Around Williamsport

September 24, 2008|By JOAN KNODE / 301-223-7229

Blue Band places second at Tournament of Bands

The Williamsport Blue Band placed second in the Tournament of Bands event at Martinsburg High School in Martinsburg, W.Va., on Saturday, Sept. 20.

Decked out in new uniforms, the band scored 75.1 out of a possible 100 points.

The next Tournament of Bands will be Saturday at North Hagerstown High School.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate or through Robert Stike, band director. He can be reached at

Fall cruise-in set for Saturday

A fall cruise-in, sponsored by town employees, will be held at Byron Memorial Park on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m.

Residents are asked to bring canned food items for the local food bank.

A $5 registration will be collected the day of the event. Dash plaques will be given to the first 100 cars. The event will benefit the Williamsport Food Bank and Christmas in the Park. Concessions will be available in the park.


Fall festival to be held Saturday

A fall festival, sponsored by the Downsville Christian Church, will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Barbeque chicken dinners, a variety of homemade soups, bake sale table and country ham sandwiches will be available.

Town photos sought

The Williamsport Rotary Club is looking for 2008 group pictures taken around Williamsport for its 2009 Williamsport town calendar.

Some photo ideas might include groups like the Boy Scouts, youth groups, cyclists, car shows, parades, bands, dance or gymnastic groups, to name a few. Pictures should be high resolution of 5 megapixels or more.

Also send in dates of your clubs, school, museum and other town events for 2009 to be included in the calendar. These listings are free.

New for this year, you can list birthdays and anniversary dates for $2.50 per date.

Call Mike Guessford at 301-223-6330 and leave a message if you have pictures or dates that you want included in the calendar.

Sept. 30 is the deadline for all dates to be included. Calendars will go to print in early October and will be available the first week of November. The cost of each calendar is $7.50, plus $2 postage if you want it mailed. You can also pick them up at Leiters Fine Catering and Castle Liquors.

Mega reunion to be held in 2009

Attention Williamsport High School graduates, if you graduated from WHS before 1991, please mark your calendars for a mega reunion event, scheduled for Sept. 18 and 19 of next year.

On Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, the group will be gathering in downtown Hagerstown; and, on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, the reunion will be at the ARCC at HCC.

All WHS Class secretaries are asked to send names, addresses and e-mails for their class to Linda (Bowman) Ebersole, WHS Class of 1979, 11119 Hopewell Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740 or send it via e-mail to

Harvest Hoedown set for Oct. 4

Harvest Hoedown will be held Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Byron Memorial Park. The Hoedown is sponsored by the Williamsport Ministerium. All canned food items collected and proceeds from the event help the local food bank. Music in the band shell starts at 10 a.m. Come and enjoy great food, homemade bake sale, crafts and collectibles, games and prizes for kids, pumpkin painting, scarecrow making and a silent auction. Please bring canned food items and cash donations for the Williamsport Food Bank. If you would like to donate something for the silent auction, call Diana Church at 301-223-7040.

TOPS 454

The TOPS (Take Pounds Off Sensibly) Chapter 454 members enjoyed a wonderful program by member Wendy, on her weight loss journey, the struggles, and the ups and downs of weight loss. Another member, Carol, led the program this week on the importance of healthy eating, Carol is a KOPS member, she has reached her goal, and looks and feels wonderful.

TOPS 454 meets Tuesdays at Zion Lutheran Church, 35 W. Potomac St., starting at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call Pat Saunders at 301-791-4909 or Lisa at 304-274-2660.

C&O Canal family reunion Oct. 4

Do you have tales that have been passed down through your family about the C&O Canal? If so, you are invited to attend a canal family reunion at the Cushwa Basin along the C&O Canal on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. Since this is a "family reunion," bring a plate of finger-food or a dessert to share with others. A Civil War reenactment will be held at the Cushwa Basin on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4 and 5. Union soldiers will be encamped near the Conococheague Aqueduct and will present demonstrations throughout the weekend. In memory of Capt. Abner Doubleday, the founder of the game of baseball, a Civil War baseball game will be played in River Bottom Park at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4.

Flu clinic to be held at Williamsport High School

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