Around Smithsburg and Robinwood

June 23, 2009

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Stargazing event to be held Friday

The Tri-State Astronomers of Hagerstown will be at the Smithsburg Library on Friday for a stargazing session.

The event begins at 8:30 p.m. outside of the library.

Telescopes will be provided, but participants can bring their own. The program is open to adults and those ages 6 and older.

To register, call 301-824-7722.

Band to perform at HCC Monday

The Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association will host the Pennsylvania Air National Guard Band of the Mid-Atlantic as part of its annual Red, White and Blue Concert Series Monday at 6 p.m. in HCC's Alumni Amphitheater.


The band was originally formed in 1942 as the 53rd Army Air Forces Band and underwent a series a name changes before it was given its name in 2000. The band consists of 36 members, all National Guard members with civilian careers who meet one weekend a month to rehearse and perform.

At HCC, the band will perform a variety of patriotic, classical and swing music, as well as show tunes. The final portion of the program will consist of a musical tribute honoring America's servicemen and women.

The concert is free and open to the public.

TOPS 462

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 462 in Smithsburg had an average weight loss of 1.25 pounds per person at its last meeting.

Two new members - Sandy and Robert - joined the group.

Dale led the program on "What to Eat and When to Eat It."

Cheri will lead the next program on "Exercise and Its Benefits."

The group is planning a "Dine to Donate" fundraiser at Applebee's Aug. 3 to 5.

The Smithsburg chapter meets Thursdays at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 51 S. Main St. in Smithsburg. 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.

Gracie sweeps events

Robert Waugh and his Catahoula mix, Gracie, swept the Canine Games Friday night at the Peaceable Paws Dog and Puppy Training Center in Fairplay.

Proceeds from the event were donated to the Humane Society of Washington County.

The winners were:

Tennis ball toss: First place - Gracie, a Catahoula mix belonging to the Robert Waugh family of Hagerstown. Gracie was adopted from the Humane Society of Washington County; second place - Molly, a cocker spaniel belonging to Katie and Brian Ervin of Hagerstown; and third place - Tootsie, belonging to Kathy Hausner of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., and handled by Nettie Bernady, also of Berkeley Springs.

Rapid recall race: First place - Gracie and Robert Waugh - total combined time for three recalls of 6.27 seconds; Second place - Harley, belonging to Brian and Katie Ervin - total combined time of 7.22 seconds; and third place - Herbie, belonging to Kathy Hausner of Berkeley Springs - total combined time of 8.34 seconds.

Bobbing for hot dogs: first place - Gracie; second place - Harley; and third place - Molly.

The fundraiser is held on the third Friday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at training center at 17816 Spielman Road. The next games night will be Friday, July 17. The games will be Musical Sits, Trick Routine and Bobbing for Hotdogs.

For more information, call 301-582-9420 or go to

Senior site

Smithsburg senior site calendar:

Today - "The Amazing Benefits of Milk," and exercise with Helen House, 10:15 a.m.

Thursday - Birthday luncheon, 11:30 a.m.

Friday - Dumbbell exercise and Uno, 10 a.m.

Monday, June 29 - Movie, part I, 10 a.m.

Tuesday, June 30 - Movie, part II, 10 a.m.

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