Around Williamsport

December 24, 2008|By JOAN KNODE / 301-223-7229

Garbage collection in Williamsport

If you live in the Town of Williamsport and have the garbage collection fee on your water bill, please set out your trash on the regular weeknight - Thursday (Dec. 25 and Jan. 1). The only time it changes is if the holiday falls on Friday. This will be a good time to get rid of all that Christmas wrappings.

Old-fashioned Christmas

Thank you, town merchants, for sponsoring an Old Fashioned Christmas on Saturday evening. The event was great complete with a horse-drawn sleigh, caroling, storytelling, lantern walks and decorating a beautiful tree.

Band concert a delight

Thank you, Williamsport Community Band for a wonderful Christmas Celebration Concert on Sunday afternoon that included a salute to the last remaining soldier of World War I, Frank Buckles, with "Doughboy Salute".

Mr. Buckles thanked the band, the audience and Kenny Bierschenk (composer of the salute), saying that he loved the tribute and that this concert was his Christmas. Also Mr. Bierschenk, composer of the "Doughboy Salute" enjoyed being in the audience and hearing the salute played. This was the second time the "Salute" was played and he conducted it the first time.


The band members were all in their zone and made beautiful music together. If you would like a CD of the concert, recorded by Latta Sound Works, please order this week by calling Susie and Noel Kunkle at 301 223-6538.

'Cricket County'

Thank you to the cast and crew of "A Christmas in Cricket County" from Williamsport United Methodist Church for a unique presentation of the Christmas story.

Rotary calendar

A must have for the New Year, the 2009 Williamsport Rotary Calendar showcases spectacular local photos by Charles "Griff" Payne and Jeff Cline. The cost is $7.50 and includes upcoming community events, local birthdays and anniversaries.

To purchase one, please contact Teri Leiter at Leiter's Catering, 301-223-7070. All proceeds from calendar sales will benefit projects in the Williamsport Area.

Town Hall holiday hours

Please note: Town Hall will close at noon Dec. 24 and will re-open on Dec. 29. It will be closed Jan. 1 and 2, 2009.

Town officials will start accepting reservations for park facilities on Jan. 5, 2009.

Christmas Eve services

o Williamsport United Methodist Church, 25 East Church Street will begin at 7p.m. with a Family Service; and at 11 p.m. for Candlelight Communion Service.

o Zion Lutheran Church, 35 West Potomac Street 7p.m. Family Service based on "Away in a Manger" 10:30 p.m. Musical Prelude to the 11 p.m. Candlelight Communion Service.

Merry Christmas!

Zion Lutheran invites you to join them on Christmas Day at 10:30 a.m. "See Heaven's Light, A Human Born" Communion.

Christmas dinner

You are invited to join the Shepherd's Table at Rehoboth United Methodist Church, 30 East Salisbury Street, for the third annual free to everyone Christmas Dinner on Thursday, Dec. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come and share the Christmas meal.

The Shepherd's Table will be closed the following Thursday, Jan. 1, and will reopen Thursday, Jan. 8. Hope to see you on Christmas Day!

Christmas cantata

A Christmas cantata, "Wonder of Christmas" will be presented by the Adult Choir of Williamsport United Methodist Church, 25 E. Church Street, on Sunday, Dec. 28, at 9:30 a.m. Please come, Christmas is truly a season of wonders.

Church tour

Williamsport Christmas Church tour will be held Sunday, Dec. 28. Tickets are $5, which includes admission to all participating churches and will benefit the Restoration of Riverview Cemetery. Booklet/tickets will be available for purchase at each church during the tour. For more information, call Joan Knode at 301-223-7229.

Country churches include Downsville Christian Church, Downsville Church of the Brethren, St. James Brethren Church and St. Mark's Episcopal Church and will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. Town churches include Rehoboth United Methodist, St. Andrew Presbyterian, St. Augustine Catholic, Van Lear Brethren in Christ, Williamsport United Methodist and Zion Evangelical Lutheran and will be open from 4 to 6 p.m.

Visitors will enjoy a reflection of how local churches celebrate this very special time of the Christian year. Many of the churches are planning special music and refreshments. A Riverview Cemetery Memorial Illumination will be held during this event.

o Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! -- Joan

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