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September 23, 2008|By SUSIE HOFFMAN / 301-790-2413

Welcome fall!

How spectacular has the weather been lately? Nothing short of Norman Rockwell-ish. Days are glorious and evenings are cool and perfect for sleeping.

There is a bounty of football and other fall sports to occupy weekends and the leaves that are sure to start their descent will soon gobble up the remainder of our free time. The windows are open and meals are more pleasurable and heartier. Yes, I do believe that fall might just be my favorite season of all. Now don't quote me on that because after a few months of this I might have to amend my opinion and embrace the next of Mother Nature's chapters in life.

Final barbecue

Closing the chapter on summer is a long-held tradition of barbecues at the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. The final one for this year will be Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m. Sandwiches will include pit beef, barbecue chicken, ham and Italian sausage. Proceeds will benefit the services rendered by the men and women who help keep the community safe. Carry-out is available for sandwiches or full meals.

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Child safety

While we are talking about seasons and passage of time, some of you are still in the season of your life where security blankets and binkies rule. If you have small ones in your house, then chances are they rule your cars, too. There will be a child safety seat check on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hagerstown Honda. The event is hosted by the Friends of Education Club and there will be a certified child safety seat examiner on hand to make certain that your seat is installed and being used in a safe manner. Free hot dogs, drinks, and balloons will be available.

Fall festival

STAR Community Inc. will hold its Barnyard Jamboree on Saturday, Oct. 4 and Sunday, Oct. 5, at 13674 Greencastle Pike in Hagerstown.

The event includes hayrides, corn mazes, wagon rides, petting zoo, tractor barrel rides, silent auction, live music entertainment, equestrian riding demonstrations and tractor exhibits.

Activities kick off Saturday morning with a MIHI Fishing Derby at 9 a.m. The Washington County Antique Tractor Club is co-sponsoring the event, which will also include food vendors, craft and direct sales as well as farm toy sales. On Saturday evening, there will be haunted hayrides and a haunted corn maze. On Sunday morning, a worship and praise service will start at 10 a.m.

For more information, go to www.starcommunityinc.com on the Web.

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