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July 02, 2008|By JOAN KNODE

Come to the Fourth in Williamsport

Pancake breakfast: Start the Fourth of July in Byron Memorial Park for an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast in the Community Building from 6 to 10 a.m., sponsored by the Williamsport Volunteer Fire Department and EMS.

The menu includes pancakes and syrup, sausage, orange juice and coffee. Also, the WVFD & EMS ice cream trailer will be open all day serving snow cones, ice cream cups, cones and shakes. Enjoy breakfast and snacks while supporting the volunteer Fire and EMS service.

Run for Freedom 5K: The Run for Freedom 5K will be Friday. Registration begins at 7 a.m. in Pavilion No. 3 at Byron Memorial Park/Springfield Farm Museum (off Springfield Lane). The race starts at 8:30 a.m.

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Awards: Top three male and female finishers and top finisher of each age group. New this year will be "Clydesdale Division" for men who weigh more than 190 pounds. Also, first person with a Williamsport address receives a special award.

July 4 in Byron Park: Lunch and snack foods will be available starting at 11 a.m. from the Rehoboth United Methodist Church's Willing Workers Group.

The 4-Star Athletic Gymnastic Club will serve food and drinks, and the Williamsport Rotary will serve frozen drinks and popcorn. 

Entertainment throughout the day includes the 4-Star Gymnastic Club demonstrating their athletic skills.

Starting at 11 a.m. Crossroads Band, Top 40 variety; 1 p.m., the South Mountain String Band, Blue Grass; 3 p.m., the Stoney Creek Band, Blue Grass; 5 p.m., Spectrum, Top 40 variety, 7:45 p.m., the Williamsport Community Band presents "Salute to America." The Honor Guard will be provided by Harpers Ferry veterans; invocation by Pastor Robert Robinson; voice enrichments by Shannon Draper and Barry Harbaugh.  

Celebration of Freedom: Williamsport community residents are invited to participate in a Celebration of Freedom from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Mini Pavilion at the entrance to Byron Memorial Park.

You are encouraged to share your personal stories and images of moments that transformed our country -- the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the day John F. Kennedy was shot, 9/11.

T. Jewell and Co., Photography of Lexington, Va., will be present to photograph you and record your stories to be shared with future generations in a display at the Town Museum. (If you have a picture of yourself from years ago, please bring it along. They will scan it and give it right back to you. They will also include it along with a current photo.) 

Fireworks: Fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m. as the band plays "The Stars and Stripes Forever."

Rain date is July 5.

Chicken barbecue

Downsville Ruritan will hold a chicken barbecue Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. Cost for one-half chicken is $5 or a complete chicken dinner costs $6.50. For your convenience, you can dine in the Ruritan Community Building near the intersection of Downsville Pike (Md. 632) and Spielman Road (Md. 63) or take your meal with you. All proceeds benefit the scholarship fund.

Celebrating Pastor Jim's anniversary

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

New pastor

Williamsport United Methodist Church, 25 E. Church St., welcomes its new pastor, Rev. Susan Boehl, on Sunday at the 9:30 a.m. worship service. A "Meet and Greet" reception will follow the worship service in the Fellowship Hall.

Family hike

A community family evening hike will be Wednesday, July 9, sponsored by Zion Lutheran Church, 35 W. Potomac St. Meet at the church at 6:45 p.m. The group plans to hike on the C&O Canal towpath with a Park Services guide and interpreter. The group will return to the church by 8:30 p.m.

Essay winners

The Williamsport Legion Unit 202 Auxiliary recently held an Ice Cream Social for students in grades four through seven who won the Americanism Essay Contest, "America Home of the Brave, Land that I Love," sponsored by Unit 202. Each winner read their essay. There were three levels of competition. Level I for third and fourth grades; Level II, fifth and sixth grades; and Level III, seventh and eighth grades.

Congratulations to winners - Marissa Harnes, second place, and Jerry Moschel, third place, fourth-graders from Fountain Rock Elementary; Alexis Cline, third place, fifth-grader from Williamsport Elementary; Jennifer Yaraghi, first place and Alexis Keller, second place, fifth-graders from Fountain Rock Elementary; Sonya Goebel, first place, fifth-grader from Fountain Rock Elementary. Unable to attend was Allison Staubs, first place, seventh-grader from Springfield Middle School. Jennifer Yaraghi and Allison Staubs also won on the District level.

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