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October 07, 2008|By KRISTY SMITH

St. James Catholic Church becomes parish of Archdiocese of Baltimore

On Sept. 21, several changes were announced to the congregation of St. James Catholic Church in Boonsboro.

One change was the establishment of St. James as an independent parish of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore.

For all of its 140 years, St. James has been a mission church of either St. Mary's in Hagerstown or St. Augustine in Williamsport. However, now it is independent of both churches, meaning that it has been established to serve all the needs of Catholics in the Boonsboro and South Washington County region.

Secondly, on the same day, the Rev. Steve Hook was appointed pastor of St. James (as well as of St. Augustine in Williamsport). Hook has been the administrator of both churches since July 2006.

St. James recently purchased the property at 121 N. Main St. in Boonsboro for the establishment of its permanent parish offices. This property is next to the church and will be used for offices and meetings.


A master plan for the effective use of the church's properties and to accommodate increased membership is being developed. St. James has continued to grow despite the housing market slowdown, with the number of registered families approaching 300 and the number of parish members at more than 800.With its establishment as a parish and the assignment of a full-time pastor, these numbers are expected to increase. The parishioners and staff of St. James say they are thankful to God for His abundant blessings and look forward to the future of serving God's people in Boonsboro and surrounding areas.

School board candidates to square off at forum

On Thursday at 7 p.m., the Boonsboro Middle School PTSA will host a Washington County Board of Education candidates forum for all interested parents and community residents. The event will be held at Boonsboro Middle School. All eight candidates running for the four vacant seats are expected to participate. Light refreshments will be served.

Homecoming activities are set for this weekend

Don't forget that this week brings homecoming festivities to Boonsboro. The game against Williamsport is on Friday evening, followed by a pancake breakfast, parade, cow pie bingo and homecoming dance on Saturday. The breakfast begins at 7 a.m., the parade is at 11 a.m. and the cow watching gets under way at 1 p.m.

Library hosting rug-hooking expert

Also Saturday, the library is hosting rug-hooking expert Jean Tynan from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. She will present a "History of Rug Hooking" lecture in the Boonsboro Library Community Room. Tynan is a Brunswick, Md., resident who is a teacher, lecturer, author, wool dyer and artisan. She will describe the origin and development of her craft, which she describes as "history underfoot." Her emphasis is in the preservation of old patterns and traditions.

Health forum set at library

On Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 6 to 7 p.m, Linda Potts, from Healing Waters Wellness Clinic in Smithsburg, will be at the library to answer questions about chronic pain, fatigue and/or stress. She will discuss a unique blend of Eastern and Western therapies and the biofeedback health-screening procedure.

Rohrersville Ruritan hosting oyster, ham and turkey supper

Looking ahead to Oct. 18, the Rohrersville Ruritan will host its oyster, ham and turkey supper from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Rohrersville Ruritan School, just off Md. 67, four miles south of Boonsboro. Adults can eat for $14, and it will be $7 for children ages 1 to 6. For more information, call 301-432-8517.

Trinity Lutheran Church youth holding bazaar

The youth of Trinity Lutheran Church will host a seasonal bazaar on Nov. 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church in Boonsboro. The teens are raising funds to attend "Jesus, Justice and Jazz," a national youth gathering and mission to be held in New Orleans the summer of 2009. If you are a crafter or own a direct sales business, you are invited to participate. Tables will be rented for $25 each to area residents. Contact Laurie Metz at or 301-432-7427 to reserve a space.

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