Around Williamsport

December 31, 2008|By JOAN KNODE / 301-223-7229

Church tour celebrates season

The Christmas decorations and celebrations in the local church sanctuaries were amazing at the first Christmas church tour Sunday.

It was especially interesting to see Father Steve's tree in the side entrance hall at St. Augustine's Catholic Church.

It was decorated in purple and gold and the tree topper, a Baltimore Ravens hat, and the garland, an official Ravens scarf.

Go Ravens!

Historian honors area war veterans

Local World War II veterans were interviewed by historian Charles T. Harrell at the WWII/USO event at the Town Museum in September.

He met and interviewed several area veterans who were recognized.

He interviewed 1st Lt. William "Bill" Byers, S/Sgt. William "Buzz" Neikirk and S/Sgt. Joseph "Joe" Scott. He recorded their memories and experiences of their youth, the Great Depression and WWII service.


Harrell has included the interviews through videos and pictures, along with many other veterans, on his Web site at (then choose Veterans History Project.)

Students preparing for gymnastics program

Williamsport Elementary School fourth- and fifth-graders will soon start practicing for the 37th annual Physical Education Gymnastics Program to be presented in April.

Garbage collection to remain the same

If you live in the Town of Williamsport and have a garbage collection fee on your water bill, set out your trash on the regular night this week - Thursday. The only time it changes is when the holiday falls on Friday.

Please note - Town Hall holiday hours: closed Jan. 1 and 2.

Officials will start accepting reservations for park facilities on Monday, Jan. 5.

Exercise classes offered

The Washington County Recreation Department's exercise program schedule of classes at 4-Star Athletic Complex is available on the Rec Department's Web site at Click on Divisions and Departments, click Recreation, then Select 2009 Online Program Brochure, download a registration form and mail it in with the registration fee.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to our friend and neighbor, David Willingham, celebrating his 70th birthday Jan. 4.


The Williamsport TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Club meets Tuesdays at Zion Lutheran Church. Weigh-in is at 10:15 a.m. and the meeting starts at 11 a.m.

Shepherd's Table

The Shepherd's Table hosts a free dinner on Thursdays. The dinners are sponsored by the Williamsport Ministerium and held at Rehoboth United Methodist Church, 30 E. Salisbury St., Williamsport.

Dinner is served at 5 p.m.

Polar Bear Plunge

The annual Williamsport Polar Bear Plunge will be at noon on New Year's Day. Club members will be diving into the frigid Potomac River at the Riverbottom Park Boat Ramp. The event benefits the Humane Society of Washington County.

Charter members of the club are looking forward to another great gathering and welcome new plungers to the event.

New this year will be an award sponsored by K&R Engraving to be awarded to the oldest person taking the plunge. Williamsport town historian Maurice Snyder will present the trophy.

Prizes for the two people who obtain the greatest amount of pledges are being donated by The Alpaca Shop LLC, Spirit of the Lotus Tea Co., Toppings Pizza Co., Kuddle Kennels, Simply Awesome Dog Treats, BJ's Custom Creations, Regal Cinemas Valley Mall Stadium 16 and The Lenox Distribution Group Inc. Fresh brewed hot coffee will be donated by Sheetz on National Pike and Sander's Cookie Jar Bakery will donate baked goods for the event. Ellsworth Electric, BJ's Custom Creations and The Alpaca Shop LLC are event sponsors.

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