Then it was time for the community to show its admiration and Police Chief Art Smith of the Hagerstown Police Department led it off.
"Police can't do it all by themselves and it's people like Pastor Jackson who instill values and principles and have a commitment to the community " Smith said he felt honored to present Rev. Jackson with a plaque that recognized his 27 years of service to the community and to the church.
He was followed by Washington County Sheriff Doug Mullendore, Hagerstown City Councilwoman Penny Nigh and State Sen. Don Munson who presented Rev. Jackson with certificates of appreciation and a resolution, respectively.
Rev. Jackson said he was surprised by all of the well-wishes and said that you never know how people feel about you until an occasion like this.
National Night Out
National Night Out at Hagerstown's Fairgrounds Park went well and was a testament to the power of prayer as that night's forecast called for hail and thunderstorms.
What started out slow due to the threat of bad weather turned out to be a huge success as approximately 1,000 residents were in attendance once the skies cleared.
Carolyn Brooks, director of C-SAFE, said she received many positive comments about the entertainment and displays. National Night Out was a great family event that was supported by the community and was successful because of the great partnerships and collaborations, she said.
Unlike last year when the temperature was a sweltering 107 degrees, the weather cooperated this year as local youths enjoyed the annual bus trip sponsored by For Our Kids Sake on Aug. 2. This year the group visited Hersheypark, Pa.
And like last year, they were treated with a continental breakfast, compliments of Krumpe's Do-Nut Shop on Maryland Avenue. At the park, the youths and their families not only enjoyed the rides but were also treated to lunch and dinner.
There were a lot volunteers who helped and deserve a "thank you." Ms. Bell doesn't want to forget anyone so she extends a heartfelt thank you to all who contributed time and donations (corporate and individuals) to the event. It could not have happened without the support of the community, she said.
If you are interested in helping with next year's trip, you can get a head start by making donations at any Hagerstown Trust Co. bank branch from now until next year's trip (the funds collected now will be used for next year's bus trip.)
Fountaindale school news
All Fountaindale Elementary School families are invited to Back to School Night on Monday, Aug. 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the school's cafeteria.
Please make plans to attend so you and your children can have the opportunity to meet the teachers and visit the classrooms before school opens on Aug. 20.
The Fountaindale teachers will share important information about the upcoming school year.
Don't forget, this Saturday the staff and volunteers at the Humane Society of Washington County will get sudsy and soapy washing people's dogs for a donation at their annual Dog Wash and "Flealess Market"/Yard Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Residents of Washington County will also have the opportunity to have their dogs, cats and ferrets inoculated against rabies and have their pets microchipped for a discounted price. Washington County Dog licenses will be sold at the event as well.
The Humane Society is at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown. Go to www.hswcmd.org on the Web for information on animal-related issues, directions to the shelter and information about programs and services.
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