Around South Hagerstown

December 15, 2008|By STACI CLIPP / 301-991-4103


Well, I hope you're getting ready for Christmas. It's approaching quickly.

Discovery Station has Morse code, Titanic exhibits

Discovery Station has a Morse code exhibit and a replica of the Titanic on display.

The Morse code exhibit features a collection of telegraph keys and equipment of varied design and vintage, and related historic memorabilia on loan from NBC 25 News Director Mark Kraham.

Included are visual excerpts demonstrating the communication of the telegraph used over the world for many decades.

You can listen to an audio of the last distress call from the Titanic. The call for help was sent in Morse code by ship radio-telegraph during the early morning hours of April 15, 1912, as the passenger liner was sinking to its watery grave with 2,228 passengers and 885 crew aboard.


The signal was received by the telegraph operator on the RMS Carpathia 58 miles away, which changed course and sped to the scene, saving the lives of 705 people drifting in lifeboats in the dark of night.

The Titanic replica at Discovery Station is one of the largest models of the ship ever constructed and took 10 years to build.

Created by Norman Little from plans and drawings of the original ship, the one-sixtieth scale navigable craft is more than 15 feet in length, weighs 500 pounds and contains more than 1,000 portholes.

The Titanic exhibit includes cutaway views of the ship's interior and other articles from the Little collection related to the ship. Other objects and articles depicting events of the year 1912 are on display. You can also view a replica of an 1890 steam-powered machine shop typical of the machinery used to build the Titanic.

For more information, call Discovery Station at 301-790-0076 or toll-free at 877-790-0076.

Discovery Station

Saturday - Rodney Martin, planetarium educator, will present "The Christmas Star" at Discovery Station in downtown Hagerstown at 2 p.m.

Christmas concert

The South Hagerstown High Rebel Band will hold its annual Christmas concert Thursday at 7 p.m. in the South High auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

Ravens games

If you'd like to see a Ravens game, there's a bus that goes to Baltimore on Sundays. Just meet at the park 'n' ride on Sharpsburg Pike at 12:15 p.m. The cost is $35 per rider. For more information, call Mark at 301-791-3446 or 240-291-3707 (cell.)

Music of the season

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will present its museum consort in a music of the season recital Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Consort members are Jeff Clise, Brenda Slick, David Styer and Naomi Styer.

Hagerstown Lions Club

Tuesday - Business and administrative meeting.

Bester Elementary

The following students were named Citizens of the Month for November at Bester Elementary School:

Brittany King, Chelsey Dorman, Mikayla Plummer, Kaialani Sylva, Liyah Rogers, Gianna Giradelli, Phoebe Harris, Devin Shry, McCoy Dutrow, Dylan Kelbaugh, Harrison Hamilton, Shirah Aguayo and Kelsey Ramsey.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to my mother, Charlotte, and sister, Linda! May you both have a wonderful day.

Blood drives

Today - Rehoboth Church, Williamsport, 1 to 7 p.m.; donors will be entered to win a flat-screen TV.

Tuesday - St. Johns Church, Clear Spring, 1 to 7 p.m.; donors will be entered to win a flat-screen TV and receive a Paula Deen apron while supplies last.

Tuesday - Robinwood Medical Center, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in conference room 22; donors will be entered to win a flatscreen TV and a Paula Deen apron while supplies last.


South Hagerstown High School 2008 graduates who purchased a yearbook can pick up their spring supplement in room 4245 at SHHS between noon and 4 p.m. (no pick-ups between 1 and 1:30 p.m.) Supplements will be available through Friday.

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Have a wonderful week.

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