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Around Maugansville

December 17, 2008|By MELITA WISHARD / 301-790-0079

Home-lighting contest



The Maugansville area Christmas home-lighting contest will be conducted on Thursday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m. The winners will be announced in the Around Maugansville column at a later date.

Carol sing



The Maugansville community carol sing will be held on Thursday, Dec. 18. There will be refreshments and treats for the children, free entertainment, and Santa Claus will attend the festivities. The event will start at 6 p.m. at the Ruritan Club.

Christmas trees



The Ruritan Club is selling a variety of Christmas trees, roping and wreaths at Long Meadow Shopping Center. The trees will be for sale until Christmas from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. All proceeds will go toward the club's many community projects.

Holiday concert



Haven Lutheran Church, 1035 Haven Road, Hagerstown, will host a holiday concert of seasonal music with the St. James Brass Quintet and the Haven Church Senior Choir Saturday at 5 p.m.

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Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the event. The Rest Haven Cemetery memorial illumination will be under way as attendees leave the church.

Subaru helping



Sharrett Subaru has extended its Share the Love event to the Humane Society of Washington County in an effort to help raise money for the shelter and help homeless pets find homes. Until Jan. 2, Sharrett will donate $250 for every vehicle sold when the purchaser requests the donation be sent to the shelter.

Sharrett is hosting an adoption event Saturday. Adoptable pets will be at Sharrett from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Home 4 the Holidays



The third annual Home 4 the Holidays, a campaign to promote the adoption of shelter animals this holiday season, is under way.

In an effort to attract attention to the animals available for adoption at the Humane Society of Washington County, the shelter is joining forces with Washington County Public Schools, Washington County businesses - Antietam Cable Television, Longmeadow Animal Hospital, 4-Legged Friends Pet Services and Iams Pet Foods - and the Helen Woodward Animal Center to promote shelter animal adoptions.

In 2007, teachers, students and staff responded to the campaign and this year is no exception. The offices of WCPS have requested 50 giant stockings and JoAnne Knode's South Hagerstown High School Future Business Leaders of America students at have requested 70 stockings.

Thanks to the response from students and the community, each pet that was adopted from the shelter over the holiday went home with a stocking stuffed with goodies and treats. In addition, a record number of pets were adopted during the 2007 holiday season and the bar has been set even higher this year. Student's involvement in this program is optional.

Antietam Cable is joining the effort to promote the adoption of shelter pets this holiday season with special announcements containing information on the Home 4 the Holidays campaign on the weekly Pet of the Week segments, on AntPod.com as well as on Channel 19.

Longmeadow Animal Hospital is helping to promote Home 4 the Holidays by running two full page color advertisements in the local newspaper. Those ads will showcase a variety of adoptable pets.

Anyone interested in participating in the Home 4 the Holidays adoption campaign, contact Katherine Cooker at 301-733-2060, ext. 237. The Humane Society is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to closing. Go to www.hswcmd.org for directions and additional information.

Check presented



Students in Linda Forrest's Enrichment Groups at Greenbrier Elementary recently held two collection drives to raise money for their Collect to Protect project aimed at helping animals.

The fifth-grade students from Brenda Vaughn's and Jane Muse's classes worked together in Forrest's Enrichment Group to design and present the project to principal Elaine Semler for approval. They then executed the project separately and competed to raise the most money. The project was undertaken in two phases: the first being a tab drive in which the students collected 84,000 aluminum tabs; and the second being a penny drive, in which they collected $398.

Students chose to "adopt" an arctic fox from the World Wildlife Fund and to donate the remainder of the money to the Humane Society of Washington County. Students Katie Muse and William Kuehl asked for donations instead of birthday presents and donated the money to the Collect to Protect project. The wining class received a pizza party. Forrest is planning to purchase a tree in the spring and plant it on school grounds in honor of the project. Students will also be helping local squirrels and birds by putting peanut butter on pine cones this month.

On Monday, Nov. 24, Forrest and students Samantha Smith, Sydney Stotler, Katie Muse and Allison Cline presented a check for $250 to Paul Miller, executive director of the shelter.

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