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March 26, 2009|By MADGE MILES / 301-791-7647

Brooks brothers continue to shine



Aaron and Isaiah Brooks were Western Maryland's No. 1 seeds going into the Maryland Elementary and Middle School Wrestling Championships and came out victorious, winning the Maryland state wrestling title.

Both attend Potomac Heights Elementary School. Aaron, 8, is a third-grader and Isaiah, 10, is in fifth grade.

The boys are members of the Tuscarora Youth Wrestling Club in Mercersburg, Pa., and are sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings in Hagerstown; Gold's Gym; Beef O Brady's, Hagerstown; Theresa Falcone of Fulton Mortgage Co.; Nationwide Insurance Meadows Agency; and AMVETS Post 14.

Aaron has a record this season of 70 wins and 10 losses. He has won Cliff Keen's National Championship in Tulsa, Okla., Virginia's Tournament of Champions and placed second at Brute's North East Nationals.

Isaiah's record is 52 wins and 20 losses. Isaiah has three championships this season and has placed in many others.

Church service



Second Christian Church, at 65 W. North Ave., will hold its Good Friday service April 10 at 7 p.m. The message of the "Seven Last Words of Jesus" will be delivered.

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On Easter Sunday, April 12, a morning service will be held at 10 where the Connie Stoner Women's Choir will make its first public appearance.

The choir was named after Deaconess Constance Stoner, who passed away Jan. 22. She was an inspiration to Pastor Dixon and encouraged her to step forth with an all-women's choir comprised of women from Second Christian.

Combined service



Ebenezer AME Church and Zion Baptist Church will hold a combined "Seven Last Words" Good Friday service April 10 at 7 p.m. at Zion Baptist, 61 Bethel St.

On Easter Sunday, from 10 to 10:30 a.m., Ebenezer AME's Church School will present its annual Easter program. The 11 a.m. Easter Sunday worship service will follow. Ebenezer AME Church is at 40 Bethel St.

Book club



The Sisters-In-Spirit Book Club will meet Sunday, April 19, at 3 p.m.

This month, the club will discuss the book "The Black Girl Next Door" by Jennifer Baszili.

Contact Ladetra Robinson via e-mail at sisbcwc@yahoo.com for the meeting place or if you have any questions.

Women's Day



On March 15, Ebenezer AME Church held its annual Women's Day. Torrance Petties and Denise Chandler were chair and co-chair.

Elder Vanessa Graves, from Sacred Zion Full Gospel Baptist Church of Baltimore, was the guest speaker for the morning service. Her message was "I'm Not Going to Quit," with scripture reference Romans, Chapter 8.

The Women's Day Choir rendered several selections of praise, including "I Love to Praise Him;" "It's Your Season," with Deborah Simmons, soloist; and "We Shall Behold Him," with Doretta Williamson, soloist.

Elder Bertha Greene, also from Sacred Zion Full Gospel Baptist Church, was the guest speaker for the afternoon service and was accompanied by her choir. There were also many members from her congregation on hand to support her.

There were also guests from several local churches, including Zion Baptist Church.

Movie night



On Friday, April 3, at 7 p.m., Washington County Free Library at 100 S. Potomac St., will feature "The Wizard of Oz" at its free family movie night. Participants are asked to come dressed as their favorite Wizard of Oz character. Bring your own chairs. Use the Antietam Street parking lot entrance. Call 301-739-3250, ext. 132 for a free ticket.

Meet the author



The rescheduled Black History meet the author event, originally scheduled for Feb. 24, will be Sunday April 13, at 3 p.m. at Washington County Free Library.

Author Psyche Williams-Forson, who wrote "Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, and Power" will discuss her book and research.

Williams-Forson will examine the complex role of the chicken in African- American life, paying special attention to the connection between chickens and African American women.

Although Williams "acknowledges the negative interpretations of black culture associated with chicken imagery, she focuses her analysis on the ways black women have forged their own self-definitions and relationships ... the traditions and practices of feminism, Williams-Forson argues, are inherent in the foods women prepare and serve."

There will be a book-signing following the discussion. A limited number of books are available for purchase at the library. Please feel free to bring your own copy.

Please call 301-739-3250, ext. 136 for your free ticket.

This Maryland Humanities Council program is part of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance and Reconciliation series.

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