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August 13, 2008|By JOAN KNODE / 301-223-7229

Acting out

Dennis and Bonnie Wine's son, Jeff, has been acting in community theater for years and also directing.

He has made three independent movies, one in Winchester, Va., and two in Pennsylvania. The one he made in Harrisburg, Pa., premiered for the public Saturday at the state museum. It is called "NoWhere PA" and he has a supporting role in it.

Jeff has also been an extra in two major motion pictures, "State of Play" with Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck and just recently filmed scenes with Renee Zellweger in "My One and Only Love" in which he is a piano player. It takes place in 1953. Filming for both movies took place in Baltimore and are due out sometime in 2009.

Soccer tryouts

There will be a mandatory meeting Friday at 6:30 p.m. in the WHS cafeteria for the parents of players who are trying out for the high school soccer team from grades nine to 12.

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A parent or guardian must be in attendance with the player. Please bring any forms that you have not turned in to date. The first practice for all varsity candidates will be Saturday from 8:30 to 11 a.m. The second practice that day will be announced.

For those trying out for the jayvee team, the first practice is Monday at 3:45 p.m. For more information, call coach Chris Downs at 301-223-8322.

Cheerleaders

WHS cheerleading tryouts will be Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the WHS gym. Cheerleaders need to bring a completed physical form (forms can be picked up at the school office), signed by a parent or guardian, and a packed lunch. For more information, call the WHS office at 301-766-8423.

TOPS

The TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 454 members would like to welcome two new members to its chapter - Thelma and Bernice.

The chapter is starting a contest - "Can You Lose Those Pounds?" The members will be collecting cans of food for the food bank at Zion Lutheran Church, while losing those unwanted pounds.

The public is invited to join the group on Tuesdays at Zion Lutheran Church, 35 W. Potomac St. Private weigh-ins starts at 10:15 a.m., light exercise begins at 10:45 a.m., and the meeting starts at 11 a.m.

For more information, call Pat Saunders at 301-791-4909, or Lisa at 304-274-2660.

Used book sale

Williamsport Memorial Library will hold its annual donated book sale in the library's lower level from Aug. 21 to 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If you still have books to donate, please bring them to the main check-out desk. Thousands of books, DVDs, audio/video items, hard and paperbacks, local authors including Nora Roberts, will be available for purchase. Prices range from 25 cents to $5. Proceeds from the book sale provide funds for two $500 scholarships and donations to assist in programs, guest speakers, new furniture and other upgrades to improve community service.

Ox roast

The Williamsport Lions Club will hold its annual ox roast on Friday, Aug. 22, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Williamsport Red Men picnic grounds at 16129 Lappans Road.

Roast beef sandwiches, cole slaw, all the corn you can eat and a drink will cost $9.

History note

While Jessica Malott was researching Williamsport's town history online, she came across an article from Jan. 8, 1900, that appeared in The New York Times about a fire at the Springfield Farm House and how Mrs. Emanuel Hoffman dashed into the burning dwelling, after several men had been driven back by the smoke and intense heat, and heroically saved the lives of her three children.

An explosion of an oil lamp caused the fire. More than 100 volunteers were soon on the scene, organizing a bucket brigade working hard to save the house. Visit the museum to read the complete article from the The New York Times.

Town Museum meeting

The Town Museum meeting will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at the Town Museum in the Springfield Farm Barn, lower level. The committee will be planning and talking about the museum expansion project. 

Give blood

Plan now to donate blood on Aug. 23 at Williamsport American Legion Post 202.  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.

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