Around Smithsburg and Robinwood

September 03, 2008|By DARYLENE MOWEN / 301-331-5683

Pen Mar Park

Four Easy Pieces will be the featured band this Sunday at Pen Mar Park. 

The group, from Chambersburg, Pa., has played at the park for several years. The group plays big band era ballroom dance music. The band will play from 2 to 5 p.m.


The TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 462 of Smithsburg applauded its "losers" and encouraged its "gainers" at its last meeting.

This week's program will be led by Cherie, titled "The Joy of Journaling."

On Oct. 9, Lisa McCoy, a diabetes dietitian with Washington County Health Services, will be the guest speaker at 6 p.m.


The group meets Thursday nights at St. Paul's Church in Smithsburg. Weigh-in is from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and the meeting follows.

For more information, call Ola at 301-824-7650.

Thank you

Anna Woods, a resident at Rosebank Way off Robinwood Drive, would like to thank all of the Washington County teachers and students who sent her thank-you notes for her support of the Newspaper in Education program.

Body and Soul

Body & Soul Fitness is offering exercise classes at Smithsburg Valley Baptist Church at the corner of Md. 64 and Bikle Road.

The classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6 and Saturday mornings at 8.

For more information, contact instructor Deb Youngbar at 240-527-9993 or or Allison Conrey at 301-824-3588 or

Smithsburg High School

The Smithsburg High School PTSA is holding its annual fundraiser with the opening of school.  The group will be selling the Bonus Book as its Fundraiser.  The book costs $30 and provides coupons for area businesses in the area. Books will be available for order through Sept. 15.  The books are good from Sept. 15 to Dec. 31.  For more information, call 301-766-8337. 

Senior site

Smithsburg Senior Site Calendar for this week: 

Today -- "Senior Information and Assistance" with Tom Day, 10 a.m.

Thursday -- Bingo, 10 a.m.

Friday -- Uno, 10 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 8 -- Dominoes, 10 a.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9 -- Van stop at shopping center, 9:30 a.m.; "Vaccines for Adults" with Ita Kavanuagh, 10 a.m.

Smithsburg Middle School

From the Principal's Desk:

"Wow! The summer has passed in the blink of an eye and we have already completed our first two weeks of school. I hope everyone is as excited as I am about the upcoming school year and the progress we made over academic year 2007-08.  We are off to a great start this year; thanks to our WEB Leaders and amazing staff.  Recently, I shared some of our student performance data with staff and students.  We are all very proud of the numerous significant gains the kids have made in the reading/math goals.  As I shared with the students, we definitely have a lot to celebrate.  As always, I am committed to making this year even better and determined to make SMS a model school. In support of that goal, I would like to highlight some important programs:

"1) Pride Friday: we celebrate our pride in our community and school every Friday. Student council develops themes for some weeks, but any purple/gold is counted as school spirit.  Please encourage your child to support their grade, community and school.

"2) Club Card: all students who pass their reading/math benchmarks and all classes will again be provided this opportunity.  Please support our initiatives and stress the importance of all kids to do their "best." At SMS we believe all students can reach this accomplishment with the right supports and effort.

"3) Mentoring: this year all students will be paired with a teacher mentor that will follow them through SMS. The hope is they will reinforce parent goals and host conversations about goal setting, positive decision-making, study habits, etc., Please feel free to contact your child's mentor to develop a partnership for your kid.

"4) Coming soon ... Distinguished Honor Roll lunch area.  Thanks to the efforts of the PTSA, SMS now has an outdoor area with picnic tables for lunch.  It is our hope to promote exemplary performances and open this area on select days for students who strive for achievement. Please encourage your child to work for this great recognition.

"I truly hope all of you had a great summer and are as proud as I am of this past school year. The students have really risen to the challenge and I am eager to show you some specifies on Back to School Night.  Thanks for all of your efforts, high expectations and commitment to your child's success." 

-- Michael Kuhaneck, principal


 This fall, Hagerstown Community College's Center for Continuing Education is offering a variety of certification courses geared toward child-care providers. 

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