Around South Hagerstown

July 28, 2008|By STACI CLIPP / 240-625-7416


We celebrated a wedding on July 19 -- my daughter and now official son-in- law got married. Though he's always been considered a son-in-law, now that  it's official, I couldn't be happier. It was a beautiful ceremony and I'm sure it will be a wonderful marriage. 

South High to raffle off sax

The South Hagerstown High School Rebel Band Boosters are having a raffle.

Steven Eugene Grove, a 1980 graduate of South High, is a jazz artist who now goes by Euge Groove.

He has donated to the band boosters his Selmer Ref 54 Tenor Saxophone to be raffled. This was the saxophone he used to tour with for three years and make his "Just Feels Right" CD. This saxophone is worth $9,250. Tickets cost $25. All details are available at the band's Web site at

Grace Brethren plans VBS

Grace Brethren Church invites you to the parking lot "Carnival Grace" vacation Bible school Aug. 6, 7 and 8. The activities are free and for children ages 3 to 13 (children 3 to 7 must be accompanied by an adult). Registration on those evenings begins at 6:30 p.m. and activities are from 6:45 to 9 p.m. There will be plenty of games for children, including a moon bounce, barrel train ride and pony rides. Food will also be available. There's also a cake walk for adults.


The church is at the corner of First and Spruce streets in Hagerstown.

'Good Bugs, Bad Bugs' topic of lecture

Washington County Free Library in Hagerstown will hold a program on "Good Bugs, Bad Bugs" on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m.

Insects can be found in almost every corner of the world. Whether you have a fear of or a fascination with them, bugs are a part of our everyday lives. Although they can be real pests - after all, we don't call them bugs for nothing - some bugs are in reality beneficial. The trick is to determine which bugs are "good" bugs, and which bugs are "bad" bugs.

Join Maryland Cooperative Extension Educator Annette Ipsan at the Central Library in Hagerstown and learn which bugs are the good ones and which ones are the bad bugs. Call 301-739-3250, ext. 136, to reserve a seat.

The library strives to make all programs accessible. Please inform the library of special needs two weeks prior to the program.

Lions Club hosts speaker

Tuesday - Harvey Hoch will be the guest speaker at the Hagerstown Lions Club meeting. He will talk about the recycling program in Washington County.

Diabetes support group to meet

The Diabetes Support Group at Potomac Towers will meet Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 1:30 p.m. in the first-floor community room. The topic will be "Diabetes and Your Kidneys." The speaker will be Trish O'Brien-Sparks from Meadow Dialysis Center.

The group is open to individuals who live at Potomac Towers and to anyone in the community. It provides a forum for educating diabetics to help manage their disease and to gain support from other diabetics.

For more information, call Lisa McCoy, Nutrition and Wellness Services for the Washington County Health Department, at 240-313-3300.

Blood drives

The Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold blood drives in August at various locations in the county.

Each donor will be entered in a grand prize drawing for a year's supply of gas, valued at $2,400, or one of five $100 gas cards offered as runner-up prizes.

August blood drives:

Aug. 4 --Boonsboro American Legion, 1 to 7 p.m.; Hagerstown Elks, 1 to 7 p.m.; Hagerstown Donor Center on Conrad Court, noon to 6 p.m.

Aug. 6 -- Hagerstown Donor Center, noon to 6 p.m.

Aug. 11 -- Smithsburg Fire Hall, 1 to 7 p.m.; Hagerstown Donor Center, noon to 6 p.m.

Aug. 12 -- Brook Lane, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Aug. 13 -- Hagerstown Donor Center, noon to 6 p.m.

Aug. 16 -- Church of the Nazarene, Edgewood Drive, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Aug. 18 -- Hagerstown Donor Center, noon to 6 p.m.

Aug. 20 -- Hagerstown Donor Center, noon to 6 p.m.

Aug. 21 -- Hagerstown Community College, student center, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Western Maryland Hospital Center, 1 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Aug. 23 -- Williamsport American Legion, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Aug. 25 -- Funkstown American Legion, 1 to 7 p.m.; Hagerstown Donor Center, noon to 6 p.m.

Aug. 26 -- Clear Spring Community, St. John's Church, 1 to 7 p.m.

Aug. 27 -- Hagerstown Donor Center, noon to 6 p.m.

Aug. 28 -- Hagerstown Board of Education, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Aug. 30 -- Funkstown American Legion, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fundraiser canceled

The inaugural Rockin' Four Paws Bonanza fundraiser to benefit the Humane Society of Washington County scheduled for Aug. 2 has been canceled. 

Ticket purchasers will receive refunds for the price of the tickets. 

"We are disappointed the bonanza will not take place," said Paul Miller, executive director of the shelter.

"We aren't sure why the tickets didn't sell, but it could be because August is a very busy month with back-to-school preparation."  

The shelter hopes to reschedule the event at a later date.

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