Williamsport community news

March 04, 2009

Town historian Snyder turns 95

Town historian Maurice Snyder is celebrating his 95th birthday today.

He has attended Zion Lutheran Church since he was a baby. He helped plan Zion's Men's Group Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper since its beginning. He helps pat the sausage patties, sells tickets and loves to greet people.

As a member of the Town Museum committee, he has a wealth of town knowledge. He shares stories of his grandmother, who as a young woman hid horses and food from Gen. Robert E. Lee's army when it came through Williamsport.

He tells stories about businesses that once filled the streets of Williamsport, local picnics, bands, and life along the Potomac River and the C&O Canal. The Town Museum committee is planning to work with him to update the book "Williamsport Reminiscence."


He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He said his town never forgot him or any other soldier from town, sending the town newsletter, "The Dugout," to each local soldier, plus gift certificates at Christmas.

He enjoys being part of town elections. He dearly loves his family (Bryon, Jack, Cathy, granddaughters and great-grandchildren), his church and the town of Williamsport.

Tree planting planned in town

The Town of Williamsport, in partnership with the Maryland Forest Service, will plant trees on Potomac Street Saturday, April 18, from 8 a.m to noon.

The project will coincide with the downtown merchants' event for Earth Day.

The town received a $14,000 Urban Tree Canopy Grant and is recruiting volunteers to help with the plantings.

Most of the prep work will be completed by a contractor the day before and volunteers will be needed to place the trees in the assigned area and mulch.

Sponsors are sought to help provide T-shirts for the volunteers.

For more information, call Jeff Cline at 301-331-0383.

Easter eggs available at Calvary Temple

The Ladies Auxiliary of Calvary Temple is making candy Easter eggs and filling orders on Monday and Tuesday nights.

The eggs cost 75 cents each. The selection includes chocolate-covered peanut butter, chocolate- covered coconut, white chocolate-covered peanut butter, white chocolate- covered coconut and the smoothie egg, peanut butter egg covered with melted peanut butter chocolate.

To place an order, call LaRue Ardinger at 301-582-1309.

When placing an order, let them know how many and what kinds of eggs you want and which evening you will be picking them up.

Candy egg order pickup nights at Calvary Temple, 147 S. Conococheague St., lower level in Fellowship Hall, are Monday and Tuesday evenings after 6 p.m. on March 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31 and April 6 and 7. The order cutoff date is March 31.

Downsville Ruritan plans pancake breakfast

The Downsville Ruritan will hold an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast Saturday, March 14, from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Downsville Ruritan Community Center near the square.

The menu includes pancakes, Hoffman sausage, puddin', sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, coffee, orange juice and milk. Tickets cost $5.50 for adults and $3.50 for those 6 to 12. Those 5 and younger will be admitted free.

Band Boosters to host all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner

The Williamsport Blue Band Boosters will hold an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the cafeteria of Williamsport High School to benefit Josh Forsythe, a freshman member of the Blue Band.

Josh was diagnosed last fall with Ewings Sarcoma, an aggressive cancer. All proceeds from the dinner will go directly to his family to help cover the expenses related to his illness.

Tickets cost $5 for adults and students. For more information, contact Robert Stike at 301-766-8434 or, Mike Baker at 240-520-6952 or or Mark Crilly at 301-791-3446 or 240-291-3707 or

Rehearsals held for community band spring concert

Rehearsals continue for the annual Williamsport Community Band spring concert. Rehearsals will be Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. in the basement of the Williamsport library. Bring a music stand. New members are welcome.

Radios on display at Town Museum

The Town Museum in Williamsport will reopen Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. "Radios, Radios, Radios" - enjoy a display of Tim Ibost's and Kim Bower's classic radios. The Town Museum is in the historic Springfield Farm Barn, off U.S. 11, Springfield Lane, Williamsport. For more information, call Jerry Knode at 301-223-7229.

Town Museum Committee to meet

The Town Museum Committee will meet Monday, March 16, at 7 p.m. in the museum at Springfield Farm Barn. For information, call Jerry Knode at 301-223-7229.

Students win Character Counts Award!

Williamsport Elementary School recognizes students who demonstrate excellent character on a daily basis. Andrew Kelbaugh from Mrs. Myers' kindergarten class, Sullivan McGee from Ms. Deuell's first-grade class and Rebecca Davis from Mrs. Selin's third-grade class were picked for being responsible, on task in class, excellent helpers to classmates, and are caring and trustworthy. These students were nominated and won the Community Partnership Character Counts! Award. They will receive a T-shirt, letter of acknowledgment from the County Commissioners and will be invited to a luncheon in May.

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