Community briefs

October 31, 2008

Antique appraisal event

Washington County Historical Society will sponsor an antique appraisal event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at the American Legion Post on Northern Avenue in Hagerstown.

Appraisers include Ron Pook, Jamie Shearer and John Newcomer who will be available all day to appraise all types of antiques; Jerry Landsman appraising baseball cards from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Tom Newcomer appraising jewelry from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The cost is $10 per item and $25 for three items. All proceeds will benefit the Washington County Historical Society. Food and drink will be sold. Call Washington County Historical Society at 301-797-8782 to reserve a time slot.

Hispanic forum

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -Shepherd University will sponsor a Hispanic forum from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies.


The forum will cover topics in four sessions: Hispanics in the U.S.: Context, Images and Contributions; Immigration Issues: Status, Implications and Strategies; Access to Improved Job Opportunities and Social Services: Key Challenges, Lessons and Strategies; and Working Together for Building Community: Lessons and Strategies (Panel). A Hispanic lunch and cultural program will be at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Center Storer Ballroom.

Registration will be from 8:30 to 9 a.m. For information, call Ricardo Anson at 304-754-6563, e-mail, or; or David Hostetter at

Volunteer training

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -Friends in Action will hold its next volunteer training from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 13, and 20, at the library at Shepherd University in Room 209. For information or to sign up for the training, call 304-876-8500 or e-mail Teresa Warnick at

Friends in Action of the Eastern Panhandle provides support and mentoring for low-income families with children. The group helps parents work through work-related issues and budgets to prevent children from going through the trauma of homelessness.

Shelter seeks donations

REACH is seeking items for its cold weather shelter. Donated items can be dropped between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Drop off can be arranged at other hours by calling ahead. REACH Caregivers is at 140 W. Franklin St., Suite 300, Hagerstown. For a copy of needed items, call 301-733-2371 or e-mail

How to find military records

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg branch of Washington County Free Library will host a workshop on how to find your ancestor's military records from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6. Led by certified genealogist Marsha L. Fuller, online and print resources will be explored for records of U.S. military personnel in wars from the Revolutionary War to World War II.

For information, call 301-824-7722.

Bus to Memorial Illumination

The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is chartering two buses on Saturday, Dec. 6, for the 20th annual Memorial Illumination at Antietam National Battlefield. One hundred tickets will be sold for anyone interested in taking a guided bus tour of the event.

Tickets for the charter buses will be available from the Visitor Welcome Center at 6 N. Potomac St. in downtown Hagerstown starting Monday, Nov. 3.

The cost is $20 for adults and $15 for children younger than 12. On the night of Dec. 6, refreshments will be served at the Welcome Center starting at 5:15 p.m. and the bus will depart promptly at 6 p.m.

In case of inclement weather, refunds will be issued. For information, call 301-791-3246.

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