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June 24, 2009|By PAULA GREEN SHUPP / 301-302-3878

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Museum pays tribute to Williamsport's founder

A tribute to Otho Holland Williams, town founder, will be held at the Town Museum on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Matthew Dodd, historian, will share revolutionary songs and stories. Refreshments will be served following his presentation.

The museum is in the historic Springfield Farm Barn. For more information, call Jerry Knode at 301-223-7229.

WES fourth-graders receive writing awards

Students from Williamsport Elementary School were among fourth-graders who entered the Maryland Municipal League's essay writing contest titled "If I Were the Mayor."

Isaac Schlotterbeck's essay was selected as one of 11 winners statewide. His district award was presented at the State House in Annapolis by Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. Four additional essays from WES students were selected as finalists.


The young writers read their "If I Were the Mayor" essays at the June 8 meeting of the Williamsport Town Council and were presented certificates acknowledging their achievement from Mayor James McCleaf.

Car wash fundraiser planned Saturday

Rehoboth Youth will host a car wash Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Advance Auto Parts on Virginia Avenue.

All proceeds will benefit the Appalachia Service Project mission trip to rebuild and revitalize homes in Appalachia.

Auxiliary plans basket bingo

The Williamsport American Legion Auxiliary will hold a basket bingo Sunday. Tickets cost $25 per person and include a chicken dinner. Doors open at 11 a.m. and bingo starts at 1 p.m.

The event features door prizes, 50/50 and King Tut for baskets. Bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to the Williamsport Food Bank and receive a free pack of specials.

Only 100 tickets will be sold. For more information, call Allison at 301-573-8023 or e-mail

Fundraiser under way for Josh and Katie

Barefoot Bernie's Bar and Grill and the Williamsport Blue Band Boosters invite everyone to help raise funds for Josh Forsythe and Katie Stains.

Come to Barefoot Bernie's today or Thursday for lunch, dinner or a snack. Mention that you are there for the Josh and Katie fundraiser and Barefoot Bernie's will donate 10 percent of your food bill (minus taxes and alcohol). Barefoot Bernie's is at 901 Dual Highway, Hagerstown.

Josh and Katie are students at Williamsport High School who are battling cancer. All money raised will be split equally between Josh and Katie to be used for their mounting medical expenses.

For more details, call Missy at 301-667-9660 or e-mail

Williamsport plans Fourth of July bash

Fourth of July events in Williamsport will start in Byron Memorial Park at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast and continue with many special activities, music selections and food, culminating at dark with one of Washington County's best fireworks displays.

Bring lawn chairs and blankets and make a day of it.

For a detailed schedule, go to and click on calendar. Rain date is July 5.

Volunteers sought for elementary schools

The Washington County Commission on Aging is recruiting residents to serve as volunteers in local elementary schools.

The agency's volunteer program, known as RSVP, is recruiting those 55 and older who are willing to help a child improve in math and reading.

Volunteers choose the school, time of day and day of the week that they would like to serve.

Initially, new volunteers are accompanied by an RSVP staff member who paves the way to eventually assisting a child in the classroom.

Volunteers qualify for insurance coverage and reimbursement for travel and meals while gaining recognition as a valuable member of the community.

To register, call Charlotte R. Levens, intergenerational program coordinator at 240-313-9139 or e-mail, or call Hannah Cramer, deputy director, at 301-790-0275.

WHS Mega Reunion planned at HCC

Williamsport High School alumni up to and including the class of 1990 are invited to attend the Mega Reunion planned Saturday, Sept. 19.

The reunion will be held at Hagerstown Community College's ARCC from 6 to 11 p.m.

To sign up, go to and click on the WHS reunion balloon; or send a check payable to WHS Mega Reunion, c/o Linda Bowman Ebersole, 11119 Hopewell Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740. Cost is $20 per person.

If you have not received an invitation, e-mail Linda Ebersole at, or call 301-223-6370 weekdays from noon to 5 p.m. with the year you graduated, full name (including maiden name), and mailing address.

Share your news about events in area

If you have news of events, activities, or announcements for Williamsport and the surrounding area, contact Paula Green Shupp at 301-302-3878 or e-mail

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