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August 11, 2008|By ELLEN ROWLAND / 240-217-5051

1953 class reunion

The Hagerstown High School class of 1953 is holding its 55th class reunion at Beaver Creek Country Club Oct. 25.

It's not too late to send your reservations to Jane Davies Blankenship at 1039 View St., Hagerstown, MD 21742.

For information or reservations, call Barbara Stouffer at 301-739-8574 or Doug Stine at 301-991-2944.

On Friday, Oct. 24, an informal get-together will be held at the VFW on East Washington Street, Hagerstown. Friends of the class and other HHS class members are invited to attend. The reunion committee will provide free snacks, and drinks can be purchased for a nominal fee.

To the reunion committee's knowledge, all class members have been contacted, thanks to JoAnn Chaney Swope in Ohio and M.F. Kershner in Florida. Also, the reunion committee and class members are keeping an accurate up-to-date address list.



News from the TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 77 meeting:

This week was another successful weight-loss week. Group members are learning some of the ways to help themselves with weight issues.

The group had two programs geared toward helping with weight issues. Eileen Renwick spoke about "Low-Glycemic Index Foods." Since this is very important for diabetics, the group was interested and came away with a better understanding.

Jean Hart spoke about "Writing in a Journal or Keeping a Food Diary." This subject is important since keeping a journal helps members understand the "yo-yo" effect of eating and losing weight.

Betty Heck, Patsy Martin and Joan Sanders were the top winners in the card collage contest. The members were amazed at the talent in the group. The chapter has other contests to look forward to as well as the picnic in September.

The chapter meets Mondays at First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave. Weigh-in is from 7:30 to 9:20 a.m., exercise is at 8:30 a.m., and the meeting is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. For more information, call Donna at 301-223-8143 or Patsy at 301-582-2292.

St. Maria Goretti

An orientation for parents of St. Maria Goretti High School students will be Tuesday, Aug. 19, in the Gael Center (gym) at 7 p.m. All parents are encouraged to attend this presentation and meet Richard Fairley, the new principal.

Student orientation is mandatory for all students. Orientation for ninth and 10th grades will be Wednesday, Aug. 20, and 11th and 12th grades on Thursday, Aug 21. Go to the Web site for times.

A welcome coffee for parents will be on Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the courtyard. Please join the group for coffee and light refreshments, and meet other new parents.

Also, Goretti is looking for a host family for an international student for a semester this fall or for the full school year. It has five international students coming in and it has placed four of them with local families. It needs to place the last student. The student is Dai-Hyun Kwon, who will be a junior. He is an excellent student, and his teachers' recommendation letters are outstanding.

If you think you would be interested or would know of someone, call Barbara Brower at the school at 301-739-4266 or by e-mail at She would be happy to answer any questions, provide photos and any other information that you might need.

TOPS 446

TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 446 members had an awards meeting Aug. 6 to honor its losing winners.

At Wednesday's meeting, the group plans to set up programs for the coming months.

The group has started a new contest titled "Hot Potato."

The group meets each Wednesday for weigh-in at 8 a.m. with the meeting from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Shiloh United Methodist Church, 19731 Shiloh Church Road, Hagerstown. Wednesday's meeting will be the last with summer meeting hours. On Aug. 20, the group will be meeting for weigh-in at 9 a.m. with the meeting held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

For more information, call Tom or Mary at 301-797-2547 or call Judy at 301-797-2979 or go to the group's Web site at

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