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Anniversaries

September 07, 2008

The Reeses

Perry and Nancy Reese of Hagerstown were honored on Saturday, June 7, 2008, at a surprise 50th wedding anniversary party in the social hall at Hancock United Methodist Church in Hancock.

The event was hosted by their daughters, Tamara Derr and Teresa Jensen, and their husbands and children, along with other family members and friends.

They renewed their vows with a ceremony officiated by Pastor Duane Jensen.

The Reeses were married on Sunday, June 22, 1958, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Hagerstown.

Mrs. Reese is the former Nancy Jean Cunningham. She retired from First Federal Savings and Loan in 1991 and previously worked for F&M Bank. Mr. Reese retired from Allegeny Power in 1993 with 33 years of service.

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The Longs

Bob and Betty Long of Boonsboro celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Monday, July 28, 2008. The couple were surprised with a dinner party at the Williamsport Banquet Hall. The party was hosted by their daughter, Lana, and her husband, Bill Shawley, with grandsons; and their son, Robert "John" Long II, and his wife, Lana. The event was attended by more than 90 of the couple's family members and friends. A prayer before dinner was given by Bob's sister, Connie Noll.

The Longs were married on July 25, 1958, by the Rev. Earl Redding at Grace United Methodist Church in Hagerstown.

The Jameses

John and Marion (Smith) James of Williamport celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a surprise dinner Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008, at the Clarion Hotel. The event was hosted by their children: Johnna and Marshall Maravelis; Karen and Jim Farrow; David James; Steve and Beth James, Chris James; Paul D. James; Laura Williams; Ann James; Dave Minor; Ali James; Kari Foreman; and Mr. James' brother, Paul K. James.

The Jameses were married on Sept. 6, 1958, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Williamsport by the Rev. Hardesty, now deceased.

Mr. James is a retired plant engineer from W.D. Byron.

Mrs. James was an activities director for Homewood and Ravenwood nursing homes, where she continues to volunteer.

They have eight children, 16 grandchildren and three great grand-children.

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