Around Smithsburg and Robinwood

December 24, 2008|By DARYLENE MOWEN / 301-331-5683

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to everyone in Maryland and my faithful readers in Florida. Have a wonderful holiday!

Home lighting contest winners

Leitersburg Ruritan Club's 21st Annual Home Lighting Contest was a brilliant success this year, with the following winners:

First Place - John Stoup of El Paso Drive

Second Place - Richard Bryson of Kelso Drive

Third Place - Cindi Koely of Black Angus Road

Fourth Place - George Tracey of Herman Myers Road

Fifth Place - Earl Smith of Race Lane.

We wish to thank everyone who helped make this year a great success. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.


Schools help with Home 4 the Holidays campaign

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

In an effort to attract attention to the wonderful animals available for adoption, 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 nationally recognized Iams Pet Foods and the Helen Woodward Animal Center.

This will be the third year for the adoption campaign and the Washington County Public Schools has agreed to once again help promote this worthy cause. In 2007, teachers, students and staff responded enthusiastically to the campaign and this year is no exception.

The offices of WCPS have requested 50 giant stockings and Joan Knode's South Hagerstown High School Future Business Leaders of America students have requested 70 stockings.

Thanks to the response from the WCPS students and the community, each pet 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. Students' involvement in this program is optional.

"We are very happy to help promote the adoption of the wonderful animals available at the Humane Society of Washington County," said Dr. Tracy Barlup. "We are very happy to have the participation of so many local and national businesses interested in helping to promote our animal adoptions at this time of the year," said Paul Miller, executive director of the HSWC. "We hope to raise awareness of the many wonderful adoptable dogs and animals we have available at the shelter and adopt a record number of dogs this holiday season."

Anyone interested in participating in the Home 4 the Holidays adoption campaign can contact Katherine Cooker at 301-733-2060, ext. 237. Visit the Humane Society of Washington County from 10 a.m. until closing, Monday through Saturday. Directions and additional information is available online at

In the schools

Cascade Elementary - Winter break from Wednesday, Dec. 24 through Monday, Jan. 4. Your PTA Executive Board would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! May the holiday season bring you much joy and happiness with your families. Do drive safely and we will see you in 2009.

Greenbrier Elementary - 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. 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 school 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 they 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 December. 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 at the HSWC. "We are honored to receive this donation," said Miller.

"This was a big undertaking for the students and they really did a great job." The Humane Society of Washington County is located at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown. Visit our Web site,, for information on animal- related issues, directions to the shelter and information about our programs and services.

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