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Around Clear Spring

December 16, 2008|By CHERYL WEAVER / 301-842-0087

Blue Christmas



The Clear Spring Ministerium will hold a Blue Christmas Service Sunday at 3 p.m. at St. Paul's Church. There will be refreshments and fellowship after the service. The church is on the corner of U.S. 40 and St. Paul's Church Road.

Game day



The Clear Spring Library will hold a Nightmare Before Christmas Teen Game Day Friday. The game uses acting and drawing skills as well as knowledge of Jack Skellington, Sally and the others to help players enter into Halloween Town's spirit of Christmas. This event encompasses all trivia ranges (easy, medium and pro.) A Tim Burton movie will be shown to add excitement to the game. Register for this event by calling 301-842-2730.

Essay contest



It's time once again for the annual Americanism essay contest sponsored by Joseph C. Herbert American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 222.

The contest is open to all third- through eighth-grade students in the Clear Spring school district (including homeschooled and private school students.)

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This year's topic is "Soldiers, Past and Present ... America, Honor Your Veterans."

All essays will be judged at the local level first. A banquet will be held in May where awards and cash prizes will be presented to the first-, second-, and third-place winners in each division.

The first-place winner in each division will advance to the district level. Winners there can go on to the state and national level. Information about essay requirements is available at Clear Spring Elementary and Clear Spring Middle schools.

For more information, call Bonnie Yetter, essay chairman, at 301-842-3603. Deadline for all essays is Feb.1.

Blanket drive



Clear Spring Elementary School second-graders are collecting blankets, treats and toys for the furry friends at the Humane Society of Washington County. They will be collecting these items until Friday. If you would like to contribute, you can drop off your item in the front hall of the school.

Did you know?



Did you know a custom many "Clear Springers" participated in was called "Bellsnichol?"

People would dress up in costumes and visit homes of friends on New Year's Eve. Homemade goodies were passed out to visitors.

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