCC's main campus. The course will be team-taught by College for Kids instructors Jeanette Wagner and Stacy Kauffman. Cost is $144. To learn more or to register, call 301-790-2800, ext. 236 or go to

HCC course to study George Washington

Another course, "George Washington in the French and Indian War, 1753-1758," will focus on Washington's personal and physical traits, and will also chronicle his life throughout the revolutionary war. Topics include Washington's diplomatic journey to the French in 1753, The Fort Necessity campaign of 1754, the myths and realities of his roles in General Braddock's 1755 campaign, his efforts as commander of Virginia's frontier defense from 1755-1758, and his role in the Forbes campaign of 1758.

The course is offered on Wednesdays from July 9 through July 23 and will be taught by HCC instructor Roger Swartz. Swartz is the owner of R.G. Swartz & Associates, a consulting firm that specializes in providing historical services, products and workshops to educational institutions and historical organizations.

Study 'The 1862 Maryland Campaign' at HCC

The course, "The 1862 Maryland Campaign," will closely examine how the Maryland campaign had a direct impact on the final outcome of the American Civil War. Topics include Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, as well as the routes taken by both the northern and southern armies and the long-term implications of the war's outcome.

The course is offered on Wednesdays from July 9 through July 30 and will be taught by HCC Instructor Jeff Driscoll. Driscoll is an independent tour guide and lecturer who specializes in Civil War and World War II history, and teaches a variety of courses at the college.        

HCC classes available at Fort Ritchie

HCC began offering classes at Fort Ritchie in Cascade in March. All classes are open to the public and include courses for college credit, as well as continuing education classes. Credit and noncredit classes will be offered each spring, summer and fall semesters. HCC plans to offer future courses based on community need.

To learn more about these courses or to register, call 301-790-2800, ext. 236. For more information about HCC's Fort Ritchie campus, go to or contact Emily Hollins at 301-739-8858 or


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

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