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'Pappy' rings the bell for Salvation Army

April 21, 2009|By MARLO BARNHART

FUNKSTOWN -- Usually the first thing that happens at the annual appreciation dinner for The Salvation Army is the recognition of some special people for their work with the mainstay charity operation in Washington County.

"But you know all of you are extra-special people," said Ward Childerston, a longtime member of the board. He led the applause for the more than 150 people assembled at Next Dimensions Restaurant near Funkstown Tuesday evening.

He did single out one particular bell ringer: "Pappy" Jewell, now 94, was honored as the person/bell ringer of 2008.

"I first met Pappy when I came to Hagerstown and he told me he was our best bell ringer," said Maj. Robert Lyle. And from his post at the J.C. Penney store at Valley Mall, Jewell proved that three years in a row.

Lyle, who with his wife, Maj. Karen Lyle, commands the local operation at 534 W. Franklin St. in Hagerstown, said Jewell also helps with the soup kitchen and even assists with mowing grass.

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Clubs that raised the most money during the 2008 Christmas kettle campaign were Kiwanis of Hagerstown, $4,903; Hagerstown Rotary, $2,185; and Long Meadow Lions Club, $941.

Churches that topped the mark were Otterbein United Methodist, $1,134; Benevola United Methodist, $1,091; and Church of the Holy Trinity, $941.

In all, The Salvation Army had 15 kettle locations around Washington County and took in $82,635 to support its many endeavors, including the noon feeding program, summer camp and the shelter for women and children.

Two high schools -- Boonsboro and North Hagerstown -- were singled out for their collection of food items for those in need. A number of elementary schools around the county were also praised during Tuesday night's program.

The keynote speaker was Kelly Wright, a Fox News anchor who was raised in Hagerstown and attended St. Maria Goretti High School.

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