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February 17, 2009|By SUSIE HOFFMAN / 301-790-2413

Weather's wild ride

A chilly good morning to all. February sure is taking us on a wild weather ride. Sweater weather, then heavy coats, rain slickers, followed by snow boots. It sure will be nice when we can open the windows and leave them open. All of this just makes us want and appreciate more the fabulous spring mildness that is surely headed our way.

Spay Day USA

Presidents Day, Valentine's Day - do you know what else February is known for? Feb. 24 is nationally recognized Spay Day USA. The Humane Society of Washington County is getting together with local veterinarians at Longmeadow Animal Hospital, Antietam Valley Animal Hospital and Mid Atlantic Veterinary Clinic to promote the neutering and spaying of feral and stray cats in the county.

The Humane Society's Catsnip program is offering a $20 co-pay for the surgery and pain medicine, as well as rabies vaccination and testing for some diseases. The co-pay is offered for each cat for county residents. For more information, call 301-733-2060.


Red Cross

Blowing into March, let's see what's on the agenda.

Saturday, March 7, is Save-A-Life Saturday at the Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross at 1131 Conrad Court, Hagerstown, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be free food and beverages donated by Bella Salon and free nail art by Bella Salon. There will also be free standard first aid, adult CPR training and CPR recertification. Registration is required by calling 301-739-0717.

A free blood pressure reading will be given. A blood drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association will bring its Life Safety Trailer to demonstrate fire safety.

The Red Cross is asking that patrons bring in a calling card for military personnel stationed overseas.

Bingo anyone

Did I hear bingo? There will be a basket bingo Sunday, March 15 at the Elks Lodge on Robinwood to benefit the E. Russell Hicks Middle School Band Boosters. Tickets cost $25, which includes a hot lunch and many games of bingo. There will be tip jars and raffles and door prizes available.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m., lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. and the games begin at 1:30 p.m. For more information, call Michelle Hull at 301-766-8110, ext. 77206.

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