Around North Hagerstown

June 30, 2008|By ELLEN ROWLAND / 240-217-5051

Happy Fourth

I hope everyone has a happy and safe Fourth of July. Please remember to bring your pets inside while firework displays are going on. The noise scares them and if they have a chance to get away, they will. They could get hit by a car, confused and might never return home. If possible, have someone stay with them to let them know that everything is OK. 

ABC plans golf outing, seminar

Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., Cumberland Valley Chapter, will hold a golf outing on Friday, July 11, at Black Rock Golf Course.

ABC also will be holding a seminar July 17 on "How to Protect Your Business with Technology." The guest speaker will be Scott Hesse.

For more information, call the ABC office at 301-739-1190.

St. Maria Goretti news

A used uniform sale will be held at St. Maria Goretti High School on July 7 to 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the cafeteria.      



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

St. Maria Goretti's Mid-Maryland Sports Camp still has openings for boys basketball the week of June 30, girls basketball the week of July 7 and boys and girls soccer the week of July 14. Each camp will be held on St. Maria Goretti's campus in Hagerstown. To register, call Cokey Robertson at 301-824-6044.

If you have questions or need more information, call 301-739-4266 or go to 


This week, the TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 77 had many things to discuss. First, the bake sale was a great success. Next, the group gave out 10 journals to its new and old members with the recommendation that it would help them with food control. The members discussed their new awards incentive and the 16-week food drive starting Tuesday.

The program was given by Mary Jo Cunningham and was called "Chair exercise or dancing." The program's ideas will be incorporated into the exercise program.

The indoor yard sale will be Sept. 2 at the church.

The group meets Mondays at First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave.

For more information, call Donna at 301-223-8143 or Pat at 301-582-2292.

TOPS 446

The TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 446 members talked about how fat makes us look fluffy, and muscle takes up less space in our bodies and gives us a leaner look. The members also talked about substituting to make foods lower in fat and calorie content.

On Wednesday, the group plans to talk about "The Storms of Life and Weathering Them."

The group meets each Wednesday at Shiloh United Methodist Church, 19731 Shiloh Church Road, Hagerstown.

For more information, call Tom or Mary at 301-797-2547 or Judy at 301-797-2979 or go to

Cooling scarves for troops

The Washington County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has a project to help servicemen and women stationed overseas. The chapter will match, up to $1,400, donations received from all Lutheran congregations to purchase/make "Cooling Scarves" for the troops. The cost of each scarf is $14. Donations can be made to any Lutheran congregation in Washington County by contacting the Thrivent coordinators at each church, or contacting the Thrivent office in Hagerstown at 240-420-1977. All donations received will be used to purchase the materials for the scarves or the scarves from Soldiers Angels, an organization that is dedicated to helping the troops.

The exterior of the Cooling Scarves are 100 percent cotton, but the magic is in the special "cooling crystals."  These scarves lower body temperature by cooling the neck -- they feel like a cool, damp cloth that lasts for days.  By producing an evaporative cooling sensation, they protect the wearer from the effects of the extreme heat found in the deserts of the Middle East.

· Stays cool two to three days, without refrigeration (must be adjusted periodically to maximize cooling effect)

· Reduces risk of heat stroke

· Reusable

If you would like to help, contact the Thrivent Coordinator at 301-733-8741 or 240-420-1977. Any church denomination is welcome to come help.

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