Around Jonathan Street

November 07, 2008|By MADGE MILES / 301-791-7647

Black Achievers take trip to D.C.

The Hagerstown YMCA Black Achievers recently visited Washington, D.C., and toured the Capitol Building where Congress meets.

The youths learned the Capitol is where presidents are inaugurated and deliver the annual State of the Union message.

The Teen Achievers said they were in awe of the beautiful ceilings with historic images and paintings which represent great events in our nation's history, such as the Civil War. In addition, they saw tributes to George Washington, our first president, and to the Rev. Martin Luther King, civil rights leader.

The tour guide took them through the Rotunda, which is the heart of the Capitol and is 180 feet high. She explained how state funerals, beginning with Abraham Lincoln, have been held there and that Rosa Parks, mother of the civil rights movement, was the first African-American to be honored with a public viewing upon her death.

The group also visited the large chambers where the House of Representatives meet and learned there are 435 members and that each state is entitled to at least one representative and that the states are assigned a number based on their population.


It was and opportunity to view the sites in the Nation's Capital as well as having an opportunity to learn more about the country's rich history.

Choir anniversary

On Sunday, the Ebenezer AME's Children and Youth Choir will celebrate its fourth anniversary at the morning worship service. A get-together is planned after the service. The church is at 40 Bethel St. in Hagerstown.

Memorial service

It's almost time to celebrate Thanksgiving and Ebenezer AME will hold its annual memorial service on Sunday, Nov. 23. The service will offer a time for reflection with a pictorial/musical DVD presentation of loved ones who have passed away.

If you would like to include your loved ones in this presentation, call Bob Burnett at 301-733-1199 by Sunday.

Stop smoking classes

The Washington County Health Department's Stop Smoking For Life classes will begin Nov. 10, and will meet twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays for eight sessions. You may choose morning or evening classes, 11 a.m. to noon or 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call 240-420-1796.

Great American Smoke Out

The Washington County Health Department will sponsor its annual Great American Smoke Out on Nov. 20.

As in the past, they will have pledge cards at several sites and this year the Memorial Recreation Center will be a pledge contact for the event. For more information, call 301-790-0203 or 240-420-1796.

Men's Day Choir

The Ebenezer AME Men's Day Choir blessed the congregation with a zealous concert of praises on Oct. 19 during the morning worship services.

Chairman Robert Petties presided over the 11 a.m. service where the guest speaker, the Rev. Goodwin Douglas, presiding elder of the Capitol District of the 2nd District of the AME Church, delivered the sermon,

The co-chairman, Stanley J. Brown Sr., presided over the 4 p.m. service with the Rev. Joe Fowlkes of Shiloh Baptist Church, Winchester, Va., as the guest speaker.

Book club

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there won't be a book club meeting in November. However, the book club will meet in December. That's right, you can plan for your Thanksgiving dinner and still have time to finish "Brothers and Sisters" by Bebe Moore Campbell for discussion on Dec. 7.

Contact Ladetra Robinson via e-mail at for more information.

Grand Sunday Brunch

The American Cancer Society, Washington County, will hold its annual Grand Sunday Brunch at Next Dimensions Restaurant Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

They will honor their "Road to Recovery" volunteers who give of their time to transport cancer patients to and from treatment.

As in the past, Lou Scally will be the master of ceremonies. Music will be provided by Panache Entertainment. There will be face painting by Mary Jane Koontz for the children and magicians Hugh McVeagh, Dean Burkitt and Jim Greer will entertain.

Tickets are available at Next Dimensions, 132 Old National Pike.

Author to discuss, sign book

Author Stephen Budiansky will be at Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. to discuss his latest book, "The Bloody Shirt." A book signing will follow the discussion. Call 301-739-3250, ext. 136. for your free ticket.


Let's continue to keep the community in and around Jonathan Street informed. Call me at 301-791-7647 between 8 a.m and 2 p.m.; e-mail; or mail the information to Madge Miles, P.O. Box 439, c/o The Herald-Mail Co., 100 Summit Ave., Hagers-town, MD 21740.

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