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November 28, 2008|By MADGE MILES / 301-791-7647

Children's choir marks fourth anniversary

On Nov. 9, the Ebenezer AME Church Children and Youth Choir celebrated its fourth anniversary.

Part of the celebration included two selections, "If You're Happy and You Know It" and "We Lift Our Hands in the Sanctuary." They also performed a praise and worship dance.

Afterwards, they celebrated with cake and punch.

The choir members are Brittany Woods, Tiara Thornton, Courtney Harley, Laisha Gross, Shante and Kiana Cotledge, Serena, Gabrielle, Raymond and Jordan Alston and Doretta Williamson, director.

The choir performs the fourth Sunday of the month.

Ebenezer AME invites any youth in the community to join the choir.

The church's senior choir is also accepting adults to sing in the Christmas Eve Cantata, the Sunday school Easter program and other events.


Christmas bazaar set for Dec. 13

The Lucy P. Jones Missionary Society of Ebenezer AME Church will hold a Christmas bazaar Saturday, Dec. 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring Christmas gifts and crafts.

It costs $15 to rent a table.

The Ebenezer AME youth will sell baked goods and there will be many other miscellaneous items for sale. Chili dogs, chips and soda will also be sold.

For more information, call Doretta Williamson, missionary president, at 301-491-8282.

Holiday concert to be held Dec. 13

Haven Lutheran Church, 1035 Haven Road, will hold a holiday concert on Saturday, Dec. 13, starting at 5 p.m.

Seasonal music with the St. James Brass Quintet and the Haven Church Senior Choir will be part of the program.

Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the concert.

The event is free and open to the public.

Memorial Rec to start communty newsletter

Memorial Recreation Center is starting a newsletter which will be written and produced by the youth of the community. They are looking for boys and girls in middle and high school.

Any youth who has skills in writing, reporting, photography, and/or layout or is interested in learning these skills should contact Ladetra Robinson, program director, at 301-790-0203 no later than Dec. 15.

The Rec Center also has additional classes in a multitude of subjects including computer training.

For more information, call Robinson at 301-790-0203.

Black Achievers visit Blacks In Wax Museum

The Hagerstown YMCA Black Achievers recently toured the National Great Blacks In Wax Museum in Baltimore.

The tour guide shared information on how slaves were brought into this country, how they were tortured so they would obey the rules and work very long hours.

Then, the self-guided tour began with a replica of a slave ship and wax figures to depict the horrible conditions they endured, crowded on the bottom of the ship in chains as the ship sailed the ocean.

"I like the wax museum because it was about black history. It showed me how life was for African-Americans from slavery to present day," said Santana Stevens, a seventh-grader.

There were many wax figures for the Achievers to view including a figure of Harriet Tubman, a former slave who helped others to escape; and life-like figures of other famous African-Americans such as Medgar Evers, a civil rights leader; Thurgood Marshall, the first black Supreme Court Justice; as well as doctors such as Benjamin Carson, a neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital who is still practicing medicine.

The tour also included astronauts, actors, inventors and athletes.

"The museum was very interesting. It gave me more knowledge about African-American history and I had fun and would like to go back again one day. It inspired me to look more into our history," said Shyann Davis, an eighth-grader.

Deborah Phillips, who directs the Y's Black Achievers program, said she hopes this field trip will help the teens appreciate their history and inspire them to succeed.

Santa's arrival

Don't miss the opportunity to have your pet's picture taken with the jolly gentleman from the North Pole. Santa will be at Long Meadow Shopping Center on Dec. 8 and 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. for a picture taking session with the area's friendly and well behaved pets. The cost will be $5 per picture. Santa can be found at center court at the shopping center, 1557 Potomac Ave., in Hagerstown.

The proceeds will go to the Humane Society of Washington County.

The animal shelter is at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown. Go to, for information on animal-related issues, directions to the shelter and information about programs and services.


Hopefully you saved the date, if not, mark your calendars for a concert filled with bluegrass music with lively lyrical vocals and memorable harmonies performed by the Blue Cadillac Band on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 3 p.m. at the Central Library, 100 S Potomac St.

The band is comprised of six musicians: Billy Harrison and Terry DiPaula who play guitar and sing lead and harmony vocals while Bill Fudge plays dobro and sings harmony. Tom Murphy plays mandolin, Bernie Poindexter plays banjo and Meredith Persson plays upright bass and sings lead and harmony vocals.

Call 301-739-3250. ext. 136. for a free ticket.

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