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September 10, 2008|By JOAN KNODE / 301-223-7229

Williamsport plans salute to veterans

Williamsport will host its salute to World War II veterans Saturday with military displays early in the day and the USO Canteen - Dinner, Dance and Show in the evening.

The event will be held in the Town Museum and Springfield Farm Barn, 14 Springfield Lane, starting at 10 a.m. with military displays, equipment, weapons, uniforms, WWII re-enactors and encampments. The Airman's Preservation Society will have flight gear on display. Mayor James McCleaf will be serving fried Spam sandwiches.

At 2 p.m., an Abbott & Costello Tribute Show will be held. At 3:30 p.m., WWII veterans will be recognized and honored under the old Army tent.


Limited tickets are still available for the USO Canteen Dinner, Dance and Show from 6 to 10 p.m. in Springfield Farm Barn. The Ray Birely Big Band will play a variety of dance music. Tickets cost $25 per person or $45 per couple. For more information, call Kim Bowers at 301-223-5002 or Joan Knode at 301-223-7229.

Mega reunion in the works

Attention Williamsport High School graduates: If you graduated from WHS before 1991, mark your calendars for a mega reunion event scheduled for Sept. 18 and 19, 2009.

On Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, the group will be gathering in downtown Hagerstown and on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, the reunion will be at Hagerstown Community College's ARCC.

The next step in the planning process is to gather names, addresses and e-mails for all WHS graduates. Reunion coordinators for each class are requested to send information to Linda (Bowman) Ebersole, WHS class of 1979, 11119 Hopewell Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740; or e-mail (no phone calls, please.)

Stay tuned to this column for additional details.

Golf tournament set for Sept. 27

The Charles "Pete" Jessop Memorial Golf Tournament, sponsored by Zion Lutheran Church, will be held Saturday, Sept. 27 at Greencastle Greens Golf Course.

Pete along with his friends, Maurice Snyder and Dave Hanna, revitalized Zion's Golf Classic.

The price of $54 includes green fees, cart, prizes, breakfast at the course, buffet after the round and range usage. A first place revolving trophy sponsored by Pete's family will be awarded to the winning team.

This will be a best ball event with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 8:20 a.m. and the awards/buffet will start at 2 p.m. A putting "free for all" will take place just prior to the start.

Raffles will be held throughout the event with proceeds going to Zion's Pennies from Heaven fund. Prize donations would be appreciated. Make checks payable to Zion Lutheran Church, and mail them to 35 W. Potomac St., Williamsport MD 21795. The deadline to register is Sept. 20. For more information, call Dave Hanna at 301-223-6422.

Class of 1957

The WHS class of 1957 will hold its 51st reunion on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Byron Memorial Park Pavilion 1. For more information, call Larry Horchner at 301-223-9280.

Class of 1958

The WHS class of 1958 will hold its 50th reunion on Oct. 4 at the Hagerstown Elks Club. Reservation forms have been mailed to class members. The committee has been unable to locate the address for classmate Rose Banzhoff Carrie. For further information, call 301-223-6378.

Library lectures

Williamsport Memorial Library will host a fall lecture series. All lectures are free to the public, start at 7 p.m. and are held in the lower level of the library.


o Sept. 15 - Roger Keller, local author and historian, talks about town founder and hero of the American Revolution, Gen. Otho Holland Williams.

o Oct. 20 - Kershner Wyatt, local researcher and photographer, presents "The River Schools, School Houses of Washington County."

o Nov. 17 - Steve French, Civil War author and historian, lectures about "General Imboden the Retreat from Gettysburg Battles at Williamsport."

Youth wrestling

The Williamsport Wrestling Club will hold registration Oct. 14, 15 and 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the WHS gymnasium hallway. Registration costs $30, which includes training and uniform. There are divisions for wrestlers between 5 and 13. Wrestling practice is held at Springfield Middle School for ages 5 to 9 and at WHS for ages 10 to 13.

For more information, call Earl Crawford, at 301-223-9488 or 301-491-0567.

Reaching for the Moon

Reaching for the Moon at Milestone Farm will be Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the home of Don and Jone Bowman, 10702 Hopewell Road. The fundraiser will feature an hors d'oeuvres buffet catered by the Rhubarb House, wine donated by the Airport Inn, soft blues music by Carl Disque and Phophets of the Abstract Truth, celebrity servers and shining stars. Tickets cost $50 per person, advanced sales only. Proceeds benefit Breast Cancer Awareness - Cumberland Valley.

Tag Day 

The WHS Blue Band will hold its annual Tag Day Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Band members will be going door-to-door to collect donations as part this annual band fundraiser.

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