Around North Hagerstown

January 05, 2009|By ELLEN ROWLAND / 240-217-5051

St. Maria Goretti High School news

The St. Maria Goretti High School Junior Ring Liturgy and Brunch will be Friday, Jan. 16, beginning at 9 a.m. at St. Ann's Catholic Church, off Oak Hill Avenue in Hagerstown.

Contact the school if you're interested in participating in the "March for Life" in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Jan. 22. The cost is $15 per person.

A winter open house will be held Thursday, Jan. 29, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. during Catholic Schools Week.

Congratulations to Mrs. Bachtell's AP Government Class, which won the Washington County "We the People" competition.

For more information about the school, go to or call 301-739-4266.

TOPS Chapter 446 meeting news

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 446 members finished up the old year Dec. 31 and are ready to start the New Year.

The chapter will meet Wednesday to talk about what the members hope to accomplish this year.


The members also want to welcome a new member, Kim, to their chapter.

The group meets Wednesdays at Shiloh United Methodist Church, 19731 Shiloh Church Road, Hagerstown.

The weigh-in is at 8:45 a.m., with the meeting from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

For more information, call Tom or Mary at 301-797-2547, or call Judy at 301-739-9279.

TOPS Chapter 77 meeting news

On Dec. 29, Rosemary Gill led the TOPS Chapter 77 program. She talked about maturity. She said maturity is being able to control anger, having patience, humility and dependability.

While all of these can pertain to losing weight, one of the most important rules is perseverance. The members were told they should never give up.

Mary Jo Kemper's daughter, Denise, visited the chapter. Denise had gastric bypass surgery about a year and a half ago. She discussed what she went through before, during and after the surgery.

This surgery is not for everyone, and no matter what means you use, getting your mind set is important. Food is never going to go away, so making the right choices is important.

Denise has lost 117 pounds to date. This was a very informative meeting. The chapter hopes to have another guest speaker on gastric bypass surgery in the near future.

Edna Jones won the "Get-R-Done" contest with a 5 1/2-pound loss and Mary Jo Kemper won the contest for KOPS.

Today's meeting is a "No Gain Week" meeting and Cindy Ryder will lead the program on "Walking in Another's Shoes."

The chapter meets Mondays at First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown. Weigh-in is from 7:15 to 9:20 a.m. and the meeting is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

For more information, contact Donna at 301-223-8143 or Patsy at 301-582-2292.

Longmeadow Lions Club thanks the community

The Longmeadow Lions Club membership wishes to thank the community for its generous donations of eyeglasses and hearing aids that were dropped into collection boxes throughout 2008.

The club is in the process of counting and packaging the items for shipment and recycling to those in need.

Also, a big thank you to those who donated funds to The Salvation Army kettle drive as club members rang the bell at the Pennsylvania Dutch Market at Long Meadow Shopping Center.

It is great to see the community's response to worthy causes in these tough economic times.

The Longmeadow Lions will be selling ham sandwiches (country and baked) and turkey sandwiches for delivery on Friday, Jan. 23. Contact any Longmeadow Lion for ordering. Thanks for your support.

Women's Club news

The Women's Club invites all members and the public to a cooking demonstration by Chef John Walla of Black Eyed Susan Restaurant on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the club at 31 S. Prospect St. Admission is $12 and payment will be accepted at the door. Reservations are appreciated and can be made by calling the club at 301-739-0870. Treats will be available to sample. The next cooking demonstration on Feb. 1 will feature Shellie Ralston of The Rhubarb House.

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