Around Smithsburg and Robinwood

March 03, 2009|By DARYLENE MOWEN

Group plans drive for sign at Reid field

Carroll Reid coached and taught at Smithsburg High School for more than 30 years.

Last fall, the Smithsburg community began a petition to have the football/athletic field named after him. In December, the Board of Education approved the renaming.

A group is now raising money to have a sign put above the scoreboard and trying to get the word out to the public. Donations can be mailed to: Susquehanna Bank - Smithsburg Branch, 22940 Jefferson Blvd., Smithsburg, MD 21783. Make checks payable to "Coach Carroll Reid Field Donations." Attention: Joann Celestial.

TOPS 462

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 462 in Smithsburg welcomed Debbie as a new member. John, the group leader, led the program on diet myths.


The group congratulated Jim on his 12-pound loss over the last three weeks. This week, Ola will talk about "How to Eat Right Friday to Sunday."

This week, the chapter had a net loss of more than 10 pounds and the members are working on a nogain week this week.

The chapter meets Thursdays at St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Weigh-in starts at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting is from 6 to 7 p.m.

For more information, call Ola at 301-824-7650, or John at 717-749-3023.

Ballroom dancing

Jim Powers will hold his ballroom dance party Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. The event will be held at the Maugansville Ruritan building on Maugans Avenue.

Homemakers Club

The monthly meeting of the Brightwood Homemakers Club will be Tuesday, March 10, at Elks Lodge 378. Members will have a social gathering at 9:15 a.m., followed by the club's business meeting at 9:30 a.m. The Decor/Arts & Crafts Committee will present the program on how to create "Door Decor." An update of the upcoming Homemakers Scholarship fundraiser will be given. Prospective members are welcome and should call 301-797-7890 for further information.

Roundball Classic

Two Smithsburg basketball players have been selected to the 2009 McDonald's Roundball Classic. The Leopard's Alan Reed and Marissa Luipersbeck were selected this season.

The Roundball Classic will be played Saturday, March 22, at Hagerstown Community College and will feature five games with more than 160 top senior basketball players. Proceeds will benefit pediatric congenital heart disease and the Katie Stains Fund.

Cascade Elementary

Registration for prekindergarten and kindergarten for the upcoming school year begins March 16 for all Washington County Public Schools.

Stop by the school to pick up the necessary forms. Children must be 4 years old by Sept. 1 for prekindergarten and 5 years old by Sept. 1 for kindergarten. Several necessary papers must be submitted for student enrollment to be complete. Verification of residency, health inventory, immunizations and verification of age are a few of the items needed.

Clothing drive

The PTSA at Smithsburg High School is sponsoring a clothing drive. It will support Goodwill in Hagerstown. The last day of the clothing drive is May 6 and all donations can be dropped off in Mrs. Crawford's room, which is on the first floor of the high school building.

Group to meet

AARP Chapter 623 will meet at the Senior Center at Girls Inc., 626 Washington Ave., Hagerstown, Tuesday, March 10, at 1 p.m.

Amy Schmersall, outreach specialist for Mediation, will speak about repairing relationships and building community.

The meeting will be canceled if public schools are closed or delayed due to inclement weather. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. at a cost of $3. Call 301-671-2368 by Friday if you are planning to have lunch.


This spring, Hagerstown Community College's Center for Continuing Education is offering a new course on business writing geared toward small business owners and job seekers, as well as those who wish to improve their business writing skills. Titled, "Looking Good: Better Business Writing for a Better Business Image," the course will be offered on Thursdays, from April 23 through May 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., in HCC's Valley Mall Center.

Taught by HCC instructor Anne Flentgen Rich, the course will cover a variety of topics, including basic grammar instruction and general business writing techniques, with special emphasis on how a well-written letter, memo, proposal or e-mail can be the difference between getting clients and losing them. The course will also provide students with model business documents and is intended to help participants gain confidence in their writing abilities. The course costs $99. For more information or to register, call 301-790-2800, 236, or go to

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