Around Jonathan Street

December 05, 2008|By MADGE MILES / 301-791-7647

Wrestlers have special friendship

Three friends who live hours away from one another have created a bond of friendship through their love of a sport - wrestling.

Aaron Brooks of Hagerstown, Justin McCoy of Chestnut Ridge, Pa., and Andrew Todero of Mount Union, Pa., know each other's families and consider their friendship to be "pretty cool."

And each has proven himself in his own right with his discipline in training and touring the country in an array of wrestling tournaments.

Their hard work has allowed them to achieve the title of 2008 All-Americans; Andrew Todero (Mid Atlantic Wrestling Association All-American 2008); Aaron Brooks (Ohio Tournament of Champions 2008); and Justin McCoy (MAWA All-American and National Champion 2008).


They also competed in the annual Tuscarora Holiday Tournament and placed one, two, three; Aaron Brooks, first place; Andrew Todero, second place; and Justin McCoy, third place.

Book Club

For all the members of the Sisters in Spirit Book Club, don't forget the December meeting will be Sunday at 3 p.m. Be ready to share your insights on the book titled, "Brothers and Sisters," by Bebe Moore Campbell.

Tradition continues with Turkey Bowl

The Wheaton Park Turkey Bowl tradition continued this year and the weather cooperated - for November.

When the tradition began, the teams consisted of "ole" school and "new" school players, but this year it was just about continuing the tradition as the two teams consisted of mostly "not so ole" school players.

There were some veteran players, though, including Carlton "Memee" Davis and his brothers, Charles Davis and Curtis Davis, who let the "new" school players know they still "got game." The Davis brothers have played in the Turkey Bowl for more than 20 years.

I am told that while Timothy Davis, quarterback, was plagued by bad snaps and numerous blitzes from the defense, he managed to maintain his composure and turn potential losses into gains. Davis' speed and agility turned one first down triumph after another and led his team to victory.

Free concerts

The John Wesley United Methodist Church, 129 N. Potomac St., will hold free concerts filled with Christmas music and cheer on Wednesday, Dec. 10, and Wednesday, Dec. 17, at noon with lunch following each concert.

These concerts and luncheons are being offered as gifts to the community.

The Dec. 10 concert will feature the Greencastle-Antrim High School Chorale, directed by Martha Fuchs.

The Dec. 17 concert will include the sounds of the Friends of John Wesley Church with Ken Stoops, organist/director. Soloists Jan McElwee, Allen Loser and Carol Jones will perform.

Youth club delivers food

The Neighborhood Youth Club members delivered packages to several widows in the Jonathan Street neighborhood as part of its effort to show hospitality to the widows of the community.

The food packages were donations from Christ Reformed Church's SHARE program.

If you would like to help the club continue in its endeavor, call 301-393-9290 to find out how you can make a donation for a food package.

The club is designed to empower young people (ages 7 to 12) and teen helpers through life skill activities and events which will help them become successful members of the community.

The club meets weekly, enjoys field trips to cultural centers, museums, etc., and hosts family and friends gatherings. In addition, it has an after-school computer lab.

If you know a youth who might be interested in being a part of the club, write to Neighborhood Youth Club, 131 W. North Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740 or call 301-393-9290.

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