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October 28, 2008|By SUSIE HOFFMAN / 301-790-2413

Eerie sights



Beware ... the sightings have started. Ghosts and ghouls ... monsters too frightening to imagine ... throw in a presidential candidate or two ... sprinkled with more than a handful of princesses and you have it. No, I wasn't talking about the upcoming election, I was referring to Halloween.

Trick or treat



Trick-or-treat time is here and I would like to remind parents to keep a close eye on their children. Trick or treat only in well-lit areas and please be cautious of traffic. If you wish to participate in handing out treats, please turn on your front porch lights.

I invite all to come over and hang out for a bit and watch as the children of our town parade down the main street on Thursday. The parade begins at 6 p.m. and town children are reminded to line up beginning at 5:30 p.m. behind town hall. The parade is short and sweet, and absolutely adorable.

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Immediately following the parade, all Funkstown children are invited to attend the costume contest at the Funkstown American Legion. A very special thank you goes out to the ladies of the Legion for hosting the event.

Snow, ice removal



I might be a tad premature, but better to get this out there now than to wait until after the fact. According to a Funkstown town ordinance, snow and ice shall be removed from all sidewalks in the town on the same day of the cessation of any fall of snow, sleet or freezing rain, or within the first 10 hours of daylight after the cessation of any such fall, whichever period is longer. Got it? Pretty basic; get your sidewalks cleared as soon as possible.

Baby-sitting seminar



Before you know it, it will be time to start holiday shopping. Finding a sitter for the kids for a few hours is not as easy as you would think. If you have a child between the ages of 11 and 15 that would like to start earning some money for the holidays and thinks baby-sitting is the way to do it, he or she needs to check out the baby-sitter training course offered by the American Red Cross.

On Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., teens are encouraged to come learn the information and skills necessary to provide safe and responsible care for children in the absence of their parents. Registration is required and a bagged lunch should be brought. Contact the American Red Cross today at 301-739-0717 to sign up.

Cards for the troops



With the holidays approaching, we should not forget those who serve overseas in the military so we can enjoy the freedoms we do. The Susquehanna Banks of Washington County have agreed to team up with the South Hagerstown High School PTA for a program called Christmas Cards for the Troops.

Christmas cards will be collected until Dec. 12 at all branches and the main office. With a goal of 10,000 cards, your help is needed. This is such a small act of kindness; there is certainly no excuse not to do this very encouraging thing.

o Have a most blessed and productive week. Happy Halloween!

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