Around Williamsport

July 09, 2008|By JOAN KNODE


The Fourth of July fireworks have been rescheduled to kick off Williamsport Canal Days on Wednesday, Aug. 20. Mark your calendar for a wonderful evening in Williamsport. The evening starts with a free community picnic, Williamsport Community Band Concert and then the fireworks display.

Family events at Zion

A community family evening hike, sponsored by Zion Lutheran Church, 35 W. Potomac St., will be held tonight. Hikers are asked to meet at the church at 6:45 for a hike on the C&O Canal towpath with a Park Service guide and interpreter. The group will return to the church by 8:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, July 16, Zion Lutheran invites you to share your hobbies, collections and enjoy ice treats and popcorn starting at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall, 35 W. Potomac St.


EMS raffle

The Williamsport Volunteer Fire and EMS raffle drawing for the "Red Super Scooter" (gets 95 miles per gallon) has also been rescheduled and will be held after the fireworks on Aug. 20. Feeling lucky? You can still buy raffle tickets at the firehall.

Class of 1961

The WHS Class of 1961 will celebrate its 65th birthdays on July 19 at the Potomac Fish and Game Club, starting at 5 p.m. with a social hour, dinner, white elephant auction (everyone is asked to bring an item for the auction) and then call the fire department because it is time to light the 65 candles and enjoy birthday cake. The deadline is tomorrow to send in your reservation. For more information, call Connie Weaver at 301-223-8965 or Barbara Burger at 301-223-7177.

Reading packets 

New at our library: Elementary Reading packets are now available at Williamsport Memorial Library. Funding has been provided by the Williamsport Elementary School PTA as a class partnership between Washington County Public Schools and Washington County Free Library systems. 

A note of thanks

Darlene Kirby was diagnosed with nonalcoholic (NASHA) cirrhosis of the liver more than four years ago.  Last year on Nov. 5, she received a call from Johns Hopkins Hospital telling her a healthy liver was waiting for her.

For two weeks, it was touch and go. 

She is now enjoying good health and is so very thankful to so many people --  the family of the organ donor, her husband, David, her mom, Jane Shupp, sisters, mother and father-in-law, Bill and Annie Kirby, her many friends, family and neighbors, her church, Calvary Temple, Pastor Bobby Robinson, Ladies Auxiliary, Rehoboth United Methodist Church, Zion Lutheran Church, St. Paul's Church in Clear Spring, Williamsport Food Bank and all of the Williamsport businesses.

She said she is also thankful for all of the prayers, donations, meals, deeds of kindnesses and the constant knowledge that God was ever present, guiding the doctors and staff, supplying strength for her recovery and every day knowing that his blessings just keep coming. 

TOPS Chapter 454

The TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 454 members are enjoying the start of summer with light exercise and great programs.

Carol presented a program on the importance of eating a healthy breakfast. TOPS weight loss winner for May was Debbie, and TOPS weight loss winner for June was Amanda. Way to go, girls!

Member Lisa was awarded a Shining Star for the month of June. Way to go, Lisa!

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 is at 11 a.m.

For more information about the chapter, call Pat Saunders at 301-791-4909, or Lisa at 304-274-2660. For more information about TOPS, go to on the Web.

'Bone to Be Wild'

The fifth annual "Bone to Be Wild" Dave Alderson Memorial Ride to benefit the Humane Society of Washington County will be held July 20. 

It begins at Harley-Davidson Buell of Williamsport with registration at 10 a.m. The ride gets under way at 11 a.m.  The ride will end at Camp Harding Park in Western Maryland. 

Preregistration costs $20, which includes a custom designed T-shirt from BJ's Custom Creations, picnic lunch catered by Antietam Ironworks, music by The "Spotlight's On You" DJ and raffle prize chances.  The first 100 registered riders receive a specially designed fifth-year ride pin.  On the day of the event, registration costs $25, which includes the ride, lunch, music and raffle prizes. T-shirts will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

The animal shelter is at 13011 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown.  For more information, call 301-733-2060 or go to on the Web for information on animal related issues, directions to the shelter and information about its programs and services. 

Class of 1968

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